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Please help to improve XPS the XNA Model Viewer !
What functionality of XPS/XNALara/GLLara you like? - What should be changed?
Your opinion is needed.
Designate what bothers you and what you like. Then it would be changed.

Our group will make a statement at any point. And later we append a list to show what changes will be implemented.

Thanks in advance.

BTW:




What is XNALara/XPS

XNALara is a real time posing and rendering program written by Dusan Pavlicek and had been released for the first time on February, 20, 2009 on tombraiderforums.com.
Dusan, the creator of XNALara, managed to extract Lara Croft's model from the game Tomb Raider Underworld (TRU), converted it for his program, using the Microsoft XNA framework, and shared it, letting people play with it and create art.


Dusan has updating his program many times (release 001 - release 136). Dec 31, 2010 he has stoped the development and has released the program source code for using without any restrictions as "Public domain software".


I've extended the program for the use of non-TRU character with the version 7.2
From that time, XNALara gained a lot of new fans, as it is not "Tomb Raider" or "Lara Croft" related only anymore, as every single 3d model can be imported in XNALara via Blender or 3ds Max.

There is a huge -and quickly growing- list of 3d models and characters you can use in XNALara and create wonderful renders! Since version 9.7.8 therfore XNALara has the new name XNALara/XPS (Xna Posing Studio). Release 137 - release 174


Abstract:
XNALara - 3D posing software, free of charge, primarily for Tomb Raider: Underworld model. The first model was Lara Croft, wearing her "jungle shorts".

Please respect, you needs a permission document, given by the real owner, if you will share a model which is not made from scratch by yourself.


XPS - "XNA Model Viewer" and 3D posing software based on XNALara, for any 3D character. With a rather rudimentary way to make a keyframe animation. Free of charge.






Se il bicchiere mezzo pieno o mezzo vuoto in ultima analisi lo decide l’osservatore.
Ho un turbine di pensieri in testa che sto cercando di mettere in ordine.
Dato che siete come e più di me smanettone e che sicuramente c’è fra voi un’ottima percentuale che ha testato XPS,
vi domando un parere.

Se potete cercate di essere “analogici” o forse meglio qualitativi: se c’è qualcosa che vi piace ditemi perché, se qualcosa non vi piace idem.
In un successivo contributo farò il possibile per informarmi ed esprimere un’opinione sensata su ciascun aspetto sollevato.

A voi, e grazie!





Additional Feature
  • - Done :wave: Add monochromatics to make it look almost like celluloid or an old photograph.
  • - Done :wave: Cel toon shader
  • - Done :wave: Request by :iconxxfreakyunderworldxx: New 'Render Goups' which supports multiple UV sets -- 10.9.7 supports 2 uv layers for every 'Render group'
  • - Done :wave: Request by :iconatlantib:  Wardrobe feature. Sample xnalara.home-forum.com/t178-xn…
  • - Done :wave: Request by "Hongfire Wong" Support for "texture packs" :thumbsup: XPS 10.9.3a2
  • - Done :wave: Auto add camera pivot to familiar bone name, if this pivot are missing inside the model. Request by :iconkinasuki: and :icontombraider4ever:                    
  • - Done :wave: Emission maps like this www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Za6WF…  --  Request by :iconxo-bahamut-ox: and :icontakebon999: Made available by :iconzcochrane: :hug:
                       Tutorial for XNALara/XPS here www.tombraiderforums.com/showt… ;)
  • - Done :wave: I wish there was quick save-pose like the quick save image. :thumbsup: Ctrl+P (F9) added in XPS 10.9.2 Request by :iconrobotrobot99:  
  • - Done :wave: Add a double click event to the bones list in the control window to zoom in on selected bone. Request by :iconkinasuki:
                       New camera pivot "selected bone"
  • - Done :wave: "Quick-save image F5" now always stores the image without visible bones names and link squares and HUD filename -- Request by :iconarmorvil:
  • - Done :wave: Add a way to add text to the image via speech bubbles -- Request by :iconarmorvil:
  • - Done :wave: "Lock Position"comments.deviantart.com/1/4195…
  • - Done :wave: "Lock Scene "comments.deviantart.com/1/4195…
  • - Done :wave:  New render group with support of Specular & Emission Maps at the same time.
  • - Done :wave:  Emission effect with diffuse, light, normal, spec and emission maps
  • >- Done :wave:  Rotation of the camera. Sample takebon999.deviantart.com/art/…

