tuts3d wrote:Hi Tig
I've been seeing this plugin for some time and cannot seem to make it run properly. Will this run on the demo version of sketchup 8 pro? And is this possibly the reason why it is not running.
What I did was save it on the plugins folder, then unzipped it and started sketchup but cannot see it.
Thanks in advance
There is no 'demo' version of Sketchup.
There is a 'Free' and a 'Pro' version.
The Exporter works fine on all versions of Sketchup 6, 7 and 8 [for all of their MRs too].
Have you followed the installation instructions properly?
You do not 'unzip' the file, you 'extract' the few 'loose' files and the bulk of the files inside their subfolders into the Plugins folder - keeping the subfolders intact. The subfolder is called 'Octane' and that contains subfolders of its own.
You might have inadvertently unzipped everything into a folder called "Octane_1024-05", in the Plugins folder rather than directly into the Plugins folder itself??
Also some unzip tools will destroy the subfolders that are inside the zip and put everything into the one folder.
That is why there is considerable detail in the README.txt and Help.pdf files within the zip to ensure things are properly deployed...
Please reread the README.txt file...
If you have accidentally put any of the files that ought to be in a subfolder into the Plugins folder then please remove them as they might auto-load with unexpected consequences.
Also do you have full access rights to the Plugins folder? If not when you think you have put files into it Vista/Win7 can shunt them into a 'Compatibility Files' folder [without telling you explicitly!] so they don't load - the top-bar of the Windows Explorer window will have a 'Compatibility Files' button if this has happened and you can access the files and relocate them back into Plugins etc. If this has happened you need to use Properties o the Plugins folder and set access-rights to be 'full' for yourself [I also recommend that you do it for other folders that you might want to right to from time to time - like Materials, Styles and Components...]
Let's assume that you have [now] got all of the files in their correct locations, with no duplicates in the wrong place...
When you start Sketchup it will auto-load the .rb files in the Plugins folder, in turn some of these will also load or use some of the additional files from within the Octane subfolder [or its subfolders] etc...
If you read the Help.pdf file you will see that there are several ways of running the 'Octane Render Exporter'...
The File menu contains an item "Octane Render...".
You can type 'octane' in the Ruby Console command line.
You can activate its 'Octane Render' toolbar from View > Toolbars - and then dock it where you want and click the Octane logo button.
It won't run unless the current SKP has been saved - you will be prompted.
Also note that when it's run for the very first time you need to define the current Octane exe file ['binary'] you want to use [typically it's something like "C:\Program Files\Refractive Software\OctaneRender 1.024 beta2.44 CUDA 3.2\octane.exe"].
Later on, if the specified Octane exe file ['binary'] no longer exists [e.g. you have moved or deleted it] you will be asked to define another Octane exe again... You can also choose another Octane exe by browsing to it - e.g. when an updated version has been downloaded.
Now the main Exporter dialog should open.
Several fields are auto-completed for you - like the Project path and Project name [based on the SKP's info], but you can change these if desired...
Set your other desired options and click a button to make the OBJ/MTL files and/or Render a Frame...
Please read the main Help pdf where there are detailed explanations of all of this and more....