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fp_hedge_tutorial crashes
« on: May 01, 2017, 09:06:56 AM »
Hi, I just wanted to try step by step your new tutorial of creating hedges.
I have FP Pro and just installed RailClone Lite 2.7.4. While opening your fp_hedge_tutorial.max the program crashes and the autobackup file is useless aswell.
I opened this file successfully before installing the railclone-lite, but after uninstalling RC-Lite, the problem remains the same.
When I try  to merge the whole scene, a message appears, complaining there was a RC-Object which is newer than the installed version and after ignoring this message, it crashes again.

Any idea how to fix this problem or did you create this "newer" RC-Object with RC3.0 beta and it is incompatilbe?

Thanks in advance   


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Re: fp_hedge_tutorial crashes
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2017, 11:54:47 PM »
I'm having the same problem.  I can not open the hedge tutorial scene.  I've tried opening with Max 2014, 2016 and 2017 on two different pc's.  Max crashes before the scene can open.  I have Forest Pack Pro & Railclone lite installed. 

Edit:  After reading the above post, I opened a new file and merged the fp_hedge scene into new drawing but deselected all Railclone objects and it worked.  I have the scene open with all Forest Pack objects.  I guess it is the Railclone objects that are causing the crash. 

Any ideas on how to fix the Railclone problem?
« Last Edit: May 02, 2017, 12:04:37 AM by NS4943 »

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Re: fp_hedge_tutorial crashes
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2017, 12:35:48 PM »

Thanks for reporting this. There was a small issue with some of the brick RailClone objects that were created in RailClone 3 and causing an issue when opened with older RailClone Lite versions. Pro versions of older RailClone installs aren't affected.

I've updated the downloads for this tutorial which now includes a file named fp_hedge_tutorial_RailClone_lite.max that will work with the lite edition.

There is also one additional step to make this tutorial work with the Lite version. In order for RailClone to be used as a scatter surface, it must be converted by Forest Pack to a mesh - but this is disabled internally in RailClone Lite. To get around this in the new file I have used a Mesher Compound object to sample the RailClone geometry and it is this Mesher object that is used as the scatter surface. To do this:

  • Go to the Modify Panel > Geometry > Compound Objects and select Mesher. Click and drag in the scene to create a new Mesher object
  • Use 3d Max's Align tool to align the mesher object with the RailClone hedge object
  • In the Mesher tool's settings, pick the RailClone object

  • Add the mesher object the the hedge Forest Pack object's surface list

I hope that helps, please let me know if you have any further questions.

Many Thanks,

Paul Roberts
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