I love Shapediver, but…
These limitations are sooo frustrating!!
Limitations regarding definition outputs – ShapeDiver - Documentation and Support
I know many others have mentioned this:
Limits of output size - Grasshopper / ShapeDiver - McNeel Forum
Limitations regarding textures - Grasshopper / ShapeDiver - McNeel Forum
Overall, I am curious about a few things regarding these limits:
-Do these limitations apply to all account types? Seems like they do, but I can’t tell.
-Why are these in place? Is it a result of what can be displayed on the web, or is it to designed to limit computation on the servers?
-Will these limitations ever go away? Or at least increase? Is this on the roadmap?
Basically, I make lots of grasshopper definitions that work really well and I would love to share with the world, but when I think about uploading them to Shapediver, I usually have to fundamentally change the way they are set up.
This is the specific example that I’m dealing with right now: bridge.gh (64.1 KB)
I wanted to set this up with a color gradient where users could adjust 2 colors and the geometry would be colored accordingly. Because of this, I exploded the mesh and applied one material per face according to those colors. Works great and very fast in GH. Obviously, this went over the limit though. I will have to set this up in some fundamentally different way, like users inputting a gradient image or something, but it’s just not as good.
Finally, if these limits are here to stay, I wish they were built into the grasshopper components. It wouldn’t be hard to have a little warning pop up telling you that you are over the limit. Instead, you have to upload to the site to find out.