  • XNAStraightPose Feature like this xnalara.home-forum.com/t251-xn…
  • REDO command which reverts the effects of the undo action. Ctrl+Y or Ctrl+Shift+Z
  • Full screen 'Render Window' without title bar
  • The ability to move lights around
  • A new menu item to split a .scene file up into several scenes to load each one individually.
  • The ability to add sounds to make your own avi movies, like "Emitting the noise of a flushing toilet to spare a woman blushes."
  • A function to automatically detect (measure) the exact X,Y,Z position of certain point in an environment..
  • Texture "projection painting"
  • Dual sceen support. For example the "main render window" onto the secondary monitor and the dialog windows like the "Control window" onto the primary.
  • Store animations as animated gif --  leave marks though.
  • Environmental maps which react to light
  • Importing and exporting of other file formats to xps, like smd or psk
  • Collada .dae import/export
  • Merge 2 models to swap a outfit
  • Auto rigging and skinning
  • Model light settings individually
  • Inverse Kinematics
  • Drag and Drop for pose-, model and scene files would be awesome.
  • Displacement maps www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mdR2i…  glasnost.itcarlow.ie/~powerk/G…
  • Support for KINECT to pose or record animation www.youtube.com/watch?v=77Qw1v…
  • Soft shadows www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqQEbw… + source code
  • Reflective maps  [Raytrace www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGsERN… ]  or  [Mirror texturing www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xzq-Y… ]
  • Raytrace shadows www.thegnomonworkshop.com/img/…
  • Create and move lightpoints (colour, intensity, shadow on/off etc)  
  • Ability to rotate bones on the 3 global axis, as well as its local axis.
  • Morphing system
  • YOUR TEXT HERE (INDEX)




I like this. Dont touche it.
  • Rename bones feature
  • YOUR TEXT HERE (INDEX)




Keep the feature, but change it on this way:
  • - Done :wave:  When you hide bones in the control window can they be hidden in the viewer as well
  • - Done :wave: Improvement of the representation of the double Alpha transparent. Example Eyelashes behind Hairs.  This feature are integrated with the Blender exporter 2.3 xnalara.home-forum.com/t18p25-… Request by :iconsterrennacht:
  • - Done :wave:  Set the "shadow default flag" for environments, with .OBJ format, to OFF Request by :iconkinasuki:
  • - Done :wave:  Restore the last position of the Render Window.  :thumbsup: BUG fixed.  Sorry for the inconvenience. Request by :iconcheojunio:
  • - Done :wave:  "Alt + LMB click" set camera  position  on ground plane. Request by :iconkinasuki:
  • - Done :wave:  Change the skipped folder warning into only one notification popup (toggleable) with the list of skipped folder.  New menu item 'Settings-->Show warnings' ... Warnings disabled by default

