In the #wod channel we had a conversation.
About model conversion, and how much of a convoluted process it is, the fact that .cob sucks, .pof is older than dirt, and dae is not as reliable as we wish it could be.
I went on to mention that the SpringRTS project had long ago replaced the ancient .3do format with one of their own. One that was modern and supported a number of features the old one was never able to do. From there they created a tool similar to PCS2 called "Upspring" and export plugins for 3DsMax and Blender.The Proposal:
To do what has long need to be done and create a replacement for .cob, dae. and .pof all at the same time.
We call it ".pomf"
or "Parallax Object Motion File"
The new Short-term goal is to create native opencollada support within freespace.
Github Link: https://github.com/elQuanto/OpenCOLLADA
The key feature here being native support for keyframed animations. We want to start slow with things such as translation, rotation, and scaling animations. I would love to see us create bone based animations as well
, but in the distant future.
Other features include updating PCS2 to support the format, and to create 3D Studio Max and Blender plugins to import and export models.The Team: