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Plugin News  –  April 2016

Saturday 30 April 2016 - 18:55


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.3 are:
- New Spline Mirror modifier will mirror splines (and weld if desired) using a mirror gizmo object
- Freehand Spline adds an option to show the spline normals (if present)
- PathDeform2 has a new adaptive up vector implementation, greatly reducing spline 'pinches'

SplineTools is available for Max 2010 to 2017 and costs $95. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.0 are:
- Adds support for Max 2017
- Adds 19 MAXScript commands
- Minor bug-fixes and improvements

NewView is available for Max 2013 to 2017 and costs $100. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v7.2.4.0 are:
- Fixes a bug that could cause the Slave to appear as stalled while rendering a task
- Fixes a bug that could cause the Slave to hang for a long time when saving the task log
- Fixes a bug where CPU clock values where being reported incorrectly
- Fixes system RAM gathering to be more accurate on OS X

Deadline is available for Max 2010 to 2016 and costs $185 per node. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Animation

Changes for v1.095 are:
- Fixes a bug with the skin pose button

LH | Auto-Rig is available for Max 2011 to 2016 and costs €59 (Standard version) / €99 (Cartoon version).

New Plugin: Bitmap I/O

This FFmpeg plugin provides support for mp4/h264/mkv/flv/ifl2 video file formats and dpx/jp2/jpc/jpk/ppm image file formats. Additionally it adds support for an image cache, allowing you playback video and image sequences in realtime.

The link above is for the Max 2017 version, you can get the plugin for Max 2015 and 2016 here.

Plugin Updates: MAXPlugins.de recompiles - the third batch

Plugin Updates: MAXPlugins.de recompiles - the second batch

Here is the next batch of plugins that I have recompiled for Max 2017. If anything doesn't work as expected, let me know and I'll see if I can fix it.

Andrew Reid
- EdgeMap v1.01
- ZDeSat v1.01
- ZTint v1.04

J. Antonio Amblés
- LightMesh v0.9

Daniel Santana
- AdvanceNoise Material v1.2.9

John Burnett
- BindPoints v3.12.2016
- ForceViewer v3.12.2016
- InfoTexture v3.12.2016
- NullHelper v3.12.2016
- UVW to RGB v3.12.2016
- Warp Texture v4.24.2016

Jonathan Garcia
- Delete Visibility Track v1.0
- Endian v1.0
- Get Bitmap Info v1.0

Lesha VH
- Color Picker v2.01

Pop N Fresh
- MD3 Exporter v1.0

Martin Enthed / Creative Tools AB
- Ego v1.14

Mike Biddlecombe
- HiddenDOSCommand v1.0

Sisyphus Software
- Grass-O-Matic v1.2
- Proteus v1.1
- Special Purpose Particles v1.4

Andrei Zmievski
- Area v1.0

Kees Rijnen
- Delete Protection v1.0
- Helium v1.24

Martin Ridgers
- 3 Point Rectangle v1.0

Last Pixel Pty Ltd.
- Autogamma v1.0
(This needs the ColorCorrect plugin from Cuneyt Ozdas to work, so until he recompiles that this plugin is useless)

Mark Williams
- Color Replace v1.11
- Disperse/Refract v1.01
- Graph v0.91
- Mosaic v1.01
- Pen v1.11
- Scratch v1.21

Chris Johnson / David Baker
- CoolPicker v2.3.3

- G-Line v0.51
- Transparent_ID v2.0

Neil Hazzard / Adam Felt
- Interface:PhysiqueOps v3.0

Autodesk, Inc.
- Physique2Skin Utility v1.0

Next up will be the HABWare plugins.

Update: I fixed the broken links, everything should work now.

Plugin Updates: BlurBeta plugins for Max 2017

I've recompiled the BlurBeta plugins for Max 2017 and zipped them all up together so that you can download them here.

I'll be adding the Habware plugins, Peter Watje's plugins, the Sisyphus plugins and much more in the next hour.

