I asked you some time ago what you wanted most for version 0.6 of my city generator. The survey is now closed, so let's have a look at the results.
I've had 184 participants, which is not bad. I'm no statistician, but to me the sample is large enough to be somewhat representative of my user base, or so I think. Some people may have answered more than once by looking at the answer dates. At least it's better than nothing.
1 - Cycles materials generation
This one I also wanted before I created the survey. Having realistic lighting will make the city look more believable. I'm about to tackle it, but with OSL, that should be easy (read: not too hard)
2 - Buildings don't overlap on each other and on streets
Good news, it's partially the case in the coming 0.6. The buildings are still overlapping, but the streets are always clear of buildings and obstacles, because they're grid-aligned. I know having straight roads only is a restriction, but I can always add curvy roads later: I'd rather have clutter-free straight roads right now than unusable randomly shaped ones.
3 - A live preview of the city while tweaking its parameters for fast feedback
No longer will you need to switch between the generator and Blender: see your result immediately. Export to Blender when you're happy.
The three most wanted features will be in the next version. The rest perhaps, but most will have to wait a little longer.
Some people also took the time to write exactly what they need, so here are their responses:
- Ability to define where streets are and how large
- Generate city from street map (splines)
- Street Light Poles
- v0.6 looks promising :-) - Mac compatible - larger area - higher blocks - style e.g. sci-fi - switch day/night after built
Thanks to those answers. In short, you also want various architectural styles, better street control, and customizable city (to some extent) AFTER it's been generated, which means once it's in Blender. Noting on my TODO list...
Finally, on a scale from 1 to 5, most people think of the city generator as being moderately useful, while slightly more people find it very useful than those who don't. So the end result is positive :)