Name: Thomas de Goede, aka Lord Herman
Timeframe: Tuesday Feb 14 – Monday Feb 20
Project Detail: See individual projects below
Software Used: Unity 3, NotePad++, FileZilla
Final Thoughts: I thought this lab would be less interesting than the others, but I ended up learning quite a lot of useful things. Building tools to make other parts of development easier will certainly come in handy in later projects.
This was also the first project where I noted exactly how long I worked on each part, rather than estimating it after the fact. It was a chore to do, though, and I forgot about it a few times. In the end, I made a time logging tool the subject of one of the On Your Own assignments.
Folder creator: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Video: 50 minutes
Homework: 25 minutes
Prefab creator: 45 minutes
2D Ani Sheet: 3 hours, 42 minutes
Tool Description: 12m
Instruction manual: 5m
Write it already: 2h 34m
Video: 5 hours, 8 minutes
Homework: 1 hour
Think About It:
4 hours, 10 minutes
Total: 16 hours
Part 1 – Folder Structure
Although I haven’t made much use of folders before this project, I do think I have an idea of what kind of structure I’d use:
— Object Scripts
The idea is to have large categories, which contain more specific smaller ones. I divide some objects of the same type (e.g. prefabs) into multiple categories because I already noticed in Lab 2 that having particle prefabs and object prefabs all in the same place can get confusing.
My guess is that this setup works for projects slightly larger than what I’ve done so far, but that it’ll break down in much larger projects. I guess I’ll just have to see if it’s suited for the upcoming labs.
Part 2 – Time Tool
Here is the working time tool. I went with the classes approach. I think that’ll work nicest when I use this tool in a larger project; everything will be in one place, and I can easily make multiple timers by instancing the class.
Click here to test the timer tool
Part 3 – Time Logger
I studied my workflow, and the one thing I seem to have trouble with is keeping track of how much time I spend on which things. To make that a bit simpler, I decided to make a tool that lets me set up timers within the Unity editor.
The result is a editor window that can keep track of any number of timers. The user can add new ones, continue existing ones (by typing in the name of one that already exists), pause the timer system, and clear all timers. The window also displays a total of all timers. Time is displayed in hours, minutes and seconds for readability.
It doesn’t save the timers, so the timers are lost when the window is closed. I haven’t found a satisfactory way to handle this yet. Maybe a later lab will cover saving and loading data.
Put the .js file in a project’s Assets/Editor folder to use it. You can open the time logger from the Window menu in the Unity editor.
Part 4 – Extra Credit
The tool for creating a material was relatively easy, as I could model it on the tool for making a prefab. Still, it took some time to figure out how to apply the same principle to textures, as they don’t appear directly in the scene.
(The other assignment will follow later, once I know what I’m supposed to do)