September 21, 2012, 10:55:56 am
I'm following with deep interest the developpement of Lumion, even if I haven't use it really, mainly due to some details that where annoying me, and I'm curious to know if they will be adressed in this release...
Good points. Some things have technical reasons and some are made as they are because of usability. For example moving an object is an extremely difficult job. We actually test this and we test many different methods and see how people do. In the case of a transform gizmo we found that it is a horrible way to move object for most people. It's hard to believe if you are used to it. At Act-3D we work with 3D software for over 15 years here so we are a very bad measure when it comes judging ease of use ourselves. So that's why we test it and we find out things like this.
The movement we have now at least works for everyone. If you use the hotkeys the current method is even faster than a transform gizmo but ofcourse that's more for advanced users. In 3.0 we completely changed the way we deal with hotkeys so I'm sure you will be able use them very effectively.
We keep doing research on things like these and we keep improving things but we'll always be very carefull so we never want to make things more difficult. We'll try to find solutions that work for advanced users while not getting in the way of people who use the software for the first time.
I think some of the practical points about coordinates and sun direction are very valid. We implement things like that in minor updates after the release (3.1 3.5 etc...). A major update is all about introducing new things, completely redesigning things and generrally big things that have a huge impact.
We want to be perfectionists. We set clear and big goals and we take the time we need to develop, research and polish them. There are many tiny tweaks and changes too but at some point we need to focus on the big things and make sure Lumion 3.0 will blow you away. Fortunately results look good and I think it will blow you away and we even have some stuff you never imagined.