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Add imported shapes from downloaded sets to left panel where default shapes are

Art Sapiens 5 years ago • updated by Vitaly Ovchinnikov 1 month ago 6
It's quite inconvenient to browse inside folder of downloaded shapes, trying to guess which file is what. Other possibility is to add to .boxshotModel filetype some kind of preview as icon (Google Sketchup used it on previous versions) which would just help to understand what's inside

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As long as Boxshot keeps references to external shapes instead of storing them inside the projects, adding files to the left panel means that the project will not open on another computer.

That's why we recommend to manage external 3D files manually, exactly as you manage texture images.

We'll probably change this in the future versions of Boxshot and then you will be able to add shapes to the left panel.
I second that! So there is no current way to get the packs we downloaded from the site to show up permanently on the side with the rest of the default shapes?
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As long as Boxshot keeps references to external shapes instead of storing them inside the projects, adding files to the left panel means that the project will not open on another computer.

That's why we recommend to manage external 3D files manually, exactly as you manage texture images.

We'll probably change this in the future versions of Boxshot and then you will be able to add shapes to the left panel.
Well, the point is that downloaded from your very own site models have extensions .BoxshotModel, and I suspect, it's not much possibilities to edit them in any other program except Boxshot. So, it would be convenient to add them all to left panel like those which are kinda "standard" shapes.
Agreed, but we need to change the way we store projects. So maybe we'll done this in version 5.
Yes, I agree with the request. Regarding the issue, "adding files to the left panel means that the project will not open on another computer," all you need is an error message: "Sorry, this model uses a shape that is not currently installed: [shape name]." That would be enough for most users, I suspect, until you can embed custom shapes in the file in a future version.