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Title: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: iToo on November 20, 2013, 10:36:07 AM
In order to explain the main features of RailClone in a simple and accessible way, we are releasing a series of short Tips & Tricks tutorials.  In the first episode “Creating a Wooden Floor”,  we show you how to create 3 different models of wooden floor. 

These tutorials are made by request, so if you have an issue you want to be featured, please post here your ideas. Stay tuned for upcoming episodes.

Thanks,
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: outgribe on November 21, 2013, 06:54:55 AM
Thanks for last tutorials, it is very useful!

Some suggestions from me:
first is tutorial how to make bookcase like shown here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soFa0VYAEO8 or like this, mixing horizontal and vertical books
(http://i.imgur.com/1g0IlLQ.jpg)

Second is little bit similar but difference is random count of objects in depth and  these "goods" are sorted by groups, something like this
(http://i.imgur.com/wGMwKQC.jpg)

Regards,
Sergey
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: KS1708 on November 21, 2013, 09:57:48 PM
Great idea Carlos and much appricated for us time poor artists.
Couple of suggestions
-Roof tiles
-Frameless curtain walls with spider joints
-Windows and doors
-Louves
-Wall tiles - similar to foor boards I guess but can you make them in a vertical plane

I also second the idea of scattering books and general objects on shelves.
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: TL1895 on December 11, 2013, 10:21:51 PM
Great idea Carlos and much appricated for us time poor artists.
Couple of suggestions
-Roof tiles
-Frameless curtain walls with spider joints
-Windows and doors
-Louves
-Wall tiles - similar to foor boards I guess but can you make them in a vertical plane

I also second the idea of scattering books and general objects on shelves.

I would like to second all of KS1708's list 8)
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: BI1654 on February 11, 2014, 11:46:00 AM
Great so far.

Railclone should be perfect for creating ceiling tiles. Ive attempted to do my own, but struggled with getting the spacing correct.

See attached photo. I wasnt able to have rc put a ceiling light every 3 or 4 tiles in each direction. I could only get 'bands' of lights.
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: TL1895 on February 19, 2014, 05:57:21 PM
Nice one, would be very useful!
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: nirsul on February 25, 2014, 08:27:53 PM
Great so far.

Railclone should be perfect for creating ceiling tiles. Ive attempted to do my own, but struggled with getting the spacing correct.

See attached photo. I wasnt able to have rc put a ceiling light every 3 or 4 tiles in each direction. I could only get 'bands' of lights.

This is a render ?? of so - you fooled me - it looks like a real photo (please twell me this is not a CG !)
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: TL1895 on February 26, 2014, 02:48:26 AM
Great so far.

Railclone should be perfect for creating ceiling tiles. Ive attempted to do my own, but struggled with getting the spacing correct.

See attached photo. I wasnt able to have rc put a ceiling light every 3 or 4 tiles in each direction. I could only get 'bands' of lights.

This is a render ?? of so - you fooled me - it looks like a real photo (please twell me this is not a CG !)

looks like a photo and OP said so, too. "See attached photo."
+1 for ACT like Armstrong and similar dropped ceilings as libraries  8)...
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: BI1654 on February 26, 2014, 12:21:20 PM
hah yes its a photo for reference. Not the render!
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: Paul Roberts on February 26, 2014, 01:54:05 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions - added to our wishlist. Keep them coming  :)
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: TL1895 on February 27, 2014, 02:13:55 AM
Fantastic! Thanks Paul
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: TL1895 on April 15, 2014, 03:15:38 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions - added to our wishlist. Keep them coming  :)

Here is one I use on at least 50% of jobs...(attached)
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: Paul Roberts on April 15, 2014, 03:30:41 PM
Thanks! The Ceiling tutorial is already recorded but it was based on an Armstrong tegular ceiling. It may not have been that exact one but it should certainly help you to recreate it :)
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: TL1895 on April 15, 2014, 03:47:19 PM
Thanks! The Ceiling tutorial is already recorded but it was based on an Armstrong tegular ceiling. It may not have been that exact one but it should certainly help you to recreate it :)

