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  1. For those that might be interested, Andy Needham has just created a Cinema 4D Python Slack Channel https://c4dpython.slack.com/join/shared_invite/enQtMzIyMTIxOTg4NjYyLWJmYTU4MTNkMTUzNDM3MTlmMmY1MWYxMWFkODY3MzI4MDA3ODBmNmY2NDIxNmNjNjBmOTEyZWJmYmU0NGVkNmM
  2. A new tool by Lars Jandel that helps you set the modeling axis when using a selection, move, scale or rotate tool. Hopefully some find it handy. Gumroad $0+ https://gumroad.com/l/c4dsma Instructions: Just click to change the axis while using the z-center of your selected components. Shift-Click to use the z-back, Alt-Click to use the z-front.
  3. Install the Mac version on your Mac from the install discs you got from MAXON instead of running a Windows emulation program. The serial number you got with your purchase is valid for PC and Mac.
  4. Go into the material where you've loaded the sequence of images and under the Animation tab, change the Range Start parameter the frame you require it to start on. You've put this question in Xpresso/Python Scripting, so if you want to use either, you just need to access this parameter and do what you need to do programmatically. Edit: To add to the above, the frame it uses prior to the start frame is the first frame of your sequence, so you may need to add a single frame at the beginning that looks the way you want for the frames before it begins if it's not blank.
  5. Texture Help

    To add to @Cerbera response, once you get the texture on the helix set up in a fixed place, to animate that movement you just need to keyframe the Offset U and Offset V parameters only. I did this quickly, so it doesn't match exactly and therefore your model and settings will be different (i.e. Helix (Circle) needs to be thicker and closer together) and texture (i.e. different font and line spacing closer together), but the basic parameters that need altering are highlighted. Angle of the texture itself will depend on how you've created the Helix, but if you've created it with a Sweep as suggested, UV Mapping will work with the texture on the angle shown in the screenshot and Helix set to XZ.
  6. An additional method to add to @DeCarlo perfectly valid method if you already have the buildings layed out in a specific way and don't want to simply Clone is that you can effectively create a Cloner type structure by placing your buildings (each under it's own Null) under a Fracture Object. Then, for your material, add a Variation Shader, adding all the building textures you want using Add From Folder, change Random Color to 0% under Shaders section and place that material on the Fracture Object so that you get random textures.
  7. Edge Selction

    I assume you're looking at the Product Design Strategies: Modeling a Bottle Screw Cap tutorial and if so, the tutorial has a download file https://cineversity.com/tutorials/fd/15255/15256 Try it on that geometry, even though it's the finished product. I've just tested it for you and it definitely works. It definitely works that way, but needs the geometry to be a loop. Make sure you're in Edge Mode and using the Move tool. After selecting the first edge, press and hold Ctrl(Cmd)+Shift at the same time then click on the second edge and it will select all in between.
  8. Weird viewport distortion

    The only time I've seen that is when the Camera in the Viewport, or Object Manager if you've added one, is in Axonometric view like Frog and/or your scene scale is very small or you've zoomed in too far. To resolve/test that, when you see the problem next, try going to the menu in Viewport and choose Cameras>Perspective to see if it resolves it or try scaling your scene up. Your screenshot doesn't really have enough detail to determine scale properly, but you can see the measurement of your objects in your Attributes panel..
  9. Intersecting colors

    There are lots of methods for Additive color in Cinema 4D, including my original response to you that I removed using Spot Lights when I realised you wanted Subtractive color/Paint Mix not Additive. As I said in my previous post, I think you'll have to do it manually or try that CMYK plugin if it works in newer versions to get what you want but I still don't think that plugin will be able to give you subtractive/paint mixing.
  10. Intersecting colors

    That's additive as you've said, not subtractive color, so it doesn't match the example the OP linked to unfortunately. They're wanting colors to mix how paint mixes, not how RGB color mixes on a computer.
  11. Redshift Hard Shadow With HDRI

    Aside from the suggestions from @natevplas above which are perfectly valid, if you do want sharper shadows from a Dome Light with an HDRI, you need to ensure the HDRI you're using is capable of producing them. That combination is producing realistic light and shadows, so your HDRI needs to be of a Sun and scene that would produce hard shadows of the type you want. As an example of an HDRI that produces sharp shadows, download from here (free - public domain): http://giantcowfilms.com/2015/11/23/hdr-morning-sun-winter/ You'll see hard shadows produced. In particular, if you want to choose your own HDRI, make sure your HDRI is not only 8 bit, is HDR and not JPG etc. and ensure it has high white point in it for the Sun/Light. If you want the shadows closer to objects and less spread out acroos the Shadow Catcher, the HDRI needs to have the Sun placed higher in the scene. Basic example using the HDRI linked above with a Box, Plastic preset with 100% roughness, Disc as Shadow Catcher and Dome Light with white Back Plate Enabled, 512 Samples:
  12. How to install book generator

