Installation Guide

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Welcome to the installation guide for SolidMeta Forge, where the magic of 3D optimization and real-time workflow automation is just a few clicks away – no camouflage required! Just like a chameleon adapts to its environment, our installation process is designed to seamlessly blend into your system, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free setup.

Prerequisites: #

  • Confirm that you have a compatible version of Houdini installed on your computer.
  • Ensure all running instances of Houdini are closed before you begin.
  • User Registration at www.solidmeta.io. Solid Meta Forge needs the user credentials.

Installation Steps: #

  • Download and Extract:
    • Obtain the latest release of SolidMeta Forge from www.solidmeta.io
    • Extract the contents from the downloaded archive file to your desired location.
  • Install Forge:
    • Execute the SolidMeta Forge Installer.
  • Launch Application:
    • If you haven’t done so yet, create an Account at www.solidmeta.io
    • Open the SolidMeta Forge application:
      • For example, Press the Windows Key and type “SolidMetaForge”.
      • Use your Credentials to log in to SolidMeta Forge.

Configuration: #

  • Settings:
    • Go to the Edit menu and open the Settings dialogue in the application.

    • Houdini Installation Path:
      • Click the three dots button on the right side of the Houdini input field and locate your Houdini Installation (e.g., C:/Program Files/Side Effects Software/Houdini 19.5.569).
    • Integrate the Solid Meta: Forge Environment in Houdini:
      • Click the ‘Install’ button within the Settings to install the Solid Core Environment into Houdini.

Project Setup: #

  • Project Creation:
    • In the SolidMeta Forge application, create a new project or load an existing one.
      • File Menu Item → New Project (Shortcut: CTRL+n) or Open Project (Shortcut: CTRL+o)
  • Launch Houdini:
    • Open your Houdini application (Click the “Start Houdini” item in the Tool Bar or load it directly or via the Houdini Launcher).
  • Load SolidMeta Core Shelf:
    • Click on the ‘+’ icon next to the toolbars above the 3D view in Houdini.
    • Select the ‘SolidMeta Core’ shelf from the dropdown to load it.
  • Activate SolidMeta Core:
    • Click on the ‘SolidMeta Core’ icon on the shelf to activate the SolidMeta Core in Houdini.
  • Access SolidSlim Node:
    • In the Houdini Network View, locate and select the ‘solidslim’ node to bring up its parameters in the Parameter view.
  • Connect to Forge:
    • Click the ‘Connect to Forge’ button within the ‘solidslim’ node parameters to establish a connection to the SolidMeta Forge application.