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    Richard … Wow … have no idea what I could contribute - still have modeler on a 2000 - 17" iBook pro (LOL) - haven't used it in years though … but if I were to request anything it would be automatic - adjustable - configurable - beveled text (which used to be in FormZ - but was removed several versions ago) … The beveled text in EI currently is good … however … a variety of adjustable bevel options would be wonderful. And for that matter - adjustable bevels on all 3d created objects would be a major plus. Thank you … for doing this … Hal Hal Meyers p.s. - Oh … I might be able to assist when it comes time to create the PDF / interactive manual / …
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    Happy New year! So, I recently tried to import a Human model obj. into Eias 8 and it did not bring in the uvs for some reason, which made applying the map impossible. I could not check use uvs in the group info box. It was greyed out. This is what I did: 1.I imported the file( https://www.food4rhino.com/resource/mei-posed-001) into EIAS 9 DEMO. and applied the map in there. 2. I reexported the model as a validated fact file which gave me the UVS in version 8, but the map still did not apply properly in version 8 for some reason. 3. I had to save the material from version 9 demo as well and then apply that in version 8. Finally, it worked!
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    I just uploaded a video that I made 15 years ago. Because CG is always perfect and clean, I went to a plant, just before it closed for good to take hundreds of pictures for reference. I took picture of everything that is messy, rusty and dirty. This is what real life is : chaos. If anyone is interested, I still have the original high-rez pictures. I still look at them before modeling and texturing just for inspiration. 3DCG is too artificial and it is not just the model and material, the placement of stuff also. There is tons of out of place objects scattered around. If it is too boring to watch, increase the speed of the playback in youtube. https://youtu.be/KshgvU591Z0
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    Ola Tomas. Maybe you can find some middle ground between the current and LW. Maybe like formz ? Anyway, this is low priority for you now, so all good.
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    Thanks for this new email. Blair sent me the update for Big Dipper 32 bits, but on the old email, and he didn't answer me on another query because he probably don't check very often his old one. Maher
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    You did not say : not right now in 9.1 but it will in 10 Will there be another way to do it in version 10? It is not something really important, it's just that it prevent people (younger one) from working a certain way: a more modern way. Like I said, I like working in only one orthographic view that I can rotate around. Working axis aligned is not always possible either.
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    Ok, I did not know that I also had to also install both 32bit libraries on my 64bit os. The two 64 bit one were already installed. So there must be some 32bit code hidden somewhere in EIAS that it link to. Thankyou for the quick response.
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    Ola Tomas, I also need to upgrade my NX shaders to 64 bits version. Thanks, Maher
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    Ola Tomas! I'll make the jump and install it now - many thanks. (I needed to make absolutely sure EI will continue to run - I can't live without it! ;-) Chip
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    To my surprise, I found out that mac OS' Quicklook feature (the one that lets the Finder preview a file's content by tapping the spacebar when it is highlighted) works for a few 3D formats such as .obj. Finder's Column view's previews work, too. You can use a few mouse and keyboard combos to move and rotate the camera. Windows 10 has some 3D preview abilities too. Is there anything like that for .FAC files, any Quick Look generator plugin for FACTs?
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    Hi, I just joined. Still waiting for the new dongle. This is interesting. Personally, I've found Sketchup 3d to be the most intutitive modeller - even for importing into eias, and I've tried a few. if there is an alpha, I'd love to try it and help if I can. The more like sketchup 3d, I'd say, the better for eias users. It just snaps and extrudes so simply and intuitively. Great use of guides, automatic completion of shapes. More intuitive than any other program, I'd say. Make sure to include some sort of an easy geometric star/polyhedron tools. The best layer tools I've ever seen were in Form-Z. ghost, unghost, lock, unlock. certain functions are very repetitive. I'm still a fan of Illustrator88 :-) for simplicity of graphic interface... I hope it doesn't try to compete with maya in terms of complexity :-/
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    I've kept an old G4 with OS9 around just to use EIM. It's by far the most intuitive modeling program for me, as an illustrator. I've waited a long time to get this news! THANK YOU!
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    Very nice, Kish! Any list of features? Thanks a lot FélixCat
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    Wow!... Just wow, hey Richard long time no chat. EIM is still running in my windows and g5 mac it still solid and wow. I'll send an email and will contribute where I can. This is exciting.
