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02 February 2006, 09:22 PM

The time has come, today is 22.2., it’s 22:22 in Vienna, GMT + 1hour –

OBAN 1.0 is released!

It is about an Open-Source-Expression for Cinema which was coded by me, a plugin which allows to align objects on a surface and to manipulate this alignment afterwards. I have already had released some preliminary versions of OBAN, by release 1.0, many new features were added to the old ones.

These potentials are given by using OBAN:

• controlling all functions by user data attributes

• aligning up to four object types *
• on any polygonal object *
• arbitrary particle count *
• synchronous size change of all particles *

• adjustable lifetime *
• randomly controlled size variation – for every object type *
• alignment on object points, polygons or edges *

• orientation along polygon normals, an object or without orientation *
• transition laziness of particle orientation *
• simultaneous rotation of all particles *
• rotation variation *
• polygon selection based alignment *
• position change per an object and following it
• adjustable follow speed *
• arbitrary multiplier for weighting the follow object *
• explosion-like repulsion of the surface *

• eligible type of repulsion: replace, multiply or added *
• arbitrary repulsion speed *
• repulsion angle variation *

• variation of repulsion strength *

* this function is animateable

OBAN 1.0 is an expression for Cinema 4D, is easy to learn and use.
To use the plugin, you need Thinking Particles and XPresso. OBAN is Open-Source and therewith, it’s free of charge – you are allowed to use it for private and for commercial purposes, the resell of OBAN is forbidden.

To feature OBAN’s long-range purposes, among others in the animation sector, I’ve created a promotion video. Cutting and post effects were done by Philipp Dollinger. The vid is compressed in the MOV-format and has a size of 34 (small vers.) or 61 (big vers.) MB.

Choose one of the following mirrors to watch it:

Big version: Mirror1 ( Mirror2 ( Mirror3 ( Mirror 4 ( Mirror 5 (;4894886;;/fileinfo.html)

Small version: Mirror1 (

Perhaps OBAN got a bit more concrete to you by the video, whereas I haven’t exhausted all possibilities – many functions came not until after the video production.

In the video, you could see a tree, it’s completely made with OBAN. Some people asked me to write a tutorial about it – so I did. In the tutorial, the exact way of modeling a tree with OBAN is described and illustrated. It’s in the PDF format and has a file size of 680KB.

To download the OBAN tree tutorial, choose on of these mirrors:


Mirror1 ( Mirror2 ( Mirror3 ( Mirror4 ( Mirror5 ( Mirror6 (


The Installation of OBAN is easy; download the ZIP-file and extract the C4D-file, named „Oban.c4d“ into the Cinema 4D-folder -> library -> objects. So you can access OBAN fastly in the object section in Cinema 4D. All further things you can gather from the attached PDF-manual which is in the ZIP-File too.

To download OBAN 1.0, select on of the following mirrors, the ZIP-file has a size of 110 KB:


Mirror1 ( Mirror2 ( Mirror3 ( Mirror4 ( Mirror5 ( Mirror6 (


Some additional application examples of OBAN can be seen here: (

For further informations and OBAN-pictures of other artists, you may visit my homepage (it’s German, hope you can find the way…): (The OBAN-section is located in the right upper corner)

Hope you have much pleasure with OBAN 1.0!

Best regards from Vienna,

Tobias Deml



02 February 2006, 09:32 PM
yeah tobi! really nice work...

it was funny to work with you ;)

:bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce:OBAN roXx :bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce:


ps: my work is not the best but its okay. i hadn't had so much time :blush:

02 February 2006, 09:49 PM
Tobias, you are the man, the man, the man, the man!!! :buttrock:

Vielen Dank! :)

Please, all get up and get ready for some big applause! :applause::applause::applause::applause::applause:

And a happy, happy birthday!

02 February 2006, 10:03 PM
Ah, this is awesome, its finally here. I can't wait to play with it.

... and the best part... OPEN SOURCE:buttrock::deal::love:

You da man Tobias. Thank you ever so much!



02 February 2006, 10:14 PM
Errr... Might be a slight problem Tobias. Most of the links appear to be down or lead to some strange locations. The example snapshots don't go anywhere either, like your site is down or something. Most of the links lead to this page

I was finally able to get the download, but only after copying and pasting the URL into my browser.


02 February 2006, 10:28 PM
Oh yeah... I saw it. That's according to CGTalk's positing system with the links, I wrote a text for all English forums... so I didn't mind.

