Q. After installing, I started up 3ds Max 2009, and nPower Software popped up "an important dialog message". But now I don't see that dialog any more. What did it say? And what are the important performance settings that I should be concerned about.
1) Run Max as administrator. If you are running for the first time after installing the plugins, you should get our license dialog.
2) Enter your License ID and Password in the activation dialog then wait for confirmation.
If you are activating using the old Turbosquid license system:
1) Create a sphere or box
2) Select the sphere
3) Click on the Pwr_EditNrbs command (it's under the nPower Tools 1 drop down list in the create tab (arrow))
4) Expand the "operator parameters" submenu
5) Choose the License button
6) Choose the option to "Enter Authorization Codes"
7) Send the 2 numbers that it generates to either firstname.lastname@example.org or DGill@nPowerSoftware.com
This can happen from time to time. We have had some issues with customers having firewalls that block communcation with our license server. We have not been able to narrow down the exact cause, but manual activation is always an option. Otherwise, sometimes a bad License ID can trigger errors as well.
Common Error Codes:
5008: Invalid license ID or password. These were either issued incorrectly or typed in correctly.
5010: Wrong Product. Most likely you are trying to activate SubDNurbs in the Plugins activation dialog. The plugins and SubDNurbs are actually different products. You will need to use the modifier(ReMod) to get the SubDNurbs activation dialog.
5013: No remaining activations. Users are allowed only one activation with a default license. This activation is already is use.
In the case of any error above, please contact us at: support@nPowerSoftware.com
1) Click on the Pwr_NURBS command (it's under the nPower Tools 1 drop down list in the create tab)
2) Expand the Operator Paramters rollout menu on your right and choose the License button at the bottom
3) Click the Deactivate button on the dialog
4) Go to your Autodesk root Directory (For example C:/Program Files/Autodesk/3ds Max 2015/) and email the file, nPower_License_11.ini, along with your License ID to Support@nPowerSoftware.com.
If you are using the DCPFLICS license system, use the following approach to move your license:
1) Delete the file C:/Program Files/DCPFLICS/DCPFLICS.lic
2) Install and authorize on the new machine (using your serial number)
If you are using the old license system, you must first de-authorize on your initial machine and uninstall before moving your license to a new machine.
1) On the currently licensed machine, click on the License button and send us the license codes. We will generate a de-authorization code and send it back.
2) Enter the de-authorization code. You will get verification codes back.
3) Send us the verification codes.
4)Then you can install on the new machine and we will authorize it.
Most likely, you installed into the wrong directory. You should install into the top level 3ds Max directory. For example, 3ds Max 2015 is usually in C:/Program Files/Autodesk/3ds Max 2015/. If you received errors when starting up Max, you should contact Support@nPowerSoftware.com. For installation help, see our installation video.
Each serial number is specific to a product. When you authorize a given serial number, it has to match the product that you are trying to authorize. When you start up 3ds Max the first time (after installing our plug-ins), it will prompt you to choose the product(s) that you purchased. If you choose the wrong product, the authorization will fail. When you choose a product, it updates a file called nPower_Config30.ini. This file is found in the root 3ds Max directory. It indicates which products you are authorizing. It is very important that the settings in this file match your serial number (the product(s) that you purchased). If it doesn't, the authorization will fail. The nPower_Config30.ini file is a text file that you can edit by hand. Set the products = 1 if you are trying to authorize them. Make sure that all of the other product settings are set = 0.
You probably are using Internet Explorer 8.0. There was a bug in the Turbosquid DCPFLICS authorizing system with Internet Explorer 8.0 using our 5.0 version. A patch is available to download. Place the patch files as follows:
DCPFLICS.DLU - this goes into the \plugins\Afterworks\Common folder and overwrites the existing file.
TSRegisterNow.dll - this goes into the \3ds Max XXXX root folder and overwrites the existing file.
You probably need to register the SolidWorks® file reader DLL (SwDocumentMgr.dll). Here are the steps to do that.
Using Windows Vista, here is the process for that.
a) Start a DOS command shell
b) Go to the 3ds Max directory
c) Run as Administrator /Program Files/Autodesk/3ds Max XXXX/regsvr33.exe swDocumentmgr.dll
For Window XP, here is the process
a) Start a DOS command shell
b) Go to the 3ds Max directory
c) Run RegSvr32 SwDocumentMgr.dll
Here is a quick video to demonstrate this process.
Q: After installing, I started up 3ds Max 2009, and nPower Software popped up "an important dialog message". But now I don't see that dialog any more. What did it say? And what are the important performance settings that I should be concerned about.
