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  Re: SharpConstruct with Windows & gtk+--installation problem  
From: ethin
Date: 18 Mar 2010 16:10:00
Message: <web.4ba28769d7af166a1e4924e30@news.povray.org>
"DaremoK3" <nomail@nomail> wrote:
> "Kenneth" <kdw### [at] earthlinknet> wrote:
> > Several POV users have recommended the (free) SharpConstruct software--a
> > zBrush-like modeller--for easily creating organic mesh shapes. I'm trying to
> > install the Windows version on my Win XP SP3 machine, but running into problems.
> >
> > SharpConstruct seems to need *some* version of something called the gtk+ GUI
> > 'runtime environment' package in order to run (similar to Inkscape and the Gimp,
> > I see--neither of which I've used.) Being new to this, I've downloaded what I
> > take to be the latest Windows version of gtk+, from SourceForge.net. But now,
> > when installing SharpConstruct, I get the message, "installation aborted--all
> > gtk+ versions found are older than 2.8".
> >
> > Well, there *isn't* a '2.8' version of gtk+ AFAIK (unless one of its components
> > is so labelled)--the latest seems to be 2.16 or 2.18. So I don't understand the
> > message.
> >
> > Wikipedia says that there *is* a v2.8 (and later) of 'gtk+2'--is that different
> > from gtk+?
> >
> > Right now, I'm stuck...I don't know whether the problem is in SharpConstruct or
> > due to an incorrect version of gtk+.  Can anyone recommend the *specific* gtk+
> > or gtk+2 package that's needed, or tell me what I'm doing wrong?  Thanks!!
> >
> > Ken
> Hi Ken,
> If you are still following this message thread, and are still in need of the
> correct dependencies to make Sharp Construct work on MS Windows, I might be able
> to help you out.
> I stumbled upon this thread via Google whilst trying to find the dependencies
> myself for a reinstall of Sharp Construct on my system (Windows XP SP2).  I have
> all the original needed files, and it worked perfectly when I had installed
> years ago, but I could not get my "gtkmm-runtime-2.8.4-1" to reinstall, so I was
> searching for a replacement.
> According to the directions you need to install "GTK" first, then "gtkmm", and
> then Sharp Construct.  Well, after 2 days of searching the net, and trying to
> get gtkmm to install (to no avail), I decided to try something on my own.  I
> uninstalled GTK from it's default location (C:\), and installed gtkmm first,
> then GTK, and then Sharp Construct, all to Program Files in C drive (in their
> own files/locations).  I now have a perfect working copy of Sharp Construct on
> my system.
> It is a shame that this great application is no longer supported (to install).
> Yes, you can still download the application, but you can no longer find the
> necessary dependencies that are needed to make it work on Windows.  And, yes, I
> know it is implemented in Blender (why no longer supported), which I use (Sharp
> Construct) in there as well, but sometimes people just want to open a simple app
> to do a simple job without having to open a complete software suite (Blender).
> The author should have saved/secured all necessary files to be downloaded from
> the same place (sourceforge) for future users, and past users needing reinstall.
>  The net has truly become just like "Costco".  You better get it when you first
> see it, because tomorrow it might (will) be gone.
> Anyways, I digest.  If you would like, I can email you the needed dependencies
> so you can have a working version as well.
> Take care...
> Ken (my name as well)

I'm having problems trying to install Sharp Construct as well. After a very
frustrating hour I manged to locate the right files to get it to install but it
won't run, I get an error that it can't fined a required file need to start.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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