Everything related to the integration for Archicad.
By Marton Day8
#377813
IMPORTANT:
- (for Windows users) copy the "extensions_vs2010" directory from the zip file into your Maxwell V3 directory (it is needed for extension handling)
- I have changed a lot of things under the hood - memory handling, object transformations, etc. Please be careful with the new plugin, until we see it is stable!
- I am waiting for your opinion about the new Referenced MXS library object (I would like to replace the old one with this one - currently both versions works)

Changes/Improvements in version 3.0.1
--------------------------------------------------
- Improved: Object and Lamp items are exported with Transform values. It can be useful in case orientation is important (for example ies materials on object, etc.)
- Changed: Render parameter "Geometry Scale" changes the object transform scale and not the scale of the vertices.
- Improved: (OSX) FIRE window display status has been changed, it remains active and visible while mxed is open. So it is possible to edit the material in mxed and follow the changes interactively in the ArchiCAD FIRE window.
- Improved: plugin doesn't open Maxwell Material Editor from AC in case mxm file is read-only. Now it gives a warning message about the read-only status.
- Improved: (OSX) FIRE window can be stopped/started/moved while other modal dialog is open.
- Improved: LIVE connection with MXED editor (while FIRE is on you can change mxm material settings in MXED and after save you see the change immediately)
- Improved: Grass display in FIRE mode (but no interactive modification yet) (Not available under AC15 Windows version)
- Added: New Maxwell Extension library objects, with various display parameters + visual rotation tool to allow rotation in 3D (Not available under AC15 Windows version)
- Added: New Maxwell MXS Referenced library object with better display options + visual rotation tool to allow rotation in 3D
(We plan to discontinue the support of the previous version of the MXS Referenced library objects - please tell your opinion!)
- Added: New Maxwell Boolean library object + visual rotation tool to allow rotation in 3D. To support new Maxwell V3 boolean functionalities inside ArchiCAD.

Bugs/Bug fixes in version 3.0.1
-------------------------------------------------
FIXED: Maxwell Referenced MXS elements sometimes exported on wrong story level.
FIXED: Axo view camera is in wrong position in case geom scale is not 1.0
FIXED: Axo view camera export is wrong - objects are in wrong view position.
FIXED: (OSX) Referenced mxs elements are exported sometimes with wrong orientation.
FIXED: (OSX) ArchiCAD can not quit.
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By Rafal SLEK
#377843
Really great work!
And a lot of fun for users :-) I was playing a little with new extensions, Maxwell Sea looks rather easy to set up opposite to Volumetrics :-)
Plenty new parameters but its nice that we have it inside AC. Its great to have grass in preview same as DOF effect and material changes.
I have to play a little with new MXS references - as I see it is now object with file path?

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By Marton Day8
#378111
IMPORTANT:
- (for Windows users) copy the "extensions_vs2010" directory from the zip file into your Maxwell V3 directory (it is needed for extension handling)

- I am waiting for your opinion about the new Referenced MXS library object (I would like to replace the old one with this one - currently both versions works)

Changes/Improvements in version 3.0.1
--------------------------------------------------
(beta 2)
- Improved: added hotspots (snap-able points) to the boundingbox corners of Maxwell Library objects
- Improved: Plugin sends Error message in case mxs write was not successful.
- Improved: Transform values of Library objects are more correct when the mxs file is opened in Studio
- Added: Plugin exports the path cameras (not just the view camera) - Camera settings are read from the Render Camera settings, but Manual focus is only for the view camera.
- Added: New render export parameter "Default Material"

(beta 1)
- Improved: Object and Lamp items are exported with Transform values. It can be useful in case orientation is important (for example ies materials on object, etc.)
- Changed: Render parameter "Geometry Scale" changes the object transform scale and not the scale of the vertices.
- Improved: (OSX) FIRE window display status has been changed, it remains active and visible while mxed is open. So it is possible to edit the material in mxed and follow the changes interactively in the ArchiCAD FIRE window.
- Improved: plugin doesn't open Maxwell Material Editor from AC in case mxm file is read-only. Now it gives a warning message about the read-only status.
- Improved: (OSX) FIRE window can be stopped/started/moved while other modal dialog is open.
- Improved: LIVE connection with MXED editor (while FIRE is on you can change mxm material settings in MXED and after save you see the change immediately)
- Improved: Grass display in FIRE mode (but no interactive modification yet) (Not available under AC15 Windows version)
- Added: New Maxwell Extension library objects, with various display parameters + visual rotation tool to allow rotation in 3D (Not available under AC15 Windows version)
- Added: New Maxwell MXS Referenced library object with better display options + visual rotation tool to allow rotation in 3D
(We plan to discontinue the support of the previous version of the MXS Referenced library objects - please tell your opinion!)
- Added: New Maxwell Boolean library object + visual rotation tool to allow rotation in 3D. To support new Maxwell V3 boolean functionalities inside ArchiCAD.

