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  1. Hello, Okay, new problem. I discovered the machine I have been using does not have enough RAM to render a high resolution version of the scene I'm working on. So, I moved to another Mac with Snow Leopard that has plenty of RAM. Well, 10 hours later, it failed with an error: It happens when I have the render settings set to save to a PICT file. I have subsequently found saving as an IMG file works fine. (At least it did on the low-res renders; I'll know in about ten hours for sure.) My guess is that, judging by the "QTUT" mention in the error message, I'm missing somethin
  2. Hello Tom! Sorry for the slow reply. Thanks, but I figured out a workaround, plus discovered I need to redo my model at some point. Part of the problem is that the object I want to glow is not large enough. But, that'll be a problem to sort out later! Thanks, Dan
  3. Hello all, Okay, this feels like a stupid question but is there a way in EIAS7 to get an object to behave as a light? In my model, there's a narrow groove winding groove that I would like to glow. I have a separate object that runs along the innermost part of the groove. The object itself is barely noticeable, but if I could get it to cast light or glow, then it would be perfect. I have had no luck in that regard. I'm going to keep playing with it--the rest of the scene is almost where I want it--but figured I would ask in case there's something simple I'm missing. It's also possibl
  4. Hello Tomas! Looking forward to v10! Thanks, Dan
  5. Hello Tomas, Good news! I got the EIAS 9.1 Demo working on a 10.6.8 machine. I imported my model as an .obj, set up the textures, then exported to a .fac. I imported that .fac into EIAS 7.0.1 and it appears to work. Need to apply all the textures. I have to line them up as 0.5, 0.5, 0 instead of 0, 0, 0 but that's manageable. Test render shows the textures appearing as they should. Had to have been something with the OBJ2FACT conversion. Maybe I never used the right settings but I tried a bunch of different settings and never got anywhere close. Thanks for all your help!
  6. Hello Tomas, Looks like I can't send you a message. Thanks, Dan
  7. Hello Tomas, Sorry, got busy with work yesterday. I did setup EIAS 7.0.1 on a machine with Mac OS X 10.4.11. And the textures did not work. So, it is not an issue with EIAS 7.0.1 and Mac OS X 10.6.8. That narrows it down to user error (me) or a problem with the conversion using OBJ2FACT, possibly user error there too, though I have pretty much exhausted all the different settings I can think of. I'll send you a PM. Thanks, Dan
  8. Hello Tomas, I've already shut down the High Sierra box for the day. Maybe tomorrow? Will a Mac Mini work? Maybe that's the problem? Do they have compatible graphics cards? I have access to models with these: Intel GMA 950, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M and Intel Iris 5100. Thanks, Dan
  9. Hello Tomas, I thought I would give the EIAS 9.1 Demo a try to see if it would import my .obj and allow me to export to a .fac I could use in EIAS 7, but I couldn't get it to run. Is it not compatible with High Sierra (10.13)? I can try it on a Snow Leopard machine instead, but the High Sierra machine was handier so I tried it first. Thanks, Dan
  10. Hello Tomas, While I don't want to rule out user error, I am beginning to believe that my install of EIAS 7.0.1 does not play well with Mac OS X 10.6.8. Textures do not preview in Animator. All surfaces are gray until I render the file. I cannot use .png, .jpg, or .tif files for textures; only .img. Weird thing is, I opened an old file (created when the machine still had Mac OS X 10.4.11 installed) and textures are displayed in Animator but, if I make any change, the textures disappear and I can never get them back again, even with Undo. I have tried a number of settings in both
  11. Hello, Slow progress being made. I think. OBJ2FACT works on a Mac G4 with Mac OS X 10.4.11. Converts the .obj file from Silo to a .fac. Found I need to have Flip Z-axis checked for it to convert correctly. Resulting .fac imports into EIAS 7.0.1 without issue. All parts and such are labeled as in the Silo file. Still having no luck getting the UV maps to work. I suspect user error since I had them working (though not aligned) the other day, before I had the model importing correctly. At this point, I'm not sure if I don't have OBJ2FACT configured correctly to translate the
  12. Hello, I figured out the problem with OBJ2FACT. It's a PowerPC application. Under Mac OS X 10.4.11, Rosetta was included on Intel Macs so PowerPC apps would still run. Rosetta was an optional install under Snow Leopard. So, if Rosetta was installed, PowerPC apps would run. If not, then no. Evidently, I didn't do the optional install when upgrading. I have an old MacBook G4 with 10.4.11, so I'm going to see if OBJ2FACT will work on it. Dan
  13. Hello Tomas, I may take you up on that. My current problem, however, is one of getting my model (with UV map) into EIAS. I know I used to do it with OBJ2FACT but it apparently will not work on Snow Leopard. The model was created in Silo 2.1.1, which does not export .fac correctly. I have Silo 2.5.6 on a Mac with Catalina and used it to open my model and exported to .fac, but the UV map does not appear to go along with it. I had the UV map displaying at first (albeit very incorrectly) and have tried various settings to get them in, but now I can't seem to get EIAS to recognize them at
  14. Hello Tomas, That worked perfectly! Thank you! Still no luck with OBJ2FACT 2.1 so I may have to dig out a Mac Mini that still runs Mac OS X 10.4.11 and see if it works on there. I only have a small render job that I think EIAS 7.01 will work fine for. I'm holding out for EIAS 10 so I can run EIAS on a newer, faster machine. Thanks, Dan
  15. Hello all, I have EIAS 7.01 installed on a machine that originally had Mac OS X 10.4.11 installed on it. I later upgraded it to Mac OS 10.6.8 which is where it remains. I have a project to do, so I got the machine running and tried to start Animator but I get "Hardware key error: Key not plugged in #3" but the dongle is plugged in and the LED indicator on it lights up. Tried different USB ports and it makes no difference. Other USB devices work fine so I don't think it's a problem with the USB ports. I don't remember if I ran EIAS on this machine since upgrading to Snow Leopard.
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