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Solar Prominences and thicker moving clouds
werdnaforeverDate: Thursday, 09.02.2012, 02:26 | Message # 1
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Solar Prominences would make a great addition to Space Engine. I know there really aren't any animations in the program, but these would be cool to see if a future version can handle them.

The clouds in Space Engine are really just spheres. It would be cool for a fog effect to be generated in the vicinity of areas with clouds; the rule would be that transparent areas have no fog, and vice versa. The color of the fog = the color of the clouds. I know animated clouds would also be cool but that may be too much for any computer to handle, but maybe someday space engine will have fluid moving clouds.
 
TetoDate: Thursday, 09.02.2012, 07:57 | Message # 2
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By the way, would it be possible to use cloud of sprites, like nebulae ? That could fake the thickness of clouds, no ?
 
SpaceEngineerDate: Friday, 10.02.2012, 01:16 | Message # 3
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Wait guys! I plan to have realistic animated 3D clouds with global illumination and light scattering, self shadowing, god rays, rain and snow, lightning and thunder, cyclones and tornados... But it is a lot of work. Currently I work on spaceships, physics, navigation, GUI, and procedural galaxies simultaneously, but adding clouds now will delay version 0.96 release till 2013... Because clouds requires rewriting of the engine to a deferred pipeline, adding shadow mapping and adapting the landscape system for animated surfaces, etc.

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TetoDate: Friday, 10.02.2012, 10:23 | Message # 4
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OK ! biggrin
 
mustafa2812Date: Friday, 10.02.2012, 18:53 | Message # 5
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Yeah Id rather have more frequent releases than that haha. I love space engine!!




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COL3Date: Friday, 06.04.2012, 02:32 | Message # 6
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From what I've seen with beta releases, consistency and regularness is key. But also you can't rush art, and this engine is nothing short of a masterpiece lol.
 
AaronDate: Friday, 08.06.2012, 08:30 | Message # 7
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I know you are planning realistic 3d clouds, but I would just like to post a reminder at how significant accurate atmosphere simulation improves the feel of the simulation.

Here's an example of a unity engine atmosphere renderer that looks really nice (you can try a demo too). Rain, fog, and mist are especially interesting.

Here's to hoping you have time, patience and energy to get a better atmospheric renderer in soon!

http://www.nuaj.net/gallery/

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Wait guys! I plan to have realistic animated 3D clouds with global illumination and light scattering, self shadowing, god rays, rain and snow, lightning and thunder, cyclones and tornados... But it is a lot of work. Currently I work on spaceships, physics, navigation, GUI, and procedural galaxies simultaneously, but adding clouds now will delay version 0.96 release till 2013... Because clouds requires rewriting of the engine to a deferred pipeline, adding shadow mapping and adapting the landscape system for animated surfaces, etc.
 
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