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  1. Can't select points in DOPnet

    Alrighty, so I guess I need a touch of remedial help here. When I click the backtick, it says "restart selecting," but I can't actually select anything. No matter what I click on, nothing happens. (Also, it's not saying the "select solid object" thing it usually says--perhaps I have to tell it that I'm working on the "constrained object" field first?)
  2. Hello! So this weekend I cached a FEM simulation and it went swimmingly--sort of. Okay, I didn't do a .sim cache, but a .bgeo.sc cache. The problem is that the file node I have set up in the project to read the cache doesn't read what was written--it keeps recooking all the finite elements, even though it is not hooked up to anything except for the cache directory. (I even tried switching the file cache node I used to write it to "load from disk," and it still wants to recook everything. I pulled the cache into an empty file and it loads beautifully, so I know it actually cached fine. The next step in the project is to pull it in and use it to deform the original hi-res geo. How can I tell the project to stop cooking and just read what it wrote? Thanks for any help, as always-- **Addendum** - creating a whole fresh new file read node worked fine. I guess at some point Houdini nodes get tired and forget where they are? At any rate, I would love to know what I clicked that made it so forgetful, so I know how to fix it when I screw up again. **Addendum to the Addendum** - the new file node worked fine, until I went out of that subnet and back in, and then it started doing the cooking again. So, still not fixed, and the file nodes are still forgetting themselves.
  3. That did it--thanks!
  4. Hello-- I've been working with using distance falloff from reference objects to control various attributes (mainly FEM stiffnesses). I had been using straight 0 - 1 Fits in a pointVop, but wanting more control, I've added a ramp to my setup. My way-simple test setup isn't working, though (attached)--theoretically it's measuring distance from a sphere to the recolored grid, but now my radial black-to-white falloff is not reading any translation in my reference sphere, either through scale or translation--EXCEPT on one tiny little strip of the grid, where it looks like it's repeating and not quite working, but at least some colors change when I move the reference object. You can see on the screenshot attached, too--it looks like the falloff is working, but moving the sphere doesn't move the gradient--and the upper right edge shows the spots where it IS updating, just weirdly. My main, big project has done this a tiny bit--by and large the falloff has worked, but there have been some stray vertices that just won't behave. What am I doing wrong? Thanks for any help! falloff_issue.hip
  5. Can't select points in DOPnet

    I know you can create nodes that way--that's the way I usually do it, which is why I wasn't getting the "select this" options that appear when you create it from the shelf. If you create a constraint node that way, how do you nudge it so it then lets you choose what is affected, the way bringing it in from the shelf does? Or is that just why god made shelves?
  6. Can't select points in DOPnet

    You are my favorite person of the day. Is there a way to do that if you're not using the shelf tool? Or is that exactly why you use the shelf tool? (Shelf works great, this is a future-reference question.)
  7. Can't select points in DOPnet

    I have a question that is so dumb that I can't find an answer in Google. I'm working with FEM objects. I need to select points in the DOPnet to make constraints. I can't select points, just objects. Thus: can't do pinning and stick things to things. I've done this a million times on my home computer, but I'm using a different one now (with H17 installed mere days ago), so I'm sure it's some big obvious setting. Thanks and duh.
  8. Radial force for FEM objects?

    So I'm sure this is a stupid, way-newbie question: I am working with various FEM elements. What I need is a radially-orienting force to "push" the objects. However, I want it to pulse, like a fan being turned on and off. (I couldn't get the fan force's shape to behave in such a way to make it completely spherically radial.) From my Googling, it looks like magnet force is the way to work, but it seems impossible to control. I've been scaling a metaball using a sine-wave based CHOPnet, but the metaball itself pulsing on a SOP level doesn't seem to impact the force's scale in a not-unruly way, and the force scale can (seemingly) only be keyed in steps (which is why I went for scaling a meatball). This step keyframing is a problem because I want the force to oscillate to negative values, too, for push and pull. There doesn't seem to be a way to scale it in general within a certain area--i.e. to have a super-strong force the field as a whole has to be enlarged, so one-half of a FEM object can't get pulled on very strongly while the "outside" half is unaffected. I'm used to working with Maya, so really all I want is a nice, tidy Radial field, which can suck and blow (radially) as I tell it. Any help is profoundly appreciated.
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