Lost Adventurer, Aleks Kirilenko (3D)
LC #42 Pipers Alley

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11-11-2003, 02:55 AM
I have some ideas for some scripts that I'd like to have but I'm not good enough with MAXscript yet to do it myself so I thought I'd throw it out here and see what you think.

Firstly I'd like a script that controls the viewport navigation. It would work like navigating in a game(no-clip mode). The keys W,S,A,D would be like forward(zoom),back(zoom back),left(pan left),right(pan right) and the scrollbutton of the mouse would work like rotate viewport(around sub-object selection preferrably) when pressed. Maybe also when you hold the scrollbutton and right-click you would go upwards.
Some sort of override/replacement of the default keyboard-shortcuts would be needed I guess.
This would save a lot of clicking just to navigate the scene/model and after trying this style of navigating in our in-house leveleditor I feel this would be a real workflow enhancer that many user would like.

The second script I've been thinking about is a script that uses the arrow keys to move a selection in certain amounts of units. Left and Right arrows would move it on the x axis and Up and Down arrow would move the selection on the y axis. Ctrl+Up and Down might be used to move it on the z axis. There could be a dialog where you can set the amounts of units the selection should move and maybe if holding Shift or Alt there could be another amount specified, like 1 unit normal and 5 units when holding Shift.
This script would be very helpful when doing parametric models or building game-levels for example. Architectual work would benefit greatly from it also.

So what do you think? Anybody up for the challenge? I'd like to hear your views on this and if/how you think they can be done.

11-12-2003, 05:22 PM
For the first, maybe GameTools

or FPSmove

Sounds like ParaMove covers the other idea.

11-14-2003, 01:44 AM
Guess who came up with the FPSMove ideea?;)..check txt.:)

Anyway there are still problems with FPSMove:

1.You can`t move preessing 2 keys at the same time...like UP+LEFT
2.The view is shakky when you look around with the mouse and move left,right
3.Also the mouse position changes because i think is somehow framerate dependant..

Here is an ideea...what i wonder if there is a way to control with the mouse the target dummy of a camera is the "SCREEN coordinates" so the camera has a look at controller so you can look around and move in the direction you want with the target dummy ...while looking through the camera.

11-14-2003, 02:03 PM
That's interesting, the credits.

Maybe the Motion Capture util could be one way to control it?

Just guessing here...

Regardless of the method though I think the problem is going to be controlling both camera rotation and position at the same time in realtime.

I would love a solution to this too, inside max instead of exporting to something like rtre or whatever.

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