## Getting started with Reactor

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### Re: Getting started with Reactor

Try shift+space as the hotkey to instantly open that Add Tool window if you are on Mac or Linux and using Fusion 9.

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### Re: Getting started with Reactor

Woops. Excuse me for that one. Shift-Space is what I meant. I even tried the shortcut as I was typing. Sleep deprivation is quite the reality altering drug

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### Re: Getting started with Reactor

SecondMan wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:18 am
Woops. Excuse me for that one. Shift-Space is what I meant. I even tried the shortcut as I was typing. Sleep deprivation is quite the reality altering drug
I know what you mean on both counts.

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### Re: Getting started with Reactor

Ahh! That one I knew about . . . ta again.

As regards the cryptomatte issue, probably no help at all but I just noticed another thread that seems to be dealing with a similar problem -

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1027&start=150

see last couple of entries.

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### Re: Getting started with Reactor

i get an error installing?
anybody know what this might be/

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### Re: Getting started with Reactor

There isn't a < in the first line of the Installer script - did your download go wrong?

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### Re: Getting started with Reactor

Awesome work guys!! This is amazing!

Do you take requests to add to the repository? Still getting through all the documentation for it and wanted to say thanks first and foremost!

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### Re: Getting started with Reactor

viewtopic.php?f=33&t=1798

Thanks for the kind words everyone!

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### Re: Getting started with Reactor

Just wondering UI-wise: are the checkboxes in front of the name supposed to do anything? Or are they only there to show whether the Atom has been installed?
Because I keep trying to check the boxes, so I can do a multi-Atom install. Does that description make sense?

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### Viewing Only the Installed Reactor Packages

Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:05 am
Just wondering UI-wise: are the checkboxes in front of the name supposed to do anything? Or are they only there to show whether the Atom has been installed?

Because I keep trying to check the boxes, so I can do a multi-Atom install. Does that description make sense?
The checkboxes are there to show you visually what has been installed. That decision was simply making the best use of the GUI controls that are accessible in Fusion 9's new UI Manager system from a Lua script.

Here is an example of how you can switch the combo control menu at the top left of the Reactor window from "All" to "Installed". This "Installed" option will show you a quick listing of just the Reactor packages you have actively loaded on your system.

You will see if you scroll down in this "Installed" view layout, that only packages with a checkbox enabled in the Name heading are shown in the view.
Viewing Only the Installed Reactor Packages
Reactor Installed Atoms.gif (1.4 MiB) Viewed 1268 times
What's Next?

Adding new features like multi-selections for installations are something that would be nice to add in a future Reactor update.

Right now getting new content into Reactor, along with the adding old VFXPedia fuses/scripts/macro assets, and revising the classic Eyeon Fusion 6.4-7 era scripts to work in Fusion 9 is the main focus for my time on this project.

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### Tips on Adding Content to Reactor

RBemendo wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:24 pm
Awesome work guys!! This is amazing!

Do you take requests to add to the repository? Still getting through all the documentation for it and wanted to say thanks first and foremost!
Hi Ryan.

Yes. User generated content can be added to Reactor.

You can read over a description of the Atom package format here. You can also learn how the Reactor "Atomizer" GUI allows you to visually create an atom package. You can access Atomizer using the Reactor > Advanced > Atomizer menu item.

Once you have bundled your content into an atom package, you can zip it and submit it using the Reactor Submissions forum section section. If you run into any issues during this process, we are happy to help guide you through the stages.

The Submissions Guidelines section is being expanded on over time as user feedback indicates what topics and best practices need more clarification and details when creating a new atom.

We want to make it as seamless and satisfying of an experience for Fusion users to contribute their own resources to Reactor and I hope the Atomizer tool makes this process equally accessible to artistic and technical minded users alike.

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### Re: Getting started with Reactor

andromeda_girl wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:36 am

i get an error installing?
anybody know what this might be/
Hi andromeda_girl.

Can you open that downloaded file in a text editor like Notepad++, wordpad, etc? Then take a screenshot of that document, scale it down to about 1024px resolution, and then post in on this thread. Thanks.

With the information you have given, my guess is that your web-browser was used to save the Reactor-Installer.lua not as a plain text file but as as HTML document with XML/HTML <> style tags in it. If the file was not saved to disk as a plain text format Lua script it couldn't be run in Fusion.

The most likely way a "<" character would exist is if the file is HTML/XML IMHO.

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### Re: Getting started with Reactor

Adding new features like multi-selections for installations are something that would be nice to add in a future Reactor update.
I agree that this would be cool. I'm just saying that - as a user - I was confused to what it was supposed to do.
Whether you're in Windows Explorer, Dropbox or whatever, the paradigm is: if there's a checkbox, then I can check it, to perform an action to the checked items.
Especially with a big button below that says 'update' or 'install' that's what I'm expecting.

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### Re: Getting started with Reactor

it's fine. there was a stupid mistake made on my machine at work. reactor installed.

fusion needs to being back the video game. it was a huge loss when that feature went away.

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### Stress Reducer for Reactor

andromeda_girl wrote:
Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:57 am
it's fine. there was a stupid mistake made on my machine at work. reactor installed.

fusion needs to being back the video game. it was a huge loss when that feature went away.
Hi andromeda_girl.

I've actually been working on a "Stress Reducer" remake for some time to compliment the other Fusion classic Easter Eggs in Reactor.

I have been doing the development work in the background slowly since September 2017 but that specific "Stress Reducer" Easter Egg can only be shipped to end Reactor users once I finish getting a few new Reactor atoms made to package up and automate the seamless Linux/Mac/Windows installation of some supporting "Lua Module" libraries for Fusion like LuaSDL.

These libraries would allow for fluid Arkanoid style game play with fast moving graphics while your background renders are happening uninterrupted. Something that is obviously essential to all professional film compositing workflows IMHO.

This "Stress Reducer" atom package will be visible in the Reactor "Fun" category when it eventually ships out.