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Old 05 May 2006   #1
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I guess that is a question for the Igors then, unless Blair Burton visits these forums too. Just out of curiosity, how difficult is it to create an file import/export plug-in for FACT file format? The reason I'm asking is that Modo is looking very good these days, but it doesn't connect too well with EIAS.
 
Old 05 May 2006   #2
Hi, Manuel
Originally Posted by manuel: I guess that is a question for the Igors then, unless Blair Burton visits these forums too. Just out of curiosity, how difficult is it to create an file import/export plug-in for FACT file format? The reason I'm asking is that Modo is looking very good these days, but it doesn't connect too well with EIAS.
Blair knows about import/export much more than we are, so you need to ask him. We can say only: work with files never was a little work
 
Old 05 May 2006   #3
Depends. If Modo has an API, it would be worth looking at. If not, you're SOL.
OBJ is always an option of course. Granted that there are several OBJ solutions for EI out there all with their own quirks. Once EI is converted over to Mach-O there will be another because the Mach-O version of the FBX libraries has it's own built-in translators for OBJ and IIRC DXF and 3DS.
 
Old 05 May 2006   #4
Originally Posted by NorthernLights: Depends. If Modo has an API, it would be worth looking at. If not, you're SOL.
OBJ is always an option of course. Granted that there are several OBJ solutions for EI out there all with their own quirks. Once EI is converted over to Mach-O there will be another because the Mach-O version of the FBX libraries has it's own built-in translators for OBJ and IIRC DXF and 3DS.

I know people have already written file export scripts for Modo in PERL and LUA. And there is a promised SDK coming up. Not too sure what any of that exactly means though, I'm just rambling off some words here
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Anyway, Modo 201 promises to have FBX export. But FACT export would just be that little bit better.

PS What's SOL?
 
Old 05 May 2006   #5
SOL = "!@#$ out of Luck"; with the appropriate word substituted there at the front.

Fact export from various apps has been dicey. So far .obj's from Silo work better than .fac's. I'm currently running all .obj's through OBJ2FACT, which I consider a requred file utility to work with EIAS.
 
Old 05 May 2006   #6
Aha, I see. These forums are just so educative

Actually, FACT export works a treat in Silo 1.4 on my Mac, unless there are some specific issues that I'm not aware of.

PS I'm still Manuel who started this thread, but it looks like my account isn't quite working at the moment.
 
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