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Octane Sketchup Exporter - 1024-01

Postby TIG » Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:30 pm

TIG Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:30 pm
This is the first release of the Octane Exporter v1024-01
Octane_1024-01.zip
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It has been written to suit Octane version 1.024, but should still work with the earlier versions like 1.022, so you can upgrade whatever version you are using - recommended as there are significant improvements in the exporter's functionality.

Its installation and functions are virtually the same as the earlier versions - but please read the included README and Help PDF.

There are also some general speed improvements with the OBJ/MTL exporter, textured materials applied directly onto groups/components rather than onto the faces within them will now UV-map correctly anyway, and 'distorted textures' will export correctly, making another 'cloned' material with its own distorted texture image file and individually adjusted UV-mapping to suit, all to overcome the limitations of OBJ/MTL triangulated faces having insufficient vertices to UV-map a texture if it's 'skewed'...

Feedback please.
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Re: Octane Sketchup Exporter - 1024-01

Postby Jaberwocky » Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:12 am

Jaberwocky Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:12 am
Not sure if you realise what you have achieved.

Up till now the Free Sketchup version was locked to its own file format.

If you wanted to export anything you made in the free sketchup , you were to coin a phrase....buggered..

you could only export your objects created in sketchup for use in another package if you bought the commercial package at £300-£400

now you can use this to save a free Sketchup scene as an OCS file which of course can now be imported into another 3d package.

For example:

Free Sketchup > ocs export > 3dMax OCS import > 3dmax DWG/DXF export > Autocad Import just as an example.

I know its around the houses but i'm sure this will equally be at home importing straight into blender for example.

I'm sure Google will be really happy ;)

Anyway thanks.I'm going to have a play with the Free Sketchup now :P
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Re: Octane Sketchup Exporter - 1024-01

Postby pjalbert » Tue Mar 15, 2011 3:31 pm

pjalbert Tue Mar 15, 2011 3:31 pm
I believe there is a bug in the latest SU plugin. Meshes are not being smoothed after export to octane. The older plugins are working fine when you want to smooth an object. Am I wrong or is it really a bug?
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Re: Octane Sketchup Exporter - 1024-01

Postby TIG » Tue Mar 15, 2011 7:56 pm

TIG Tue Mar 15, 2011 7:56 pm
pjalbert wrote:I believe there is a bug in the latest SU plugin. Meshes are not being smoothed after export to octane. The older plugins are working fine when you want to smooth an object. Am I wrong or is it really a bug?

The code is identical in both versions of the Plugin.
There never was mesh smoothing built into the exporter - you do it after the export... :?
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Re: Octane Sketchup Exporter - 1024-01

Postby pjalbert » Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:36 pm

pjalbert Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:36 pm
Yes..I do it after export. I tick the box in octane to smooth but nothing happens. When I use the older plugin it does work.
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Re: Octane Sketchup Exporter - 1024-01

Postby TIG » Tue Mar 15, 2011 11:06 pm

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pjalbert wrote:Yes..I do it after export. I tick the box in octane to smooth but nothing happens. When I use the older plugin it does work.

:? Have you got another version of Octane too - perhaps the problem is there - honestly there's very little difference in the main coding of the exporter - unless you have masses of distorted textures ? The new version does separate these out so they won't smooth - BUT the previous version didn't bring in these textures correctly ?? If you use the old exporter and the same version of the Octane is there a difference too.
Can you either post or PM me the problem SKP so I can see in more detail :? :?
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Re: Octane Sketchup Exporter - 1024-01

Postby abu » Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:28 pm

abu Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:28 pm
Hi TIG,

first of all, thank you for the plugin, great work!

I've noticed a few minor glitches:

1. If try to render an animation with the "Export Sun Direction" box ticked, the rendering won't begin. Export works just fine, but after that nothing happens and I get this message in the Ruby Console:

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2. When rendering an animation, after a while Sketchup crashes and I get this error message from Windows:

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Luckily, the crash doesn't affect Octane or the rendering (it finishes just fine), so just a minor annoyance.

3. Lastly, I have a question/request: Is it possible to start an animation render without exporting the .obj? What I mean is that if I've already exported it once, and have just made some adjustments to the .ocs file, it would be nice to be able to start rendering the animation without exporting the obj again. It takes quite a while with bigger models. (Obviously this concerns only "fly" animations where only the camera is animated.)

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Re: Octane Sketchup Exporter - 1024-01

Postby pjalbert » Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:33 pm

pjalbert Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:33 pm
Hi abu,

Do you have any problems with smooth in octane after exporting from skethup, using the latest octane build and SU plugin?
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Re: Octane Sketchup Exporter - 1024-01

Postby abu » Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:51 pm

abu Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:51 pm
pjalbert wrote:Hi abu,

Do you have any problems with smooth in octane after exporting from skethup, using the latest octane build and SU plugin?


Well, I've not even really figured out what smooth is supposed to do. I have not yet noticed any difference between smooth toggled on or off in Octane. Example:

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Looks exactly the same with smooth on or off.
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Re: Octane Sketchup Exporter - 1024-01

Postby TIG » Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:09 pm

TIG Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:09 pm
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Do you have the Sun set in each Scene tab ?
Can you post / PM a problem SKP so I can test it...
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