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A sad goodbye

Postby Jorgensen » Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:43 pm

Jorgensen Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:43 pm
Dear Otoy

I'm sadly to say, but it is time to say goodbye to Octane.
And I'm really serious - it's a SAD goodbye, as I really like Octane, especially the node-way of doing things and the fast and nice renderings.

I've been a user since 2014, but still after all these years, I still can't use the plugin for Sketchup. It crashes Sketchup, the node editor is a mess, and it does not rememeber my node layout.
Maybe it's just impossible to create a stable node-based editor for Sketchup cause Sketchup is a unstable platform?

I have used the standalone version a couple of times, and I find it extremely solid and nice to use, but is complicates our workflow, needing to export from Sketchup to the standalone version.
(and not being able to lock the camera position is an big issue, at least for me :-) )

So now we switch to Enscape for fast presentations and animations, and to Vray for high quality renders.

But I will sure keep an eye on Octane.....maybe one day.........

I know it's not a big loss for Otoy that I leave, but it is a big loss for me, as I think Octane has a huge potentiale.
I wish the development all the luck I can.

Kind regards
Jorgensen
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Re: A sad goodbye

Postby Renderwiz » Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:36 pm

Renderwiz Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:36 pm
New users, Jorgensen's experience is not unique. The Sketchup plugin is simply not usable for production. The release cycle makes it look like progress is being made, but they are simply releasing new versions without fixing what is broken.
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Re: A sad goodbye

Postby oscartung » Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:50 am

oscartung Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:50 am
Why work hard fixing the plugin when one can get by doing nothing. Boss doesn't care, it's not his company, gets paid the same. I believe that's the mentality here. Sad, though not uncommon
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Re: A sad goodbye

Postby Renderwiz » Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:55 pm

Renderwiz Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:55 pm
I do not pretend to know the reasons, but I do see the lack of results, which is really all that matters. I share my opinion here for the benefit of newcomers. If I had read this prior to purchasing, I would have invested my learning curve elsewhere. I hope this helps others to avoid wasted effort.
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Re: A sad goodbye

Postby patrickbarnekow » Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:15 pm

patrickbarnekow Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:15 pm
So we have made the decision to migrate to Vray this fall. It is a shame the development of Octane Sketchup has stalled for so long.
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