I asked a few questions recently about max2egg conversion (and I have some maya2egg questions coming
), and looking at all the problems I encountered, there is one thing I wonder :
Why doesn't this great engine that is Panda3D handle Collada models?
I think it would be great to handle this format. It's a good one, really complete and lots of people handle it (or are trying to). Plus, handling a common format would make things :
- more secure (errors in the different exporters)
- easier to maintain (updates depend on the format, not on the different softwares and associated formats)
- faster for the models conversion process
For an example, at work, we have lots of meshes from our clients and we have to export them so that they can be used in Panda. But there is no easy way to export lots of meshes, especially when the max2egg exporter craches 3dsmax every 1 or 2 exports (try converting 200 models)... And so, dealing with people such as Intel, it's a shame that Panda slows us down on that point.
Panda is a great engine and maybe Collada will help it to be up-to-date and to extend its popularity.