Dropper (for Blender)
A downloadable tool for Windows, macOS, and Linux
A very useful but unglamorous tool, a "dropper" is a simple level editor that lets you position objects in 3D space and then writes all the positions/rotations/etc. to an easily parsed text file. Your game can then read this file to put everything in the same place.
This is a Python script that allows you to use Blender as a dropper. Years ago I realized I could use Blender for this purpose and wrote a simple Python script to export data about the scene. Well, Blender's API changed shortly after I wrote that and the original script no longer works in the latest versions of Blender. When I saw the Toolbox Jam, I decided this was a good time to rewrite my script in the new API.
This time I also had it export any custom properties that you set, plus you can choose either JSON or XML for the output format. The included scene demonstrates how to setup objects for export.
Note that I also ported this script to Maya:
code for Blender 2.8 (originally 2.77)
install in Edit > Preferences > Add-ons
once installed: File > Export > Dropper
Saves info about objects in the scene:
name, position, rotation, scale, custom properties
Select either XML or JSON for the data format.
- Dropper for Blender updated to 2.8Oct 12, 2019
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