Bugs/Bug fixes in version 3.0.1
-------------------------------------------------
(beta 2)
FIXED: (beta 1 bug) Objects are exported in wrong position.
FIXED: Morph and wall objects (with emitter material) can cause voxelization problem (non-emitter message from Maxwell core).
FIXED: Objects with only emitter multi-materials are not separated automatically.

(beta 1)
FIXED: Maxwell Referenced MXS elements sometimes exported on wrong story level.
FIXED: Axo view camera is in wrong position in case geom scale is not 1.0
FIXED: Axo view camera export is wrong - objects are in wrong view position.
FIXED: (OSX) Referenced mxs elements are exported sometimes with wrong orientation.
FIXED: (OSX) ArchiCAD can not quit.
By architecturegeek
#378609
think I found a weird bug from the beta 2 plugin.

Try rendering the ArchiCAD "tap 17" object with style 4 or simple and you get an export error. This is regardless of material selection.
"There were problems during export - can't write MXS file! You can open ArchiCAD 'Session Report' window to find more details about the failures."

Session Report looks like this:
"Maxwell Error Callback:1,object.setVertex,Invalid point value,(null)
Maxwell Error Callback:1,object.setVertex,Invalid point value,(null)
Maxwell Error Callback:1,object.setVertex,Invalid point value,(null)
Maxwell Error Callback:1,writeMXS,Errors detected in scene creation phase. MXS will not be created.,(null)
Maxwell plugin ERROR: Can't write mxs scene file"

---EDIT --
Did some further testing and it seems like styles 1-3 work whether it's single lever, two lever etc. But anything over 4 causes the file to throw the export error.
In case there's any confusion, I'm referring to the default graphisoft faucet that is part of the ArchiCAD library (under Plumbing>Faucets 17>) not a third party GDL.

Digging further it also seems like simple cylinders bring up the same error regardless of material. This is less consistent though.
By Marton Day8
#378652
(beta 3)
- Changed: Geometry copy/paste can be faster, because plugin doesn't do extra checking during this operation. (the negative side of this change is that the plugin doesn't recognise missing path during the merge process.)
- Added: Recalculate normals controls - it can improve the render quality of objects with wrong normal values.

(beta 3)
FIXED: Can not write geometry (it was a beta 1 bug) - (Should fix the bug which was mentioned in the previous post entry)
FIXED: Possible memory leakings (material, item position)
By Marton Day8
#378653
Thanks for the bug info. I have fixed it with beta3.

Next time please report the bug in a different post, I would like to keep this thread only for release announcements:).

Márton

architecturegeek wrote:think I found a weird bug from the beta 2 plugin.

Try rendering the ArchiCAD "tap 17" object with style 4 or simple and you get an export error. This is regardless of material selection.
"There were problems during export - can't write MXS file! You can open ArchiCAD 'Session Report' window to find more details about the failures."

Session Report looks like this:
"Maxwell Error Callback:1,object.setVertex,Invalid point value,(null)
Maxwell Error Callback:1,object.setVertex,Invalid point value,(null)
Maxwell Error Callback:1,object.setVertex,Invalid point value,(null)
Maxwell Error Callback:1,writeMXS,Errors detected in scene creation phase. MXS will not be created.,(null)
Maxwell plugin ERROR: Can't write mxs scene file"

---EDIT --
Did some further testing and it seems like styles 1-3 work whether it's single lever, two lever etc. But anything over 4 causes the file to throw the export error.
In case there's any confusion, I'm referring to the default graphisoft faucet that is part of the ArchiCAD library (under Plumbing>Faucets 17>) not a third party GDL.

Digging further it also seems like simple cylinders bring up the same error regardless of material. This is less consistent though.
By Marton Day8
#379340
Changes/Improvements in version 3.0.1
--------------------------------------------------
- Added: "Mini Library Editor" to the Maxwell Panel Object tab.
It gives more interactivity to library object parameter change and better controls for Maxwell Objects.
- Added: New Path Fix editor to handle missing plugin referenced files (mxm, textures, etc..)
This new function can be very useful to quickly change path of referenced MXS object, Maxwell Extensions, etc...
(This new function replaces the previous file checking mechanism at scene load.)
- Added: New button on Maxwell Panel to open the "Path Fix" Dialog.
- Changed: Texture Folder path controls are directly editable (Plugin Preferences)
- Changed: Image and MXI path controls are directly editable (Maxwell Render Output)
- Changed: Aperture and Obsctacle Map controls are directly editable (Maxwell Simulens)
- Changed: Override and Default material controls are directly editable (Maxwell Render Options)
- Changed: IBL Image path control is directly editable (Maxwell Environment)
- Changed: MXM path control is directly editable (Maxwell Material)

