X-Particles and Cycles 4D do not require new licenses. Our unique licensing system will automatically handle your Cinema 4D upgrade based on your X-Particles/Cycles 4D license type. Log into your Customer Account to download X-Particles/Cycles 4D and install it into Cinema 4D, then use your existing X-Particles/Cycles 4D license.
This applies to any Cinema 4D upgrade, you will never require a new X-Particles/Cycles 4D license.
Every X-Particles is individually signed and registered to its owner on downloading from your Customer Account after you have purchased. This information is encoded into X-Particles. Your Customer Account stores your personal download and it should not be shared with anyone else.
If you have X-Particles installed already in Cinema 4D and have the X-Particles Updater enabled (with an internet connection), this will always give you the latest version of X-Particles available for your license.
Every Cycles 4D is individually signed and registered to its owner on downloading from your Customer Account after you have purchased. This information is encoded into Cycles 4D. Your Customer Account stores your personal download and it should not be shared with anyone else.
If you have Cycles 4D installed already in Cinema 4D and have the Cycles 4D Updater enabled (with an internet connection), this will always give you the latest version of Cycles 4D available for your license.
All X-Particles (as of X-Particles 3) licenses allow unlimited render nodes, you do not need to buy additional licenses. Install X-Particles to each client and ensure they have an internet connection for licensing. Every download of X-Particles carries your license information encoded into it, so our license server will enable your X-Particles to run under CLR/TR/NET without the need to enter a license for them.
A brief guide to installing your INSYDIUM plugin (PRODUCT)
When a plugin is installed in Cinema 4D, there are two possible locations. The first is the plugins folder in the same place as the Cinema 4D application itself. For Windows users this is generally in C:Program Files\MAXON\CINEMA 4D. For Mac users this is generally in /Applications.
The location of the Cinema 4D application on Windows
The location of the Cinema 4D application on Mac
The other location is in the user preferences folder. MAXON recommends this location because for security reasons both Windows and OSX protect the Program Files (or Applications) folders, and you may get an unsuccessful installation if you try to install a plugin there.
The user preferences folder on Windows
The user preferences folder on Mac
1. Run Cinema 4D and open the Edit menu:
2. Click ‘Preferences’. This dialog box appears: *Note that the dialog box tells you where the user preferences folder is, and provides a handy button to open it.
3. Click the ‘Open Preferences Folder…’ button. An Explorer (Finder on OSX) window will open at that location.
4. Unzip the downloaded zip file into the plugins folder in the user preferences folder.
5. Finally – and this is very important – if you are upgrading to a new version of the PRODUCT, you must remove any existing installation. Check in BOTH the user preferences plugins folder AND in the Cinema 4D application plugins folder, and delete any other folders containing the PRODUCT. If you don’t do this, Cinema 4D will try to load the PRODUCT twice and it doesn’t like that; most probably, neither installation will run.
That’s it. Do all the above and you will have installed your PRODUCT successfully!
Your INSYDIUM plugin (PRODUCT) can update itself automatically by downloading and installing the latest version from our site. This process requires a restart of Cinema 4D, and full details can be found in the manual.
Occasionally, after an update the PRODUCT may not work correctly. This usually happens if it was installed in the plugins folder inside the Cinema 4D applications folder, rather than in the user preferences folder. We strongly recommend that the PRODUCT is installed into the plugins folder which is found in the user preferences folder.
This is because for security reasons both Windows and OSX place certain restrictions on what can be done in the Program Files (Windows) or Applications (OSX) folders. These restrictions can sometimes interfere with the online updater if the PRODUCT is located within the hierarchy of these folders.
You can see examples of both folder locations here:
Cinema 4D application on Windows
Cinema 4D application on Mac
User preferences folder on Windows
User preferences folder on Mac
This is straightforward. Please follow these steps to restore the PRODUCT to working order.
1. Remove the PRODUCT from your system
To do this, delete the folder called ‘PRODUCT’ from the ‘plugins’ folder in the Cinema 4D applications folder, if it is there.
On Windows this path might look like: C:\Program Files\MAXON\CINEMA 4D R15\plugins\X-Particles
On OSX the path might look like this: Applications/MAXON/CINEMA 4D R15/plugins/X-Particles
In either case, delete the folder called ‘PRODUCT’, if there is one.
Now go to the user preferences folder. This can be found by running Cinema 4D, going to the Edit menu, and clicking ‘Preferences’:
When the dialog box appears, the user preferences folder can be found at the foot of the box, like so:
Within that folder you will find another ‘plugins’ folder. Delete the PRODUCT folder inside that folder as well, if it exists.
2. Restart Cinema 4D
You can download the current full version of the PRODUCT from the downloads page on this site. Then install the plugin by unzipping the archive, preferably into the ‘plugins’ folder in the user preferences folder, NOT in the executable folder’s plugins folder. That will prevent problems with the updater in the future.
When you restart Cinema 4D the PRODUCT should now appear correctly.
I highly recommend anyone using X-Particles to use it in tandem with Cycles 4D. The bridge between the two allows for some amazing effects and control over the appearance of your particle systems. Being a regular Cinema 4D user also meant that Cycles 4D was fairly easy to pick up and integrate into our workflow. - Matthew Encina Blind.com
Cycles 4d is the render engine I’ve always wanted to have as a C4D artist. It’s a feature rich engine that doesn’t ask you to change the way you work to get the render you want. You can render entirely procedurally, or with image textures. It doesn’t feel like a plug-in at all, it feels like an update. - Casey Hupke
I find this is the absolute go-to anytime that I want to do anything with particles… There are so many possibilities and great looks you can achieve with even just some really simple setups - Mike “Beeple” Winkelman
Playing with TP and Xpresso is a thing of the past for me now. - Ash Thorp
Territory use X-Particles a lot when it comes to detailed simulations for feature film UI. The ease of use means we can turn work around quickly without sacrificing a demanding quality bar - David Sheldon-Hicks / Founder and creative director / Territory Studio
Designer-friendly and technically advanced, simply powerful and art direction-able, X-Particles is an integral tool of my workflow, always impressed how Insydium are constantly developing and refining the most important toolset for Cinema 4D. - Motion Designer; Director; Brett Morris
X-Particles is an essential tool in my creative workflow - whether it be for creating daily images or commercial client projects. It allows me to quickly and intuitively throw together visual concepts or drill down into more complex, technical setups. The integrated interactive and video manual are outstanding, and if you can’t get the answers there, the support team are personal and very quick to help out. - Joey Camacho, Raw & Rendered