Plugin Update: Connection

Changes for Build 007679 are:
- Fixes potentially wrong branch transitions in EcoSystems
- Improves GUI ergonomics, esp. with the Switch view, Maximize view and Show view buttons
- Fixes the color map previews in the native OS browsers
- Fixes the controls in the open file dialogs in OSX 10.11
- Fixes potentially invisible objects in planetary mode in scene and Camera Options preview
- Fixes the 'Use automatic scene hierarchy' option being enforced randomly by the OpenGL engine
- Fixes a possible crash when applying wind to PlantFactory plants
- Fixes rendering with Cinema 4D Team Render

Vue xStream is available for Max 2010 to 2016 and costs $1695. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v0.1.6a are:
- The renderer is now around 10% faster
- Adds support for SSS/absorption
- Adds SSS/absorption conversion from Octane and Corona materials
- Small changes to the material diffuse model
- Adds an IOR control to the falloff texture
- Fixes incorrect SSS rendering with glossy
- Fixes incorrect emission with mirrored objects

Plugin Update: Modifiers

Changes for v1.7 are:
- Adds support for Max 2017
- Adds RandomClone for creating copies with the same parameters but different random seed values

Plugin News: Plugins for Max 2017

As you have probably all noticed, Max 2017 was released on Monday. For this version, all plugins need to be recompiled, so in the course of the next few weeks I will be adding the mass of plugins that I have the source code for.

I have recompiled quite a few already, but I still need to do some testing on them before I release them. Time allowing, I'll be doing the BlurBeta plugins this week, so hopefully I'll be able to upload them the beginning of next week.

In any case, please be patient. It takes up quite a bit of my free time, and my day job doesn't leave me much of that right now...

Plugin News: Reindeer - a new node based render manager

AnimaThings have released a discounted pre-release version of their upcoming node based render manager Reindeer.

The central idea of Reindeer is that you do your scene setup once and then have all the boring stuff done automatically at every new iteration. All you have to do is push the Render button. Reindeer is configured to take care of most of the usual stuff right out of the box, and you can use a friendly node based interface to easily make it do anything else. By using the script nodes it is extremely flexible and customizable, you will even find other uses than just managing renders.

On purchase you will get a single user one year license and starting from the official release date at least the first renewal for free.

Reindeer is available for Max 2014 to 2016 (it may also work with older versions) and the pre-release costs €25.

New Plugin: MCG

This MCG object gives segment control for each component of a rectangle, ie: corner, length and width. It also has a Show Segs option so you can see the segments while setting it up without having to go through right-click / object properties.

New Plugin: Modelling

Styx is a Zbrush/Maya/Max script package which makes it faster to import / export files between the programs, create blendshapes, edit geometry, etc.

Styx is available for Max 2013 to 2016 and costs $5.

Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v1. are:
- It is now much faster on heavily instanced scenes
- Adds support for extended (runCores) PrestoDeviceInfo

Thea for 3dsMax is available for Max 2009 to 2016 and costs €395. A demo version is available here.

New Plugin: Animation

This MCG will curl a spline, which you can then skin to a mesh and do a carpet roll effect. It can also be used for a flower petals effect.

MCG Curl is available for Max 2016 and costs $5.

New Plugin: MCG

This MCG modifier allow you scatter objects on quad polygons, similar to how Greeble works but with custom geometry. You can use 3 different source objects for each material ID, if you need more, you can apply this MCG multiple times.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v2.30.31 are:
- Fixes an issue with merging Itoo Forest objects
- Fixes a minor issue with assigning materials to objects
- Fixes a minor issue with sorting items in the listview
- Adds the ability to select items by typing their names
- Object transformation no longer resets by default after merging
- Automatically zoom to a map/material after placing it into Slate
- Fixes an issue when Shift-dragging a file into Slate to create a texture map
- Fixes another bug when opening the 'Folder Browser' dialog
- Fixes a bug when setting the Material/Map Browser to old style
- Fixes an issue with showing thumbnails in the 'Confirm replace' dialog
- Fixes an issue with clearing items in listView after closing the 'Preferences' dialog