Now all links should work :)

02 February 2006, 10:52 PM
thanks gentle!

and happy birthday!


02 February 2006, 11:41 PM
Being that its open source, would it be possible for someone to port this to 3dsmax?

02 February 2006, 11:51 PM
It's based on thinking particles - maybe that's possible. But I know no one who has TP for Max, although it's existing (I think CEBAS wrote TP for Cinema and Max...) - don't know.

Some additional things: There's a problem with the filename - there mustn't be any other points in the filename than ".c4d" - so you hav to rename it. From "OBAN 1.0.c4d" into, for example, "OBAN 1-0.c4d" :)

This bug will be fixed in some hours on the mirrors.

02 February 2006, 06:06 AM
Thank you Gentle,

Verry, verry great "plugin" Xpression. Thumbsup.

Rich-Art. :thumbsup:

Erik Heyninck
02 February 2006, 08:40 AM
...nearly the double of the opening of Carnaval (11-11 at 11h11min)??

thanks a lot,, happy birthday to the both of you (pisces is a double sign),, and yup,, some virus scanners see that second dot (point) as a possible virus and place the file in quarantaine or destroy it.. Depends on their political conviction I guess.. ;)
I often had this with files also..

danke zweimals


ps: may I ask what Jugendstil font you used for the title of your tree tutorial?

02 February 2006, 03:02 PM
the particle stuff sounds interesting and useful...will take a look...
thank you very much for your hard work and sharing of your efforts..cheers:applause:

02 February 2006, 03:15 PM
Hi Gentle,

I just send you a PM.

Rich-Art. :thumbsup:

02 February 2006, 08:14 PM
You are an inspiration too me Gentle, I am sure I will have loads of fun, tnx to you!

02 February 2006, 05:34 AM
Your great Gentle, thank you for the expressions, it's awesome.:)

02 February 2006, 04:47 PM
I hope, the thread has been moved - I posted a request to the CGTalk-admins. Here, in the News-section, nobody recogizes it ;)

EDIT: Hope you move it soon :)

02 February 2006, 06:27 PM
Hi Gentle,

Did you allready sent the mail to me?
for the post on ( ?

Rich-Art. :thumbsup:

02 February 2006, 07:34 PM
Humm.. yes, I did so. One more try, I mailed you the same again :D

03 March 2006, 01:22 PM
Some people asked me whether they can make a voluntary donation for OBAN 1.0, so I opened up a paypal-account.

OBAN 1.0 is Open-Source and so it's priceless,
but if it's so valueable for you
that you like to make a voluntary donation - to support the tool and me -
you are welcome to do this .

Choose an amount of money with which you can equiponderate OBAN 1.0 in your own discretion and send it, if possible in Euros, to the PayPal-account "".

If you haven't got PayPal and nevertheless you want to donate something, write me an email or a personal message so that I can give you my bank account data.

Best regards and furthermore have a nice time with OBAN,
Tobias Deml

03 March 2006, 02:27 PM
Heh, I thought this was a thread about single-malt scotch, but the plugin looks cool. :)

03 March 2006, 11:32 PM
Hehe, yeah, and there's a place in ireland which is called Oban (maybe the whiskey is named after it?) and some sort of an island which is also called Oban. :D

03 March 2006, 01:31 AM
Looks very interesting, thanks for sharing!

03 March 2006, 02:01 AM
Sweet :-) Downloading the video now, looks fun.


03 March 2006, 12:56 PM
hehe the tutorial for the tree is 666kb in size. Nice one here. thanks for that cool plugin/expression.


03 March 2006, 02:14 PM
I really enjoyed making the tree in the tutorial and I can see a lot of fun coming from this in the next year. Thanks Gentle, some paypal happiness is on it's way

03 March 2006, 02:45 PM
:bounce: Ooh, this is great! Thank you very much!
This is going to save my wallet! :love:

03 March 2006, 07:52 PM
Yeah, REAL paypal happiness - thanks for your great generousity =)

03 March 2006, 09:44 PM
Good evening everybody,

the old mirrors aren't working any more, so I created two more:

Mirror4 ( Mirror5 (url=;4894886;;/fileinfo.html)

If you haven't seen the video yet, all the better :)

I'll open an OBAN 1.0-section on my homepage (in German and English) on Tuesday or Wednesday. Do you have some suggestions, which points should be included into this website?


10 October 2006, 02:00 PM
Hi Gentle.

Thanks for this expression.

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