  • A alternate way to select bone joints inside the 3D window, when body parts or bones are overlapping.
  • After you clicked on a bar or slider, you can use the mouse-wheel to adjust it.
  • All shortcuts from 'Main Window' can be also used if the 'Control Window' are activated.
  • Controls can be altered in the settings menu. The current settings are the default ones.
  • The stay on top setting still isnt working .. at the start. you have to disable then reenable it so the control window stays on top. ... I cannot reproduce this issue
  • Different "back face culling" settings for different models in the same scene at the same time
  • Mechanism like the option "Look at camera". :) Now just need for cloth/hair.
  • More lightsources :thumbsup: New "Spotlight" www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Xx_Rk… with XPS 10.9.5 "Spotlight Edition"
  • Specify the image size when using the bloom effect. :) Currently, a team member implement it. We are waiting for his result.
  • Setting the intensity of the normal map. :thumbsup: We hope that this is already implemented in GLLAra.
    I have no experience with shader programming. :(
  • I want to cast a shadow on any object.  :thumbsdown: :thumbsup:  I do not think that this will be possible in "real time",
    perhaps with shadow maps glasnost.itcarlow.ie/~powerk/x… , but it's not trivial to implement.
  • Keep "Lock" model and add an option to "freeze" a model.
  • On this time, you can only toggle 2 outfits xnaaral.deviantart.com/art/XNA… not 3 ore more.  xnalara.home-forum.com/t138-xn…
  • Interchangeable .scene format.
  • Selecting multiple models at once
  • YOUR TEXT HERE (INDEX)




I dislike this. Please remove/change it.
  • - Done :wave: Support for deprecated render groups 24-25-26-27 Request by :iconsumirehaikuxna:
                     :thumbsup: Implemented with XPS 10.9.2 Retro Edition
  • - Done :wave: Not so many warnings Request by :iconxxfreakyunderworldxx:
                     :thumbsup: Implemented with XPS 10.9.6 Reboot Edition. New menu item 'Settings-->Show warnings' ... All warnings are disabled by default

  •    YOUR TEXT HERE (INDEX)






  • Link to the latest version XPS 10.9.8.7.6.5.4.3.2.1.0 -- Countdown Preview Edition xnalaraitalia.deviantart.com
  • Download link XNALara/XPS 10.9.6 alpha 6 ... DELETED ... Nobody want to test it ... nobody reports BUGs www-mice.cs.ucl.ac.uk/multimed… )
    • ChangeSceneFile included -- If a model of a scene does not exist, then it is possible to manually search for it.
    • New feature. "Alt + LMB click" set camera position on ground plane.
    • BUG fix -- Speech Bubbles are now saved with and without BLOOM toggled off.
    • New render group number 34_ as test group for new features
    • All render groups allows now to selected a mesh part and recolor the mesh's texture using a color dialog. XPS tinted the mesh part with the values by the entered colour. XPS mix this color with the texture colors. Choose a white color to restore the original texture color.
       The Blend-Mode are Multiply - combines the picked  color  with the colors of the underlying texture to produce darker colors. Multiplying the texture with black results in black, multiplying with white produces no changes.  All other colors  are combined with the colors on the underlying texture image.
        To inking a part invoke the new menu item
      Options-->Change mesh part color
      Many many thanks and kiss @:iconshabbychick: for the support :blowkiss:

      Of course, you can store the result with Modify-->Save_Generic_Item as .mesh. As either binary Generic_Item.mesh (xps.xps) or ascii (Generic_Item.mesh.ascii) file.

      Shader code, at this time with "Multiply color blend mode" ... next time with "overlay blend mode":

      float4 MeshColor; // set with XPS->Options->Change mesh part color

      float4 GetDiffuseColor(float2 texCoord) {
         float4 color = tex2D(DiffuseTextureSampler, texCoord) * MeshColor;
         if (!DisplayTextures) {
           color.rgb = 0.75;
         }
         return color;
      }


      XNA code:

      // Get the color from the color dialog box ... invoked by "XPS->Options->Change mesh part color"
      System.Drawing.Color color = dialog.Color;
      meshDesc.MeshColor = new Color(color.R, color.G, color.B, color.A);
      // ...
      // Convert the Object from Color to Vector4
      Vector4 meshColor = ConvertLightColor(mesh.MeshColor, mesh.ColorIntensity);
      // ...
      // RenderSceneFull
      effectsArmature.Parameters["MeshColor"].SetValue(meshColor);



EDIT: XPS 10.9.6a6 now with same color blend model like the Photoshop 'Overlay blend mode' -- Many many thanks and kiss @:iconshabbychick: for the support :blowkiss:

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:iconjunkymana:
junkymana Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
Is it possible to increase the 4 weight per vertex limit?
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:icondabnis:
Dabnis Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I was wondering if there was some thought of adding "render engine" support for XPS?  Shadows take a lot of time to calculate, and I don't think you want to write the code for such complex calculations
into Xna Posing Studio.  Right now, people will export their scene from XPS into another program to render, which, unless you are familiar with the program, is a bit hit and miss.

