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Custom Materials in C4R - 2017

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dtpeter2901
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Custom Materials in C4R - 2017

I have a model that's up on C4R.  

I created a new material with a .jpg file to represent the selected material we'd like to use.

I'd loaded from a shared location on my internal server.  

It looks great while I'm in the model.

I save the model and close it.

When I open the model again, on the same workstation that material is missing it's mapped file.

I have counter parts working on the other side of the country connected to our same network with access to this same "Shared" Drive.

When they create custom materials I can't see them and Vice Versa.

 

 

Where should these files be stored or how does one create new material with image maps in C4R?

Or am I just going about this the wrong way and I need to create and add custom materials to a material library or something?

 

I'm in 2017 on the current version with the current version of C4R. 

Thanks in advance.

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Judy_S
in reply to: dtpeter2901

Hi, dtpeter2901,

 

I understand that you're creating custom materials for a C4R project and are having some difficulty sharing the newly created materials, and mapped image files are missing from your materials after you close and reopen a model. I believe the issue is a mapping issue; it sounds like all your users have access to the same server location, but if the mapping is different (mapped letter drive vs. UNC path; or if there are more complex mapping options given your server setup as we discussed which appear different inside of Revit), this is likely the issue.

Are you able to verify that the path is actually the same for users in all offices? If it is (or if it can't be the same for some reason) and the issue remains, my suggestion would be to create a local folder on each user's computer with a path that can be found on any computer, such as C > Autodesk > Custom Material Images (avoiding any paths that go inside individual user folders). 

Paul Aubin's pdf about managing materials can be found at Aubin_Managing-Materials.pdf. This is a great resource that explains material management in great detail and may be helpful. 

 

Let me know if this helps! 

 

Best,

 

Judy_S



Judy.S

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Judy_S
in reply to: dtpeter2901

Hi, dtpeter2901,

Just checking with you to see if my post was helpful or if you have any  other questions. Happy to help if you do! Please let me know if there's anything else I can help with.

 

Best,

Judy_S



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Product Support Specialist, AEC

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dtpeter2901
in reply to: Judy_S

While this solution works, it's really not ideal.  The if I have say 200 people from 5 different firms that my be contributing to the same model, I'd be spending all of my time passing materials back and forth.  I like C4R, but this is another things I can't currently do.  I may have 40 people in and out of projects at different points in time and maintaining that on someones c drive isn't a solution, it's a nightmare.

I do appreciate the help, but this is a big flaw with Revit + C4R.

Thanks for the help.

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Judy_S
in reply to: dtpeter2901

Hi, dtpeter2901,

 

Thanks for letting me know the solution I posted works but is less than ideal. I encourage you to post your idea for improving this functionality in C4R on the Revit Ideas Page. This is the best way to let our developers know what you're thinking and the kinds of improvements you'd like to see in the software. 

Users can vote on their favorite ideas here, and the more votes an idea gets, the more likely it is to be considered for inclusion in Revit - so ask your friends and coworkers to vote for the idea! It's a great way to help influence the development of the software you use every day, and a number of customer ideas have already been incorporated into Revit, so it's worth doing. 

 

Thanks for taking part in the Autodesk community, and keep in touch any time we can help!

 

Best,

 

Judy_S



Judy.S

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