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Hi Andrew,

 

Do you have write permission to the MXS location -- and if you are on a Mac, does Repairing Permissions help?

 

Click the More Reply Option button below on the right to upload a JPG or ZIP file, or you can email formZ related files to support@formz.com, or Maxwell Plugin related files to: post-32-0-81438800-1427730460_thumb.jpg

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Hi Andrew,

 

The plugin has a nice feature, called the Log, which allows your to diagnose most rendering issues. AFTER attempting to render, select Extensions > Maxwell Render > Log. If there are errors in the attempted render, they will be listed and highlighted.

 

If the Log does not help, please post a simple file which exhibits the problem.

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Ok... and here's the log. Not sure what to do from here...

 

===========================================Index Severity       Context         Tag            Data

         
0     Info            Context        Instance       Exporter      
1     Info            System         Time           Mon Mar 30 18:54:38 2015
2     Info            System         OS             OS X Mach-O 10.10.2 Intel x86 64
3     Info            Host           Name           form•Z®       
4     Info            Host           Version        v 8.0.2 (Build 9413)
5     Info            Host           Path           /Applications/formZ 8/formZ 8 Pro/Support/
6     Info            Plugin         Name           Maxwell for formZ
7     Info            Plugin         Version        3.1.0.4       
8     Info            Plugin         Platform       OSX           
9     Info            Plugin         Path           /Applications/formZ 8/formZ 8 Pro/Plugins/Maxwell/MaxwellRender.fzp
10    Info            Maxwell        Engine Version 3.1.0.0       
11    Info            Maxwell        SDK Version    3.1.0.0.62    
12    Info            Maxwell        License        Learning License
13    Info            Maxwell        License        Perpetual License
14    Info            Maxwell        License        Valid         
15    Info            Extensions     Grass          Loaded        
16    Info            Extensions     Scatter        Loaded        
17    Info            Extensions     Volumetric     Loaded        
18    Info            Extensions     Sea            Loaded        
19    Info            Extensions     Wireframe      Loaded        
20    Info            Project        Open Projects  2             
21    Info            Project        Name           master bath final dimensions.fmz
22    Info            Project        Path           /Users/Andrew/Desktop/3d/Master Bathroom/master bath final dimensions.fmz
23    Info            Window         Scene Windex   3             
24    Info            Window         Tiles          No            
25    Info            Export         Output Mode    Automatic     
26    Info            Export         Output MXS     /Users/Andrew/Desktop/3d/Master Bathroom/master bath final dimensions noview Maxwell/master bath final dimensions noview 1.mxs
27    Info            Export         Output MXI     /Users/Andrew/Desktop/3d/Master Bathroom/master bath final dimensions noview Maxwell/master bath final dimensions noview 1.mxi
28    Info            Export         Output Image   /Users/Andrew/Desktop/3d/Master Bathroom/master bath final dimensions noview Maxwell/master bath final dimensions noview 1.png
29    Info            Fire Setting   Fire Enabled   No            
30    Info            Fire Setting   Time Max       60            
31    Info            Fire Setting   SL             18            
32    Info            Fire Setting   Threads        0             
33    Info            Fire Setting   Port Scale     Yes           
34    Info            Fire Setting   Max Pixels     720           
35    Info            Fire Palette   Viewport X     449           
36    Info            Fire Palette   Viewport Y     313           
37    Info            Shaded Bitmaps Search Rsrcmngr Yes           
38    Info            Shaded Bitmaps Allow Embed Export Yes           
39    Notice          Resource Mngr  Library Entry  ENB:1 LCK:1 MXM:1 IMG:1 IOR:1 HDR:1 IES:1 /Users/Andrew/Desktop/3d/Master Bathroom/Resources/
40    Notice          Translator     Create Material 'Default Color'
41    Notice          Translator     Create Material '<LightGray>' 
42    Notice          Translator     Create Material 'Material 1'  
43    *ERROR*         EditObjectAttributes Object:        Object 1[ERR] 
44    *ERROR*         EditObjectAttributes Object:        Object 2[ERR] 
45    *ERROR*         EditObjectAttributes Object:        Object 3 2[ERR]
46    *ERROR*         EditObjectAttributes Object:        Object 4 2[ERR]
47    *ERROR*         EditObjectAttributes Object:        Object 5 2[ERR]
48    *ERROR*         EditObjectAttributes Object:        Object 6 2[ERR]
49    *ERROR*         EditObjectAttributes Object:        Object 7 2[ERR]
50    Notice          Translator     Create Material 'Material 20' 
51    Notice          Material Translator Shaded Color Map Bump bitmap used in material 'Material 20' exists in memory only (may be procedural); Will attempt to export to disk.
52    Notice          Material Translator Export Embedded Bitmap Bump bitmap used in material 'Material 20' not found; Writing 'Material 20_bump.png' to disk.
53    Info            Translator     Translate Time 0 seconds     
54    Info            Translator     Dependency     /Users/Andrew/Desktop/3d/Master Bathroom/master bath final dimensions noview Maxwell/master bath final dimensions noview 1 Embedded Textures/Material 20_bump.png

