Note: The Plugins 4D R20 Bundles only works with R20.028 and higher.


Stand Alone Installation

1. Create a folder on your system somewhere called Plugins4D.

2. Place the contents of the downloaded zip file into that folder.

3. Start Cinema 4D R20

4. Open up the C4D Preferences from the Edit menu.

5. Select 'Plugins' in the menu on the left of the preferences dialog.

6. Press "Add Folder" at the bottom. Select your folder you created in step (1).

7. Restart Cinema 4D

8. If you purchased a Bundle for Plugins 4D then you will have received a licence key.

a) To use this key select Help->Personalize in C4D.

b) Enter your licence key into the 'Plugins 4D' field.

c) Restart C4D.

9. You will now see a Plugins 4D menu appear in C4D.

10. From this menu choose Plugins 4D Manager. If you used a licence key for a Bundle then you will see the bundle name under the Bundle section for the plugins that you have access to.

12. Next we need to install the layouts. Copy everything from the 'layout' folder to either of the following locations

a. Your Cinema 4D/library/layout folder.

b. Open Cinema 4D, Open the Preferences, Press the 'Open Preferences Folder' then place the layouts in the library/layout folder.

c. Restart C4D and you will see the new layouts in the layouts drop down in C4D.

13. Choose Show Help from the Plugins 4D menu to find out more. Or visit help.plugins4d.com for the most up-to-date help.


Licence Server Installation

1. Create a folder on your sytem somewhere called Plugins4D.

2. Place the contents of the downloaded zip file into that folder.

3. Start Cinema 4D R20

4. Open up the C4D Preferences from the Edit menu.

5. Select 'Plugins' in the menu on the left of the preferences dialog.

6. Press "Add Folder" at the bottom. Select your folder you created in step (1).

7. Open up your MAXON Licence Server.

8. Click Add Serials

9. Paste the floating licence (from your email) into the box that appears.

10. Start up a copy of C4D that has Plugins 4D installed.

11. Next we need to install the layouts. Copy everything from the 'layout' folder to either of the following locations

a. Your Cinema 4D/library/layout folder.

b. Open Cinema 4D, Open the Preferences, Press the 'Open Preferences Folder' then place the layouts in the library/layout folder.

12. Restart Cinema 4D

13. There will now be a Plugins 4D menu at the top of Cinema 4D.

14. Choose Show Help from the menu to find out more.


Stand Alone - Individual Licences

Beginning with R20 some plugins will also be made available for individual purchase.

If you do not have one of the existing bundles then first you will need to follow the steps outlined above for the Stand Alone Installation. But you can skip step (8) since there will be no licence key required for Plugins 4D if you do not have a bundle. I will highlight this again since this is important to note:

Note: You will require an internet connection to activate individual licences. This is only required for activation, afterwards an internet connection is no longer needed.

If you do NOT have a bundle licence then you MUST clear the licence field for Plugins 4D in the Help->Personalize dialog in Cinema 4D. If you have used a demo then please do this to remove the demo licence key before activating your individual licences.

Once you have your plugin zip files installed you can now activate the specific licence by doing the following.

  1. From the Plugins 4D Menu open the Plugins 4D Manager

  2. Scroll down to find the plugin you need to activate

  3. Click on the word “Activate” in the Activate column on the right.

  4. It will now prompt you to enter in a licence key for this plugin. Enter the key you were emailed into this box. If the key is correct the OK button will become enabled.

  5. Press OK.

  6. A message box will appear telling you that the licence was successfully enabled.

  7. If the plugin is not already downloaded (ie it came with a bundle). Then the checkbox on the left for this plugin will now become active.

  8. Check the box, then click the Install button at the bottom right of the dialog.

  9. The plugin will now be downloaded.

  10. To finish the installation you must now restart C4D twice. The first time is to let C4D install the plugin into the correct location, the second time it will be activated and ready to use.