Downloadable Resources

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Genetica is able to download graphics resources for use in your textures and animations.  As the following illustration shows, these resources enable beautiful effects that would not be possible without them.

 

 

What Downloads Are Good For

 

 

The following dialogs are associated with Genetica's resource library.

 

 

Dialog

Description

Select Resource Library Location

This dialog will allow you to specify where on your computer you would like downloaded resources to be stored.

Download Resources

This dialog will appear whenever you are rendering a texture that uses resources that have not yet been downloaded.  It will give you the opportunity to download them.

Select Image

This dialog provides direct access to the available resources.

 

 

 

Common Questions

 

 

How do I discover where the application is storing resources?

 

1.Click Edit > Preferences... in the main menu running along the top right of the application.

 

2.Click the "Edit..." button appearing to the right of the "Resource Library Location" label.

 

3.The Select Resource Library Location dialog that opens will indicate the drive and folder where the resource library is currently stored.

 

 

How do I change the location where resources are stored on my computer?

 

1.Click Edit > Preferences... in the main menu running along the top of the application.

 

2.Click the "Edit..." button appearing to the right of the "Resource Library Location" label.

 

3.In the Select Resource Library Location dialog that opens, select a new location on your hard drive.

 

4.Close the dialog by clicking "OK".  When asked whether you would like the resource library to be moved to the new location, select "Yes".

 

 

Will I be able to delete downloaded resources later?

 

It is not recommended that you delete locally saved resources as this will slow the functioning of any Spiral Graphics applications that rely on those resources.  You can delete individual resources by clicking the trashcan icon that will appear in the Select Image dialog for any resource that has been saved locally.  If you will not be using Spiral Graphics applications for a while and need to reclaim all hard drive space consumed by the resource library, you can use Windows Explorer to delete the folder that contains the downloaded resources.  The "How do I discover where the application is storing resources?" section above explains how to discover where this folder can be found.

 

 

What will happen if I refuse or am unable to download resources?

 

Genetica will use the following image in place of missing resources.  This is likely to cause images to render incorrectly.  If you see this checker pattern appear in your renders it is an indication that required resources are not found.

 

 

Resource Not Available Image

 

 

 


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