New DotNet control for download – HitchHiker

Sep 27, 2009 by     6 Comments    Posted under: DotNet, User Controls

I’m proud to announce the release of a new DotNet control for 3dsMax called HitchHiker. If anyone has read the related earlier post here they will know a little bit about the background of the control.

This release has some significant improvements in terms of the simplicity of integration.

What’s more, it’s credit crunch busting, global downturn reducingly FREE!

Click the HitchHiker tab at the top of the site to find out more information and get the download link to the control.

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    In HitchHiker, The tag property currently stores the full path of the asset being displayed. Are the material links to a mat library file?
    Klaas, please contact me via the link at the top of the page and I can help you further.

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    Well, that’d be great. I’ll keep my eye out for it.
    To be complete: only a pathname array won’t suffice. The pathname should be linked to something else (like a material in my case). It’s almost like a normal listview: add an item with a pathname and a tag. The tag will be the link to the material.
    Klaas

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    Hi Klaas,
    It certainly looks like HitchHiker would be well suited to display your pre-rendered thumbnails. however I won’t fit in exactly with your script workflow. I could possibly add a populate method that accepts a pathname array in my next update.

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    LoneRobot,

    this control looks very good and i’d love to use it. I’ve written a material-manager which uses pre-rendered thumbnails (jpg). This control would come in handy to display these images since it’s multithreaded and has all the fancy options built in. BUT, all my thumbnails sit in one big folder. The user creates groups of materials which are then displayed. These groups are stored in an xml-file. So i’d like to feed your control a set of filepaths, together with an ID to identify the material. Currently your control reads the contents of an entire folder.
    Would it be possible to do this with your control right now?
    A link to the Materilarium here: http://www.klaasnienhuis.nl/WordPress/2009/11/materilarium-script-developed/ may help understanding what i’m saying.
    Klaas

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    Hi Jeff,

    Thanks for the feedback, I have posted an update to fix this issue.

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    LoneRobot,

    This is outstanding. I’ve been looking for a good Windows.Forms based image thumbnailer for close to a year now. I have a large MaxScript that is dependent on an older ActiveX based image thumbnailer that I have been unable to get working on 64 bit 3ds Max. Your control looks like it will finally make it possible for me to do that.

    I seem to have encountered a problem, though. I do not think the .recursiveSearch property on an instantiated control is working. If I set .recursiveSearch to true and pass the .populate() method a direction that has no images in it, but contains numerous sub directories with images, the HitchHiker control just displays a folder icon. If I change the path I am passing to .populate() to be one of those subdirectories HitchHiker will find, and parse, all of the images contained within that subdir. Could you look at the recursiveSeach property, please, and issue a fix if it is broken? Thank you.

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