[osg-users] osgdb_dae - Collada runtime database

Robert Osfield robert.osfield at gmail.com
Fri Sep 21 08:34:19 PDT 2007

Hi Mattias,

I'm not particularly up to speed on the Collada plugin (I'm not the
author of it) so only can speak at very high level w.r.t OSG
integration.  If you want extra information into a plugin one uses the
Options object, potentially you could use this to pass back extra
plugin related data too - for instance by attaching it to the UseData
of the Options object.


On 9/21/07, Mattias Linde <linde at acc.umu.se> wrote:
> Hi Robert,
> When a Collada file is read in and parsed (with osgdb_dae plugin) the contents is stored in
> a runtime database. The data is accessed through a DAE interface which have load and save
> functionality and methods to access the object model.
> Since we are working with both Collada for graphics and physics it would be really convenient
> if the same runtime database could be used for both. This would greatly simplify saving collada
> data and save time and memory (no need to parse the collada files twice and have two runtime
> databases at the same time with the same info).
> When saving, the graphics state updates would be in one database and the physics in another and
> getting that into one correct collada-file would be somewhat unpleasant.
> Currently we have solved this by making it possible for plugins to return a void-pointer
> virtual void* ReaderWrite::getPluginData() { return 0l; }
> which plugins can overload if needed such as
> virtual void* ReaderWriterDAE::getPluginData() { return reinterpret_cast<void *>(_dae); }
> Then we use callbacks in the application on file loads so we get a way to access the DAE
> instance within the collada plugin.
> Would it be possible to make some sort of update to OSG to solve this problem, or
> perhaps you have some better suggestion how to do this?
> / Mattias
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