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    MacBookPro 15" + 22" HD Monitor 2.66 GHz Intel 2 Core i7 8 GB RAM OS:10.8.5 Spyder4Pro (monitoring the monitors!)
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    I'd quite like one of those new Mac Pros
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    World domination! (I would be nice to everyone, honest!)
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  1. So, this old chestnut again! Maybe Rodney could pin the page in the link bellow for future easy finding by Mac users. The problem is most likely the NVIDIA cards that are in some Macs. Not all Macs have these cards, and so these lucky A:M users may never encounter this problem. Here is my original post from 2014 with a possible workaround: https://www.hash.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=45848&do=findComment&comment=393775
  2. To see which SSE instruction sets your intel chip Mac has, open Terminal and type or copy/paste the following: sysctl machdep.cpu.features
  3. Yes it’s been reported and investigated by Steffen, See my post here: https://www.hash.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=45848&do=findComment&comment=393775
  4. This sounds familiar. It’s probably your graphics card, I’m guessing its an NVIDIA one. Have a read of this post here: https://www.hash.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=47270&do=findComment&comment=405278
  5. This is an old, old problem with A:M on Macs and has to do with the graphics card. If you have a Mac with something other than an NVIDIA card you most likely won't have this problem, like for example a Mac Mini, 5k Retina iMac or MacPro. If you are using a laptop Mac then the only way around this is to force the computer to use the integrated Intel Graphics chip (if it has one). You will need third party software to do this, gfxCardStatus, and you won't be able to have a second display connected to your computer whilst using the integrated chip. Link: https://gfx.io
  6. Hello yardie, The project files for that are on both the ExtrasCD and the ExtrasDVD if you have either of them. ExtrasCD: Data > Projects > Tutorial > Rigged face and project ExtrasDVD: Tutorials > Rigged face and project However I see no documentation in there about the rigging or setup so you may need to do a degree of investigative dissection.
  7. Thanks Gerald, that was it. Can't believe I missed that. Oh do I feel stupid now!
  8. The specular effect is visible in un-rendered Modelling and Choreography windows but disappears as soon as any form of render is used. Screen shots show how a model looks in a Chor un-rendered and then how it looks rendered to file. Also attached is a simple test .prj if other cold test to see what they get. Highlights_Test.prj
  9. markw

    Topology Help

    The modelling tutes in 'The Art of Animation Master' are a good starting off point. (Though personally I'm not sure the one on modelling a face is the most optimal approach... ). But, also have a watch of Barry Zundels modelling tutorials. I learnt a tone from those some years back when you had to buy them. Happily they are all free now but I've never regretted having bought them! You can find them all here: http://barryzundel.blogspot.com/p/animationmaster-2005-tutorials.html They were made as I say some years back so he's using an older version of A:M which lacks some of the tools/abilities of more recent versions. But 100% of the basics of Patch modelling covered in the videos is still relevant. And your biggest resource for learning A:M is right here on the forums! Ask questions, lots of questions and remember there are no such things as stupid questions! Even the most knowledgeable users here knew nothing about A:M once!
  10. $!99 for Windows 10 Pro apparently or $99 if changing from Windows 10 Home to Pro. At least according to this article: http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/windows-10-european-pricing-finally-revealed-1297663
  11. Sadly Nancy is right about DarkTree materials, they've not worked for us Mac people for some time now
  12. Hi jimd You can open the master0.lic file at any time with a text editing app, such as Mac's own TextEdit, and read the exact expiry date of the licence. As I recall when Mavericks was first released A:M was on v17g and would not launch due to unexpected changes in OSX introduced by Apple with Mavericks. Steffen was able to alter A:M and soon had it working again with v17g+. If your v16 is working on Mavericks/Yosemite then that is maybe something of bonus! However those phantom renders you mention may be a sign of a deeper incompatibility of v16 with the latest Mac OS. When you say "the usual disk management" did you use Disk Utility to first check your HD's formatting with Verify/Repair Disk as well as using Verify/Repair Permissions?
  13. Yes, sometimes it can slow but it's never been a major issue. Nancy's suggestion of lowering the subdivision in the realtime view can help. Likewise working in Wireframe. Having Particles/Hair "On" will bog it down always in realtime if you are using it. And sometimes having "Decals" turned On can slow it down if they are large image files. But if this slowing has only just started then the above may not be the cause as they would all have been evident for some time before now. You could try a "Reset" of A:M, that often clears out cobwebs. See if that helps. More generally I would also suggest checking your HD formatting with Disk Utility, in your Macs' Utilities folder, once in a while when you have time. Use the 'Verify Disk' button in the 'Fist Aid' tab. Minor anomalies on the HD can sometimes show up as a slowing of the OS, excessive memory or CPU use, etc…
  14. Hi Simon Good to see you still working away at this project. Nearly there! Now dare I say this? Perhaps don't spend too many hours trying to fix this glitch. As the problem is at least consistent in where it happens, if not when exactly, you could just check the frames where the bears face is visible after rendering and then re-touch any affected frames in a paint program, before turning the image sequence into a video file. It would take but a few seconds to re-touch each frame and would certainly be less frustrating than spending more hours trying to nail down what may be causing this strange glitch in the renders. Just a thought.
  15. This is a long standing problem which sadly despite Steffen's best efforts to fix remains. The problem seems to be related to Nvidia graphs cards and most Macs use NVIDIA. Some Macs use AMD cards and these machines should be free of this problem. See this thread for some more info and a sort of workaround in the last post: https://www.hash.com...848#entry392948
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