There are some "Freeware" rendering programs out there, as noted here:
www.textureszone.com/tutorials…

Perhaps someday, if one of these programs can be shown to be "visually pleasing and easy to operate", then perhaps it can be linked to XPS, where XPS can export the "scene", open the render program with the scene and
then allow the user to set up the parameters for rendering.

I'm not saying it would be easy, but it would be nice to have a rendering program "linked" to XPS that people could use.

I'm currently checking out "Luxrender" and "Kerykythea" as possible candidates for free rendering just for my own use.
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:iconxnaaral:
XNAaraL Featured By Owner Edited Jan 14, 2015
I fave the standalone renderer ... called "Arnold" www.solidangle.com/arnold/
You can try it there www.solidangle.com/arnold/try/
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black-cat010 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 19, 2014
Hi there Panda Emoji-02 (Cute Waving) [V1]
is there any possibility to have scripts for mmd and sims models so that we can open them in xps directly and use them without the need to convert them in blender or in any other 3d program please?
and the ability to swap face features pleaseMeow :3
and the ability to unbutton the buttons of the shirt or unzip the zipper like here:
www.deviantart.com/art/Sweet-M…
or the ability to do this to the shirt like in this picture:
 4.bp.blogspot.com/-CLRP8METSbY…
thank you Happy Neko 
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:iconxnaaral:
XNAaraL Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
1) What exactly you means wit "the ability to swap face Features" ???
You means the exsisting feature "Modify-->Flip face normals" ... available since "XPS 10.9.4 -- Wardrobe Edition Release -- release 164" ...  Jan 24, 201 xnalara.home-forum.com/t226-xp…
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black-cat010 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
i mean the ability to swap face features between models like for example take the nose from model A and swap it with the nose from model B or( the lips - eye brow- ) so that we can have new looking model :) of course if that possible to doNod 
and for wardrobe i know it was already released but i never saw it in the data folder in the next mini new xps versions thats why i forgot about itBlush Ashamed Ashamed  so it will be better to have it as a main feature inside the data folder of xps just like the ( common- dummy-Import_script_demo_fbx-skydome_thailand_sea) right Meow :3 
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:iconzecle:
zecle Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014   Digital Artist
i don't think soft shadows is a really necessary feature. considering you guys aren't paid for entertaining us, why not just focus on basic self casted shadows ?
nothing of a bigdeal, the simple basic stuff that already exists but applied to the models themselves. the basic thing like xbox or SOME gamecube games used to display 10 years ago that is cruelly missing in xps.

and i definitely support the idea of a global axis added to the local axis ! but can i have my gizmo bigger than ONE pixel please ?^^
thanks !
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:iconxnaaral:
XNAaraL Featured By Owner Edited Oct 28, 2014
- I agree, soft shadows can be done in post processing .... like Photoshop.

- About "Basic self casted shadows": www.punkuser.net/vsm/vsm_paper…  There is no way :( (or exactly, I see no way to do it with XNA 3.0 and poseable models)
XNA 3.0 supports at maximum "Pixel/Vertex shader model 3.0". Many XNALara/XPS user has Video cards which only supports shader model 2 :(
We have to deal with 2 limits: "instruction slots" quest3d.com/forum/index.php?to… and "constant registers" stackoverflow.com/questions/34…
The current shader, with 3 light sources ... and up to 7 textures blending over each ... and posable models with more then 59 bones per mesh part  ... let every programmer unsuccessfully struggling with this limits.
There are not enough "instruction lots" available to add the complex calculations for "self shading" ... and this calculation is required in Real time ... and

