"Just works, right out of the box" Yeah, no.

Put simply, I am not new to programming. I am not going to sit here and argue that I didn’t install it correctly, or that I’m using the right version of Python, or anything like that. The steps that I have taken are as follows:

  1. Installed Panda3D
  2. Opened up the Hello World Tutorial: panda3d.org/manual/index.ph … d_Tutorial
  3. Used both the Python:
from direct.showbase.ShowBase import ShowBase
class MyApp(ShowBase):
    def __init__(self):
app = MyApp()

and C++:

#include "pandaFramework.h"
#include "pandaSystem.h"
int main(int argc, char *argv[]) {
    //open a new window framework
  PandaFramework framework;
  framework.open_framework(argc, argv);
    //set the window title to My Panda3D Window
  framework.set_window_title("My Panda3D Window");
    //open the window
  WindowFramework *window = framework.open_window();
  //here is room for your own code
    //do the main loop, equal to run() in python
    //close the window framework
  return (0);

code exactly as provided in the tutorial, and I get nothing.

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
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C:\Users\Alexander>ppython C:\Users\Alexander\Desktop\panda3d.py
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "C:\Users\Alexander\Desktop\panda3d.py", line 1, in <module>
    from direct.showbase.ShowBase import ShowBase
  File "C:\Panda3D-1.8.1\direct\showbase\ShowBase.py", line 33, in <module>
    import Loader
  File "C:\Panda3D-1.8.1\direct\showbase\Loader.py", line 5, in <module>
    from panda3d.core import *
  File "C:\Users\Alexander\Desktop\panda3d.py", line 1, in <module>
    from direct.showbase.ShowBase import ShowBase
ImportError: cannot import name ShowBase


So, no. It does not work right out of the box. Does anyone have any idea what’s going on here?

I can’t speak to the C++ situation, but by naming your file “panda3d”, I believe you have created a naming conflict with the main “panda3d” Python module. Try renaming it to something else.