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.
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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