posable models (skinning) waste, at least, 92% from this "constant register" for skinning (bone index). Of course, you can compress a 4x4 bone matrix into 6 floats, 3 for storing rotation about each x,y and z axis and the other three for the translation vector, you could use quaternions or you could directly store euler angles either way the complexity of the vertex shader will grow.
But, you will never have enough "constant register" to store all the data for "self shading calculations" ... even to store the boolean information "Cast shadows On/Off" , there is no register available. ;)
One way to solve the problem you describe is to use something called a Cascaded Shadow Map (CSM). But shadow mapping also has its problems. The time it takes to generate the shadow maps is proportional to the scene complexity and not the model complexity, so it generally takes longer. There's no really efficient way to map a sphere to a 2D Screen rectangle. And last but not least you get artifacts because of limited shadow map precision.
A other way is to render shadow volumes ,  using a non-shadow mapping way to create shadows.This used to be the "old" way of making shadows until shadow maps became more efficient in games, their versatility quickly won developers over into using them.
Perhaps, stencil shadowing ismore practical.
If you want to see what is possible (with static models), then download Demo and Source (4554 KB) ;)
"nothing of a bigdeal, the simple basic stuff that already exists but applied to the models themselves. the basic thing like xbox or SOME gamecube games used to display 10 years ago that is cruelly missing in xps." ???  :lol: You are kidding? Right?  Please make a example :lol:I thinks, you're wrong. Right is, we have to deal with the DirectX 9c limits, and DirectX 9c is available since 10 years. (August 2004)

- Why "visualize a global axis" ????? this axis is never used. XPS visualized the axis used by the current action. ... OK next time bigger than one Pixel. If you want control "how big" to draw the line, then you Need at least a free "constant Register" ;)


- About IK:
I has talk many times about  IK (Inverse Kinematics ) chains and about that IK needs additional model data, which needs a new XPS .mesh format. I am sure, no modeler an no modder and no porter will make such models for XNALara.
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:icondb-kai:
DB-Kai Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
Aw...so no IK ever?
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:iconxnaaral:
XNAaraL Featured By Owner Edited Oct 30, 2014
Ever? Never say never (say never) again

At the time when 
... modeler, modder or porter tell to me, there would implement a
IK system to create an 'localised' IK bone chain in part of a characters skeletal rig www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rzZHx…
... and at the time, when modeler, modder or porter tell to me there want a new file Format, which support this IK chain data  comments.deviantart.com/1/3331…
... and at the time, when modeler, modder or porter respect the XNALara/XPS armature requirements xnalara.home-forum.com/t259-co…
than I am sure, XPS support this sceleton
==> comments.deviantart.com/1/3331…
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:iconzecle:
zecle Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014   Digital Artist
i didn't know this already was such an advanced feature.:o (Eek) :( (Sad)  it "looked" so simple due to its age. now i understand.Wink/Razz


ok then about IK posing, fine, we will stick to 3dsmax for that. btw thank you so much guys for developping that xnalaraconverter script to import xps models into 3ds !!!
cheers
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:iconzecle:
zecle Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014   Digital Artist
and i also support the IK idea !:happybounce: Clap 
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:iconjunkymana:
junkymana Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
If possible, a render group wich support this textures: diffuse, normal, specular, evironment.
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:iconxnaaral:
XNAaraL Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
Sure, this is possible en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Game_Cre…
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:icondeadchannelsky:
deadchannelsky Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student General Artist
I see inverse kinematics on the list... that would be a SUPER useful feature in XPS!
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:iconxnaaral:
XNAaraL Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Of course.
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:iconrocketlombax:
RocketLombax Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the new function to tilt the camera. It's got to be one of my favorite features! Though is there any way we could have a slider for it instead of only inputting a number to change the angle? It would really help with getting the angle just right a little more easily I think. Aside from that, I'm another one hoping for the ability to render larger images with the post-processing effects. ^^;

