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    [MENTION=702]Nate[/MENTION] I'm installing it as project plugin and using one of default project templates. I've checked there was no plugins installed on engine folder. But just in case i'll make a clean install right now.

    ps. yep, clean install make it work as it should, ty!
    Last edited by overlaps; 09-21-2016, 08:30 AM.

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    [MENTION=208001]overlaps[/MENTION], do you installed Instance Tool as Engine plugin or Project plugin? Is it possible that you leave 1.0.1 version installed in project plugins folder?

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    Both About tab and Plugin Window should display 1.1.0
    Last edited by Nate; 09-21-2016, 06:17 AM.

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    Originally posted by Nate View Post
    Thansk everyone who purchased Instance Tool on itch, your support really means a lot! And please do let me know if you run into any issues/difficulities when using Instance Tool.
    I've updated to 1.1 version but there is no ISM <--> converter. Plugins info displays 1.1.0 version, but plugin info tab still show v1.0.1
    Last edited by overlaps; 09-21-2016, 06:05 AM.

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    [MENTION=1680]motorsep[/MENTION], I just released Instance Tool 1.1.0 on itch.io, two major features introduced in this version: ISM <--> SM converter, and Blueprint editing support (experimental).

    And I finally sit down to start writing documentation for Instance Tool, wip version could be found here. Since the scope of Instance Tool is starting to glow beyond my original planning, I figure that it'll require proper documentation sooner or later...

    I submited the 1.0.1 version to Epic on Aug 23, and it was accepted and entering "code review" phase on Aug 26. I haven't got any update on the review result since then. According the marketplace stuff I'm contacting, they got lots of code plugins to process, so it might still in the queue.

    Thansk everyone who purchased Instance Tool on itch, your support really means a lot! And please do let me know if you run into any issues/difficulities when using Instance Tool.

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    [MENTION=702]Nate[/MENTION]

    Any ETA for adding (Hierarchical) Instanced Static Mesh <-> Static Mesh Actor conversion tool? (per https://forums.unrealengine.com/show...l=1#post594656)

    Any news from Epic about Marketplace release ?

    Thanks

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    Originally posted by Nate View Post
    [MENTION=15632]MajorFailure[/MENTION], thanks! You might be insterested to know that I'm adding (Hierarchical) Instanced Static Mesh <-> Static Mesh Actor conversion functionality to InstanceTool:

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    [MENTION=702]Nate[/MENTION] That's awesome, thanks for letting us know! This has just become even more indispensable

    PS: RevertMe looks like another great idea!

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    [MENTION=702]Nate[/MENTION]

    Sent you a PM

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    [MENTION=1680]motorsep[/MENTION], I'm packaging windows prebuilt plugin binaries in itch.io release (My Mac is too old to handle Unreal).

    As Unreal Marketplace release, from what I've been told, they have built it on both Windows and Mac, so I assuem it'll be released with both win and mac binaries.

    As far as generated/converted (H)ISMC actors, they are just normal actors with (H)Instanced Static Mesh Components, they should works on whatever platform Unreal supported. (IIRC there's software instancing emulation added on platforms without hardware instancing support since 4.6 or so)

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    aha, sounds like a plan [MENTION=702]Nate[/MENTION] !!!

    Btw, will you provide pre-built plugin? Will generated (H)ISMCs work on any platform ?

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    [MENTION=1680]motorsep[/MENTION], yes, that's exactly what I'm working on: adding (Hierarchical) Instanced Static Mesh <-> Static Mesh Actor conversion.

    In your example, you can select 5 rockes and 10 pillars (there's no need to set tag first), press "Convert Selected Actors to Instances" button, there'll be 2 ISMC/HISMC actors created: one with 5 instances of rock, one with 10 instances of pillars. You can choose to turn these 2 actors into blueprints later.
    There'll options to hide original actors, or put original/converted actors into folder. I'm also thinking instead of creating new actors each time, there could be option to add instances to an existing ISMC/HISMC actor.

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    Would be nice if this tool would also generated (hierarchical) instanced static meshes based on the original static meshes with actor tag (HISMCs don't work on mobile, so ISMCs is the only option for now).

    For example, if I place 5 rocks and 10 pillars on the level, then select 5 rocks and press a button, an instanced static mesh BP would be created, containing 5 instanced of the rocks (with option in the Details panel to hide/unhide original meshes). Same goes for pillars.

    Is it something you could add to your tool?

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    [MENTION=766]Sitrec[/MENTION], thanks!

    Can you edit instances placed with the Procedural Foliage Tool or Foliage Mode with this?
    No, you have to use Foliage Mode tools to edit Foliage instances since there're very specif logic and data structures behind Foliage instances editing. It's technically possible to add Foliage instances support to Instance Tool (it was enabled in the initial test verison), but that means many duplicated code between Foliage Mode and Instance Tool Mode which could be messy and might not survive future engine update if implementation detail of Foliage Mode changed.

    Is there any specifc functionalities Instance Tool has but lacking in Foliage tools? I think I can try extract them and submit pull requests to epic for them to consider merge in.

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    This looks great. Can you edit instances placed with the Procedural Foliage Tool or Foliage Mode with this?

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    [MENTION=15632]MajorFailure[/MENTION], thanks! You might be insterested to know that I'm adding (Hierarchical) Instanced Static Mesh <-> Static Mesh Actor conversion functionality to InstanceTool:

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    This looks incredibly useful, great work [MENTION=702]Nate[/MENTION]

    This could be even more useful in combination with Rama's ISM conversion tool, here's hoping they both work well together!

    I'll be picking this up when it hits the Marketplace definitely.

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