That's great, too!  Also spec the tegular from time to time...I look forward to the tutorial so very much!
Thanks again.
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: jonarchuk on July 18, 2014, 12:45:03 AM
Definitely a roof tiling system would be awesome. With the proper ridge tiles/wet verges etc :)
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: Wilbert on July 23, 2014, 01:27:06 PM
A tutorial for creating a stair with landings and railing for an oil tank would be great. (I've been trying to do this but I never got it exactly right)
(http://wilbertblom.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/OilTank.jpg)

Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: Paul Roberts on July 23, 2014, 02:35:19 PM
Thanks for the interesting suggestions.

I've added them to our wish lists. Keep them coming!

Cheers,

Paul.
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: Rtst on September 02, 2014, 01:33:56 AM
It would be great to have an Alucobond Facade Cladding Preset!

http://www.stylepark.com/en/3a-composites/alucobond-silbermetallic-500 (http://www.stylepark.com/en/3a-composites/alucobond-silbermetallic-500)
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: satoer on December 11, 2014, 10:34:39 AM
I really would like an tutorial specifically targeted at the Arithmetic Expression Operator. This seems to be very powerful, and since the user bought this plugin for its parametric modelling abilities, mastering this part of the plugin probably can enhance the parametric possibilities of Railclone significantly.

But first, the help-box inside the editor needs to be way more helpful. Now it’s really too basic to get an idea what an variable does. For example, the “XSplineCoords” This is used by the bridge tutorial to size the pillars to the ground. The help about this variable is: “Position over X Spline on local coordinates (vector)

But how did I supposed to know that XSplineCoords.z gives me just the Z - value? It would really help if this help box gives some basic examples and a list of optional parameters we can use.
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: ISG_User on February 18, 2015, 04:09:20 PM
Scaffolding, so it can be drawn using horizontal and vertical spline.  Set distance between decks.  diagonal bars are created over a set distance. Monoflex too, the occasional logo.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/4477507/itoosoft/Scaffold.jpg)
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: Wade on March 11, 2015, 04:55:04 AM
Traffic. Not sure if its possible with RailClone for Forest. It doesn't have to move.
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: iToo on March 11, 2015, 08:27:56 AM
Traffic. Not sure if its possible with RailClone for Forest. It doesn't have to move.

There is a recent thread about this kind of application. You can find it here (http://forum.itoosoft.com/index.php?topic=2807.0).
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: IT1371 on March 13, 2015, 07:32:27 AM
Is there a possibility to add a UVW map modifier inside the Railclone object?

To avoid things like this?
(http://i62.tinypic.com/beaph3.jpg)
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: iToo on March 13, 2015, 08:41:04 AM
Is there a possibility to add a UVW map modifier inside the Railclone object?

It already exists, as Segment->Mapping (http://docs.itoosoft.com/display/RAILCLONE10/Segments#Segments-mappingMapping). Unlike standard mapping, it generates a seamlessy tiled along the RailClone object.
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: IT1371 on April 07, 2015, 08:53:22 AM
I suggest adding a little button to select the participating spline in the Railclone object, instead of selecting it manually in the viewport.
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: Rokas on April 07, 2015, 11:27:38 AM
I suggest adding a little button to select the participating spline in the Railclone object, instead of selecting it manually in the viewport.
You can use rightclick and use top left quad while RC is selected to select spline
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: suppenhuhn on April 21, 2015, 05:33:22 PM
Will there be a tutorial for the Window example from the Railclone 2.4 feature tour video? Would be awesome!
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: Paul Roberts on April 22, 2015, 12:45:44 PM
I think that could be arranged ;)

Thanks,

Paul
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: suppenhuhn on April 25, 2015, 02:35:05 PM
I think that could be arranged ;)

Thanks,

Paul

YEEEEEHAAAAAW
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: IT1371 on May 26, 2015, 06:36:56 PM
Is there a possibility add to Export the Reverse, Flip A and Flip B parameters? for the Linear 1S item?
That could be great to faster set up some of my stuff :)
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: Paul Roberts on May 26, 2015, 07:18:47 PM
Hi!

