Development news: ClipPlane, CHM docs, optimizations and more
VRML/X3D features implemented:
Primitives: more nodes (boxes, spheres, cones, cylinders) are now processed by converting them to
IndexedFaceSet or similar low-level geometry. (This is called the "proxy mechanism" in sources.) And the whole mechanism is now much more efficient, so e.g.
Teapot, NURBS curves and surfaces are processed now faster.
The immediate gain from it is that Box, Cone, Cylinder, Sphere get the "texCoord" field. In particular they can use our bump mapping features, they work with multi-texturing and 3D textures fully correctly, and they can be shadow map receivers (although this last thing still needs a little work).
Events: the code responsible for changing the VRML/X3D graph (in particular, through the events) got a few refreshments. Some events work better or faster now (e.g.
depthMap can be changed through events.)
A couple of large optimizations for
Transform animation were implemented.
As always, you can test the new features before the next release by trying our nightly builds.