I’m currently testing the Skatter demo and writing a tutorial for using Skatter with Maxwell MXS references. Currently, The Maxwell plugin doesn’t support the “Render only” feature, and I think I misunderstood at first how this feature works, meaning the benefit it adds. I thought at first there is a difference in generation time using Render only, vs not using it.
But I guess the generation time itself is the same in both cases right? For example, turning on the Render only feature, scattering around 460 000 objects on a sandbox host, took around 15 minutes. This would take about the same time with “Render only” off, but of course it would take a few more seconds for the viewport to update, and you would have to put the skatter group in its own layer and hide it when working on other parts of the scene (with so many instances).
So I just want to make sure I’ve understood the generation time thing. “Render only” off or on, it’s the same?
If that’s so then that’s great at least when using Maxwell and scattering referenced MXS files. Even with about half a million refs scattered, the export time is still fast. I also assign the skatter group to a layer and hide it, and set in the plugins render options to render also hidden layers. I only need to do this though if I have a lot of instances.