1) In the Viewport Configure / Active Degradation Tab, turn off the check box "Draw Backfaces During Degrade"
2) In Customize / Preferences / Viewport Tab / Configuration Driver, turn off the check box "Use Cached D3DXMeshes"
3) Turning off the Steering Wheel Plug-in seems to prevent occasional crashes during heavy Direct X use. In the Max Directory "stdplugs", rename "AutoCamMax.gup" to "AutoCamMax.gup.bak"
The new steering wheel control causes many crashes in 64 bit Max. You can turn this tool off by going to the "stdplgs" directory and renaming AutoCamMax.gup to AutoCamMax.gup.bak.
Most likely, you are running the European version of the Microsoft operating system, and you have chosen the option to represent the decimal point as a comma "," instead of a period ".". The nPower_Settings20.ini file assumes that the period "." is used to represent a decimal point. While we are working on a fix to this problem, you can get around the problem by changing all of the periods "." in the nPower_Settings20.ini file to commas ",". That will temporarily fix the problem.
Download and install our free viewer plug-in. That will allow you to open, view and render the model. Of course, you are also welcome to purchase our plug-ins and experience the power for yourself.
Use our installer to uninstall. In the first menu, choose the "Maintain or update..." option and select the installed version from the list. Then in the next menu choose the "Remove" option (this option is the last in the list). You can also use the Uninstall feature in the standard computer Control Panel.
We have created a custom UI file that you can load. Go to "Customize->Load Custom UI Scheme" and it will bring up a dialog asking for the UI scheme to load. We have created several different files (one for each version of Max). Select the appropriate file (for example, for Max 8, choose nPower_ToolBars_Max8.ui). You can then position the toolbars wherever you wish. Note that the toolbars contain all of the tools. If you haven't purchased all of the products, some of the tools won't work. You can remove these extra tools from the toolbar. You can also create your own custom toolbars using the "Customize->Customize User Interface" menu command.
You probably need to register the swdocumentmgr.dll. This is done using a DOS command prompt, and going to the directory where you have 3ds Max / VIZ and then executing the command "regsvr32 swdocumentmgr.dll". If you are using Vista, you should make sure to run the DOS CMD as administrator.
Power Translators has no physical limitations, but 3ds Max can at times run out of memory. The result is usually a crash. However, there are many things which you can do to minimize the memory consumption. Memory usage is generally at its highest point during the import process, so after you import, you can change any of the following options and work in any mode that you wish.
1) Import into a single viewport
2) Import into a wireframe (instead of shaded) view.
3) Use the "Coarse" display setting
4) Set the "NumberTessellationThread" to 0 in the nPower_Settings20.ini file
5) Make sure you have the 3 GB memory switch turned on if you have a machine with that much memory
The license manager program uses an encryption algorithm, and the numbers are regenerated frequently. However, because the numbers change doesn't mean that the authorization keys that you received won't work. Don't worry about the numbers changing. Go ahead and enter the key codes anyway, and they should work. If they don't work, send the newly generated numbers to support and we will give you a new set.
Install our free viewer plug-in on those render farm machines and you will be able to view and render the nPower models on your render machines. Don't install the viewer plug-in on your nPower licensed machines, as it will overwrite your license. The viewer is intended for machines that will be doing viewing and rendering (and not editing / creation).
Go to the Pwr_EditNrb command. Then click on the "Visibility" button. The "Visibility" tools provide options for selecting and flipping face orientations, selecting duplicate faces, and other cleanup activities. The Power Translators video tutorial explains how to use some of these tools
This problem is most often caused by using the 2-sided mesh option while rendering. Do not use 2-sided meshes while rendering. This option is intended to be purely a viewing option to help show back facing surfaces.
Unfortunately, assemblies cannot be given Max Modifiers or UVW Maps. However, there are some alternative methods around this problem:
1) Explode the Assembly, and then use the NURBS Brep Grouping command. Then apply the modifier/UVW Map to the objects.
2) Explode the Assembly, and then use the Join tool. Be careful, as this will sew the objects into one mesh.
3) Explode the Assembly, and then apply the modifier/UVW Map to each individual piece.
This is most likely because you are importing into wireframe mode. When importing models, always be sure to import in one viewport, and under the Smooth+Hightlights setting.
1) Import the desired file with Maya Translators
2) Go to Window > Outliner
3) Right click and make sure "Show Shapes" is checked
4) With the object selected, dig down and find the associated nPower_Shape# (not the polySurfaceShape#) and delete it (see image)