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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 3:56 pm    Post subject: Associations Reply with quote

Joined: 10 Feb 2007
Posts: 123

With so many ways to associate various layers with zones it can seem cumbersome keeping them all straight. I haven't really gotten deep into the system yet, but I am finding it difficult to keep straight what is associated with what. Also, when using various functions with various features (ie. selection layers and procedural functions) the potential for confusion is quite high.

Again, I'm new with the program and this may be greatly alleviated with more experienc.

That said a method to visualize associations with zones and layers would help for those of us who see better than we think Smile. Perhaps something similar to what World-Machine does with their interface. Or perhaps TG2 with it's dual interface showing the pallettes in one view and the associations with the network in another view.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2007 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joined: 12 Feb 2007
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This type of editing flow, which is to keep layers at project level and edit / assign them at zone (selection set of zones) level is meant to give the user as much freedom to implement his ideas as it could, without restricting the purpose of a layer in any way.

While it might get difficult to visualize the layer associations within big projects (projects with high zone count) , we strive to make the need of actually seeing the associations minimum, in the sense that what you edit has always impact on what's being rendered on the terrain surfaces (you see the heightmaps being modified, the selection maps turn the surface in red when a selection is applied, and the texture layers add their color information to the shaded appearance of the terrain), so when a user works with a tool, the only information he needs to be aware of is what layers are "in use" and where to apply the tool.

However, we are looking into various ways to make the associations more "obvious" in terms of visual feedback but as no easy solution presents itself, we have to gather a considerable amount of user feedback before we take any decision on the matter...
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