Linking Proxies when moving between computers

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  • I originally posted the query below 2 years ago when there didn't seem to be any easy solutions. I'm wondering if progress has been made on this issue since:


    I'm about to start teaching Enscape (with SketchUp) in our Interior Design program at Bellevue College. Students will be constantly moving their projects back and forth between their home and school computers. I'm unclear about how this would work with proxies. Would the student need to somehow "relink" to the proxy component files to get Enscape to recognize them?


    Thanks!


    Diane Dieterich

    • Official Post

    dldieterich2 , at least currently when moving a project from one machine to the next you'll have to re-link proxies/linked models indeed - An alternative may be placing them on a shared network drive from the get-go (EDIT: Or make sure to place them in the same (offline) directory on each machine.), but if that isn't a solution, please also forward your inquiry through our portal to product managers directly. I of course fully understand the need to be able to easily re-link materials/proxies.

    • Official Post

    dldieterich2 , it's really as straightforward as opening the Enscape Objects dialogue -> Clicking on the individual proxies/linked models in SketchUp itself, and then selecting the new directory/path to each model through the open dialogue. :)


    An alternative would be making use of Custom Assets instead/additionally as detailed here:

    https://enscape3d.com/communit…dgebase/custom-asset-lib/


    Especially the "Import Options" section should be of interest.

  • Are they working off a network drive at school, or on the local PC drives?


    If the files are local, just pick a directory and make sure they use the same path on their PCs at home. C:\WORK\STUDENTNAME\PROJECTNAME or something like that. If the intent is to share proxies among all students, make sure they are copied into same folder on each machine. C:\WORK\PROXIES. As long as the path is the same it will find the files just fine.


    Or you could probably set something up with OneDrive or another cloud drive mirroring solution, if there is something your college already uses.

  • The problem is that if items are stored on the C drive of the student's computer, the path will always incorporate their unique username in Windows 10!
    With other drives that's not a problem.

    I created a different login account on my new computer that had the same username as the computer I had with my former employer. This solution worked great, you just have to make sure that you set access permissions properly across multiple users when setting up the new account. Of course, depending on IT policy, it may not be possible for a student to set up their own username on a school machine.

  • The problem is that if items are stored on the C drive of the student's computer, the path will always incorporate their unique username in Windows 10!
    With other drives that's not a problem.

    If they are saving into C:\WORK\whatever the path will be the same regardless of the PC. It's only if they are saving onto the desktop or into a documents folder that the username would be part of the path.


    The question would be if the school IT policy allows them to write anywhere outside their user folder. In which case it could probably be amended to give them write access to a specific folder on the hard drive outside of their user folder.