Hi, UE5 is making me very excited and I’m really looking to start a new project based on UE5.
I’m an old UE3 user and I’ve used Unity in the past.
Coming back to UE and I immediately feel that there is some obvious stuff that I find very difficult to live without.
Yeah, I have to admit that I never thought that I would miss them until I used Unity so please don’t reject them until you give some considerations.
“Scene” View update in Play mode. Having a Scene view side-by-side with the Game view updating in PIE is immensely useful for debugging. It may hurt performance to update multiple views simultaneously. If that’s the main reason against it, we can make it optional to update Scene View or not.
In UE, it is very difficult to temporarily disable some Actors for testing. I usually delete the Actors and then revert the delete but this is error-prone. I often make mistakes saving the scene without completely reverting or reverting halfway. It seems obvious why it’s very useful and it doesn’t seem all that difficult to support this feature.
“Mute Audio” from the Settings Menu. Sometimes, I want to work quietly not to bother others, but muting audio is hidden deep inside preference right now. There is “Realtime Audio” in the Settings Menu but it doesn’t have an effect from the Editor. Can we bring it out to a more convenient place?
“Package Manager” like import system within the Editor. To import an Asset in UE, often I have to create a new project first and then copy. If there is a version mismatch, I have to create a compatible project, copy, and then delete it manually. This is really inconvenient and we should be able to import Assets directly from the Editor. If there is a version mismatch, display an additional Confirm Dialogbox if you really want to import. But please let us have an option to import or not. This will be useful right now especially because there is no Asset compatible with UE5 and it will be so until the next year.
For #4 you can tell the launcher where your projects are to have them show up, so for assets that are marked “Add to project” you can tick the box show all projects and add them to UE5 projects, for content marked “Create new project” you can navigate to your vault cache, find the content that’s there, copy the content folder of the stuff you want and merge it with your project. Thats all the launcher does.
Among other things, #2 is causing huge pain for me. To disable an actor temporarily, I have to delete from the scene and revert back and it often causes problems. It seems simple enough and I’m not sure if anyone from Epic watches this thread.
In my opinion, Epic is far better in many ways but one thing Unity is doing better is community support.
There is one popular thread in Unity that has many valuable feedback.
You could always link your feedback above and the Unity thread to here maybe.
As there’s occasional eyeballs there… Otherwise Epic DGAF much to be honest.
Love the theme: show us your pain, but that Unity thread is also way too dense.
So Epic are unlikely to study it. Maybe highlight some of the better posts here?
Oh, wow! interesting. Thanks for the sharing and I’ll give it a try.
I just gave it a try in UE4. Deactivate seems to work but Activate didn’t work.
Besides, it’s hard to know whether the actor is activated or not from the WorldOutliner and also we should be able to activate/deactivate a folder and its children.
Anyway, I appreciate your efforts and it seems feasible and I hope Epic will implement it into the Editor properly in the near future.
Hi, Bruno, I just gave it a try, but unfortunately, it didn’t work. Activating did not turn on the visibility of the children components. I guess it’s pretty close and I’ll probably be able to study the code and fix it myself. I really appreciate it. I wouldn’t know where to begin if weren’t for your help.
In the meantime, I guess it’s easier said than done but it will be much easier to use if…
It would be convenient to Activate/Deactivate multiple actors or on a folder for convenience.
There should be some sort of visual feedback on the world outliner that the actor is deactivated.
Anyway, it’s a great utility and it should be part of the default UE. In my opinion, it is a simple change but very useful. Right now, to Deactivate, we have to Deactivate the Actor and all its children components but in my opinion, deactivating the Actor should implicitly deactivate all its children without explicitly deactivating. It will make Activate/Deactivate much easier. But I guess this will require an additional flag on an Actor and it is something only Epic can do.
+1 … I don’t get the whole deactivate actor frustration versus literally engine destroying gotchas like ^this^. Unity has had this feature for what - a decade or more? Overall landscapes / terrain in UE don’t get much love. So its best to avoid them 100% if you can.
Lack of this feature honestly puts me to shame in front of my peers who use unity, they see me as a madman for still sticking with Unreal. It’s not a difficult feature to add for Epic even Cryengine had run-time terrain deformation so does lumberyard/O3DE (it’s pretty performance hungry in Cry and Lumberyard but it’s there and that is what matters).