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Jason Brown
Junior Member
Username: Valkama

Post Number: 49
Registered: 08-2006


Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 03:46 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

My problems with Maxwell just make me appreciate FormZ tech support even more. Sorry to post this here but so far after 4 days i am still waiting for my password so i can post a question on their forum and so far no response from tech support regarding my problem.

I just installed the latest version of maxwell on my Mac and my PC. My PC seems to work great with maxwell but for my Mac, every time i try to render, even using their tutorial model or a simple flat plane, i always get this error:

Error: MXS file is invalid

Does anyone know what is going on? The same file works on my PC, but not my Mac.

Thanks again

Jason
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Jean-Luc DAUREIL
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Username: Jean_luc

Post Number: 104
Registered: 07-2001


Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 04:12 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Jason,

I'm sorry.
Maxwell work fine here with PCs.
You can try to load directly in MXCL a valid .MXS found on the installation directory as a light or a studio environment.

If you get the same message error you should have a corrupted installation.
On the contrary, if it work fine it could be a proble with Maxwellz the plugin.

Hope it hepls,
Let us know youir results...

JL
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Jason Brown
Junior Member
Username: Valkama

Post Number: 50
Registered: 08-2006


Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 06:37 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Hello Jean-Luc

So far nothing has worked. I have resinstalled the program and the plugin.

I downloaded the sample scene from Maxwells website, the 8 balls, and that gave me the same error.

Still trying.

thanks

jason
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Des Clarke
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Username: Desclarke

Post Number: 136
Registered: 11-2001


Posted on Tuesday, February 06, 2007 - 04:04 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Works fine here on my macs. Below is a problem I did run into tho'.
One thing to watch out for are the texture paths. The preset textures where all set up on a PC (I presume) and the paths need to be updated in "mxed.app". When you open a mxm (maxwell material) file you will probably get an error looking for the texture map. You need to manually locate the map and resave the mxm file. If you do this and assign the mxm files in FormZ it should work.
Don't know if this helps...

Des
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Jason Brown
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Username: Valkama

Post Number: 51
Registered: 08-2006


Posted on Tuesday, February 06, 2007 - 04:33 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Hello. I was able to get it to work but im not sure how :-)

I am impressed on how much more efficient the workflow is now. I think for me it will be great for interiors but i dont think its that much better than Z when it comes to exteriors. IT will be interesting how much faster maxwell is when its 64 bit.

Thanks for your replies.

jason
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Steven Houtzager
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Username: Stevenhoutzager

Post Number: 26
Registered: 11-2001


Posted on Tuesday, February 06, 2007 - 10:51 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

I see the thread below is answering my questions.

SH

(Message edited by stevenhoutzager on February 06, 2007)
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Bernd Meissner
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Username: Bmeissner

Post Number: 48
Registered: 04-2001
Posted on Wednesday, February 07, 2007 - 10:08 am:   Edit Post Print Post

I just got a similar problem here, and don't seem to be able to solve it:

Are you able to assign a predefined Maxwell mxm material to a FormZ surface style? On my Mac, FormZ crashes immediately after the selection of almost all materials... just the "carpaints vol i" mxms don't crash. But even these materials are not displayed in the material preview (stays completely black).

Bernd
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Bernd Meissner
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Username: Bmeissner

Post Number: 49
Registered: 04-2001
Posted on Wednesday, February 07, 2007 - 10:13 am:   Edit Post Print Post

OK, this is the answer I just got from the Maxwell forum... problem (not yet) solved:

> Yes, that's a known bug that only happens on osx
> intel, we will update the plug-in shortly to
> solve this and other bugs found. The only way to
> avoid it right now is opening FormZ with Rosetta
> as if it were a PPC application. You can do that
> with the "Get Info" dialog.

Bernd