View Full Version : hold material to keep from deleting

03-07-2013, 01:16 PM
Delete unused materials. That's nice.
Wait....I needed the other two color options for this file. Shoot, I can't use that.

What I'd like to see:
select material
hold material checkbox, check it

delete unused materials. Hold material checkbox materials are flagged as "in use" so don't get deleted.

03-07-2013, 04:45 PM
+1 for that - I've run into this same issue many times.

03-07-2013, 10:43 PM
Or create a "save to custom colors" box in the color picker palette and have it write to the document so those special colors are saved to the .bip file?

03-08-2013, 02:57 PM
I'm not sure I follow Kenny. The materials are already saved to the file. Or you can export them to a library or individual file outside of your file.
I'm just trying to avoid deleting materials that aren't assigned to anything, but I want them always available to the scene. So I have a Red and Blue option. My current config might be Red, so blue isn't assigned to anything. I might have imported another file, assigned materials to it, and now I have a bunch of extra ones. I can't just delete unused materials because then I lose my blue.
So What I'm asking for is a checkbox that would allow you to lock that material in place. Something that says, this Isn't an unused material.

Right now the only way to do that is to create a model, assign that object, then disable the object. That's quite doable, but it's a pain. And I don't like to do Anything out of the ordinary in Bunkspeed. It's already incredibly unstable.

03-09-2013, 12:23 AM
You are wanting to save the color right? Why save a material when all you really want is the color? I delete all of my unused materials as it seems to keep things running smooth. Same with any environments, plates, etc.

If all you want is the ability to call upon a specific color you used when creating a material but decided for one reason or another not to use it, then it seems less of a task on memory and performance to retain a saved color than keeping a material just for the sake of keeping it.

03-11-2013, 01:55 PM
No, not just color. It's diffuse color, reflection color, glossiness, IOR and Usually that's it.
But even if it's color, where would you suppose I put that information? Keeping a material shouldn't affect the memory situation at all. If it is, someone's doing it wrong. The only memory it should be using is actually In bunkspeed software holding the thumbnail. I've used the same scenes in 3dsMax with about 200 materials with no noticeable change in memory.

03-12-2013, 09:02 PM
I was under the impression that BS performs better by removing any unused materials. Same with environments, plates, etc. Pretty sure someone within BS has mentioned this on the forum or in one of my emails. If not, oh well, I could easily be mistaken. ;)

Edit - here ya go http://forum.bunkspeed.com/showthread.php?9-Q-I-am-getting-an-error-that-says-quot-Attempted-to-read-or-write-protected-memory...-quot&highlight=unused. The fact David is mentioning those as tips to manage memory and says "This will free up the History stored in memory" should give you an indication it does indeed affect performance. How much? Depends on the rig I suppose.

03-12-2013, 09:23 PM
Dang all this talk about saving a color and I just realized BS already does what I was suggesting lol. I feel like a bonehead.

Open color picker palette and there is the "favorites" boxes on the bottom of the palette. This data gets written to the project file and will stay there even if you delete the material you created the color(s) with. It will only remove the "favorite color" from the project once you RMB and select "Remove Color". Sweet! (see attached)

As far as retaining specific values in various types of materials, I think in your case it sounds like you just need to retain the material and not delete it. I don't understand the reasoning of "holding a material" only to use some attributes in some other material, which in a sense is using the material you are wanting to hold. Why not just use it in the first place? Sorry if I'm not following and I'm certainly not trying to bash your request, I'm just having a hard time understanding the use of such a requested feature.

If you can record a session showing how this scenario comes up then that would probably help connect the dots for me.

03-13-2013, 07:53 PM
Ok, you have 3 different materials, NOT just colors, that you apply to the same object. Well you only have 1 material at a time.

That's it. So if you remove unused materials, then it deletes those.

03-14-2013, 01:20 PM
Ah, gotcha now!

03-14-2013, 06:56 PM
I did a test today and made a Bunch of materials, no textures. I got almost no hit in the change memory used. Environments and textures, however, make a huge difference. Bunkspeed doesn't do a great job at managing memory. It loads everything you have even if you aren't using it. That's one of the reasons I am heading back 3dsmax. People have been wanting animations more lately anyway, and the workflow there saves more money than the software costs. Don't tell Autodesk though. They'll think they can charge more. ;)

05-08-2013, 12:18 PM
I'm not sure I follow Kenny.

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