DotScene         What is DotScene? How do I use it?


Overview of the DotScene format.

DotScene Overview

DotScene (aka .scene) is just a standardized XML file format. The .dtd format is in OGRECave/DotSceneFormat.
This file format is meant to be used to set up a scene in Ogre. It is meant to be useful for any type of application/game. Editors can export to .scene format, and apps can load the format.

What is DotScene?

DotScene file does not contain any mesh data, texture data, etc. It just contains elements that describe a scene. You *do not* need to use any of the following when using .scene files: DotSceneManager, DotSceneInterface, DotSceneViewer. They are all just seperate projects that you have the option of using.

A simple .scene file example:

<scene formatVersion="">
        <node name="Robot" id="3">
            <position x="10.0" y="5" z="10.5" />
            <scale x="1" y="1" z="1" />
            <entity name="Robot" meshFile="robot.mesh" static="false" />
        <node name="Omni01" id="5">
            <position x="-23" y="49" z="18" />
            <rotation qx="0" qy="0" qz="0" qw="1" />
            <scale x="1" y="1" z="1" />
            <light name="Omni01" type="point" intensity="0.01" contrast="0">
                <colourDiffuse r="0.4" g="0.4" b="0.5" />
                <colourSpecular r="0.5" g="0.5" b="0.5" />

Details you find at OGRECave/DotSceneFormat.

What Does it Do?

It does nothing in itself, it is just a file format. The nice thing about the format is that it is in XML format, and is human readable. Also, adding new tags/elements not in the official specification is possible without messing up other .scene parsers.

Other Tools that support DotScene format