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General Questions

ZSwitcher is a plug-in for ZBrush that will let you use a navigation style that is similar to other popular 3d applications.

If you're already happy using ZBrush the way it is, then ZSwitcher may not be for you. However, keep in mind that the ZBrush navigation style is unique to ZBrush. Although you're already familiar with it, there may come a time when you will want to use ZBrush alongside other 3D applications. Navigating your 3d view is something that you do so often that it can quickly become second nature. If you're accustomed to one method or style, idealy it would be nice to have that same exact method available in all of your 3d packages. Over the years, the Maya alt-centric navigation style has become the defacto standard. It has been adopted (either by default or as an optional preference) by virtually every popular 3d package including Maya, Mudbox, MotionBuilder, Blender, Headus UV Layout, Roadkill, Silo, GSI Studio, Endorphin, XSI, modo, Cinema 4D, and Unity 3d just to name a few. So it's safe to say that if you get familiar with the Maya style navigation, your transition to using other 3d packages will be a lot easier. Being familiar and comfortable in more 3d packages only makes you more versatile and valuable.

Sorry, but not yet. No promises, but we will be actively working on the developement of ZSwitcher for the Mac very soon. More information on this should be available by the beginning of next year. Stay tuned.

Yes, we tried it and didn't notice any issues.

We are still looking into adding a couple of other modes, most notably the default XSI and modo navigation styles. Please keep in mind that you can change most 3d applications to the Maya alt-centric navigation style. But since it might not be too hard to integrate other options, we will try to add them. Again, no promises or timetable.

Sorry, but this doesn't seem to be very likely. There might be some possibility in the future, but after looking into this further, it doesn't seem possible within ZBrush as a plug-in.

If you're using a Pen input device, you may have the Windows TabletPC service enabled. Here's how to disable it:

We have a few features we're still looking into adding, but we don't want to make any promises or give a time table for any of them until they are done and fully tested. To view our existing feature request list or to add your own feature request, please visit the ZSwitcher discusion forum.

ZSwitcher is composed of just two files, one is the main plug-in file while the other is a ZScript file used primarily for the GUI. Both files are installed within your C:\Program Files (x86)\Pixologic\ZBrush 4.0\ZStartup\ZPlugs directory. Once installed, you should see a new entry in your Zplugin menu called ZSwitcher. All of the features within ZSwitcher should be active by default except for the Brush Size and Strengh features -- for those, you'll need to assign hotkeys. For more information on these techniques, see the ZSwitcher YouTube overview video.

ZSwitcher should automatically be enabled and be ready to go. If that's not the case, please verify that it's enabled by finding the ZSwitcher SubPalette within ZBrush > Zplugin. If you need further assistance with any installation problems, let us know. We're more than happy to help.

Licensing Questions

Your activation key is available immediately after your purchase, and can be found within your dRaster.com user account. You will receive an email detailing how to create your Activation Key.

Since your license became available immediately upon purchase, you don't need to wait for the email. You can activate it right now using these instructions:

  • If you haven't already, get ZSwitcher and install it.
  • Once installed, within ZBrush, go to Zplugin > ZSwitcher > Show Licensing... and click on the "Manage Licensing..." button.
  • You may be asked to log in with your dRaster.com username and password. Be sure to use the account that you used when you purchased ZSwitcher.
  • This page displays a list of all your licensed products. Find "ZSwitcher" in the list, and click on the "Add a System ID" link.
  • Follow the remaining instructions to generate your activation key and paste it into the licensing dialog.

Concerning the email -- depending upon Internet conditions, an email can take some time. It can also be inadvertently marked as spam, so you may want to check your spam folder and/or filtering options.

No. A license can only be applied to one machine.

No, you'll need another license for that, but we do offer a personal license discount.

No. You may purchase additional licenses under one account, then use one unified license file across all of your machines.

Your license can always be found by logging into your dRaster.com account. Generally, reformatting and most hardware changes will not require a new activation key.

If you've replaced your machine and you'd like to transfer your ZSwitcher license to your new machine, please fill out the license transfer request form. Please be sure to log in with the dRaster.com account that has the ZSwitcher license that you wish to transfer, and allow 24 hours for the entire transfer process to finish. Until the transfer is complete, feel free to use ZSwitcher in its fully functional evaluation mode.

Yes, please see the personal licensing page.

Yes. For more information, please contact us.

We do allow license transfers, but that's limited to situations where you are replacing or radically upgrading a machine. In most instances, you can use the 30 day trial for machines that you're only going to be using temporarily. If you have a license, but need to use another machine for slightly longer than 30 days for freelance work please contact us, and we'll send you an extended trial license.

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