You should find that these parameters are available in the export menu of the most recent stable version of RailClone.

(http://i.imgur.com/OY7OyCh.png)

Many thanks,

Paul
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: IT1371 on May 27, 2015, 08:08:36 AM
Hi!

You should find that these parameters are available in the export menu of the most recent stable version of RailClone.

(http://i.imgur.com/OY7OyCh.png)

Many thanks,

Paul

I should have installed the latest version before bringing this up. Apparently I'm using 2.3.4  :-X
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: Bruno NM on September 07, 2015, 04:55:48 PM
Hi everyone ! I found some nice idea which will be great to create with railclone.
But i don't know if railclone could succeed this challenge (fig 2 and 3).

Fig 1 is for say you can controll each corner. Like you set a segment into the railclone object for the first corner, the second corner is an other segment, the third an other again... That's will be a good tutorial for the conditionnal operator (if i do not make a mistake). And for create unique buildings (in opposite to symmetric buildings).

Fig 2 and 3, it's like create a limit on the clipping aera, when the railclone object reach this limit, some segments are translated on a specific axis.

Sorry for my english, i wait your answers  :P
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: Paul Roberts on September 07, 2015, 05:25:47 PM
Hi Bruno,

thanks for the suggestions, those are interesting example and I think they should be possible with RailClone. I'll look into it as a possible future tut.

Many thanks,

Paul
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: QK2975 on September 25, 2015, 10:13:28 AM
Hey guys, I would definitely like to see a tips and tricks tutorial on windows and doors. I noticed in the features video you showed us a window that was made up of multiple arrays. I would like to see that style in more detail and start adapting and creating my own styles like it.

Thanks!
Brendan
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: Paul Roberts on September 25, 2015, 10:25:46 AM
Hi Brendan,

Thanks for the suggestion. We've had a few requests for this now so it's going on our to-do list. That style is actually available in our "Getting Started with RailClone" guide in Chapter 11 (http://docs.itoosoft.com/display/RAILCLONE/11+-+How+to+overlap+and+transform+geometry). Just scroll down to the generator padding section and you'll a link to download. The chapter only discusses generator padding but you may find the style useful to reverse engineer while we prepare new tutorials.

You may also find this post  (http://forum.itoosoft.com/index.php?topic=2709.msg10307#msg10307)on the forum useful as it discusses a similar case.

Many thanks!

Paul
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: IT1371 on October 20, 2015, 09:25:13 AM
Hey,

I don't know if it was ever brought up and sorry if repeating. I suggest that additional global scaling options could be great.
Now we have only Global Scale option in Geometry dropout. Sometimes I don't need to scale proportionally and I don't mind if it will be stretched a little.
If I want it to be done now, I must open Style Editor and customize each segment separately which is a pain for many known reasons.
So if there were separate Global X Scale / Global Y Scale / Global Z Scale  options in the Geometry dropout I could have done this in seconds.

(http://i59.tinypic.com/2ynf85t.jpg)
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: TL1895 on November 08, 2015, 05:46:37 PM
Hi Itoo,

Would be great to be able to DL and see the files/scenes used in the examples on this page.
http://www.itoosoft.com/tutorials/tutorial_rc_24_feature.php#n1 (http://www.itoosoft.com/tutorials/tutorial_rc_24_feature.php#n1)
Is it possible?

Thanks!
TL1895
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: Paul Roberts on November 09, 2015, 10:34:18 AM
Hi!

Most of those scene files have made their way into the Getting Started With RailClone (http://docs.itoosoft.com/display/RAILCLONE/1+-+Introduction) guide and the Next Steps with RailClone  (http://docs.itoosoft.com/display/RAILCLONE/1+-+Introduction+to+Next+Steps+with+RailClone)guide. The download links are in the introduction chapter to each guide. If there's something else that isn't in the guide, please let me know and I'll see what I can do.

