It's been a while since I posted an IOTD and since I just completed my first software application that I have posted for sale. I thought I would throw one up. It is a converter which takes a Sketch Up 7.1 DAE (Collada File) and converts it to FBX (Autodesk format).
I've been working on a small game prototype in Unity. Nothing to show yet but I ran into a problem when I was working on it. I had been using Sketch Up to rough out my levels. Which worked great as it could export to Unity in FBX but only for the pro trial version. The regular version exported collada files but they won't load in unity. I looked around for a tool which could convert the Collada files. After not having much luck I decided to bite the bullet and build my own.
I ended up writing a converter which you can find here:
It was written in C# using .net 2.0 and visual studio 2005.
I coded a parser for the Collada files and a writer for FBX files to keep all the code in C# and dependencies at a minimum.
I am currently working on getting a version running on Mac via mono (I have it running actually just need to get it packaged up).
The white house model is from http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/</em>
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