Swift Shadows

Category: Scripting/Effects
Publisher: Lost Polygon
Rating:
(20)

Price: $15

Requires Unity 3.5.7 or higher.

Swift Shadows is a lightweight substitute for Blob Shadow Projector, heavily optimized for mobile devices. It works by a raycast to surface and drawing a transparent quad that hovers above it. Literally hundreds of shadows can be drawn on a mobile device with a single draw call. Ever needed shadows, but Blob Shadow Projector and built-in shadows were too slow? Then this is the plugin that'll come in handy.

Demos:
Webplayer demo
Android .apk

Highlights:
- Blazing fast. And I really mean it.
- All shadows in the scene can be drawn in a single draw call.
- Supports shadow texture atlases.
- Tons of customization options.
- Shadows match object transform.
- "Static" shadows that are calculated only once and produce no overhead in run-time.
- Ease of use, absolutely no scripting required.
- Shadow generator tool for creating nice looking shadows automatically.
- Works on any platform, does not requires Pro license to work. Heavily optimized for mobile.

Additional information:
Forum discussion thread
Documentation

Version: 1.02 (Sep 11, 2014)Size: 7.1 MBVisit Publisher's WebsiteSupport Website

Package Contents

SwiftShadows
Demo Scenes
Assets
Animations
SS_CubesInCircles.anim
SS_LightMove.anim
Materials
SS_Cube Shadow.mat
SS_Disco Light.mat
SS_Grass.mat
SS_Grass_2.mat
SS_Helicopter Shadow.mat
SS_Menu Grid.mat
SS_Metal Specular.mat
SS_Metal.mat
SS_Metal_2.mat
SS_Rock.mat
SS_Rock_2.mat
SS_Skybox.mat
Models
Constructor
Constructor.FBX
Materials
Constructor Shadow.mat
Constructor.mat
Textures
ConstructorDiffuse.jpg
ConstructorNormals.jpg
Constructor_Shadow.png
DemoTerrain.asset
Disco ball
Discoball_Chain.obj
Discoball_Handle.obj
Materials
Discoball.mat
Textures
Discoball.jpg
Helicopter
GunshipWhole.FBX
Materials
Helicopter Shadow.mat
Helicopter.mat
Window.mat
Textures
Gunship.jpg
Gunship.png
Radar dish
Dish.3DS
Materials
Dish Base.mat
Dish.mat
Tube
Materials
Tube001Mat.mat

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User Reviews

1 year ago

Easy to use and great support

(5 of 5 found this review helpful)

With Swift Shadows I was able to use the inbuilt Shadow Generator to easily create the shadow texture without having to use photoshop. This tool also has a nice blur feature to adjust the edge of the shadow.

Very easy to use. Great support. Delivers everything advertised.





Reply from publisher

1 year ago

Thanks, much appreciated!

7 months ago

Great asset, but not good for uneven terrains, don

(2 of 2 found this review helpful)

I am using it for a vehicle driving game. On road sometimes clipping occurs if road isn't planar and have bumps or grades. But on terrain it looks really bad.

I was really amazed after testing terrain demo, and bought the asset, but it doesn't work that way.

In terrain demo they've made a secondary camera to workaround clipping, shadow and player is always on top because of drawing order of camera. (by top I mean they are drawn in front of every other objects) In my game it looked really bad because objects enter between camera and vehicle(or shadow) And still vehicle needs to be drawn 1st if I want to use 2nd camera.

You will probably not be able to use that 2nd camera option in terrain demo, just buy this asset knowing that.

However, i was going to add blob shadows these days, and I am happy with this asset, it has done everything for me. And I suggest you this. Just ment to warn you against that demo.

Reply from publisher

7 months ago

Thanks a lot for this review!
I guess I really need to clarify that moment a bit in the demo to not give some illusions about what this plugin is capable of doing. Thanks for pointing this out. Still, the double camera setup is usable in some situations, so it makes sense to demonstrate that it is possible.

8 months ago

Well done!

(2 of 2 found this review helpful)

performance really good and the Shadow Generator is really great addition.
had a bit problem with setup since the default shadow color is black and had to turn it white, took me some time to figure it out... beside that really good asset!


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