Retopoflow - Retopology Tools For Blender

by CG Cookie in Scripts and Addons

Item Rating

This item has an average rating of 4 from 82 ratings by the community.

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  • J. G. 23 days ago

    I've used retopoflow for probably 20 or 30 hours in the past month or so. It's the first retopology package I've used, so my comments are based solely on my experience with retopoflow; I have no idea how it compares to any other package. I *am* glad I bought this package, but it's also a bit frustrating at times because it feels like it's right on the edge of greatness, but doesn't quite make it over the line...

    Specific comments:
    - The support is pretty durned good. I originally suffered from the "can't rotate model (and other problems)" bug, and they worked with me to figure out what the issue was and how to fix it, so I could even *use* the tool, even though I very much seemed to be in the minority of users with that bug.
    - If you have to interact with the retopoflow interface directly (e.g. to change a setting), the UI is incredibly, unbelievably, spectacularly slow. It's hard to overstate *just* how slow it is. It is also sometimes unresponsive to things like tool changes. It's maddening, and I really hope it gets fixed soon!
    - The performance when actually doing retopology is usually okay, though it does sometimes get pretty slow for no apparent reason (and frequently, faster again for no apparent reason)
    - Startup time is relatively slow, which wouldn't be a big deal if I didn't need to drop out of retopoflow so often (see below)
    - It'd be really nice if there were a 'select this segment' by clicking on one end, and ctrl-clicking on the other end of an edge
    - Please please give us circle-select or the like
    - retopoflow really needs a reasonable way to select verts that are occluded by the source mesh. Working on the retopo mesh outside of retopoflow is almost guaranteed to leave some verts hidden 'under the surface', where all sorts of camera maneuvering is needed to be able to select them just to get them back on the surface
    - I find myself needing to drop back to the main blender interface to accomplish various tasks. Some of these may or may not be reasonable to expect retopoflow to do, but some of those things are:
    * set flow/set edge flow, to spread verts/edges more evenly after moving things around (this is probably my #1 most desired feature)
    * drag verts/edges while restricting the movement to one or two specific axes (useful when trying to lay out an area and be precise)
    * hide geometry (of both the input mesh and the output mesh) to be able to work properly in really tight spaces
    * to be able to add faces using the normal extrude+scale paradigm

    Overall, the tool is definitely useful, but to me it feels like it suffers from "take an interface with nothing and add features" (and leave out a bunch of things the user already had in normal blender), when it seems like it would be far more beneficial to leave us the original blender interface, and build the tool on top of that. It's really frustrating to be using a tool that's supposed to help, but have it hide other useful tools in the process...

  • Jay 28 days ago

    I have to say my experience with Retopoflow has been great on one side but on another not so much. Great Tools for retopology love the patch tool and strokes tools some of my favorites in retopoflow. Making hardsuface retopo easy. Though it suffers from a couple of things that mainly take away from this promising tool. One of them being its a addon that basically is a program within a program and not a part of blender itself which takes away certain things like scale, rotate and other tools such as loop tools which would be very helpful. Thus once inside of retopoflow you can not access them while your in that mode thus making you jump back and forth which hinders the workflow. I Also noticed a bit of interface lag that happens when clicking on the tools just using the interface not so much if you use the shortcuts on the keyboard.. Another problem i see is that once the mesh starts to somewhat get a bit dense the viewport starts suffering and performance starts to take a hit . Retopoflow has a lot of potential and the tools are wonderful but these problems need to be addressed for sure. I would love to see retopoflow be integrated into the N panel with its tools possibly in its own header in blender with the possible use a low level language in association with python instead of the whole program written in python this would be a great and would increase performance boost thus making this one of the best retopo tool in the biz. I hope that can come to exist. cheers

  • Tom 30 days ago

    New to retopo but I like how simple this made the process. Using 3.0 I found it a little slow at points but generally worked fine for me. Think i would have liked some more fill options. Also found my end result had some gaps where the polys didnt connect. Would be great to have some sort of highlight feature for the edges of the mesh to identify if something didnt snap together correct.