Project Manager is available for Max 2010 to 2016 and costs $75. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Particles

Changes for v6.3 SP 1 are:
- Motion blur support for soft-bodies and implicit-surfaces has been extended
- Various SPH2 fluid solver improvements
- Fixes motion blur information for objects created in TP with a changing center of mass

ThinkingParticles is available for Max 2013 to 2016 and costs €540 per year. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Animation

Changes for v2.21 are:
- Adds support for TP6
- Creating objects inside RE_Geometry Layer now imports them directly inside RE
- You can now access your animation curves directly from the modifier panel

Radius Effector is available for Max 2013 to 2016 and costs $29. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Texturing

Changes for v1.1 are:
- Fixes the UI background

Dirtizer is available for Max 2010 to 2016 and costs $19.

Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.4 are:
- Adds 2 new measurements types - Radius and Diameter

miauu's Live Measure Pro is available for Max 2009 to 2016 and costs €6.

New Plugin: Modelling

PhysX Painter has been developed to quickly populate your scenes with assets in a very natural way. It allows you to create them using a brush, and automatically place them using a rigid bodies simulation.

Features include:
- Use any asset you want, your own or purchased
- Percentage per asset
- Paint and delete multiple assets
- Paint one by one
- PhysX simulations
- Paint and re-simulate locally
- Re-simulate all
- Prevent collisions even if you don't use the simulations
- Save and reload brush presets
- Use a specific gravity, such as a directional or spherical one
- Easy switching of high def / low def assets, or replace by specific mesh
- Assets selection and collapsing options

PhysX Painter is available for Max 2013 to 2016 and costs €59.50.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v6.8-2 are:
- Fixes orphaned job processes being left behind on Windows workers
- Setting jobs 'pgrp' value prior to submission is now ignored for all but the first job
- Explicitly setting 'host.memory' in worker_resources is no longer broken on Linux
- Fixes Unix workers sometimes inadvertently killing processes belonging to other job instances
- cmdline and cmdrange jobtypes now report the jobtype version in the job logs
- supervisor_default_max_cpus value is now applied properly
- The 'modify' operation now prints the values of the newly modified parameters
- Fixes 'upgrade_worker --reset' from printing out 'table does not exist' error message
- Adds run_program_and_convert_encoding.pl script

Qube! is available for Max 7 to 2016 and costs $3,500 for one supervisor, five workers and one year of maintenance. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v0.0.0.5b are:
- The project(s) has been renamed to 'LuxMax'
- The source repository has been renamed to reflect this change
- Fixes a problem with meshes in groups not rendering properly
- Removes the mentalray rollout for shaders when the shader GUI is loaded
- Fixes some shader parameters so that they show up correctly in the Slate editor
- Fixed a bug where objects with the same name didn't render correctly
- Meshes with 0 verts/faces no longer cause a crash
- Fixes a crash with multiple unsupported characters for filenames/textures/material/mesh names
- Fixes a crash when using unsupported textures
- Fixes a floating point error in high poly meshes which caused glitches in the mesh

Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v0.1.5a are:
- Improves alpha channel processing
- Light samples number higher than 16 no longer leads to a crash
- GPU memory now gets freed after rendering has finished
- High resolution textures are no longer pixelated
- Fixes adaptivity hanging the render at the end
- Fixes a memory leak
- Fixes batch render from hanging
- Fixes the glass material blocking too much light

Plugin Update: Modelling / Animation

Changes for v4.3.0.7230 are:
- Hair from Guides now adopts the strand group of guides into resulting hairs
- Mesh from Strands billboards can now have multiple cross-section segments
- Mesh from Strands multi-segmented billboards can now have a custom cross-section curve
- Group 0 render settings are now applied to strands if no matching group settings are available
- Fixes Hair Strips not outputting the render hair count during rendering
- Fixes a crash when applying the Strand Propagation modifier to hair and previewing in Nitrous
- Fixes a crash when assigning the length texture map channel

