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Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:04 am
by WarpD
Might I suggest a solution to improve the quality and speed of foilage display within the sim's environment?

Has anyone seen or heard of SpeedTree?

If this is the wrong forum, I apologize.

Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:45 pm
by WarpD
No, it's actually rendering code as well to control the LOD and speed at which items are processed for rendering. I have seen it's significant performance increase in other games and can attest that it is far, far more than what you describe.

Posted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:37 am
by Beau Hollis
You're both more or less right. Speed tree is a very efficient system and could likely speed up our existing auto-gen rendering. For now though, our foliage is mostly comprised of billboard fans, so a complex LOD system isn't needed. We have a few GPU tricks in mind for how to handle them on our own. Speedtree would be a great way to improve the quality of our foliage while maintaining good performance, but we don't currently have any plans of using it.