X Referencing Objects



  • THE POST BELOW IS MORE THAN 5 YEARS OLD. RELATED SUPPORT INFORMATION MIGHT BE OUTDATED OR DEPRECATED

    On 02/03/2006 at 21:58, xxxxxxxx wrote:

    Hi All.

    I was wondering if anyone has been able to successfully reference objects contained in an external fiie to an instance. (i.e. I have 10 scene files which share the same objects, so I would have a series of instances in each of my 10 scenes which are linked to an external master scene containing objects which I would need to alter if need be. Then, by altering the objects in the master scene, the effects would be propagated throughout the 10 scenes.)

    Any ideas as to how I can achieve this?

    Cheers,
    Matt



  • THE POST BELOW IS MORE THAN 5 YEARS OLD. RELATED SUPPORT INFORMATION MIGHT BE OUTDATED OR DEPRECATED

    On 10/03/2006 at 15:01, xxxxxxxx wrote:

    I donot know the internals of how AutoCAD does Xreferencing, but noone except the Maxon developers has access to the Cinema 4D .c4d document format. Thus, a plugin would still need to load the document in order to get access to the object therein.

    Now, that raises an interesting prospect. A plugin object (acting as an xref) could cause the load of a document with the reference and automatic replacement of the xref by the referenced object. There would need to be a standard means to access the referenced document (relative path or a required folder for instance) maybe with a file requester if not found. If the objects referenced from several documents all exist in a single document, one could avoid loading the reference document more than once.

    And updating could be accomplished by default (referencing the reference document after being changed) or interactively with an update button action command plugin (dialog) or on the xref plugin object (AM) - that is, if the reference document is being edited while referencing documents are also loaded.

    There has to be some online information on implementing such things (?).


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