Ornatrix is available for Max 2009 to 2016 and costs $499. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v2.6.0 are:
- Adds support for V-Ray 3.3
- Adds a toolbar with shortcuts to add RailClone object, Open RailClone Tools, RailClone Lister
- New RailClone Lister simplifies management of scenes containing multiple RailClone objects
- Adds support for V-Ray motion blur and velocity channel with animated proxies and meshes
- Improves hit-test viewport performance for mesh modes
- Fixes a random crash rendering animations in V-Ray 3
- Fixes a bug with VRayProxies and Bevels
- Fixes a potential corruption issue when save is not completed correctly
- Spinner dragging in the Style Editor no longer generates multiple undos
- Fixes a redo operation in the Style Editor from changing the selected node
- Fixes an endless loop when using arrays with padding greater than spline's length
- Fixes the behaviour of the Sequence Operator on Bevels
- Fixes a bug in the Arithmetic operator when input values are not of the same type
- Bevel is now applied correctly on vertices with very small change of angle
- Extended/Symmetry Bevels now work if the segment is larger than length of initial section path
- Fixes a bug which in rare cases could generate sliced instances when using arrays
- Fixes a bug with the initialization of parameters in Arithmetic expressions

RailClone Pro is available for Max 2010 to 2016 and costs €200. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Modelling / Texturing

Changes for v5.0.5 are:
- Adds support for V-Ray 3.3
- Adds a toolbar with shortcuts to add FP object, add Forest LOD, Forest Tools, Forest Lister
- New Forest Lister simplifies management of scenes containing multiple Forest Pro objects
- Adds Forest Effects with endless possibilities for animation, random transform, coloring, etc.
- Adds Areas->Edge mode for Mental Ray and Corona renderer
- Distribution->Diversity Map and Clusters recognize multiple models with the same color ID
- Adds new presets: Mulch and Rugs
- Adds support for V-Ray motion blur and velocity channel with animated objects
- Library presets can now use nested Forest objects
- Adds a 'Render quality' option to the library presets
- Fixes a problem with Forest Color map names in Slate Editor
- ForestEdge's opacity texture is now applied correctly in Corona Renderer
- Fixes distribution on Cluster using multiple items with same Color ID
- Adds 'copyMaterialFromObjects' parameter to forestpack.ini
- Areas->Falloff global parameters are now imported from library presets
- Transform->Probability curves are now imported from library presets
- Adds Maxwell materials for Lawns, Leaves, Meadows and Stones presets
- Auto generated materials are now optimized, removing unused and duplicated materials
- The Distribution->Max.Density range has been raised to 999
- All scattering limits can now be disabled by setting the value to zero
- The default Distribution Map has been changed to 'dense'
- Optimize Materials now automatically replaces 'Normal Bump' maps with VRayNormalMap
- Improves memory usage rendering animations with Mental Ray
- Drops support for Max 9 to 2009
- Fixes 'Zoom extent' behaviour with selected items in Custom Edit mode
- Forest LOD using Look-At target now works without a camera assigned
- Distribution->Collision->Radius affects Edge mode even when collision checking is off
- Fixes continuous rebuild when using nested Forests with 'Consolidate Materials' off
- Fixes a crash with VRayClipper
- Improves hit-test viewport performance for mesh modes
- Fixes a Mental Ray error using Animation->Frame from Map
- Fixes a random crashing bug rendering with Mental Ray in Max 2016
- Fixes the solid color screen after cancelling a Corona render
- Fixes a crash when navigating in the viewport while Corona is rendering
- Fixes a crash using Corona interactive with Forest Color
- Fixes duplicated IDs in the Geometry list with Copy/Paste operations
- Geometry List->Copy/Paste now copies the color ID correctly
- Fixes a bug with Areas->Object exclude->Top limit

Forest Pack Pro is available for Max 2010 to 2016 and costs €200. A demo version is available here.

