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Plugin News  –  July 2015

Sunday 05 July 2015 - 11:26


Site News: 15 years old next week!

In just over a weeks time, this site will be 15 years old (here's an archive snapshot from October 2000). In all that time, a lot has changed under the hood, and I've completely reprogrammed the site at least 4 times.

One thing that hasn't changed much is the look (as you can see from the snapshot above), and to be quite honest it probably won't be changing much in the coming years. The functional look with no bling-bling seems to be one of the things that a lot of people want to keep, and I don't intend making any more work for myself by changing it :o)

What I would like is to hear from users who have problems with the site, or suggestions for improvements that don't involve changing everything. Any little niggles you might have, send me a mail and let me know. I'll be trying to put some time aside later this year to address as many of the do-able ones as I can.

Thanks, Dave

New Plugin: Modelling

PropLine is a scripted geometry plugin that distributes props along splines with various parameters to control how the props are distributed and transformed. The transformations of the props can be easily retrieved later to export into game engines.

PropLine is available for Max 2008 to 2016 and normally costs $10. For a limited time you can get it for an introductory price of $6.95.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.15 are:
- Adds support for more than 15 MatIDs
- Adds more ID buttons - with scroll - up to 149 ID's
- Adds a switch to use the same buttons for Material ID Channel or VRay ID Effect Channel
- Adds an ID spinner with an Assign and Select button
- You can now select materials from an active SME

Material ID Organizer is available for Max 2009 to 2016 and costs $4.50. A demo version is available here.

New Plugin: MCG

This MCG creates basic noise on your geometry. Don't expect it to work like SurfaceNoise in ZBrush, because MCG doesn't handle massive amounts of polys very well at the moment. This is simply an MCG exercise into the area of subobjects.

Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for Build 007143 are:
- Fixes potential artefacts when using GOZ
- Fixes a potential crash when importing meshes as branches

Plant Factory Studio is available for Max 2010 to 2016 and costs $995. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v3.05 Build 702 are:
- Fixes a number of problems when running Max on an English language OS

TerrainAxe is available for Max 2008 to 2016 and costs $220. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v3.19.2 are:
- Adds support for Photoshop CC 2015
- Deprecates some old plugins
- Recompiled using the latest libraries (Optix 3.8, libpng-1.6.17, libtiff-4.0.4, lua-5.3.1)

Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v0.8.3 are:
- Fixes a problem installing the Max / Maya 2016 plugins
- Simplifies and unifies the license
- Recompiled using the latest libraries (Qt 5.4.2)

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.0.3929 are:
- Bug-fixes

Simplygon Cloud Pro is available for Max 2012 to 2016 and costs $100 per month or $1000 per year. A demo version is available here.

New Plugin: MCG

This MCG object is a primitive for creating cupboards and bookshelves. Currently they have no UV's, but that is being worked on.

Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v3.0 are:
- Adds an 'Offset handrail' feature
- Adds support for presets
- Improvements to the user interface

Artakan Create Stairs is available for Max 2009 to 2016 and costs $19.99. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Connections

Changes for v8.0 SP3 are:
- Integration with SAP Engineering Control Center providing rich Document Management capabilities
- Adds 'Enable Floor Plan Conversion' and 'Room Outlines Layer' settings to the DWG importer
- Adds 'Attributes Layer', 'Title Block Layer' and 'Output Size Background' settings to the DWG importer
- Adds support for Max 2015 (should also work in Max 2016)
- Adds support for Maya 2015
- Adds support for SolidWorks 2015
- Adds support for version 10 of the JT file format
- Adds support for the STEP Compressed file format
- Adds 'Import 2D Layout' option to the Catia v5 importer
- Adds PMI ID and semantic information to PMI for supported formats

SAP Visual Enterprise Author is available for Max 2010 to 2016. Currently I have no information on pricing.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.10 are:
- Fixed to work in a Max session started as non-Admin
- The paste method is now faster

Copy Paste DWG is available for Max 2009 to 2016 and costs $4.50. A demo version is available here.

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.