I was very interested to read that it is now possible to install assets to a shared network path, but I confess that the tutorial you pointed to above is a little incomplete I feel:
We must define a main workstation, which will be used to download the assets. In this computer:
1) Edit the attached railclone_assets.reg with a text editor, and change "Z:\\RC3_assets" for the folder you want to use as central storage. It must be a network path accessible by all workstations.
In the file you will see four registry keys, for the library, macros, materials, and maps respectively.
Be sure all paths are in the same level ("lib" together "matlib"). This is specially important for the library, because it uses relative paths to the materials.
Also double check that backslashes are written as "\\", which is a requirement for the registry files.
2) Install RailClone 3 and run the "Update Manager" normally, which will download the assets in the specified path.
Following the first step quoted above, I get a little stuck after part 1, as I have no idea what to do with the file once I have edited it? I have used a text editor and changed the paths, but what do I do with it then? Surely editing a file on my desktop and saving it doesn't change anything?
In the other workstations:
1) Install RailClone 3. When Update Manager is shown, open Settings->Preferences->General and uncheck "Automatically check for updates...".
3) Close Update Manager and complete the installation.
In case RailClone already was installed, just configure Update Manager as described above. It's not necessary to reinstall everything.
If you want to disable update checking with a registry key, instead manually, just set the following value to "false"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Itoo Software\Update Manager\Preferences]
"Check For Updates"="false"
This procedure can be used both for workstations or render nodes. For any question or doubt, please ask us in the RailClone Pro forum.
Is part 2 of this missing? After part 3 (?) it says to use the instructions above, but they are not clear enough, so I still am not sure what to do.
If this is based around editing the registry, then I think it's probably a good idea to highlight this at the start, if not, what are we supposed to do?
I hope you understand my confusion, and hope it can be fixed soon as I thought it would be a good idea to install and test, but having got through the installation, I am not sure how to sort out the network location.