  • lkt about 2 months ago

    bug bug bug

    • CG Cookie about 1 month ago

      Hi, if you find a bug please let us know what it is! That way we can fix it. The new release of 3.0 beta 2 fixes all known crashes and several slowdowns.

  • SPAC5R about 2 months ago

    Awesome tool! It really speeds up the process of retopologizing your mesh with a lot of helpful fine tuned tools.

    Don't expect this to do it all for you though (unfortunately). You still have to go in there and do it. And you should also know a thing or two about the retopology workflow. If you're ready to watch some tutorials and willing to learn, you'll be rewarded with a tool that awards with little successes.

    I found the tools to be very intuitive and easy to manipulate once I got the hang of it. Recommended!

  • funksy 2 months ago

    This review is for 3.00 Beta only. Retopoflow has been in 3.00 Beta stage for several months now and there has been no updates or communication on the progress from the developers. I'm starting to think there are some bigger issues with the development of this addon.

    The tools work great, aside from some occasional and relatively minor usability issues.

    The UI however is horrendous at the moment. It's sluggish and unresponsive and as other reviewers have pointed out, you can't even change values in input fields in the Options menu without losing you mind. The dropdown menus are slow to open and sometimes it takes several clicks to open them. Same with the Tools menu. Quickly switching between the tools with a mouse is painful since it doesn't always register the mouse click. For fast retopoing the UI really needs to be way snappier.

    I really love this addon and its incredibly versatile and intuitive tool set, but the UI performance needs to improve. I personally consider this addon unusable in its current state. I will reconsider my rating if and when these issues are fixed.

    • CG Cookie about 1 month ago

      Thanks for the honest review! We've addressed several of the UI slowdowns in RetopoFlow 3.0 Beta 2, and are working to fix the last lingering one before release. If there are any other issues you run into, please let us know!

  • Pirri66 2 months ago

    $86 for what, if I could, would I reverse the purchase!
    Same as "Steve White"
    --- I bought this the other day and frankly, I can't get much of anything to work. The interface it opens seems super sluggish, I can't highlight text fields to change values, can't rotate around the model, it crashes constantly... Its really not intuitive at all. Any ETA on when this might get fixed and updated? I don't mind paying for an addon, I like supporting developers but this isn't what I expected.---

    • CG Cookie about 2 months ago

      You can! There's a full refund policy. Please let us know whenever you find bugs via the support inbox or email us at [email protected] - that way we can be sure to fix them.

  • Steve White 3 months ago

    I bought this the other day and frankly, I can't get much of anything to work. The interface it opens seems super sluggish, I can't highlight text fields to change values, can't rotate around the model, it crashes constantly... Its really not intuitive at all. Any ETA on when this might get fixed and updated? I don't mind paying for an addon, I like supporting developers but this isn't what I expected.

    • CG Cookie about 2 months ago

      Hi Steve, we've pushed out several bug fixes since then and have more on the way. Please let us know via the support inbox if you have any issues! The faster we know about them the faster we can solve them.

  • Hedrus 3 months ago

    So far so good. I am using 3.0 which isn't finished. The tools and documentation are great. I think there are things that could be improved but overall it's a really nice tool. I had no trouble installing it or using it. I would love to give ideas on ways to improve it. A Discord channel or something similar would be great.

    • CG Cookie about 2 months ago

      We now have a Twitter account! Feel free to reach out to us on there, or email us at [email protected] with feedback.

  • killerferret 4 months ago

    Add-ons are suppose to make your life easier, not more frustrating. Everytime I try to run Retopoflow, it either locks up blender or wont allow me to rotate around my model. When I try to update Retopoflow, thinking that will fix something, the addon is nowhere to be found and therefore unusable. Its a constant, unnecessary battle that isn't worth the trouble.

    • CG Cookie 4 months ago

      Hi, thank you for letting us know! If you contact our support we're happy to help resolve any issues or help diagnose any bugs you're experiencing. That way we can make sure it runs smoothly for everyone before 3.0 is out of beta.

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