I'm new to this forum, as well as to K-3D. I have v0.8.0.1 installed under Windows 7, 64-bit, but think that now this version is being referred to as 8.0.1 . I'm happy to say that K-3D at least launches. I also just now installed Aqsis 1.8.1 .
When I choose the default 'RenderMan Engine', its 'Render Engine' property defaults to 'AqsisBundled' . Like that, it renders the scene just fine. But if I simply change the node property to 'Aqsis', I'm intending to use the external, Aqsis 1.8.1 , but nothing renders. It's probable that I'm just doing something wrong. But how can I get K-3D to use my newly-installed Aqsis 1.8.1 ? I have added the directory of my external Aqsis .EXE File to my System Path.
Also, when I change the node property back to BundledAqsis, it just starts working again.
[Edit] There is a known problem with Aqsis 1.8.x under Windows:
Less than half of what they say on any Web site is true. This socket error will prevent the user from doing a batch render-to-file as well, because 'aqsis.exe' insists on opening an instance of 'piqsl.exe' anyway. Further, one issue which neither the Aqsis team, nor the K-3D team seem to have solved, is users running either program in non-administrative mode. Hence, in order even to get the Aqsis demos to compile - those demos try to write files to the system folders in which the software is installed - the user needs to open his console in Administrative Mode.
Does K-3D make the same oversight?
In any case, I don't see where in the K-3D GUI I'm supposed to specify an output file path, to get a batch render. If you guys could show me how to get that working, I'd be happy to use Aqsis 1.8.1 as my fine-quality renderer, and Aqsis-bundled as my preview...
But for now Aqsis 1.8.x is virtually unusable for me under Windows. Therefore, I have reverted my external Aqsis to v1.6 , maybe temporarily. Yet, I still cannot get K-3D to use it, not even Aqsis v1.6 . I have tried to create a New RenderManEngine, and to set that one to use Aqsis - but with no luck.