Extracting the ArchiCAD library

During the installation the message below appears.

Texture maps connected to Octane ‘image’, ‘alpha image’ and ‘float image’ nodes must be an actual image file in your file system, not an image in the ArchiCAD library archive (i.e. ArchiCAD Library 22.lcf). Some GDL textures may be in the ‘lcf’ archive, so if the plugin cannot file these texture files, extract the archive as follows:

  1. ‘File → Libraries and Objects → Extract a Container’. Select whichever your current library is (which contain the tree texture map) – most likely ‘C:\Program Files\GRAPHISOFT\ArchiCAD 22\ArchiCAD Library 22\ArchiCAD Library 22.lcf’. Extract into your My Document\ArchiCAD 22 Library folder (or similar or a folder to your choice)

  1. ‘File → Libraries and Objects → Library Manager’. Click the library you just extracted and delete it (X button). Then ‘Add’ and select the extracted folder.
    In the example below the extracted folder is named ‘ARCHICAD bibliotheek 22 extracted’ and saved to a custom folder on another hdd ‘F:\...’ and is loaded instead of the standard *.lcf file.

  1. In the plugin, select ‘Re-convert from ArchiCAD’ for any (GDL) materials which had texture maps inside the lcf library.

The above is .pln file specific – so you will need to do the above on a blank document and save as a template if you want the extracted libraries to be always loaded by default.

You need to activate the plugin before using it for the first time. Enter your OTOY user account credentials and click the Activate button. Once activated, the other Tabs (i.e. ‘Settings’, ‘Materials‘, etc) will be selectable and you can start using the plugin to render.

For more information about the license activation, refer to Authentication and Internet Access topic in this manual.