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    The best forgotten tutorials for EIAS

    Well, that's how it is advertised. However, it's primarily a good thing for the shareholders of the company in question. I haven't seen many new features in Adobe software that really make a difference or would have been a reason to *buy* an upgrade. Something is developed, some new features appear and get some hype, but still working functions get broken during updates, while other - long requested - features are not implemented. I don't mind an *option* to subscribe. But I really hate it if it's the only option.
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    The best forgotten tutorials for EIAS

    Please keep the dongle (allows me to switch between as many machines as needed), and please don't start that evil subscription thing. At least not as the only option. Just think about it: if you had bought EIAS 9 via subscription, how much would you have paid for the same piece of software until today? I'm still working with several Adobe Creative Suites CS4/5/6 which have been fully paid for years, and which perfectly do everything I need. Why pay again and again for something that still does the same things (for me) as years ago? And even worse: for something that stops working if I stop paying, not even allowing me to work on old projects? No. Please don't. Bernd
  3. We could try the PolyTrans route. PolyTrans natively reads/writes EIAS FACT and C4D formats, so it's worth a test. I have no experience with such conversions (poly -> poly including textures), but I'd probably need the FACT model plus the corresponding texure folder. If you want to test this, just send a mail… doesn't have to travel far, it only goes to Bavaria, Germany ;) Bernd
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    Merry Christmas everybody :-)

    Christmas cards, annually rendered in EIAS since 1997… :)
  5. Cool. You must be the first member from Vulcan here :D Bernd (also speaking a different language)
  6. Ahhhhh… sometimes talking about problems solves the problems instantly. I shouldn't have activated the "premultiply alpha" option when opening the image in Photoshop. Sorry :blush: Bernd
  7. Tom, I'm not sure if this is a bug or just a misunderstanding, so I'll post it here. Main issue: Rendering against background colors set in the camera/background options doesn't make it this way to the saved image file. Expected result: color of the transparent red strip should be uniform across the whole length, as it's seen above white plastic and the white background. Actual result: non-uniform color output, the white background setting is ignored when saving the file. If I remember correctly, I already HAVE used this function (rendering transparent objects over white camera / world background) in earlier versions (7 and older), where it did work as expected… at least in my memory. What can I do/set to solve this? Thanks, Bernd
  8. Well, I can sell you my old EIAS ADB dongles. They create those warmer looking vintage renderings. Much better than that modern USB crap :D Seriously: doesn't modeler, like the EIAS application itself, save it's serial number and unlocking code on the disk after installing and initializing it? You can't use EIAS with two dongles (except you're installing two copies and only use it with the corresponding dongle), and I could imagine it's the same with the modeler. Bernd
  9. Because Maxon keeps (or kept) the specifications secret. I guess PolyTrans being the "Engineering" part of the "C4D Engineering bundle" helped Okino to learn about the format.
  10. Scott, while all the formats Tom mentioned will probably work, there's another way which seems pretty unknown to most of the C4D (and EIAS) user community: As of 2012 or 2013 (not sure about the exact release date) Okino PolyTrans is able to read and write native C4D files (the only application apart from C4D itself), as well as FACT files (which it always did). Maybe worth a test, as it provides the use of native model files in both directions. I'm sure there are some parameters or conversion settings to be tested, but I was very excited to hear these news from Robert (Okino). Bernd
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    Using Master Materials with Maps

    Steven, joining objects in FZ is a good way to simplify material handling. I often do this with e.g. hundreds of screws that don't need to be handled separately. Generally a master material with a diffuse map makes sense, if the diffuse map is a shader. Not so much with an actual bitmap image. However, you could still use a master material with a bitmap texture as "Copy-Paste source". Copy the master material parameter set, and and simply paste it into the material windows of the objects in question. There you can individually adjust size and positioning of the map, without having to enable/disable links etc. Bernd
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    Horizontal Streak

    I've seen such streaks with imported CAD geometry, when single points are displaced (due to a failure on export or import). Happens sometimes on rounded edges or the seams between NURBS surfaces, and sometimes translates into facetted geometry, too. Bernd
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    Form Z to EIAS 9.1

    Brian, I've tried to catch it all in one picture... For this example, I did the faceting already within FormZ, but the same thing happens when exporting smooth geometry from FormZ using the corresponding options. I believe the key is the option "Additional Faceting", which is something EI Modeler does as well. The attached picture shows simple rounded cubes, the first left smooth, the other ones converted to facetted. From those facetted ones, the leftmost one is without additional faceting, all the others with this option and different parameters. I have NOT adjusted any resolution parameters on these cubes, it's only for showing the principles. Does this help? Bernd
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    Form Z to EIAS 9.1

    I still use FZ for all my modeling work, and EIAS for rendering. It is possible to get FZ models shade properly in EIAS, but only with the custom settings you mentioned above. For smooth surfaces, the angle needs to be between 5 and 10 degrees, and the maximum segment length and surface deviation always need to be adapted to the dimensions of the object in question. BTW, I'm still using FZ 6, I have but don't use FZ 7 yet. Sometimes, with complex CAD models, there are objects that still show flaws on the rendered surface, which can't be cured by whatever settings I use. I always export these to SAT, open them in Shark FX (alternatively: ViaCAD), and export from there. ALWAYS works. The geometry out of SFX is very good, just misses the other advantages of an FZ export (object names, groups). Bernd
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    Eias 10!

    No. Please don't. Trade my dongles for what? Online activation? Cloud-based services? Need an Adobe-like shitstorm? My dongles enable me to freely choose the computer I want to work on. Although Autodessys (FormZ) have switched to an online activation system for FZ7, they still support the "old" dongle based licensing. I wouldn't want a solution that doesn't leave the choice up to me. I love my dongles, and I take care for them. No problems since 1996. Which I can't say about all that online activation bullsh## in context with crashed HDs (oh, you forgot to de-activate before the crash?), non-working license servers, unexpected software expiration bugs, and the sheer mass of more and more very communicative applications, which increasingly slow down every system start because they need to call mom before they proceed. Bernd
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