New Plugin: Modelling / Texturing

FloorGenerator generates floor objects consisting of individual boards which can easily be textured using MultiTexture (also from CG-Source.com).
It's a great tool if you're doing architecture visualization and need to make floors that are NOT going to tile and that you can see up close without any pixelation.
Compared to the free version, this full version can create 5 different floor patterns.

FloorGenerator is available for Max 2013 to 2016 and costs €20. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v0.1.4 are:
- Adds camera clipping
- A 20% speed up for lights sampling
- Adds a direct lighting kernel
- Reading IES light size from an IES file has been fixed

Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for Build 1984 are:
- Bug-fixes

New Plugin: Utilities

NewView allows you to view your scenes using a detached, time independent viewport.
Key features include:
- Floating Viewport: place it anywhere on your desktop
- Time Independent: with NewView you can edit on frame 100 and see your result immediately on frame 200
- Animatible: playback your animations in real time as you edit
- Independent Object Selection: object visibility in NewView is independent of object visibility in the scene
- Fast Export: quickly export animation previews

NewView is available for Max 2013 to 2016 and costs $100. A demo version is available here.

New Plugin: Modelling

Like the name says, this plugin creates a model of a Moebius Strip.

Mobius Strip is available for Max 2015 to 2016 and costs $9.

Plugin Update: Modelling / Animation

Changes for v1.1 are:
- Adds support for presets
- Adds radial and ring cloning
- Adds animatable parameters
- Adds randomizing controls
- Individual elements can now be welded

Ringer is available for Max 2012 to 2016 and costs $5.

Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for Build 1981 are:
- Bug-fixes

New Plugin: MCG

This is a generic MCG compound which you can use in your MCG. To simplify things, this assumes your mesh is pure quads. Because it is a compound, you can't 'install' it so it comes with a dummy MCG to clone on quads. Just install the MCG to get the compound Vu_GetQuadInfo. The dummy MCG also illustrates how to use this compound. If you need the quad area, simply sum up the areas of the 2 tris. Strictly speaking, the compound returns an Array of Triples.

New Plugin: Utilities

This commercial MAXScript is designed to bake all of your animation in to bones. If you work in the game industry, this script will be very useful to you because it allows you to optimize your scene for such engines as Unity or Unreal. Instead of having to stage a lot of objects, you will be able to load them as one, which is very useful when simulating breaking RDB.

Animation to Bone is available for Max 2014 to 2016 and costs $5.

New Plugin: MCG

This MCG object generates a cane or wicker basket, with loads of controls to create endless varieties of baskets.

New Plugin: Modelling

This MCG creates a Spline Grid/XGrid pattern that is a seamless cylinder. It is similar to the free XGrid MCG, but this MCG saves you doing manual welding after you've bent it into a cylinder.

MCG CylXGrid is available for Max 2016 and costs $5.

New Plugin: Renderers

This plugin brings Blender's Cycles rendering engine to Max. Cycles is a path-tracing renderer that runs on CPUs as well as GPUs (CUDA-only at the moment).

Site News: Available for contract work...

This is my monthly news entry to let people know that I am always available for 3D work (I don't just run this site, and I don't earn any money from it).

My main areas of work are commercials, industrial and technical animation, as well as programming and scripting. All of the relevant information can be found on my other site Animation Design, along with some videos of my work to give you an idea of what I can do. So if I can help out at all, just let me know.

Site News: Calling all freeware plugin developers

If you are a plugin developer with source code for plugins that you don't develop anymore, it would be great if you could get in touch with me. I would be glad to recompile as many old plugins as possible to stop them from disappearing for ever. Just mail me to let me know what sort of stuff you've got.

On a side note, this is how the Messiah:studio plugins got recompiled for Max 9 to 2012, as well as all of the Sisyphus plugins, so it's worth sending stuff my way :o)


Site News: News Archives

The news from previous months can be accessed by clicking on the 'Plugin news archive' link in the menu.