- Changed: Geometry copy/paste can be faster, because plugin doesn't do extra checking during this operation. (the negative side of this change is that the plugin doesn't recognize missing path during the merge process.)
- Added: Recalculate normals controls - it can improve the render quality of objects with wrong normal values.
- Improved: added hotspots (snap-able points) to the bounding box corners of Maxwell Library objects
- Improved: Plugin sends Error message in case mxs write was not successful.
- Improved: Transform values of Library objects are more correct when the mxs file is opened in Studio
- Added: Plugin exports the path cameras (not just the view camera) - Camera settings are read from the Render Camera settings, but Manual focus is only for the view camera.
- Added: New render export parameter "Default Material"
- Improved: Object and Lamp items are exported with Transform values. It can be useful in case orientation is important (for example ies materials on object, etc.)
- Changed: Render parameter "Geometry Scale" changes the object transform scale and not the scale of the vertices.
- Improved: (OSX) FIRE window display status has been changed, it remains active and visible while mxed is open. So it is possible to edit the material in mxed and follow the changes interactively in the ArchiCAD FIRE window.
- Improved: plugin doesn't open Maxwell Material Editor from AC in case mxm file is read-only. Now it gives a warning message about the read-only status.
- Improved: (OSX) FIRE window can be stopped/started/moved while other modal dialog is open.
- Improved: LIVE connection with MXED editor (while FIRE is on you can change mxm material settings in MXED and after save you see the change immediately)
- Improved: Grass display in FIRE mode (but no interactive modification yet) (Not available under AC15 Windows version)
- Added: New Maxwell Extension library objects, with various display parameters + visual rotation tool to allow rotation in 3D (Not available under AC15 Windows version)
- Added: New Maxwell MXS Referenced library object with better display options + visual rotation tool to allow rotation in 3D
(We plan to discontinue the support of the previous version of the MXS Referenced library objects - please tell your opinion!)
- Added: New Maxwell Boolean library object + visual rotation tool to allow rotation in 3D. To support new Maxwell V3 boolean functionalities inside ArchiCAD.

Bugs/Bug fixes in version 3.0.1
-------------------------------------------------
FIXED: Can not write geometry (it was a beta 1 bug)
FIXED: Possible memory leakings (material, item position)

FIXED: (beta 1 bug) Objects are exported in wrong position.
FIXED: Morph and wall objects (with emitter material) can cause voxelization problem (non-emitter message from Maxwell core).
FIXED: Objects with only emitter multi-materials are not separated automatically.
FIXED: Maxwell Referenced MXS elements sometimes exported on wrong story level.
FIXED: Axo view camera is in wrong position in case geom scale is not 1.0
FIXED: Axo view camera export is wrong - objects are in wrong view position.
FIXED: (OSX) Referenced mxs elements are exported sometimes with wrong orientation.
FIXED: (OSX) ArchiCAD can not quit.

Márton
By Marton Day8
#379948
Changes/Improvements in version 3.0.1
--------------------------------------------------
- Changed: Plugin doesn't check mxs file export path existence in case of animation export, because it opens the question dialog for every frame. (So user have to be careful to avoid overwriting important files).

- Added: "Mini Library Editor" to the Maxwell Panel Object tab.
It gives more interactivity to library object parameter change and better controls for Maxwell Objects.
- Added: New Path Fix editor to handle missing plugin referenced files (mxm, textures, etc..)
This new function can be very useful to quickly change path of referenced MXS object, Maxwell Extensions, etc...
(This new function replaces the previous file checking mechanism at scene load.)
- Added: New button on Maxwell Panel to open the "Path Fix" Dialog.
- Changed: Texture Folder path controls are directly editable (Plugin Preferences)
- Changed: Image and MXI path controls are directly editable (Maxwell Render Output)
- Changed: Aperture and Obsctacle Map controls are directly editable (Maxwell Simulens)
- Changed: Override and Default material controls are directly editable (Maxwell Render Options)
- Changed: IBL Image path control is directly editable (Maxwell Environment)
- Changed: MXM path control is directly editable (Maxwell Material)
- Changed: Geometry copy/paste can be faster, because plugin doesn't do extra checking during this operation. (the negative side of this change is that the plugin doesn't recognise missing path during the merge process.)
- Added: Recalculate normals controls - it can improve the render quality of objects with wrong normal values.
- Improved: added hotspots (snap-able points) to the bounding box corners of Maxwell Library objects
- Improved: Plugin sends Error message in case mxs write was not successful.
- Improved: Transform values of Library objects are more correct when the mxs file is opened in Studio
- Added: Plugin exports the path cameras (not just the view camera) - Camera settings are read from the Render Camera settings, but Manual focus is only for the view camera.
- Added: New render export parameter "Default Material"
- Improved: Object and Lamp items are exported with Transform values. It can be useful in case orientation is important (for example ies materials on object, etc.)
- Changed: Render parameter "Geometry Scale" changes the object transform scale and not the scale of the vertices.
- Improved: (OSX) FIRE window display status has been changed, it remains active and visible while mxed is open. So it is possible to edit the material in mxed and follow the changes interactively in the ArchiCAD FIRE window.
- Improved: plugin doesn't open Maxwell Material Editor from AC in case mxm file is read-only. Now it gives a warning message about the read-only status.
- Improved: (OSX) FIRE window can be stopped/started/moved while other modal dialog is open.
- Improved: LIVE connection with MXED editor (while FIRE is on you can change mxm material settings in MXED and after save you see the change immediately)
- Improved: Grass display in FIRE mode (but no interactive modification yet) (Not available under AC15 Windows version)
- Added: New Maxwell Extension library objects, with various display parameters + visual rotation tool to allow rotation in 3D (Not available under AC15 Windows version)
- Added: New Maxwell MXS Referenced library object with better display options + visual rotation tool to allow rotation in 3D
(We plan to discontinue the support of the previous version of the MXS Referenced library objects - please tell your opinion!)
- Added: New Maxwell Boolean library object + visual rotation tool to allow rotation in 3D. To support new Maxwell V3 boolean functionalities inside ArchiCAD.