I've always been a huge fan of XPS and XNA! I gotta say though, especially after some of these most recent additions, I really don't think there are many ways it could get much better! It's really quite fantastic! I can't thank you guys enough! :D
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:iconxnaaral:
XNAaraL Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
:hug: Thanks a lot for this comment :huggle:

+ "Render larger images with the post-processing effects" works well. ;)
- "Render larger images with the BLOOM effects" is on the TODO list ... since ages. :(
+ "A slider for it instead of only inputting a number to change the angle" ... Sure!  :D Something People wonder,  but nobody wants to ask !
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Bigboyboa Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
I don't know if it has already being suggested by anybody, anyway here goes. Can we make the mouse wheel pan the screen? I mean, by pressing and holding the mouse wheel button we could pan around the screen, the same function that exists with shift+left mouse click. Thank you.
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:iconxnaaral:
XNAaraL Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
- Yes we can do it.
+ you can do it by pressing and holding the left and the right mouse button and drag the mouse ;)
but when you tell yourself always " I can't make it", it's your choice that rules everything!”
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:iconbigboyboa:
Bigboyboa Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
I don't know if this has already being suggested, anyway, here goes. Can you make the mouse wheel pan the screen? I mean, by pressing and holding the wheel, in order to have the same function as when we hold shift and pan around with the left mouse button.
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:iconxnaaral:
XNAaraL Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
Swap more then 2 alternate "Optional Items" ... like this request  xnalara.home-forum.com/t138-xn… useful for example 'A lot of expression textures in optional items' like this cute Project Diva F Hatsune Miku model 
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Goha7777 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
Quick question - is it possible to comment out text in mesh.asci format like in some programming languages? Example, since I dunno how to explain If not, would it be possible to add it? I think it could be useful for modders, I wonder if anybody would use it.
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:iconxnaaral:
XNAaraL Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Right, in some issues you can comment out text in mesh.ascii format, like in some programming languages ... using the hash sign #
Example:
1 # meshes
1 # textures
0 # uv layer index
994 # vertices
1984 # faces ... only Tris allowed

My question: In which issues you want 'to comment out text' ? ... For example, if you comment out the data for a face ... like
1984 # faces
# 0 2 1
you must also decrement the face counter (1984 in this example) and you must comment out the vertices ... which are assigned to this indices 0,1,2 ... if no other face refer to this vertices .... and decrease the 'vertex counter' by 3 .... like
991 # vertices
# -5.67579320432e-07 -7.7486038208e-07 -0.999999880791
# 0.0 0.0 -1.0
# 255 255 255 204
# 0.499999850988 0.485000252724
# 0 0 0 0
# 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
# 0.0961330235004 0.0191218852997 -0.995184659958
# 0.11209448427 0.0222785118967 -0.993438541889
# 255 255 255 204
# 0.537869691849 0.477467298508
# 0 0 0 0
# 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
# 0.0980163067579 -1.78813934326e-07 -0.995184659958
# 0.0979949310422 0.0 -0.995178103447
# 255 255 255 204
# 0.538611590862 0.48500007391
# 0 0 0 0
# 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0

I am sure, nobody really want this feature ;)
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:icongoha7777:
Goha7777 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
I was thinking of something like adding notes for the modders, or even myself to look in the future like "this mesh part contains x and y", "do not remove doubles from this mesh" and so on.

But yeah, you're right, notes can be left in a readme as well.
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:iconxnaaral:
XNAaraL Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
vvv or better behind
1 # uv layers
like