Many thanks!

Paul
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: TL1895 on November 09, 2015, 04:00:23 PM
Thank you for pointing that out!
TL1895
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: Tryharder on December 10, 2015, 06:29:25 AM
one more vote for roof tiling
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: Paul Roberts on December 10, 2015, 10:14:08 AM
Thanks for the suggestion. Lots of requests for this so roof tiling is top of our priorities list for the next update.

Thanks!

Paul
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: Tryharder on December 10, 2015, 12:22:34 PM
Thank You!

Great plugin by the way.

Keep up your great work  :)
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: IT1371 on December 22, 2015, 12:13:40 PM
a seed parameter for the randomization could be nice, instead of manual input of numbers.
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: TL1895 on December 22, 2015, 12:49:22 PM
a seed parameter for the randomization could be nice, instead of manual input of numbers.
+1 for this!  Good one!
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: iToo on December 23, 2015, 08:57:27 AM
a seed parameter for the randomization could be nice, instead of manual input of numbers.
+1 for this!  Good one!

Hi, it can be done replacing Randomize by a Selector node, and attaching the index to a Random number generator. In the folllowing way:
Then, you can export Seed to a Parameter, if needed.

(http://i.imgur.com/Mn7blYs.jpg?1)

Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: NP2889 on December 28, 2015, 12:41:16 PM
Well,

my experiance untill now shows, that producing styles that are useful for other useres, as we need them in our company libary, leads sometimes to very many exported parameters, to control what we need...

so the list of parameters to change gets sometimes a bit to long and to unorganised, and theres no way to organise it in a more handy and meaningful way... maybe a dropdownlist, seperators, grouping of parameters with a headline something like this...    could be nice...    :)
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: Paul Roberts on December 29, 2015, 12:22:40 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. We've added them to our wish-list for review. I sometimes add an unused Numeric node named with a line of dashes to a style to act as a separator, but we'll look into other options.

Many thanks!

Paul
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: cboogie on January 12, 2016, 10:56:03 PM
Great tutorial on the windows.  It got me thinking - is there a way to adjust the vertical spline in a 2D array to use the material ID of the segment like you do in the drop kerb tutorial.  It would be great to build a 2D array for the first floor of building (call that material ID1), then a separate 2D array for  the podium floors (ID2), then a 3rd 2D array for the upper stories of a building (ID3).  Assuming the same footprint for all of them I guess).  But to be able to drive it all with a single vertical spline might be kind of cool.  So if you need to remove a floor from the podium level, you just slide the vertex down some. 
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: TeapotCreation on February 10, 2016, 11:16:27 AM
Is there any way to scale the windows displaying the different parameters ?
Is that conceivable ? Or is it due to 3dsmax standards ?

Thanks a lot :)
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: Morne on August 16, 2016, 04:34:55 PM
Thanks for last tutorials, it is very useful!

Second is little bit similar but difference is random count of objects in depth and  these "goods" are sorted by groups, something like this
(http://i.imgur.com/wGMwKQC.jpg)

Regards,
Sergey

+1 on this please!
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: FC1888 on January 16, 2017, 09:53:31 PM
While we do have several asking for a roof tiling tutorial already. I would a little more specific. I recently had someone ask me, how to apply roof tiles (slate) to a curved roof plane Now I have seen examples of flat roof planes, and even conical roof sections..but this one was curved inwards and the lower edge was a smaller curve to the top edge... Try as I might, I just couldn't solve that one, is seemed to me that it required 3 splines, not 2, one for bottom edge, one for top edge and one for the slope.. So yes a comprehensive roof tiling tutorial covering several style of roof flat, concave and covex, would be incredibly useful.. I imagine it would be a lot of work, but I also imagine many very appreciative users out there, if this type of tutorial was produced... Have only had Railclone since mid December last year and haven't as yet had a great deal of time to practice with it.. although it has come in very useful on a few projects, roofing is one of the big problems with architectural visualisation, that Railclone could really make a lot easier.
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: Paul Roberts on January 17, 2017, 02:40:36 PM
Thanks for the suggestion. We'll certainly be producing a roofing tutorial soon, but we're waiting for the release of RailClone 3 which has several improvements that will make roofing even easier. On the other hand, I'm interested in the type of roof you describe. I'd like to see if it can be solved with RC, so I wondered if you had any images of similar roofs or even a simplified scene you could share? If so. please feel free to email me paul@itoosoft.com.

