RailClone Tools

Overview

RailClone Tools, an Utility plugin, is used to access some tasks that cannot be done directly from the Modify panel of RailClone. Using RailClone tools you can create and organise instances from RailClone objects. This is useful if you need to use renderers not natively supported by the plugin or provide a file that can be used without the need for RailClone to be installed.

This tool is available only in RailClone Pro.

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Procedures

To install RailClone tools:

RailClone tools can be found by going to Utilities and clicking More... alternatively to add it to your button sets, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Utilities and click on the Configure Button Sets icon (  ).
  2. From the resulting dialog, choose the set you wish to add the tool to from the drop down list.
  3. To replace an existing utility with RailClone Tools simply drag it onto an occupied button slot.
  4. To add a new button, increase the Total Buttons value and drag RailClone Tools to the newly created blank slot.

Creating instances from a RailClone object:

  1. Select a RailClone Object
  2. Go to Utilities and open the RailClone Tools
  3. Choose how to organise the new objects from the following options:
    Individual objects. Creates new instances as standalone objects on the default layer. 
    Create Group. Groups all new instances in a group object. Should be used with caution, 3DS may be very slow handling a huge number of objects in a group, most of times it is better to create them as non-grouped objects on a separate layer (next option).
    Move To Layer. Creates a new layer containing the new instances. Activate Freeze to prevent accidental selection or changing of the resultant geometry and Boxes to display each instance as a wireframe box (same as right clicking and selecting Object>Properties>Display As Box.)
  4. To hide the source RailClone object once instances have been generated, activate Disable at End
  5. Press Insanciate, your new instances will be created with the above settings, replacing the original RailClone object.

 

Octane Render

When using Octane Render, instancing objects with Railclone Tools will automatically set their Octane Properties>Movable Proxyparameter to On. No further action is necessary.

 

Updating existing instances

If you wish to update a RailClone object you have already instanced, follow these steps.

  1. Select the original RailClone object. The geometry will be hidden but the icon will still be visible in the viewports.
  2. Open the RailClone Tools from the Utilities panel.
  3. Press Objects>Delete to remove the existing instances
  4. Press RailClone Geometry>Enable to turn back on the original geometry.
  5. Make changes to the RailClone object and Instanciate as described above.

Alternatively if you do not need to see the changes to your original RailClone object before creating new instances:

  1. Select the RailClone object and make changes. You will not be able to see these in the viewport
  2. Open the RailClone Tools from the Utilities panel.
  3. Ensure Auto Delete Old Items is enabled
  4. Press Instantiate, the old instances will be deleted and replaced.

Interface

Instanciate

Convert the geomety of the selected RailClone objects to stand-alone objects, automatically creating meshes and instances where needed. Usually this is much more efficient than converting RailClone to an editable mesh.

Objects

  • Individual objects. Create instances as stand-alone objects.
  • Create group. Group all new instances in a group object.
  • Move to layer. Create a new layer and move the new instances to it.
    • Freeze. New instances interactivity set to "Freeze"
    • Boxes. New instances display properties set to "Display as Box"
  • Auto delete old items When activated, RailClone Tools searches and deletes old instances before creating new objects.
  • Delete. Removes existing instances manually. This only works if the objects have not been renamed (including the original RailClone object).

RailClone Geometry

  • Disable at end. This option disables the RailClone objects after creating the instances. It turns on the Display-> Disable object checkbox on each RailClone object.
  • Enable. Turns off the Display>Disable object parameter of the selected RailClone objects.