1 # bones
root
-1
0 0 0
1 # meshes
7_sphere
1 # uv layers -- Only a demo with 'vertex colors' with alpha channel like '255 255 255 20'
1 # textures
teach_me_how_to_export_transparent_by_daventrychris-d7egaty.jpg
0 # uv layer index
994 # vertices
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:icongoha7777:
Goha7777 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
Oh sweet, that's what I was thinking about, thanks for telling me that!
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:iconxnaaral:
XNAaraL Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
You can add such a note behind
 4 # textures
;)
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:iconsereda-hawke:
Sereda-Hawke Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello. I have an idea but I am not sure its possible I used paint to try and show what I mean. i880.photobucket.com/albums/ac…
If we could use rmb to highlight unwanted bones and maybe a window appear to confirm deletion. The check box was another option but it might still take as long as renaming everything to unused. I suggest this because with very complex models renaming could take hours. Hopefully it can be helpful :)
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:iconxnaaral:
XNAaraL Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
- Thanks for this Suggestion :hug: Of course this feature can be useful ... but XNALara allows onls 1 selected bone (tree) ... and not a 'Multi select'. The 'control window' is developed for posing purposes, and not for modding.
- Adding a complete new GUI (graphical user Interface ) can be a way to implement this feature.
- I delete or rename bones  ... from very very complex models ... in lesser than 1 minute ;) using Ctrl+H  or F2 ... 'node selection' ... and/or the BoneDict.txt feature ... available since XPS 10.9.4 - Wardrobe Edition
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Sereda-Hawke Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww okay. I didn't try the ctrl+H method because I thought that the bones would reappear after I save it or at least are still part of the skeleton. I will try it out. The bone dict would take just as long because of "xxxx attached" will always have to be added to convert to "unused or a useable bone"
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junkymana Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
I just found this section.
I sent this note a few wheeks ago because I didn't know opinions or requests where supposed to be here.

Nice work with XNA/XPS BTW
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XNAaraL Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
-  meshes to be splited in "!nParts!" ... is a BUG related to the "use old generic format (without guarantee)" feature ... and fixed in the next version.
- A way of applying or removing more than one optional item at the same time ... exist since XPS Version 9.9 :lol: exactly like you want ;)  With "Ctrl" + "mouse click" or Shift+LMB sta.sh/01j4kajw1ah0
- Some real shadowing effect  ... is on the TODO list above ... with my comments :( ... like Dusan (The XNALara creator) says: "Haha, no graphics card is able to render this in realtime" www.tombraiderforums.com/showt…
- A way of exporting models in .obj, but just the model selected  ... exist since Version 5.0 ... just hide the other models using the "Show" button above the 'bone tree'
- models that uses the same name for textures ... right this problem exists since XNALara Version 5.0 ... I am wonder why nobody has written a Change Request ;)
- Moving multiple bones at the same time. ... Right you can do that selecting the bone group, butway of selecting bones and just move the ones U  ... read the post directly above your post comments.deviantart.com/1/3331… 
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junkymana Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
I expressed my self wrong with the applying or removing optional items. I was meaning to do this when the objects are already displayed as optional items. postimg.org/image/7dw1bej63/

One more thing (maybe it's already implemented too :)) Could it be possible to increase the speed of moving models when pressing MAYUS? I know you can place a model quickly with CTRL + MOUSE, but when trying to move them in one axis I use CTRL/MAYUS + ARROW KEYS. And I think the movement is a bit slow.
And also maybe a way of selecting multiple models at once. This could make faster deleting models and moving them on any axis at the same time.

Anyway, thanks for answering.
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XNAaraL Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
Optional items: ...  Ah, that makes sense. BTW: Press inside the 'Render main window" the shortcut 'a' (without the quote ... hotkey for Display accessories-->Optional Items-->)
Is it already implemented too: ... The full change log, with all implemented features, is always here --> xnalara.home-forum.com/t170-xn… <--
Move itemsin one axis: ... Since Version 2.6 -- release 018 ... new shortcut: (Shift ) arrow keys: precise positioning of characters on the ground plane (two speeds) ==> Press the SHIFT key to increase the speed.
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electing multiple models at once: Added to the TODO list. The statement by DusanPavlicek , the XNALara Creator himself: www.tombraiderforums.com/showt… "The whole graphical interface is based on the assumption that only a single model can be selected at any time. This relates to the displayed list of bones, position textboxes and sliders, model scale, camera pivots/targets etc. So a multi-select goes directly against the current concept of the interface... " ... so the answer is "Unfortunately, no"
Workaround:
1) Select the first model
2) Invoke "Options-->Add to ..."
3) Choose the next model
4) Coose the "root ground" bone
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junkymana Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
Thanks for info.

