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heartpeep

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error in reading file
« on: December 21, 2009, 06:23:38 am »

hello I quit doing 3d after for a month or more ever since anim8or decided to not open my last project.. I get an "error in reading file" message.  anybody know why? is there a limit on how big the file can be or something? cuz I remember it did lag a bit at times.. well heres the file for you to download if you want to try to open it.  I might just throw in the towel and start learning maya. have already tried 3d max but the tutorials suck.  HOW THE HECK AM I SUPPOSED TO LEARN ANYTHING AT THIS RATE :(

http://www.mediafire.com/?jimngtwoztm
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Re: error in reading file
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2009, 08:18:41 am »

well the file is probably broken. and did you already bought Maya? cause you can always use Blender for free. I heard that its just as good.
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Re: error in reading file
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2009, 10:56:36 am »

Hi Heartpeep.  Your file was missing some data at the end, hard to say how much.  The most likely cause of this is some sort of failure when saving the file.  I have cropped the file back to the last complete object (link below) and the file opens properly for me.  As I said, I am not sure how much of your work is lost, unfortunately if you have no backup of your file it is probably gone for good.

http://www.mediafire.com/?mjjoziifm2j
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Re: error in reading file
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2009, 09:04:59 pm »

you probably interrupted the save process or the drive you were saving to didn't have enough space(I lost some work that way once).

Anim8or doesn't check to see if you have enough space to save, so be careful.
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Re: error in reading file
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2009, 11:49:50 pm »

On the subject of file size, although your Bearcave file is reasonably large (what's left of it) it shouldn't be large enough to cause problems, unless your machine is limited in memory.  Your file is around 40MB, I have an Anim8or file that is 287MB that opens, but the interface runs kinda slow.  If you have at least 1GB of RAM you should be fine, unless you are running a lot of other stuff at the same time or trying to do long renders direct to AVI.  The best way to prevent save errors is to back up regularly.  Never work directly on your only copy of a project, always make a backup.

My advice to you is not to give up on Anim8or, but to keep it in proper perspective.  It is not a professional package with hundreds of programmers and a massive budget (like Maya), neither is it an open-source concept like Blender.  It is a home-made 3D design and animation package built by one bloke, and as such it can't really compare.  Steve has left the .an8 file format in editable text so we can see how Anim8or works and fix problems if required, no professional package would do that I imagine.

Due to its simple but effective and efficient workspace and toolset, Anim8or is best as an introduction to the world of 3D animation and a springboard to packages like Maya, Lightwave, Carrara, 3DSMax, etc., but it is also useful as a quick, low-resource-impact modeller.  Many animators and modellers who started with Anim8or and have since upgraded to a $$$ package continue to use Anim8or as a modeller.  Some of these professional mobs could take a few tips from Anim8or, especially in terms of workflow, model/sequence/scene layout and organisation, and wireframe modelling.

Don't give up!  Download the fixed version of your file above, finish it, and publish the results here, we'd all love to see your work.  I couldn't help checking your modelling out when I was testing the fixed file, and it looks fascinating!
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Re: error in reading file
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2009, 09:10:10 pm »

I have a similar problem. I was working on a project last night, and I saved it to come back later, but now it won't open in anim8or. I get the "error reading file" message, and something about displaying list data when I open it in terranim8or. I'm worried that it might not be salvageable.
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Re: error in reading file
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2009, 09:30:17 pm »

AnimalCrosser5, if the file is under 10MB post it on this forum as an attachment (in a new thread please) so we can check it out and possibly repair it, if it is over 10MB upload it to something like Mediafire and post a link.
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Re: error in reading file
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2009, 01:23:44 pm »

oh wow I forgot about this post. thanks for the replies and I hope it helps whoever might have this problem too.  Ive randomly added some 3d artists on skype looking for anyone live to talk to about my problems... and got advice saying to torrent some professional tutorials instead of just looking for free ones on youtube or google like I had in the past. Ive got maya and some good tutorials from digital tutors and things are going well so far.

I just cant do anim8or without having a good set of tutorials.. or anyone to IM constantly for help lol

thanks ENSONIQ5 for actually downloading that file and looking at it.. I really didnt expect any replies to this post. I dont mean to put down anim8or in any way I just dont have the patience and resources to learn it right now. good luck to anyone that was in my situation xD
« Last Edit: December 23, 2009, 01:29:45 pm by heartpeep »
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Re: error in reading file
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2009, 01:32:07 pm »

hey and btw I will download that file now and see if I can finish it.. thanks for the compliment on it!
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