Bugs/Bug fixes in version 3.0.1
-------------------------------------------------
FIXED: Possible UI problems because of mixed dialog identifiers.
FIXED: (OSX) Material Editor strange ui behaviour when Maxwell Preview is stopped.
FIXED: (OSX) Clicking on the close button of the FIRE window doesn't change the status of the FIRE button on the Maxwell panel.
FIXED: Material preview can slow down and material display can be wrong after switching to material with displacement
FIXED: (RC 0 bug) After changing file path inside the Path Fix dialog for a Library object, the plugin doesn't refresh the displayed object.
FIXED: (RC 0 bug) Clicking on Cancel inside the File Dialog which was opened from the "Mini Library Editor" removes the current file paths
FIXED: (RC 0 bug) Possible crash when selecting Library object
FIXED: (RC 0 bug) Path Fix Dialog - "Replace path" command cleared previous settings for materials.

FIXED: Possible memory leakings (material, item position)
FIXED: Morph and wall objects (with emitter material) can cause voxelization problem (non-emitter message from Maxwell core).
FIXED: Objects with only emitter multi-materials are not separated automatically.
FIXED: Maxwell Referenced MXS elements sometimes exported on wrong story level.
FIXED: Axo view camera is in wrong position in case geom scale is not 1.0
FIXED: Axo view camera export is wrong - objects are in wrong view position.
FIXED: (OSX) Referenced mxs elements are exported sometimes with wrong orientation.
FIXED: (OSX) ArchiCAD can not quit.
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By Steve Jepson
#380579
And when can we get a plug-in for ArchiCAD 18?

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By Marton Day8
#381804
message from the developer:
FOR AC18 I HAD TO MAKE A LOT OF CHANGES ON THE CODE. SO PLEASE USE THIS FIRST BETA BUILD CAREFULLY!

Changes/Improvements in version 3.0.3
--------------------------------------------------
- Support for ArchiCad18
- Changed: Plugin preferences dialog tab "Export" has been renamed to General
- Added: Plugin version checking at ArchiCad program start. The plugin informs the user about new version.
- Added: New plugin Preferences dialog > General parameter "Check for Plugin updates at program start"
- Improved: mxs overwrite warning dialog shows the mxs file name
- Added: New Maxwell Render setting parameter "Auto" (before the Scene Name parameter). In Auto mode the plugin automatically generates the scene name from the ArchiCad file name.
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By joaomourao
#381807
The first thing that pops me is that with 18 we now have a preview in the PhotoRendering Settings panel... If we refresh it it will start Maxwell Render engine. It would make sense to integrate FIRE in this preview :D
For that this panel should not change the preview size when we open the rollout settings and we should be able to use more than one rollout opened.
On the botton there is a render button that we could be able to render, FIRE or just export the scene.
I will be checking this beta as I work with it.
Once again, thanks Marton :)
Cheers!
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By Steve Jepson
#381843
It replaced a grass surface with something with a lot of reflection, and the surface my glass is not reflecting but I am like the plug-in. I most often apply and tweak the textures in Maxwell Studio rather than in ArchiCAD anyway. This is the image resulting from just the default settings. ArchiCAD 18 with the plug-in for use with Maxwell V3.
http://screencast.com/t/bCRn6dFWq

Also the Maxwell Plug-in pallet does not dock with the other tool bars. No biggie.
http://screencast.com/t/lPCoUHKB
By Marton Day8
#381846
Hello Steve,

Could you send me the AC file with just the plane?

Edit: no need of sample scene, I can see the problem.

Márton

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