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changing folder for temp renders

Posted: Sun, 17th Apr 2005, 9:56am

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fertesz

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Hi,

I have a question - can I somehow change directory of folder that Chromy puts temp renders? It is in my documents (Chromanator Files folder), but I don't really have much space on disk C: anymore. I would like to change directory, but can't find such option in program or manual.

Is there any way to do it?
Posted: Sun, 17th Apr 2005, 10:28am

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Hendo

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You could always move your entire "My Documents" folder to your other hard disk drive. Just right-click on the folder, click Properties, then Move. It's not a bad idea to separate your system (Windows & Program Files) from your data anyway.
Posted: Sun, 17th Apr 2005, 11:40am

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Even better, Chromanator already supports a customisable temporary render location; it's just that there's no interface for it yet.

Firstly, a (mild) warning: If you make a mistake, you may have to reinstall Chromanator! Also, just to be clear, I'm not a CSB person so this is definitely not any official type of advice.

We'll make a backup of the file that we're going to edit, so that you can always revert back to it if something goes wrong. But before we begin, it's a good idea to check that you have the installer and your key file stored in a safe location, just in case something really, really bad happens and you have to reinstall!

Instructions
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1. Close Chromanator.

2. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to your "My Documents" folder, then the "Chromanator Files" folder.

3. Make a backup of the "user_preferences.txt" file. Call it whatever you want. This is just so that if you make a mistake, you can always revert to this backed-up file.

4. Open the "user_preferences.txt" file in Notepad.

5. In Notepad, under the "Format" menu, ensure that "Word Wrap" is ticked.

6. Look down a few lines (about the 5th) for this bit of text:

#temp_render_location: ""

7. Change it to:

#temp_render_location: "D:\ChromyTemp\"

(Or whatever path you want, but make sure it's a valid folder location!)

Also, very important: Ensure that you include the final slash (the "\") character at the end of the path.

8. Save the "user_preferences.txt" file, close Notepad, and start Chromy. Now Chromy will use "D:\ChromyTemp" for all your temp renders!

Troubleshooting:
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If you have any problems, just close Chromy, go back to the "Chromanator Files" folder, delete the "user_preferences.txt" file that you edited, and rename the backed up file to "user_preferences.txt".
Posted: Mon, 18th Apr 2005, 3:23pm

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fertesz

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Thanks a lot, I didn't knew this line was there! This solves the problem I think, I'll try it today.

I wonder why there is no interface for it, but I guess that program is constantly upgraded and we will see it some day cool

Thanks again!
Posted: Mon, 18th Apr 2005, 3:49pm

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Cogz

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The interface to change the temp folders has already been implemented into AlamDV3. It will make its way into Chromanator soon enough. NOTE: If you do intend to edit the preferences file, beware that some changes will make Chromanator crash, causing you to reinstall it again.
Posted: Tue, 19th Apr 2005, 9:53am

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fertesz

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Oh yes, I am perfectly aware that messing up with this file is 'dangerous'. As Hendo suggested - backup file. And when this option will be 'officilaly' available in Chromy - there will not longer be any risk at all smile