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Plugin News  –  October 2017

Tuesday 17 October 2017 - 03:51

 

Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v2.0 are:
- New: Select convex and concave edges by angle
- New: Create UV shells from smoothing groups
- New: Create smoothing groups from UV shells
- New: Create multi-material from smoothing groups
- New: Smoothing groups list updates selected faces with key inputs
- New: Select all faces using a given smoothing group bit
- Improves callback mechanics for faster feedback
- Face/List synchronization is now up to 20 times faster
- Improves smoothing groups list autoscroll
- Button icons now display all buttons states correctly in Max 2017+
- Optimizer now automatically switches to level 4 if some elements fail
- Fixes a bug in Convert Specified Edges
- Fixes a bug in Set Soft Edges where intersected hard edges would get smoothed
- Fixes a bug when setting sub-object level to 0 that left the scene redraw in an unstable state
- Fixes a bug where enabling caddies would constantly cast events

PolySmoother is available for Max 2014 to 2018 and costs $35.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.064 are:
- Adds support for Mental Ray in Max 2018

MultiScatter is available for Max 2010 to 2018 and costs €200.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.04 are:
- Updates the machine ID recognition method
- Adds an update checking function

SuperHelix is available for Max 2012 to 2018 and costs $12. A demo version is available here.


New Plugin: Utilities

This commercial MAXScript simplifies import / merge and export / save of multiple objects in Max. Features include adding the imported objects to groups or layers, exporting to separate files, randomising positions, exporting either selected objects or the full scene, and more.

IE Tool is available for Max 2014 to 2018 and costs $5.


Plugin Update: Modelling / Texturing

Changes for v5.4.1 are:
- Fixes a rare bug with items placed just in the edge of an area, which can cause endless loop
- Fixes a crash editing or loading Effects in Max 2018
- Fixes an error reading constant values in expressions not using '.' as decimal point

Forest Pack Pro is available for Max 2010 to 2018 and costs €200. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling / Animation

Changes for v5.2.4.12500 are:
- Hair clustering modifier now has a guide channel to control the amount of clustering
- Propagated groups are now used on hair objects with incoming guide groups
- Fixes hair with polar interpolation randomly changing rotation on deforming meshes
- Fixes a problem when adding a new guides channel after using strand groups
- Fixes the strand rotate modifier not taking input strand rotation angles into account

Ornatrix is available for Max 2012 to 2018 and costs $499. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v4.5.5.1 are:
- Adds a new settings dialog

VNPlugin is available for Max 2017 to 2018 and costs $25. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.60 are:
- Adds support for materials and material IDs in all operations
- The Reverse spline tool now has the option to preserve material IDs or not
- New realtime data in Splines Info dialog: 'No. of materials' and 'No. of Single/sub materials'
- Adds buttons to expose data in the active viewport: vertex ticks, vertex numbers, material IDs
- Moves the 'Show vertex ticks' property to the bottom of 'Basic Parameters' rollout

Spline Cleaner is available for Max 2012 to 2018 and costs $30.


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v0.520 alpha are:
- Adds motion blur support with up to 32 object transformation keys and deformation motion blur
- Depth of Field noise reduction is now much faster
- Fixes a lot of core bugs that could cause rare random crashes
- Adds a 'FIN GEO' (Final Geometry) mode to IPR


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v0.18.0 are:
- Refactors buffer handling when exporting meshes
- Adds support for exporting node animations - Translation Rotation Scale
- Fix Babylon animation export
- Refactors Babylon geometry export
- Adds support for exporting morph targets for Babylon
- Camera and light targets are now exported correctly
- Adds animation export for dummies, lights and cameras
- Adds support for exporting morph targets and their animations to glTF format


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v2.5.35 are:
- Adds the Max 'Render Default Lights' option to System > Miscellaneous
- Fixes a Max bug where bucket IPR was much slower than a production render
- Fixes a Max crash when assigning bitmaps to Environment shader in script
- Fixes a Maya bug that caused crashes or hangs when using the region tool in the RenderView
- Fixes a Maya bug that resulted in Maya IPR (non-RenderView) tracking the activate viewport
- Adds the undersampling parameter in Houdini to the ROP node, IPR options
- Houdini now supports resolution changes from the ROP node in the RS RenderView
- Fixes the lack of AOVs in the RS RenderView in buckets mode in Houdini
- Fixes a critical Houdini RS RenderView crash related to the AOVs list and internal data order
- Fixes an issue where switching camera lens distortion images in IPR could crash
- Fixes random crashes when editing materials or lights during RS RenderView IPR sessions
- Fixes a bug where an empty object could crash in IPR with automatic memory management enabled
- Fixes bugs that arose when using the RS Material Blender together with RS Shader Switch nodes

Redshift is available for Max 2013 to 2018 and costs $500. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.03 are:
- Fixes a dotNet error that appeared when reading the script's installation date from file

TurboSplines is available for Max 2012 to 2018 and costs $40. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.25 are:
- Optimizes the Sew function to run faster
- Optimizes snap verts to grid to work faster
- Adds support for some better functions available to Max 2018.2+
- Adds a new Flat Height checkbox/spinner
- Adds a Flip Normals option
- Adds support for scaled/rotated source objects
- Fixes slow opening of the modify tab when a ShellVex with many faces is selected

ShellVex is available for Max 2008 to 2018 and costs $10.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v2.1 are:
- Fixes a problem with '.obj' export from Archicad 21

Mirza Link Manager is available for Max 2012 to 2018 and costs €45.35. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Texturing

Changes for v1.5.0 are:
- Optimizes the rendering performance of VP Crossmap on average 15% more with multi-core CPUs
- Makes viewport map display rendering multithreaded for Max 2015 and above
- You can now store and reload a distribution mapping into an external file
- Fixes the wrong dialog showing up when a newer version is available for download
- Adds a 'rendernode only' mode in the installer

Crossmap is available for Max 2013 to 2018 and costs €49. A demo version is available here.


Site News: Lack of updates...

Sorry about the lack of updates recently, I've just moved house and nothing is working properly yet, especially internet and phones :o(

Hopefully everything will be back to normal soon!


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)

Dave


Site News: News Archives

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