That's my question, basically. Say I wasn't looking to animate clothes on a character, say I wanted to animate a ........ trebuchet! For those of you who don't know, a trebuchet is like a cross between a catapult and a slingshot. It's a medieval projectile weapon that could hurl objects hundreds of feet and was more powerful than a regular catapult.
There was a challenge a few months ago over on cgtalk to create a trebuchet but it had to be done totally with dynamics simulators, only keyframes on events, like start. Now, in that, you would need rigid bodies for the trebuchet itself, the projectile, and the target and softbodies on things like the rope/chains that hold the projectile pouch, the puch, and possibly the chain connected to the weight. A simpler example might be, blocks falling down some stairs or a hillside. Would these scenes be possible with the upcoming 2.37 or are softbodies strictly for softy-type things?
I highly doubt it would be useful for these things, but given many small enough time steps it ought to be possible
softbodies are last I heard somewhat implemented, why don't you try a testing build?
I have downloaded the latest windows build as well as some earlier builds that had it built-in but hidden. The instructions aren't clear enough and I'm not looking to spend days searching through elysiun posts trying to figure out how it works. I'd rather just wait until it's finished and there's a little more proper documentation on how this feature works since it can cover many areas of animation. I'm patient enough to wait for a complete implementation, I was just asking for conversation's sake and for my own curiosity.
Now, based on what you said, are rigid bodies ever going to be added? Wouldn't having rigid bodies first be more beneficial? Is the only aim for softbodies to animate character clothes and hair? I would hope that the possibilities of this engine aren't limited to character-oriented things.