PlayCanvas has a pretty cool (but not widely known about) feature that allows you to copy and paste entities and entity hierarchy between two instances of the Editor. This can save a lot of time, particularly when setting up new projects.
Many of you have requested the ability to do the same with assets. Well, we listened – and now you can! 🚀
So if you need to grab some assets from another project, no more need to download from Project A and then upload to Project B. Just copy and paste in seconds, directly from project to project.
This makes it super easy to share reusable code and assets with your team and the rest of the PlayCanvas community, especially in combination with the recent launch of Templates to setup preconfigured Entities.
Use the context menu or the Ctrl/Cmd + C and Ctrl/Cmd + V hotkeys to copy assets across to your projects. 💪
The PlayCanvas team is super excited to announce the Editor support of glTF GLB conversion with model and animation imports.
This gives developers an order of magnitude reduction in load times compared to the JSON format while keeping similar gzipped download size.
Using the Stanford Dragon model (2,613,679 vertices, 871,414 triangles), we can compare GLB and JSON parse times on a Macbook Pro 16 inch.
The JSON format took over 3 secs just to parse the data, a peak memory usage of ~498 MB and a gzipped package size of 28.1MB.
GLB speeds ahead taking only 0.193 secs which is 17x faster, uses a peak of ~25.2 MB of memory and a gzipped package size of 25.7MB 🚀!
That’s a huge saving in time and means applications will become snappier and more responsive to users, especially for content heavy games and product showcases.
We will be deprecating the use of JSON and the default format that model and animations files. Newly created projects will default to converting to GLB and in existing projects, this can be enabled in the projects settings:
If you would like to replace your current JSON assets with GLB, the User Manual has more information about the process to migrate over.
The conversion to GLB supports the importing of multiple animations in a single FBX which will help improve content workflows.
Remember our awesome glTF 2.0 Viewer? That is now integrated into the Editor to inspect any GLB asset from the project. Just right and select ‘Open In Viewer’!
It’s finally here! The PlayCanvas team is very excited to announce the public release of our new Templates feature! 🎉
Templates allow you to create preconfigured entities with all the values and child hierarchy as an asset reference.
This is a huge workflow boost as managing and changing objects in a scene is now easier and faster to do. New instances of the Template can be placed in the scene with the Editor. These instances have a link to the Template asset, so any changes to the asset will change the instances in the scene too.
Now we are able to change and update many scene entities via a single asset which is a welcome change from the tedious manual updating of multiple entities across multiple scenes.
Other features of the Template system also include:
Adding instances in the Scene editor (including drag and drop support of template assets to the Hierarchy panel)
Overriding properties on a per instance basis
Nested Templates which allows referencing a Template in another Template
Creating a new instances via code from an asset reference
In terms of how they can be used, we have been beta-testing the feature since early 2020 (big thanks to all those that have given us feedback and bug reports 🙏) and some of the use cases we’ve seen so far include:
Designing and creating sections of an infinite runner game
Managing UI screens and instantiating them at runtime
Different enemy types that a script can reference to randomly generate a level
As you can see, Templates give you a wide range of flexibility of workflow options to manage and modify content in your projects.