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Andrew,

 

Most likely Pylon or other Maxwell experts can give you more detailed advice, but this is the part you should focus on:

 

43    *ERROR*         EditObjectAttributes Object:        Object 1[ERR] 

44    *ERROR*         EditObjectAttributes Object:        Object 2[ERR] 
45    *ERROR*         EditObjectAttributes Object:        Object 3 2[ERR]
46    *ERROR*         EditObjectAttributes Object:        Object 4 2[ERR]
47    *ERROR*         EditObjectAttributes Object:        Object 5 2[ERR]
48    *ERROR*         EditObjectAttributes Object:        Object 6 2[ERR]
49    *ERROR*         EditObjectAttributes Object:        Object 7 2[ERR]
 
Do you have all the necessary maps for the materials for these objects, and are you either using Shaded or Maxwell (and not RenderZone) Materials for these objects?

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Hi - yeah, saw those....

 

No textures have been changed or applied - the objects are all whatever the default material is (Shaded I guess?).

 

That said, I did experiment a little be redefining the default as a basic Maxwell texture. Fire still seemed to work fine, but I got the same error when trying to change the display to Maxwell.

 

Thanks!

Andrew

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The objects causing the error were most likely imported from Sketchup. Sometimes Sketchup objects come into formZ with bad texture UVs; this is most likely the issue here.

 

Try using formZ's 'Map Texture' tool on the objects to fix the problem. You can use formZ's Select by Criteria palette and search for objects with [ERR] in their names.

 

If that does not work, ghost the objects so they are not considered by the plugin.

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I'll try it! Thanks!

 

Is there a "best practice" for using imported SU elements? I'm not familiar with the process yet, and not sure if there's a way to identify potential issues.

 

Also thanks for the ghosting tip, I guess that's a pretty good way to find a culprit.

 

cheers

Andrew

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Re: best practices, just use the Map Textures tool on the offending objects.

 

If you can post your formZ file before you fix the objects, it would be very helpful. We are trying to find a way to fix this automatically, but need examples of bad sketchup geometry in formZ to test with.

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Re: best practices, just use the Map Textures tool on the offending objects.

 

If you can post your formZ file before you fix the objects, it would be very helpful. We are trying to find a way to fix this automatically, but need examples of bad sketchup geometry in formZ to test with.

 

AH... It's up there ^ ^ ^

 

(post 6)

 

;)

Edited by -andrew-

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Ok! The ketchup items (one of them, anyway) seems to have been the culprit - I turned their visibility off, and it Display > Maxwell Render worked as expected!

 

By the way, autocorrect changed "SketchUp" to "ketchup" so I left it alone.

 

thanks,

Andrew

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