I’ve put coverage of Pathfinding in several updates this week (29). This post has some of the unique items less related to other topics.
Right now the main Pathfinding concern is how vehicles work with the new Havok Physics Engine version. Depending on who one asks, they work well or not at all. So, far that seems to be a matter of whether the vehicle is built well or not. I know saying ‘well’ is an over simplification.
The concern is not really with Pathfinding. It is Havok. But, Pathfinding precipitates the change from height maps to terrain mesh. That change is breaking some content…
The Lab does not resist breaking what they consider poorly made content, at least not in all cases. This seems to be one of those cases.
One of the big problems with vehicles and the new Havok is the use of collision surfaces made from sculpties and tori. Using either for the physical items in a vehicle is going to fail.
Report vehicle problems in PF regions in the PathBug project, so the right Lindens will see it.
Viewer Pathfinding Tools
The Pathfinding Project Viewer has been merged with the main development trunk of viewer development. That seems to have worked well. So, everything seems to be on target for the PF roll out and PF integrated viewer roll out.
There are a number of issues that can delay getting out either. But, for now it looks good.
LEA regions in PF Beta
Lorca Linden put some of the Linden Endowment for Arts regions in the PF Beta. I’m not sure which ones and I suspect builders there may be unaware of the change. It is mostly unnoticeable without a PF Viewer.
There were a number of region owners that requested they be added to the PF Beta. Those that did not make it into the Beta have been added to the RC.
Animation with PF is a bit of a challenge. A new wiki web page was made in June by Silent Mole and Maestro added a PF note in late June.
Understanding how animation works with the server is the difference between creating extreme lag or creating almost no lag. Most of that depends on what you are doing to the regions physics engine. Pathfinding changes things a bit.