Thanks!

Paul
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: FC1888 on April 27, 2017, 11:36:09 PM
Hi Paul

Apologies for the very late reply.. I've been so incredibly busy, which is great, but also meant that I have not visited the forum for some time. Anyway, I have emailed the scene as it was sent to me. It is basically just the roof planes, originally modelled in AutoCAD, which I imported into Max and then saved as a max file, I also included the image, that was initially produce, using a basic render and photoshop, which obviously wasn't as realistic, as my friend wanted it to be. He had attempted to model the tiles individually.. but never had the time ad try as I might, I could not solve it either.. My only suggestions were to model them individually, which would take forever or to use textures and perhaps displacement, which was not exactly ideal. but would be easier.

Anyway as I say, despite my very late reply, I have emailed the very basic Max scene and the very simple render of how the building itself was to look, for you to play with... I will be very interested to see if you can solve it and an explanation as to how and even more interesting is the new tiles library I noticed mentioned... I look forward to seeing what you come up with on this tricky roofing problem

Many thanks for your prompt reply and once again my apologies for my very late response.
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: Terri Brown on November 20, 2017, 02:21:32 PM
Thanks for last tutorials, it is very useful!

Second is little bit similar but difference is random count of objects in depth and  these "goods" are sorted by groups, something like this
(http://i.imgur.com/wGMwKQC.jpg)

Regards,
Sergey

+1 on this please!

+2!
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: OJ3358 on February 23, 2018, 02:20:02 PM
Hi !

I have a suggestion, but not for a tutorial.
It would be great if there was a Discord group for Forest Pack and Railclone users. It could help a lot artists to exchange between them, I think.

Best regards,
Cyril
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: Paul Roberts on February 26, 2018, 12:15:40 PM
Hi, 

Thanks for the idea. we've created a Discord server here for our users: https://discord.gg/m9WXQym

Please note that we can't provide official support on Discord, for that purpose users will have to use our Forum and Email. But if you want to use it to talk and start a community with other artists who use our software - go for it!

We'll publicise it more widely with a couple of other social options soon.

Cheers!

Paul
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: FC1888 on March 05, 2018, 05:53:54 PM
Hi !

I have a suggestion, but not for a tutorial.
It would be great if there was a Discord group for Forest Pack and Railclone users. It could help a lot artists to exchange between them, I think.

Best regards,
Cyril


You do realise what Discord actually means don't you.

Discord

"disagreement between people"
"lack of concord or harmony between persons or things"

strife, conflict, contention, dissension, a state or condition marked by a lack of agreement or harmony. discord implies an intrinsic or essential lack of harmony producing quarreling, factiousness, or antagonism.

Is this really the kind of group you want to be associated with????
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: OJ3358 on March 07, 2018, 08:07:13 AM
Is this really the kind of group you want to be associated with????
Yeah !
 :P **laugh in professor chaos voice**

Thanks btw for the creation of the group !
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: Mouton on April 25, 2018, 09:53:05 AM
Tutorial Request

Hi Itoo
Can you guys create a Video tutorial explaining in depth how to use Expression the values etc because they are very hard to understand cant wrap my head around them

thanks in Advance
Mouton
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: JK4326 on July 04, 2018, 12:06:10 PM
Feature - Segments Align

Aligning (left, right, top, bottom) elements inside Style Editor.

I know that adding multiple segments deploy them in an array and we can keep it using Note but in further adjustments, it is often difficult to keep simple order inside RC schemes. If such feature already exists, please let me know where can I find it.
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: Paul Roberts on July 06, 2018, 11:32:18 AM
Thanks for the suggestion, it's added to our wishlist.

