I’m just curious in the plan (link below) there’s mentioned 3D, I also remember some talks about it here, I think it was @tiar (but if not I’m sorry for pinging you ;)) who mentioned wanting to look at it closer, also some notes about instead of implementing all 3D it might be possible to use Blender for this as long as you have it on your computer.
Now I’m wondering, since Godot has 3D capabilities, shares the open source license and there’s a new proposal to build godot as a shared library, would that make it possible (maybe even easier) to implement it for the 3D stuff in Krita?
In general Godot is pretty lightweight, it already builds to win, linux, mac, android, …, code base is not large and most importantly it’s very nicely structured and written, considering the size of blender’s code base and going through it to figure out what’s needed it might be worth the tradeoff, Godot is built with the possibilty to strip features down during the built process to shed what’s not needed.
Instead of creating a robust 3D api in Krita large part of it could go through godot scenes/scripts (these are native to godot and just work) which might make it possible for devs who don’t know krita’s core and/or c++ to help with large part of 3D stuff without a need to tinker with Krita too much and possibly breaking stuff.
Sure some part of Krita’s api would still be needed to make it possible to work with it in plugins if you want to add that but even if not as long as the base commands go through lot of the scene stuff could be handled by a Godot script file.
(Implementing special layers or so in krita I assume is the same work as for any other 3D option so I’m mostly talking about differences)
I know that adding languages, libraries or other stuff has not been popular in Krita’s development over the years for various reasons and I’m not belittleing these in any way. I’m just bringing this up as a topic for discussion if it ever comes to 3D implementations.
I don’t know how much of this is even possible or what are the current plans, as far as I understand the 3D stuff is still quite far away in Krita (unless something changed from the last info I got?).
Godot’s proposal is fairly new. Technically there was a longer discussion about this in a different proposal and it has been going on for a while this is the first init of any action.
The previous one started with a C# proposal.
Link to krita plan: https://krita.org/en/item/krita-in-2021-and-2022/
Link for godot proposal: Build Godot Engine as a shared library · Issue #4773 · godotengine/godot-proposals · GitHub
EDIT: This all assumes from the note about possible blender introduction that it’s more feasible to add something extra to Krita rather than create it with something like QT.