Thingiverse is an enormous resource for mostly open source, ready to print 3D objects. It conveniently has both a built in understanding of derivative objects and a web based 3D object viewer. It has no mechanism for combining the two though, making comparing any two objects a matter of either visual guesswork or downloading and comparing the files against each other.
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Great job! Congratulations! 🙂
I’ve been waiting for a library like this for years, I have to admit (unfortunately I’m not a coder – yet – so I could not implement it myself). I’ve been researching and working for already few years now how to organize collaborative design processes, that is how to organize Open Design processes that are really collaborative (while in most of the cases of Open Design you can find there are only the final files).
I think that we are in this situation because basically all the software that can be used for working collaboratively in an open source way are designed to work with code but not with images, 3D models, CAD, movies, … and the most difficult issue is to compare (diff) different versions. It’s possible with few hacks, but that’s not what we want if we look for a broad participation in an Open Design project.
At least now Github is offering some functionalities for comparing images:
Now, next step would be to implement your library in Trac (or other bug tracking software) or some repository viewer (like WebSVN for example). Do you plan to do something like this soon?
Thank you so much for this library!