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    So... after some more playing around and a lot of help from Tomas I found out what was wrong. I'm writing it here shall anyone happen to have my same issue. The problem is related to Apple's Gatekeeper that allows or denies unsigned code to be executed. Up until before Sierra and High Sierra, users had the option of selecting "Allow from anywhere". That option is missing now. My specific problem was that I had tried to launch Camera and/or Camera_64 before disabling the gatekeeper. This had probably created a blocking rule that was stopping Camera_64 from starting. So if you happen to have my same problems do these things: 1. Download a fresh copy of EIAS. No you can't use the one already installed. 2. Open your terminal and type "sudo spctl --master-disable" (without the quotes). You will be asked for your password. 3. Open System Preferences and go into the Security & Privacy panel. Unlock the panel with your password and switch the "Allow apps downloaded from" setting back and forth to App Store and then back to Anywhere. This will trigger a confirmation dialog. If you don't see the "Anywhere" option it means step 2 did not work. Try again. 4. Only now, attempt to launch any EIAS app. The rest should be straightforward.
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    Hi Again, It seems Amazon has upgraded their interface and setting up a slave or slaves for rendering from EIAS is very simple. I recently lost all my original setup but managed to use a template setup provided by for a re-build. 30 mins and I had a template of my own for use with any "form" of machine setup on offer. Running multiple machines is very simple. I have come back to this topic because I have been using this for quite a while now. Yes it does cost, but any render farm does. RAMA handles it beautifully. Anyway if anyone is interested or needs advice on how to get started I can explain how to set it up fairly easily. There is no fee other than what you use. FYI. I keep a "snapshot" of a machine setup on Amazon for under a dollar a Month. When I want to launch and instance of that setup, yes it costs. You can see different setup costs for varying machines here. I can keep that "snapshot" or "image" of that setup indefinitely. https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/pricing/ Be sure to click on windows, as it defaults to Linux which is much cheaper! It's the only option for "outsourced" render farm type rendering that I have found for EIAS. It works for sure. All good, cheers
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    Hi, I will post a video Tomas, still working on a few things to get this "workflow" friendly. I did just realise I didn't mention another post on this forum that relates to running rama on another machine. I can't find it right now, it was based on a Mac but same principal. That is a key element in getting the rama file up onto the virtual machine and running it from there. Because you can't launch Animator on the virtual machine to render to rama. Nice and easy if you could! :-) Hi Adam, yes it is. I recently had to do an animation but did it through Studio max and Re-Bus renderfarm. Jesus wept was that an expensive exercise! Looks like a renderfarm is actually a money tree in truth! I have done, but not finished, some cinebench testing on Amazon and comparing it with some other people's data as well. Amazon rates very, very high. Higher than anything rebus offers outside of premium rates. (which I haven't tested, thankfully). I am still testing this of course but so far so good. Rama master is perfectly fine running from a basic virtual machine on Amazon and networking out to High end CPU slaves. One other good thing is that everything is off my machine in terms of file sending, receiving. I seem to get power cuts more often nowadays and having rama master running on a virtual machine alleviates any problems with an unintentional shutdown. Having said that I could run it from a laptop and rely on battery power but uploads via rama from my network is slow. Much quicker to FTP or Dropbox etc. all the related files in one hit. BTW, any Remote Desktop (Windows RDC) dropouts I have had in the past are gone now I am on Win 10. You need to use RDC to control Amazon EC instances. I know you're a Win user too. Hope that helps a bit and I'll keep posting when I have more to post!
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    Hi, Been testing this for a long time now and it works very well. The setup described (above) is a bit outdated but a big thanks, only because Amazon has vastly updated their interface since this post. It's really quite easy to setup. Also monitoring and clarity of what is going on has vastly improved. Basically I keep an "image" (AMI) of a complete computer setup with EIAS rama and slave up on Amazon. This does cost. Around $1.22 per month. Depending on your storage (GB) amount. I can launch that image of that setup onto any machine that they offer at any time. As I type this I am running 4 x 62 cores at $1.55 USD each. (4 x 1.55). Once they finish, I terminate them and the cost stops. "Alarms" can be set to impose as well. The upload via rama from my desktop is the pain though. Fast transfer through rama via internet connection I am yet to find. Hence my other post to be able to collect files from EIAS, render to rama on a virtual disk and upload the disk image, run rama from another (free) virtual machine to the more powerful slaves (all on Amazon) and it is a complete virtual renderfarm. It does work, just organising EIAS to look for the correct "collected" files is the trick. I think I will just re-name my hard drive each time. Bit nerve wracking though! The speed up in transfer being by uploading to the virtual machine via dropbox or FTp etc. and downloading then running from the virtual machine. Thought I would post this for the reason that it may be a useful tip. BTW the way, a tip and tricks section on the forum would be handy! Best regards,
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    We need someone to run some EIAS benchmark tests on this to see how EC2 virtual cores compare to real physical cores.
