Latest 0.0.3
Homepage https://github.com/nuudles/NavigationMeshGraph
License MIT
Platforms ios 9.0, osx 10.11, requires ARC
Frameworks GameplayKit
Authors

The pathfinding in action
A visual representation of the node connections

A NavigationMeshGraph is a kind of GKGraph that will do pathfinding based on a navigation mesh defined by convex polygons. Unlike the GKObstacleGraph, this graph navigates such that the path stays on the mesh defined by the given polygons.

Features

  • Uses GameplayKit for pathfinding to keep the user within a mesh of convex polygons
  • Allows you to connect a node to it and find the closest point on the navigation mesh to connect it

Requirements

  • iOS 9.0+ / Mac OS X 10.11+
  • Xcode 7

Installation Using CocoaPods

CocoaPods is a dependency manager for Cocoa projects.

Because NavigationMeshGraph is written in Swift, you must use frameworks.

To integrate NavigationMeshGraph into your Xcode project using CocoaPods, specify it in your Podfile:

source 'https://github.com/CocoaPods/Specs.git'
platform :ios, '9.0'
use_frameworks!

pod 'NavigationMeshGraph'

Then, run the following command:

$ pod install

Usage

Create an array of NavigationMeshPolygon objects and initialize a NavigationMeshGraph with them:

let graph = NavigationMeshGraph(polygons: polygons)

This will then go through the polygons and create a graph of GKGraphNode2D using the vertices of the polygons, their centroids, and the midpoints of their edges. You can then connect two nodes in order to find the path between them like so:

let startNode = GKGraphNode2D(point: float2(startPosition))
let endNode = GKGraphNode2D(point: float2(endPosition))

graph.connectNodeToClosestPointOnNavigationMesh(startNode)
graph.connectNodeToClosestPointOnNavigationMesh(endNode)

Note the usage of the connectNodeToClosestPointOnNavigationMesh method, which connects the node based on the navigation mesh. If you specify a node that is not in the mesh, it will calculate the nearest point to the mesh and move the node there before connecting it to its neighbors. Once the nodes are connected, you can then find the path as expected:

let path = graph.findPathFromNode(startNode, toNode: endNode)

Take a look at the Example project to see the graph in action. For the example I used the Physics Body Editor to create the set of convex polygons that make up the navigation mesh.

To Do

The node creation is far from perfect and may benefit from exploring other automatic mesh creation techniques, such as the Delauney triangulation method.

Latest podspec

{
    "name": "NavigationMeshGraph",
    "version": "0.0.3",
    "license": "MIT",
    "summary": "Added pathfinding graph for Navigation Meshes",
    "homepage": "https://github.com/nuudles/NavigationMeshGraph",
    "authors": {
        "Christopher Luu": "[email protected]"
    },
    "source": {
        "git": "https://github.com/nuudles/NavigationMeshGraph.git",
        "tag": "0.0.3"
    },
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "9.0",
        "osx": "10.11"
    },
    "source_files": "Source/*.swift",
    "frameworks": "GameplayKit",
    "requires_arc": true
}

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