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FakeShamus
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export materials from an open scene

Post by FakeShamus » Sun Jun 17, 2012 11:23 am

I've been thinking it would be a great help to be able to export individual materials while you're testing a scene in Indigo. I often start materials in Blendigo and then tweak the settings in Indigo during test renders, then I have to go back and match the material settings in Blendigo for the next export. the material builder in Indigo is great, but the preview scene doesn't usually reflect the same lighting conditions, scale and set up of your final render, so materials made that way often end up needing adjustment during the testing phase.

I realize you can save out your entire adjusted scene from Indigo, but often I'm not finished building things in Blender, I just want to lock in a material. saving a copy of your whole scene seems like overkill for that purpose. if you could export an .igm straight from a test render it would make it very easy to just go back and link to it in Blendigo.

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Re: export materials from an open scene

Post by CTZn » Sun Jun 17, 2012 12:19 pm

There is a file menu only for this purpose in the Property Editor window !

Both igm and pigm writing are supported.
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Re: export materials from an open scene

Post by FakeShamus » Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:33 pm

well, there is no file menu of any kind in my property editor window.
if you mean the main file menu, the options are "Save Scene" and "Save Scene As..."
if you try to save an .igm or .pigm from that menu it doesn't let you, it requires an .igs extension.

if I close my scene and start fresh with "New Material", then it gives me the options "Save Material" and "Save Material As..." but not while a scene is open.

I'm on a Mac, by the way - maybe we're missing something?

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Re: export materials from an open scene

Post by CTZn » Sun Jun 17, 2012 7:41 pm

FakeShamus wrote:well, there is no file menu of any kind in my property editor window. [...] I'm on a Mac, by the way - maybe we're missing something?
I think so. Here's the menu I've been talking about in the Property Editor.
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Re: export materials from an open scene

Post by FakeShamus » Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:23 am

yeah...I don't get that on the Mac version. my property editor window looks like the attached.
so, can the Glare folks please check this out and add "save material" for us?
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Re: export materials from an open scene

Post by fused » Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:28 am

FakeShamus wrote:yeah...I don't get that on the Mac version. my property editor window looks like the attached.
so, can the Glare folks please check this out and add "save material" for us?
Uhm, it should be there :shock:

What happens when you dock the property editor, then restart Indigo?

(I have a feeling that it may have something to do with the docking/undocking)

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Re: export materials from an open scene

Post by FakeShamus » Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:48 am

makes no difference, I've tried all combos of docking, popping out, rearranging, etc.
for reference, this is on Indigo 3.2.4, running OSX 10.6.8 on my 2008 Mac Pro.

I've never seen a "save material" option in the property editor window in any previous versions of Indigo, either, hence the request... I thought it was not implemented.
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Re: export materials from an open scene

Post by Zom-B » Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:14 am

for me the "File" menu wasn't available to... But it came up once I've put the windows over each other, see attachment:
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Re: export materials from an open scene

Post by FakeShamus » Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:20 am

still doesn't show up here:
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Re: export materials from an open scene

Post by Oscar J » Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:59 am

Having the same problem. Very frustrating. I'm on a Mac too.

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Re: export materials from an open scene

Post by OnoSendai » Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:32 am

This problem was fixed in 3.4.8 btw.

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Re: export materials from an open scene

Post by FakeShamus » Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:53 am

I did notice that - it works great now.
thank you!

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Re: export materials from an open scene

Post by steven369 » Wed Oct 29, 2014 11:49 pm

Hi, here's a
Indigo RT v3.6.26 on OS X 64
without a file menu.... :roll:
cheers
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