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22. December 2011

 

 

 

I just received an email from Unity announcing the start of their 3.5 public beta.  Generally I wouldn’t get all that excited about a beta ( ok, that’s a lie, I love all things shiny and new! ), but this one is particularly big.

 

 

 

 

 

The biggest aspect of the new release is that much awaited deploy to Flash!  How much easier to deploy did Unity just become, considering the massive install base of Flash?  In addition to Flash, this release also adds the ability to deploy to NaCL ( Native Client ), Google Chrome’s new feature allowing native C++ in the browser.

 

 

 

On top of that, there is a new particle system “Shuriken” and perhaps even more exciting, a new built in pathfinding system, a much needed feature.  Re-written occlusion culling and built in LOD management, should both go a long way towards boosting performance, as will the now multi-threaded renderer.  Perhaps the best usability feature, is you can now multi select and edit items in the inspector! 

 

 

 

 

Full release notes available here.  I think it’s fairly safe to say this is the biggest new release in a very long time.  Good work Unity.  I don’t really have time for it, but I just can’t help myself at downloading this beta….  If you are like me and simply can’t resist the newest and greatest, go and download it now!  Amazingly enough, their servers seem to be coping quite well right now.

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2. October 2011

 

This is a pretty common gotcha when working with Unity, but it’s so damned annoying it’s worth bringing attention to it.very-small-baby

 

If you export an FBX model, in this case from Blender, into Unity it might be really really really really tiny, even though you set it’s size up appropriately in Blender before exporting.

 

This is caused by the FBX importer in Unity, which for some reason imports at a scale of 0.01.  Why?  I’m not sure anyone knows, but if you encounter this problem be sure to check this first.

 

Click your imported model in the project panel.

In the Inspector, scroll down to the (FBXImporter) section.

Locate Scale Factor and change it to 1.

 

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Now your model should appear… normal sized.  Remember by default 1 == 1 meter.

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17. August 2011
 

I’ve been a little to focused on C++ I completely missed and forgot to mention that a new release of Blender, Blender 2.59 was release (*cough* 3 days ago *cough*). A ton of new bug fixes, include one specifically for exporting to Unity, have been addressed.  Additionally added support for 3D Mouse(s?), Custom Keymapping, an Ivy and Tree generator.

 

Click here to download now.

 

I will check shortly to see if it works “out of the box” with Unity.

 

EDIT: 8/17/2011  Nope, default export didn’t work.  Can’t say I’m shocked.

EDIT2: User woodn has provided an updated importer script.  Download it, extract the .py file and extract it to your Unity install directory /Editor/Tools folder, overwriting the existing importer.

After updating the import script it would successfully import dae files, but wouldn’t automatically process .blend files, at least for me.

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27. July 2011

… so, go get it!  Download link.

For what’s new go here.  Lots of refinements and small fixes.

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17. June 2011

 

So there is a blog post up on Unity3d.com showing what’s coming down the pipeline.  There’sunityLogo some pretty interesting stuff on there.  Apparently Unity 3.4 is at the release candidate stage and there are a few major announcements.  Terrain support in iOS and Android is a biggy, execution order on scripts, procedural texture support and 2-3x improvement in skinning speed are all very nice new features.

 

The post goes on to describe what is in the upcoming 3.5 release, with tons of new features but perhaps the most interesting to me are the new UI framework, pathfinding and LoD support.  Some really interesting stuff coming up, I highly recommend you check out the full post.

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