JSI Advanced Transparent Pods CKAN

This mod, previously called JSITransparentPods, as distributed as an integral part of the RasterPropMonitor (RPM) mod, has been split off from RPM and updated to an advanced version with futher development to come.

License: GNU GPLv3 - https://github.com/JPLRepo/JSIAdvTransparentPods/blob/master/LICENSE

Game Version: 1.12.2

Downloads: 38,271

Author: Jplrepo

Mod Website: Forum Thread

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Followers: 200

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This mod is not known to work with the latest version of Kerbal Space Program. Proceed with caution.


This mod contains a Part Module that allows Part Transparency (ability to see inside the parts to the IVAs) in the editor and in flight.
It used to be called JSITransparentPod and was distributed as part of RasterPropMonitor bundle. MOARdV and I have agreed to split it off from the main RPM and from now on will be distributed separately.
Yes Stock KSP 1.1+ has a kind of IVA Overlay feature. But it does not go all the way that this module does.

This module is an update to the previous module and will be known as JSIAdvTransparentPods.
On it's own this mod will do nothing unless you have also installed mods that already support it or create your own part config files, or Module Manager files. You can create MM files to make pretty much any and all parts that have internals be transparent, but they are not included in this download.
Features of this module include:
Transparency feature for configured parts that will show the IVA internal models of parts that have been configured to use this module.
Ability to Swap Shaders on the External and Internal model to make Window appear Opaque or Transparent.
Ability to toggle Transparency setting ON/OFF/AUTO (mouse over) on a part by part basis.
Transparency (show internals) for ALL Loaded vessels (not just the Active Vessel).
* Automatically handles and supports when the user Toggles the stock IVA Overlay feature on and off. * Works in Editor mode (although it does not support the DepthMask Shader meshes in Editor mode) you only see the entire IVA over the external when you turn TransparentPod mode ON in the editor. * Ability to have two different Overlay modes - one for TransparentPod mode (say just transparent windows) and another for the stock overlay mode.

Future Enhancements:
* Support for DepthMask shaders in the Editors.

Known Issues: Due to Unity camera limitations and the way KSP camera and universe is set-up (It's complicated, but if you want the full explanation send me a PM) any objects in the foreground of an IVA can be occluded/cut-off by the IVA. This also occurs with the stock overlay feature introduced in KSP 1.1. I have implemented some basic ray casting to help allieviate this, but it only works when the object in front of an IVA is directly between the IVA and the player's viewing camera. I am investigating other ways to deal with this issue, such as shaders and depth-buffer, hand-wave algorithms.

In Editor (VAB/SPH) DepthMask shaders are disabled until I can figure out how to get the cameras setup. TransparentPod settings do work in the editor however, just not with the overlay meshes.

For mod authors you need to follow the specific requirements of this mod in your models and config files.
For details on that refer to the wiki site page:

Support: NO LOG = NO SUPPORT. Whilst I agree CKAN is a great mod for those that can't use Zip tools. I take no part, nor am I interested in maintaining the CKAN mod metadata for my mods. Please don't ask me about it but refer to the CKAN mod thread if you are having issues with CKAN or the metadata it maintains.

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