    As far as I know, the book generator that @maliohammad mentioned is not available in R19 Demo. To use the Easy Book Generator plugin, as you've discovered, it does not work in newer versions, but you can use it by opening the installation folders and inside the res folder, you'll find a file called EBG.c4d. Just open that as you would a normal Cinema 4D file and you'll be able to use it. You'll also need to go to Layers panel and there are hidden layers called AH that you need to unhide. To do that, tick all the icons to show the "hidden" pieces like textures and then relink the textures in the Texture Manager. It's a manual process but possible. To relink Textures in Textures Panel using the menu Texture>Texture Manager. Highlight all the textures with red crosses then go to Edit>Relink Textures... and find the book textures included with the plugin:
  13. Intersecting colors

    I responded to this differently at first suggesting mixing colors using spot lights and then realized the color theory you've attached an image for is Paint/CMYK/subtractive based, not RGB/additive so the only way you can do this is by manual mixing I would think as C4D does not natively work in CMYK. There is an old CMYK Shader plugin available (not sure if it's compatible with newer versions though, so you'd need to check): http://www.ruimac.com/plugins.htm#06 but I don't think that plugin will be able to give you subtractive/paint mixing.
  14. Wot no Google View Image ?!

    Some "website designers" added Javascript that stopped right-click and Save Image As. Disable Javascript and you could save the image again. As I said in response to @Cerbera, the View Image plugins aren't necessary because you can still right-click in Google Images and choose Open Image in New Tab.
  15. Wot no Google View Image ?!

    +1 on PureRef. That is a good program, particularly for modelling and texture building as it can be forced over the top of any program so you don't get windows priority issues.
  16. You can add an Area Light and then use your Softbox geometry as the Area light itself and turn on Area Shadows. To see the Softbox, tick Show in Render under the Details tab for the Area Light as well. See screenshot:
  17. Cloners causing lag

    If you are simply needing to duplicate, and nothing more complicated requiring the Clones to be separate for other reasons, you could try ticking Render Instances in the Cloner Object or use an Instance Object instead to reduce that problem: https://help.MAXON.net/us/#OINSTANCE Alternatively, look at Xrefs or Alembic files and utilize a Proxy type workflow where you swap low resolution versions of your geometry in the Viewport for high resolution versions at render time automatically: As you've noted though, at some point, there is not much more you can do to reduce the lag.
  18. Wot no Google View Image ?!

    Conforming strictly to the Getty Agreement/legal decision. No more, no less :)
  19. Wot no Google View Image ?!

    ...or just right-click on the image and choose Open Image in New Tab
  20. Cloner dynamics question

    Once it's the way you want it and you click Set Initial State, untick Enable under the Dynamics tab for the Dynamics tag. Make sure you do all that at Frame 0.
  21. Cloner dynamics question

    It's hard to help specifically without a project file, but if you're clicking Set Initial State and they're still jiggling, you need to alter settings for your dynamics to try and stop it. For instance you could try changing settings under Collisions, Mass or Force tabs for the Dynamics tag, increase Gravity in Project Settings and/or go to Project Settings (Ctrl (Cmd)+D) > Dynamics tab > Expert tab and alter the Steps per Frame and/or Maximum Solver Iterations per Step to get more accurate dynamics simulations.
  22. Octane Scatter Alternatives

    You could also look at Xrefs as well and utilize Proxy type workflow https://help.MAXON.net/us/#OXREF
  23. Octane Scatter Alternatives

    3rd party renderers do that sort of thing by actually only rendering those instances at render time, so they don't need to be calculated in the Viewport in the normal way. Cinema 4D doesn't do that natively. The Hair Object in certain circumstances is also an option using Geometry/Instances rather than actual hair. Alternatives if you don't want to get a 3rd party renderer are Laubwerk SurfaceSPREAD http://www.laubwerk.com/store/surfacespread/ or more expensive option is Forester which has a Multicloner https://www.3dquakers.com/forester-for-cinema-4d/
  24. Octane Scatter Alternatives

    Honestly speaking, there is nothing native in Cinema 4D that will do that exactly, however, the closest you'll get are the Instance Object https://help.MAXON.net/us/#OINSTANCE or a Cloner Object and ticking Render Instances.
  25. Problem with transparency in viewport

    To use that link as an example of how to do the selections, you go into Polygon mode and select just the one polygon you want transparent and then go to Select>Set Selection. Now go to Select>Invert so that all the other Polygons are now selected. Make sure the first Selection Tag is not selected in your Object Manager and then go to Select>Set Selection. Now add the Opaque Material and the Transparent Material to the Cube and drag the Selection Tag for the Transpar ency to the Selection slot for the Material and do the same for the Opaque Material with the other Selection Tag.

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