News Item: : Riptide Pro - v2.6 Update
(Category: Cinema 4D Plugins)
Posted by PropShop Admin
Monday 26 September 2016 - 16:55:06

The Riptide Pro plugin has been updated to v2.6 and is now available in the downloads section.

Riptide Pro is the premier Wavefront .obj (as well as .mdd file) Import/Export plugin for Cinema 4D with many advanced options and user-defined Presets.  See the Riptide Pro Product Page for details.

v2.6

A few new features, additional optimizations and bug-fixes, etc...
  • MDD (point-cache animation) file changes:
    • New Feature: "MDD Group Loader" tag added. This new tag allows you to set up - or modify - MDD animation on groups of mesh objects from a central location (it operates on any direct mesh object children of the parent object (typically a Null object) that the tag is attached to). See the MDD Group Loader section for details.
    • All MDD IO features now have SwapYZ, FlipX, FlipZ options.
    • .mdd Import/Export point scaling is now limited to up/down by factor of 1x -> 1000x ...
    • .mdd Deformer is now also limited to up/down by factor of 1x -> 1000x, but it currently uses a single floating point value (0.001 -> 1000.0). See the MDD Deformer section for details.
    • Fixed .mdd Import to not 'relocate' the mesh points to the world zero location.
    • Fixed a bug with exporting .mdd files, where source object 'scaling' was not accounted for correctly.
    • Fixed a reported bug of the MDD Deformer sometimes corrupting the .mdd file - I never saw this issue myself, but the fix I put in place was verified to sucessfully stop/fix the problem.
  • General changes:
    • New Feature: New .Obj Animation Sequence Import - works like .mdd import, but with a series of .obj files
    • New Feature: .obj Import (only) now supports "Smoothing Groups" - if smoothing groups are present in the file, the plugin converts them to the appropriate phong edge breaks (assuming that the "Phong Tag" option is enabled). [NOTE: The process of Exporting smoothing groups to .obj files - based on (potentially non-polygon-contiguous) phong edge breaks - is a more complex problem to solve and has not (yet) been implemented]
    • Improved 'status' messages during Import - far more informative during long imports
    • Now parses "bump strength" values in .mtl files (import only, currently)
    • Enlarged the Import line buffer size to accommodate very large nGons (nGons with large numbers of verts).
    • Added code to correctly handle incorrect Daz Studio .mtl file info (map_D vs map_d)
    • Added code to correctly handle other potential case-sensitive .mtl file errors (Daz Studio is notorious for not following the specification)
    • Changed Diffuse (Color) channel to always be enabled if not disabled on Import options (will use default color if none loaded).
    • Added code to (currently always) export Splines as .obj file 'line' records.
    • All mesh-splitting options (including not splitting) now preserve vertex-ordering (previously only the "Don't Split" and "Split by Group" options preserved vertex-ordering).
    • All mesh-splitting options now cull out any unused vertices - this can also fix a problem when importing splines, where the spline points are being duplicated in the mesh (when not splitting).
    • Unused vertices are added to scene as separate point-only mesh object (given that the appropriate options are set on the Mesh Splitting tab)
  • Optimizations:
    • Optimized .obj Import speed in general - but particularly when there are large numbers of nGons (from 2->60 times faster)
    • ...also 'actually' optimized for large numbers of groups (left out in last update?)
  • Bug Fixes:
    • Fixed a bug with importing group (or material or region) names longer than 255 characters.
    • Fixed a bug with exporting .obj files, where source object 'scaling' was not accounted for correctly
    • Fixed a bug with exporting .mdd files, where source object 'scaling' was not accounted for correctly (as listed above in the MDD section).
    • Fixed .mdd Import to not 'relocate' the mesh points to the world zero location (as listed above in the MDD section).
    • Fixed a reported bug of the MDD Deformer sometimes corrupting the .mdd file - I never saw this issue myself, but the fix I put in place was verified to sucessfully stop/fix the problem (as listed above in the MDD section).
...this is (as usual) a free update for all licensed users and a 30-day free trial is available for everyone else (just enter DEMO as a license key).


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