Posted by Jeff on February 21, 2001 at 19:15:40:
In Reply to: Re: Artlantis 4.0 not grouping triangles or polygons on imported DXF's posted by Bob Sprague on February 21, 2001 at 16:15:06:
In your normal routine, and thank you for the breakdown you provided recently, you probably don't use the 'reapply materials' function that often (Windows/Reapply Materials). This function allows you to separate objects from their original material grouping. Let me try to consider a chair. When you assigned the material parameters in DW you were grouping parts of the chair together that you knew were going to be of like material. Now after you are in Artlantis you want to take two ribs from a chair back and color them different from the other ribs. Assuming all of the ribs were in the same material group originally, you would have to separate the two ribs using the 'reapply materials' function. That is were the dificulty comes in with 4.0. You would go to Windows/Reapply Materials; 'create' a new material title; select the two ribs (in 'objects' select mode); and click on 'reapply'. Then you can change the color and or material of the two ribs. Unfortunately, you could not of selected each rib with one click, like you could have in 3.5, because the ribs would be splinters of triangles (lights and textures puts out a triangulated DXF). In rendering a house, I use the 'reapply materials' funtion frequently to separate items even of like textures. Maybe to line up the brick and soldier course just right. Now...all that said...maybe the problem doesn't exist on a mac? NO...it take that back... I know it does, because the Abvent tech was operating a MAC when we duplicated the problem on her computer. Anyways... Do you use the 'reapply materials' function much, Bob?