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Decided to try out Octane with Houdini but having trouble installing demo


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I downloaded demo version of Octane.
Installed stand alone version and now trying to install plugin.
According to documentation they have:

Installing Octane for Houdini

The release archive contains everything you need to run OctaneRender™  for Houdini, including the Octane libraries, the plugin binaries, the menu shelf, HDAs, etc..  


Compatible Houdini products

  • The OctaneRender™  for Houdini build must match exactly your Houdini install to avoid problems.
  • The OctaneRender™  for Houdini plugin requires Houdini Indie, Houdini FX or Houdini Education.
  • While running in Houdini Indie, the plugin will limit the sequence rendering resolution to 1080p, and the scene export and cloud features will be disabled.
  • Houdini Apprentice cannot run the Octane plugin as they lack support for third party renderers.


 Plugin Installation

  • To install OctaneRender™  for Houdini, decompress the archive downloaded from the OctaneRender™ website and copy the resulting uncompressed files somewhere.
  • Insert the OctaneRender™ plugin folder path to the houdini.env file. This file is created by Houdini after your first run.


The location of this file vary per platform:

Linux:    ~/houdini15.5/

Windows:  C:Documents and Settings<username>My Documentshoudini15.5

Mac OSX:      ~/Library/Preferences/houdini/15.5/


On Linux and Mac OSX, append a single line to enable OctaneRender™ for the user:

HOUDINI_PATH = /path/to/octane;&


On Windows, you need to set the PATH to point to the scripts/bin as well:

PATH = "C:/path/to/octane/bin;$PATH"HOUDINI_PATH = "C:/path/to/octane;&"

You have to use forward slashes (“/”) on Windows instead of backslashes as path separators.

And here is the question:
My houdini is installed in path:
I placed the plugin i downloaded and extracted to this folder:
C:\Users\Tann\Documents\Octane plugin\Octane_3.06.4.0_Houdini_16.0.633_demo_Win64

I have mine set like this.
(the .env file) but it does not work.


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Sorry, the demo version with Houdini Demo is working well now.

My "houdini.env" is : 

PATH="C:/Program Files/Side Effects Software/Octane_4.00.0.21_Houdini_17.0.352_demo_Win64/bin;$PATH"

HOUDINI_PATH = "C:/Program Files/Side Effects Software/Octane_4.00.0.21_Houdini_17.0.352_demo_Win64;&"


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