All the best,

Paul
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: FC1888 on July 07, 2018, 04:11:35 PM
Some time ago now, I mentioned creating curved roofing using Railclone. I wonder if it will ever be possible, maybe Railclone 4 will find the way.

While flat plane roofing, with skylights / dormers, is easy enough, it would be really fantastic to be able to tile a curved surface.

Examples of the kind of thing that would be a fantastic addition, would be.





Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: Rokas on July 09, 2018, 08:50:33 AM
Some time ago now, I mentioned creating curved roofing using Railclone. I wonder if it will ever be possible, maybe Railclone 4 will find the way.

While flat plane roofing, with skylights / dormers, is easy enough, it would be really fantastic to be able to tile a curved surface.

Examples of the kind of thing that would be a fantastic addition, would be.

All 3 examples You pasted in is already possible with RailClone Pro.
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: FC1888 on July 09, 2018, 01:24:35 PM
Well that's news to me, having discussed this some time ago and having sent in an example of a curved roof, so that they could see if it was possible, I never heard anything back and have yet to see any examples of Railclone doing curved roof surfaces, as yet. Perhaps I have missed something, maybe I need to search and see if I can find examples of someone actually doing this sort of roofing. Great to know it is possible, but would love to know exactly how i is achieved..

Thanks Rokas
Title: Re: Suggestions for RailClone Tips&Tricks tutorials
Post by: Adam86 on October 01, 2018, 03:44:13 PM
Hi - wondering, could we ever get interactive font / number text? if I'm adjusting a spline, could it give me a length and change on the fly along with my rail-clone geometry? Could rail clone ever grow to not just be parametric models but more of a grasshopper from Rhino? So many things I want to do but not sure if I could do them currently (not to say i can't use it, I use it all the time!).

thanks,
A
Title: ESC stop modification
Post by: IH3888 on June 24, 2019, 04:16:17 PM
A very practical trick, which it would be interesting to correct: when by mistake you use the mouse cursor to start changing a size value instead of entering a value on the keyboard... railclone systematically freezes max. (amplified by the number of polygons in a module...)
It would be interesting to stop the action by doing ESC on the keyboard....
Title: Re: ESC stop modification
Post by: Rokas on June 25, 2019, 08:37:20 AM
A very practical trick, which it would be interesting to correct: when by mistake you use the mouse cursor to start changing a size value instead of entering a value on the keyboard... railclone systematically freezes max. (amplified by the number of polygons in a module...)
It would be interesting to stop the action by doing ESC on the keyboard....

Some max operations are stoppable, but some are not. We will investigate the possibility.
Thanks for suggestion.
Title: Re: ESC stop modification
Post by: FC1888 on June 25, 2019, 03:34:53 PM
A very practical trick, which it would be interesting to correct: when by mistake you use the mouse cursor to start changing a size value instead of entering a value on the keyboard... railclone systematically freezes max. (amplified by the number of polygons in a module...)
It would be interesting to stop the action by doing ESC on the keyboard....

Some max operations are stoppable, but some are not. We will investigate the possibility.
Thanks for suggestion.

Personally I never use the mouse to change values, it's just too messy. Particularly messy when extraordinarily large numbers of objects can suddenly be generated, slowing down Max and it's response time, even leading to max freezing or worse crashing out.

If the spinners were more like a rotary dial, with fine a course settings, sure they would be much nicer to use, but as they are, they are far too course and prone to jumping to extremes, so I'll stick to entering numbers / values from the keyboard..

Yes you can adjust them, just as you can for zooming in/out, using the mouse wheel, but while I love Max and wouldn't change to another platform, for all the money in the world, it has a clunkiness to it, that some find ways around and others get frustrated over.

Took me many years to get used to it's sometimes antiquated behaviour, but I refuse to give up on it, it's like an very old friend, who I know almost as well as myself. Sure they'll screw up once and a while, but that's life and you just move on.