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animation23
04-30-2010, 10:17 PM
Has anyone gotten python to interact with zBrush successfully? I've seen an example out there using AppActivate and sending key commands but I was not able to get it to work. I was just wondering if anyone else has given it a shot and has been successful?

animation23
05-06-2010, 06:08 PM
This is based off a post from zbrushcentral, there was a post about sending key commands from python to zbrush. The code posted there didnt quite work. I needed to get the name of the active window and for some reason "Zbrush" is not the correct name. So I have python get the active window name, save it as a variable and in a loop I send a key command. Saving the z app name to a variable lets me error check in case some other application is active. You would not want this script sending key commands while you're writing an email http://www.zbrushcentral.com/images/smilies/smile.gif. This can be used to create an auto-saving script for zBrush. Well as long as you can assign a zscript to a hot key.

my apologies about the formatting:

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# Import Modules
import win32com.client
import win32api
import win32gui
import os

# Main
timer_on = 1 #set the inf loop variable
#create shell script
shell = win32com.client.Dispatch("WScript.Shell")
#create command to fire up Z
command = "C:/Program Files (x86)/Pixologic/ZBrush3/ZBrush3.exe"
#os.startfile(command) #fire up Zgg
win32api.Sleep(5000) #pause for z to load
#get title window of z
winName = win32gui.GetWindowText(win32gui.GetForegroundWindow())
#save title window of z
zWin = winName
#pause for z to be active
win32api.Sleep(5000)
#make sure z is active app
shell.AppActivate("zWin")
while(timer_on > 0):
#sleep for 5 minutes before sending key command
win32api.Sleep(5000)
shell.AppActivate("zWin") #making Z active app
win32api.Sleep(1000) #pause before saving
if (zWin == winName): #make sure its Z
shell.SendKeys("w") #initiate move command in Z
print "Sending Z Command" #print statement for error check
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