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  1. Aside from having to reset my Vw Preferences just about every other week in order to fix tools that spontaneously decide to no longer work properly, I've been having issues with the Heliodon tool and was wondering if I'm the only lucky one. 1. Select a Heliodon and on its OIP, select a Month and Day from the pull-downs. (To test my issue, don't select March, June, September or December) 2. Now select one of the Solstice or Equinox dates at the bottom, do the Month and Day both change to the correct Month and Day? For me - when I select one of the Solstice or Equinox dates, the Day changes but not the Month, so even though I select the Equinox on September 22nd, the Month remains July but only the Day changes to the 22nd. Does anyone else see this behavior? Thanks. Additionally - why do we have to type in 'AM' or 'PM' in order to change the Heliodon time from AM to PM? Seems like an AM/PM pull-down would have been much more user-friendly. ( I have started a wish-list item for this as it's tangentially related to my issue).
  2. Here's a Vw2016 file containing my attempt at creating a grass shader to be used as natural grasses on a green roof. The grass has a low density on purpose so that the render times don't get too crazy.
  3. Two requested improvements to the Grass Shader (which is really quite fun to play with): 1. Enable 'Variation' within 'Length' — this would make it easier to render grasses and weeds having natural variations in length. Right now, everything is the same length. 2. Inside the Grass Shader seetings, in addition to 'Choose Image' — also enable the Noise Shader.
  4. Custom IES lights should show the .IES lighting distribution in OpenGL. Currently in Vw2016 SP2, Custom Lights with an IES distribution file do not show any light pattern and therefore do not render as light sources. See this thread for additional information.
  5. I know it is a long-standing wishlist item, but I thought I would submit a new request to improve the poor texture mapping in Vw, partially due to lacking support for UV Texure Mapping. A perfect example of the result of this missing functionality is demonstrated by the way that a Subdivision object has to be converted to a Generic Solid before it can be properly textured with an image-based texture. Of course, you lose all Subdivison functionality once you convert it to a Generic Solid. A select list of objects that are currently hamstrung by the lack of proper texture (UV) mapping, I'm sure there are others: Subdivison Objects [slightly improved in 2017 for small-scale image texture materials] Cabinet PIO Door PIO 3D plants with textures can't be scaled Framing Objects Meshes NURBS Surfaces Links to related threads regarding texturing limitations & UV mapping: Subdivision Objects Different colors on different surfaces of objects Textures that scale automatically- Image Props do, 3D models don't, why? Free XFrog Plants Too Big Textures with grains UV Mapping for Coolux Venue Site Texture Mapping on Stretched NURBS Surfaces Render Issues Model UVW Mapping Question Edge-banding Tool Tip For Texture Mapping on Non-rectangular Object Please Make Cabinets So That They Take Wood Textures Properly [I was doing some further reading on mapping techniques for Pixar's OpenSubdiv (basis of Vw's Subdivison objects), and I came across Disney's Ptex open-source API as an easier mapping alternative to UV mapping.]
  6. I've been testing Vw2012 and I'm disappointed to discover that the Wall Cabinet PIO still displays a Renderworks texture on recessed panel doors as a 'sunburst' pattern. Anyone else have this behavior? The texture is the 'Wood Panel Mahogany Clear' from the Libraries/Textures/ Textures_Wood.vwx file. It is a relatively ugly texture, but it has high contrast so that you can see the bug properly. The only way I found to work around this is to convert the Cabinet PIO to a Group or Symbol, and then individually correct the texture mapping for the cabinet doors. But then you've lost all of the PIO functionality. This is the same behavior that I get in Vw2010 (and Vw2008..) and I've brought this bug to the attention of NA before - where I was told that if I wanted more control over my cabinets' appearance I should purchase the third-party InteriorCAD add-on package. Sad to see that this bug still hasn't been fixed. I have attached the Vw2012 file in case anyone is interested. Regards
  7. Can someone clue me in on how the Reflectivity Image Map shader channel is supposed to be used in v2011? There were more Image Reflectivity options in v2010 that seemed to give better results than in v2011. The RW help file was no help, I thought it would at least say what type of image to use. I looked at many of the NV provided textures and none of them use an image in the Reflectivity shader channel. Is this for a reason? I tried using a greyscale specular map in the Reflectivity Image map channel (as you would in any other 3d rendering application), and it just made the whole surface grey, completely overriding the base Image color map. So it appears that RW cannot use specular maps. Generally I guess I'm asking how to make more realistic textures in RW so that I don't need to use a 3d-party rendering app (like C4D). Regards, Tim
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