I know SHIFT increases speed, but I was wondering if it could be faster. It's not a big need for me, but I think it could be helpful in some cases.
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XNAaraL Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
I can make the value (Without SHIFT ... with SHIFT) variable ;)
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junkymana Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Ok, thanks :)
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wadamen Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
could you support "vertex color"?
sta.sh/012da6irtntj
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XNAaraL Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
XPS supports already 'vertex colors' ... even with transparency ;)

Look for example the 'AoD glasses' www.tombraiderforums.com/showp… www34.zippyshare.com/v/5449674… ... the texture Image has no Alpha channel.

You can, for example, use Blender-->Mesh-->Self Shadow VCols (AO) to 'fake' a lightmap ... using a 'render group' which not suppors lightmaps :D ... by bake the AO map as 'vertex colors'
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SexySloth Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Hi, can you make JPG support for the image preview? PNG is great but for previewing (where quality is not really important IMHO) jpg does the job with better performance.
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XNAaraL Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
Thanks for this suggestion. :hug: sure.

BTW:
The current version supports JPG for the image preview. Only the file Name must be "Prev.png"
- Save the image as "Prev.jpg" (without the quotes)
- Rename "Prev.jpg" to "Prev.png"
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Goreface13 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
how about re-link bones options ?
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XNAaraL Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
No
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wadamen Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
hi XNAaraL
this is not issue...but just odd question
rendergroup 28 and 29 always invisible...
i85.photobucket.com/albums/k68…

rendergroup 1 and 20 become invisible when enable "Light 2"
i85.photobucket.com/albums/k68…

rendergroup 38 and 39 become invisible when enable "Light 3"
i85.photobucket.com/albums/k68…

is it a feature?
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XNAaraL Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
I know this model which you have used. Dont use it ... it is incorrect.

The table with all render groups xnalara.home-forum.com/t225-le… have a link to the reference models.
For
RG 1 LaraJungleShorts (tshirt) www.mediafire.com/?gc5cu5dtd2h
RG 20
KnightThrall (Mesh001) www.mediafire.com/?z4uwig2dzum
The reference model for RG 38/39 is RG38_test and included inside the "Preview Edition"

Show please the screen XPS-->Help-->About ... This window shows which Pixel Shader and which Vertex Shader your video card supports ... Like PS_3_0 VS_3_0

For example: rendergroup 1 and 20 (shader
"DiffuseLightmapBump3") needs when "Light 2" is enabled Vertex shader 2.0 and Pixel Shader 3.0 for the HQ effect (Shader "DiffuseLightmapBump3_2_HQ") and VS 2.0 and PS 2.0 for the LQ ("DiffuseLightmapBump3_2_LQ") effect.
If your video card dont support this shader mode, then the mesh part cannot be shown. But please test it with the original reference models ... and not with a model made by somebody without know how about the render group internals.

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wadamen Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
oh thank you so much
hmm, yea and sorry for insane question
i know there was incorrect
cause that model made by me...
for studying about "render groups"
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elDM Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
could be possible to enhance the rotating option included in the manolo manolis update, so we can select wich bones we want to rotate by selecting them with ctrl+LMB?
that way it would be easier to pose fingers, hair, clothes etc..

wanted to suggest the spotlight too, nice to see it already in the to-do list :]

thanks for the hard work ( '-')b
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XNAaraL Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
???
The the rotating option IS included in the manolo manolis version and IS called "Preview Edition" ;)
Higher version numbers includes ALL previous features. :lol:

ctrl+LMB NEVER select a bone. Since version 2.0 -- release 011 .. this combination is used to position a character in the scene (Ctrl LMB click/drag) on the ground !!! xnalara.home-forum.com/t170-xn…

Spotlight ... n.p. thanks for reading it :huggle:
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