The case of the dotXSISceneConverter that wouldn’t load into Maya


In this case, a customer installed Crosswalk for Maya, but he got “Unable to dynamically load dotXSISceneConverter.mll” errors when he tried to load the plugin.

// Error: line 1: Unable to dynamically load : C:/Program Files/Autodesk/Maya2013/bin/plug-ins/dotXSISceneConverter.mll
The specified module could not be found.
 // 
// Error: line 1: The specified module could not be found.
 // 
// Error: pymel : Failed to get controlCommand list from dotXSISceneConverter // 
// Error: pymel : Failed to get modelEditorCommand list from dotXSISceneConverter // 
// Error: pymel : Failed to get command list from dotXSISceneConverter // 
// Error: pymel : Failed to get constraintCommand list from dotXSISceneConverter // 
// Error: pymel.core : Failed to get depend nodes list from dotXSISceneConverter // 
// Error: line 1: The specified module could not be found.
 (dotXSISceneConverter) // 

Now, this is pretty much the same error you get in Softimage if your PATH is missing the C:\Program Files\Common Files\Softimage location. That’s where the main Crosswalk DLL is installed. To verify this, I fired up Dependency Walker and loaded dotXSISceneConverter.mll (the Maya Crosswalk plugin). And sure enough, I saw that the Maya plugin depends on Crosswalk_2013.0.64.dll (the other errors are for Maya DLLs, so they can be safely ignored, and anything about IESHIMS.DLL can always be ignored).

dotXSISceneConverterMLL-Depends

So the fix is to add the missing Common Files\Softimage path to the PATH environment variable. The Crosswalk installer is supposed to take care of adding C:\Program Files\Common Files\Softimage to the PATH environment variable, but in this case, it apparently didn’t.

Crosswalk 2013 available


I see Crosswalk 2013 was posted over a week ago at autodesk.com/softimage-crosswalk.

Here’s the new features and fixes:

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Crosswalk 2013.0 includes the following new features: 
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* Softimage 2013 support
* 3dsmax 2013 support
* Maya 2013 support
* Softimage FBX plugin now uses the latest FBX library (2013).
* Support FBX User Normals
* Support FBX ICE Materials and ICE Textures
* Add "Import Action Source Only" option (For Softimage 2013 only)



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Here's the detailed list of fixes:
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Crosswalk Setup
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SOFT-2523	Crosswalk does not register correctly for XSI 2011
SOFT-5213	Crosswalk - Empty Common Softimage Crosswalk folder created during installation


Softimage - FBX
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SOFT-5811	FBX Diffuse port is missing during export / import of Blinn
SOFT-5832	FBX material are in the wrong shader node after export import.
SOFT-5036	Crash when you assign specific tiff with LZW compression
SOFT-5160	FBX XSI crash when export fbx bone using Export Envelope options
SOFT-5677	FBX ICE crash during FBX export in "Mesh_With_Set_ICEMaterials_Tree.scn"
SOFT-5352	FBX exporter is splitting UVs causing issues in pipeline
SOFT-5632	Unused UVs in an object with "Turn Internal Edge" operation will be wrong in the FBX export-import process
SOFT-2161	XSI FBX Export LEAKS when there is UV Texture assigned to material
SOFT-2588	FBXImport did not import fbx file (Robot_FixedForXSI) correctly
SOFT-4921	fbx - Import FBX a file that was exported from 3dsMax and the animation of the Character arms will be wrong.
SOFT-5303	Softimage fails to open medium to large FBX files, using both One-Click and FBX Import
SOFT-5462	Action Items imported from FBX take the length of current scene's start and end frames
SOFT-5430	FBX Import animation - Turn on FCurve by default
SOFT-4876	Unlocalized strings in "ExportCrosswalkOptions" window.
SOFT-4957	ACME-717 | Mobu to Softimage shape anim export problem
SOFT-5106	Truncated "XSIM" under "Crosswalk File Type" on "Scene_Root: ImportCrosswalkOptions" window
SOFT-1725	FBX: unable to export an image node with constant shader
SOFT-2308	The cancel button is not working in the crosswalk FBX import\export
SOFT-5205	"Convert Image Format" is not translated on the "Crosswalk FBX Export" window
SOFT-5206	"Materials And Textures" is not translated in "Include" tab on "Crosswalk FBX Import" window
SOFT-5107	Description on the "Scene_Root:ImportCrosswalkOptions" window is not translated
SOFT-5060	FBX Bone tool : missing a bone during export
SOFT-4807	Exporting several actors copies is not working as expected.
SOFT-4818	FBX imports possibly corrupted nulls
SOFT-4817	Can't rotate null in Z
SOFT-4673	Project templates and custom structures
SOFT-4686	ACME-404 | Performance issue with Crosswalk 2012
SOFT-4582	ACSO-415 | Please increase more the performance with Crosswalk 2012

Softimage - Collada/dotxsi
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SOFT-5041	ACME-371 | Crosswalk | Shader parameters animated by the mixer are not persisted properly