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    An 8 core "high CPU" instance with 7GB RAM is only .90 per hour, still very affordable (and scalable with multiple instances). In a severe time crunch you could run 80 cores over a 24 hour peroid for $216. It turns into "real money" in a hurry over a few days time, but if you need maximum resources for a short timeline (and you can charge for it) this could be a great option. For a "paltry" $2160 you could run an 800 core render farm for 24 hours!
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    1. The first thing you have to do is set up an account with Amazon, or login with your existing account. 2. Follow this guys guide on setting up the virtual machine (http://www.judpratt....ec2-renderfarm/) I think you only need to watch the first one or two videos, make sure you learn how to create an AMI image, you use this once you've finished setting up the first slave. He's setting up a different render farm so you can ignore everything past the first or second video. If you want to keep it free be sure to read (http://aws.amazon.com/free/) and make sure you understand what is free and what is not. There are plenty of CPU options if you want to pay, kind of handy if you're in a rush and need to finish a job. One you've set up your first slave you can create as many nodes as you like and you can set up new nodes with different CPU's, you're not locked into the cpu you set up on the first instance. 3. Set up your security group to only allow for the remote admin port, and the slave port, you do this under "security groups" in your Amazon services dashboard, Jud briefly goes into this on his video. 4. Log into your windows machine, Jud explains how to connect so if you watch his videos it should be pretty easy. I'm on os x so I use CoRD (http://cord.sourceforge.net) great program it works a treat. 5. Once you're logged into windows use internet explorer to download a better browser ;) 6. download eias 9 7. Create a short cut for slave so that the application opens on start-up. (I don't use windows and can't remember how to do it - google it) 8. go into the start menu and go to the control panel, choose security/firewall and turn it off. I couldn't get slave to get through it so gave up on it. Besides you control access to the machine using amazon security groups. 9. test access to the machine, type the DNS name of your machine into renderama with the port number (the same url you use to connect to the virtual machine, Jud shows you how to find this) Make sure your new slave renders your frame :) 10. Once you've got your machine rendering, make sure there's not camera control file in the EIAS folder (I assume everyone knows how to find this file) and log out of the remote desktop app. 11. Find your new machine instance in your EC2 control dashboard, right click or control click the instance (it can be running) and choose "Create Image (EBS AMI)" give it a name like EIAS render node or whatever. This will capture an image of your set up slave machine. Give it 10 minutes. 12. Go to "images/AMI" in your amazon EC2 dashboard and find your new machine image, Right click/control click the image and choose "Launch". This will bring up a dialog box, the "number of instances" is the number of slaves, so if you want 10, make it 10. Instance type: "T1 Micro" is the only free one. It has a geek bench score of about 2500, but only 650 mb of ram, so if you need more ram you'll have to pay. continue on until you get to "configure firewall", and choose the setting you created with the renderama ports, you might only have one setting/option here. Continue on to review and press "Launch". This will launch 10 new instances (or whatever number you created) 13. Go to "instances" in your amazon EC2 dashboard, there you'll find your 10 slaves, give them a few minutes to boot up, you'll need to right click each one and choose "connect" to get the DNS name to type into renderama, these machines will be identical to the first slave you made so should work the same, you might need to give it 5 minutes for each machine to boot up and open the slave app. 14. If renderama doesn't connect or can't connect, log into each machine and make sure the app has opened and your slave short cut is working. I've only been using this for 24 hours so don't have much trouble shooting experience, but at this stage If I'm in a pinch to finish a job, I think this is a great option. The only other thing I'd say is if you've got a lot of data (models, texture maps etc) for renderama to upload to each slave, I recommend setting up the first slave with the job already uploaded to the slave to save bandwidth and the time to upload. Lastly, you get 730 hours per month, so if you set up 10 machines, thats 73 hours with 10 machines running, So when you've finish with the machines be sure to shut them down by right clicking on each of the instances and choosing "stop" otherwise you'll be up for a hefty bill. Have fun.
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