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CS tools are one of the coolest plugins for Cinema 4D that add special effects, special controls, special lighting with the complexity hidden, buried in the built-in tool for you. It is difficult to say what it takes to create all of these for yourself or what it would cost to buy them from a Cinema 4D store. Fortunately, CS tools are free. Free to download, with free tutorials and a number of free stage files from a variety of websites.
So where do you get free CS tools for installation? There are several places but a favorite that follows up with tutorials and stage files and many other Cinema tools is the Nick Campbell site, all & # 39; the gray scalorilla & # 39;. These tools are also available on author Chris Smith's website, & # 39; CirlcesofDelusion & # 39; or easily found elsewhere through a Google search.
There are really only a few steps to install CS tools, most to create a menu so you can access these tools as you would any other Cinema 4D feature and save the new installation you create. Once you have downloaded the tools, you must place them in the library, the object folder. On my system, this is "C : Program Files Maxon Cinema 4D R12 Library Object". Place the contents of the downloaded zip file, all CS Tools, C4D files in this directory. There is a document included in the download that spells out the installation path with other notes and a brief explanation for the individual tools.
Once you've downloaded the tools, you'll need another publicly available plugin that enhances your menu function, & # 39; OLX & # 39; plugin from & # 39; Biomechanics & # 39;
The & # 39; Biomech & # 39; websites describe their plugin:
"OLX is a Cinema 4D plugin that replaces and extends Cinema & # 39; s built-in object library functionality. OLX not only supports submenus, but supports separate libraries for documents, scenes, objects, materials, rendering settings, layouts, help files, and shortcuts."
The fun thing about Cinema plugins is that you copy the plugin source, copy it to the Cinema 4D plugin directory and restart it. There is no code compilation, no special configuration to make compatible with different editions. You download the version that matches your operating system (ie Mac, Win 32 or Win 64), copy it to the Cinema 4D plug-in and restart the program. It is.
After downloading & # 39; Biomech & # 39; menu code, copied to the correct Cinema plugin directory and restarted Cinema 4D, you will see the new & # 39; OLX & # 39; menu items under your & # 39; Plugins & # 39; menu with the top menu items listed in Cinema 4D.
Open now & # 39; OLX: Settings & # 39; menu options, the first listed in the new & # 39; OLX & # 39; menu; and set the location for your object library entries. The default setting is & # 39; C: Program FilesMAXONCINEMA 4D R12libraryobject & # 39; in Windows 7 and a Cinema 4D version 12.0.
Here we have told & # 39; OLX & # 39; menu system where & # 39; CS Tools & # 39; is located. Now we want a menu option, a menu icon that lets you open and access the tools. You use & # 39; OLX & # 39; menu for this too.
One of the features you introduced early in your Cinema 4D experience is the ability to customize your interface. Most tool sets, menu bar sets have a small highlighted bar at the top that you can & # 39; attach & # 39; with the mouse and drag. There may be a menu set that you want to work with a lot, so you extract it from the & # 39; s group and simply dock at your work interface where it is convenient.
We want to extract one of & # 39; OLX & # 39; menu items to add to the custom menu we create, you open & # 39; Plugins-> OLX & # 39;, attached to the selection bar at the top of the menu options, drag this menu set outside where you can see all the options it offers. Right-click on this menu set and select & # 39; Edit palettes & # 39;. With menu options highlighted in blue, select & # 39; OLX: Merge documents & # 39; drag this icon up to your icon menu next to your & # 39; Globe & # 39; content browser. Now you'll see a new menu icon on top, & # 39; CS Tools & # 39; icon.
You've just customized your Cinema 4D menu system! Publish & # 39; Edit palettes & # 39; command again to close and & # 39; deselect & # 39; them. Not only have you customized your menu system but when you click & # 39; CS Tools & # 39; icon you just created, you see all & # 39; CS Tools & # 39; presented to you.
Now that you have customized your Cinema 4D layout, you want to be safe and save it. Select & # 39; Window-> Layout-> Save layout as & # 39; and enter a meaningful name, like & # 39; CS Tools & # 39; for example. Unless you have changed anything else, you will save the usual workspace that you normally work with in Cinema 4D plus the new additional menu option that presents your new CS tools to you. When you start Cinema 4D, the menu switches the icon to the top left, & # 39; layout & # 39; presents all pre-defined layouts by default, animation, modeling and now your new custom menu: & # 39; CS Tools & # 39 ;.
Pretty cool, right? Now start using the tools!