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MSFS glTF-Blender-IO-MSFS / import export Addon

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At the moment they are rewriting the code. I tried the rewrite branch. It was working to export the models but there was a problem with the rexture path inside the gltf file. And the xml generation is not yet implemented. If you use a other blender version than 2.92. there you find some branches with a stable release of the exporter. I did not try other branches. Just waiting until the next update and then i try again.

Just want to mention this developement here because it is active and no one knows if the toolkit from this site will get updates in the future. And i think flybywire is able to make a good exporter addon. :)
 
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I have been using this addon for a few days. It takes some getting used to if you've been using Blender2MSFS but I find it to be pretty darn good. Working with Materials is a little different butI have find the implementation powerful and more complete. The ability to import MSFS gtlf files is fantastic. Seeing how Asobo's WIndsock works is fantastic.

Thanks for turning us onto this, Mike.
 
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I have been using this addon for a few days. It takes some getting used to if you've been using Blender2MSFS but I find it to be pretty darn good. Working with Materials is a little different butI have find the implementation powerful and more complete. The ability to import MSFS gtlf files is fantastic. Seeing how Asobo's WIndsock works is fantastic.

Thanks for turning us onto this, Mike.
Hi! Could you explain whats the difference for "us" as users? What can be done now what was not possible before? I still wasn't able to get it export my texture.
 
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Hi! Could you explain whats the difference for "us" as users? What can be done now what was not possible before? I still wasn't able to get it export my texture.

To fix the texture problem: uncheck Emulate Asobo Optimization under the Flight Simulator section. This will export materials correctly.

As for what's the difference between the two utilities:
  1. The most obvious difference between the Blender2MSFS and Blender-IO-MSFS is that you can import MSFS-ready gltf files with Blender-IO-MSFS and you cannot with Blender2MSFS. I recognize that this makes some people nervous with regards to potential stealing or misappropriating of IP, but I find it valuable to see how
  2. The Materials panel and setup changes significantly in Blender-IO-MSFS. The layout itself looks different but there are also additional options. This includes more UV Options and the addition of Pearlescent Options. The main branch supports "tinting" textures, which Mikeat.at has implemented for us. It seems there is a "bug" with Decals. The Material does not pick up the albedo's alpha. I have manually linked the albedo's alpha to the shader which seems to fix the problem.
  3. I do not think Blender-IO-MSFS has implemented lights, whereas Blender2MSFS has. Blender-IO-MSFS supports emissive textures but not lights. I think there may be a workaround for this but have not had time to experiment.
  4. On Export, Blender-IO-MSFS feels more like the default GLTF exporter. It also does not generate the XML file (or GUID) for the model like Blender2MSFS does. The XML file needs to be done by hand. I tend to do a lot of XML editing anyway. So, this is not a big deal for me.
Those are the differences that I have noticed. I hope it helps.
 

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So sad that they write just single-line commit messages. But yeah, the upstream KhronosGroup/glTF-Blender-IO isn't much better.

I don't understand why the they don't attempt to get their changes upstream?
 
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I installed the stable version for Blender 2.92. I have to say I find the different versions and branches somewhat confusing -- not really sure if this is supposed to be a reasonably complete working version.

So far just playing around with importing aircraft models including my own. For some reason, although material identities are imported, no textures are assigned. Am I doing something wrong, or is this a known issue?

Overall, it looks promising and it seems like development will keep going.

One problem I have with the other exporter is that I can't get any animation attached to another animation to work. I'm going to try the new exporter to see whether the same problem exists.
 
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I see that I misstated my problem in the post above. Parented object with animations are OK. The problem is when I try to parent an armature to an animated object, the animated object won't animate in the sim. I have the same problem with the FBW exporter.

When I import a default model, I see it has just a single armature with many different animations for the different bones. That would solve my animation problems if I could duplicate it. I simply can't figure out how to assign different animations to different bones within an armature.

By the way, I went to the FBW discord site and learned that the developer of this new importer/exporter is burned out and putting the project aside for a time.
 

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By the way, I went to the FBW discord site and learned that the developer of this new importer/exporter is burned out and putting the project aside for a time.
Ouch! Hope he recovers nicely. Good reminder to us all to not be too obsessed about work (or hobby).
 
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Apologies for the possibly silly question, but I haven't found any releases in the project's page, just the source. Did you guys compile it yourselves?
 
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