The exporter output .dae files according to the 1.3.1 specification.
It features export of meshes(position, uv and normal), materials with texture info, cameras and point lights. It also outputs transform and parent information through the scene element.
If you’re having questions about the script or anything other related to this please feel free to post here or on the sourceforge page.
EDIT: After some testing it seems that the script happened to use specific Blender 2.37 API calls so you need the latest version of Blender (which comes bundled with Python 2.3) if you want to use the script.
Some major changes since previous version: + Added support for Sun and Spot light types + Export of linked Blender objects only (removes unnecessary texture, material and image information found in version 0.03) + Complete and more accurate material export + Option to export baked transforms + Option to export selected object only + Additional COLLADA asset information + Progress bar
My work next week is to provide more documentation. There will be an web-page through sourceforge for more information and help with the script.
I will also start looking into writing an importer and after that I will start working with the conformance tests and test exported files with other DCC’s. I want to finish the importer and (most of) the conformance tests before I list this Blender plug-in in the plug-in version forum. This is to ensure that the plug-in listed is fully stable with both import and export.
I hope to implement animation support with the plug-in somewhere in November. At least on the exporter side. This might happen to occur at the same time as I start looking on a Collada 1.4 plug-in.
Reports of bugs or other useful information can be posted on this thread or on the source forge page. If there are some users that actually uses this script besides myself …
…then please e-mail me about your project and let me know if you want me to work on some specific features. I would also like to know if there are any public interest in the work of an importer or if there is a bigger need for an exporter for Blender.
Version 0.2 is now released featuring both export and import of a COLLADA 1.3.1 document.
The importer can import everything the exporter can export. That is, meshes, materials, textures, images, cameras, lights and preserved scene hierachy.
The exporter speed has been greatly improved!! Some “serious bad coding” in the previous release has been optimized and the exporter is now up to 30-40 times faster on mesh export. Reported bugs has been fixed and the exporter is more stable.
I would like to thank Remi in this forum for sending me his blender importer work which (although I did not use any code part) helped me clarify some import issues in blender.
Features planning for next release are updated project site, more documentation and a GUI for options when exporting and importing.
I will also start looking at animation now that the new Blender Python API has been finished.