November 03, 2014, 05:01:52 pm
In addition to the features that were announced on the 20th of October, we've got a bit more in the goodie bag for you! 'PLACE ITEM ON NODES' TOOL
The new Place Item on Nodes
tool allows you to import a model that consists of multiple objects (e.g. tree or spotlight dummy objects). The dummy objects can subsequently be replaced with either a Lumion tree/plant or light of your choice.
In Lumion, the Place Item on Nodes
tool is accessed via the Context Menu
for imported models (Extra
-> Place Item on Nodes
Each spotlight/plant/tree species can be represented via any user-nominated object (a Node
) in your 3D modelling software, e.g. a row of boxes.2)
Export only the object type that is to be replaced via the Place Item on Nodes
tool in Lumion.3)
Repeat the isolate and export process for each subsequent spotlight/tree/plant species Nodes
by overwriting and then reloading the model file in Lumion and use the Place Item on Nodes
tool again with a different spotlight or tree/plant species selected.Exporting Nodes from SketchUp:
Each node has to be a component or a group. The best file format to import in Lumion is .skp format, but if you export to DAE format, please make sure that 'Preserve Component Hierarchies
' is turned on.Exporting Nodes from 3DS Max:
No special requirements - each node just has to be a separate object with its own position/rotation/scale. DAE and FBX files are supported. MAX files also work provided that you've got 3DS Max installed on the PC.Exporting Nodes from Revit:
The Revit To Lumion Bridge
will currently export a collapsed model which is unsuitable for use with the Node Replacement
tool. For that reason, please export the model as an FBX file instead.
Please note that the tool requires access to the original imported model file.
If you have renamed the model file or moved it, Lumion will ask you to locate it before executing the command.
When replacing imported dummy objects with spotlights, please note that the dummy objects have to be rotated by 90 degrees to look correct after replacement in Lumion.
We hope this tool will save you time when adding trees and spotlights based on your clients' drawings - enjoy!