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Plugin News  –  September 2017

Saturday 23 September 2017 - 09:16

 

Plugin Update: Animation

Changes for v1.41 are:
- Adds a slider to make arms/legs stretchable or non stretchable
- FK controls have been changed to support symmetrical rotation
- Sliders have been replaced with spinners allowing users to enter the desired numerical inputs
- Parenting and linking no longer break the reset position
- Fixes minor bugs

InstantRig is available for Max 2014 to 2018 and costs $39. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Connection

Changes for Build 2016305474 are:
- Fixes potential unwanted Ptex export when texture export is disabled
- Fixes a potential crash when exporting a plant in .LWO format on Mac
- Improves backwards compatibility
- Improves compatibility between new pruning feature and random input node
- Fixes a potential crash when importing meshes

Plant Factory Studio is available for Max 2010 to 2018 and costs $995. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Connection

Changes for Build 305450 are:
- Disables the fixed-pipeline engine entirely on MacOS until further notice
- Improves workspace stability
- Improves material layer edition
- Improves 'Reapply camera settings to current camera' option in the render stack
- Improves the OpenGL display when the atmosphere 'light balance' is small
- Fixes the OpenGL offline rendering of scenes containing splines
- Fixes a potential crash when editing PlantFactory plants quality in EcoSystems
- Fixes a potential crash while locking the camera in the main window
- Fixes a potential crash upon closing the application
- Fixes a potential crash when using 'bake to polygons' on an animated object
- Fixes a potential issue when loading PlantFactory plants
- Fixes a potential crash when loading a new plant in the plant editor
- Fixes issues in various content browser when a category contains special characters
- Fixes the multipass ambient occlusion rendering over materials with matte shadows
- Fixes distributed rendering of EcoSystems containing PlantFactory species
- Improves the naming convention of rendernode output files
- Improves import of Collada/DAE files from DAZ studio
- Fixes a potential loss of EcoSystem specimen material edition

Vue 2016 xStream is available for Max 2010 to 2018 and costs $1695. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.07 are:
- Adds support for Max 2018
- Adds the SiNi Toolbar
- Modifies the DeSipher License Server login to prevent periodic login fail
- New Unite utility plugin allows you to relink and archive complex projects
- Adds retopologize massing to the Sculpt utility plugin
- Random SiClone bug fixes caused by animated spline crashes
- Repairs textured verts function in SiClone
- Fixes a SiClone issue on Render/Export where the UVW Angle wouldn't change
- Removes the legacy version of SiClone

SiNi Software is available for Max 2014 to 2018 and costs £180 per year. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v3.0.9 are:
- Adds a 'Separate Meshes' option to RailClone tools
- RailClone Tools now generates meshes (not instances) for segments using Material or UVW operators
- Fixes a Library Browser crash using libraries downloaded with an old version of Update Manager
- The Clipping Area is now aligned correctly when using Generator->Z Offset
- Fixes a crash with some operations after deleting a Note in the Style Editor
- Fixes a crash in RailClone Lite loading scenes created with the Pro version
- Fixes a rare crash with clipping areas
- Fixes behaviour of arrays when using X Rotation and Surfaces
- Fixes an endless loop when using circular references between nodes

RailClone Pro is available for Max 2012 to 2018 and costs €200. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v2.5.30 are:
- Adds Max support for user data overrides on proxies
- Adds a new volume blocking option for sub-surface materials in Max
- Adds the Redshift Sun Light to the Create menu in Max
- Adds new controls for the Redshift Light Lister in Max
- Adds a camera lock button to the Max Render View
- Fixes an issue in Max where IPR would sometimes lock to the wrong viewport
- Adds support for Maya 2018
- Adds Maya support for user data overrides on proxies
- Adds support for C4D R19
- Adds major improvements to the C4D RenderView
- Addresses a C4D issue where AOVs were disabled when using the Render All/Marked takes option
- Addresses a C4D issue with drag and drop of image files on the ShaderGraph\'s attribute editor
- Fixes C4D processing RSPVelocity particle UserData as a Scalar instead of a Vector
- Adds a potential fix for C4D crashes when editing shader graphs
- Adds Houdini support for /mat network shaders in the RSLights
- New Houdini proxy option to override proxy mats using scene mats that match the proxy mat name
- New Houdini instancing option to override \'instancefile\' proxy mats using scene mats
- The render OBJ nodes inside SOP subnets feature in Houdini is now optional
- The Redshift render options filename parameters are now animated strings in Houdini
- The /mat Redshift material builder nodes are now available in the materials selection window
- Adds new Hue/Saturation/Exposure parameters in the RS Dome Light in Katana
- Adds new depth AOV parameters
- Spiral bucket rendering mode is now the default
- Fixes a bug that caused banding artifacts with dim lights, ICP GI and photographic exposure
- Adds support for volumes inside sub-surface mediums
- Increases the internal hard limit of texture samplers in flight at once
- Value remapping inputs for Displacement and BumpMap can now be driven by shading nodes
- Value remapping inputs for TextureSampler and TriPlanar can now be driven by shading nodes
- Fixes a bug in the \'Debug Capture\' shader sanity check code that caused a crash in IPR mode
- Fixes a bug that caused Trace Sets and Light/Shadow linking to randomly not work properly

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


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v6.52 are:
- Adds UI support for V-Ray 3.6

RPManager is available for Max 2013 to 2018 and costs $300. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v0.16.0 are:
- Export PBR materials from Max to .babylon file format using PBRMetallicRoughnessMaterial
- Export PBR materials from babylon PBRMetallicRoughnessMaterial to .gtlf file format
- Export from babylon to glb format
- Optimize base color texture file format (png only if has alpha, jpg otherwise)
- Add option to export images as binary
- Fix buffer uri value
- Fix computation of minimal dimensions of several bitmaps
- Do not export metallic roughness map if no specular map is provided
- Remove all compilation preprocessor for Max exporter 2013/2014


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v4.0 include:
- New trueHybrid render engine supports both GPU and CPU rendering as well as both together
- Unlimited network rendering for the price of one workstation license
- Support for 360° panoramic image output and various VR formats including 3D stereoscopic VR
- Highly optimized and fully multi-threaded IES light to replace all light types ever needed
- Spectral wavelength rendering
- Robust scene conversion from scenes created with V-Ray or mental ray
- fR-CarPaint Material featuring metallic flakes, special coating and reflection layer
- Rendering effects like Depth of Field or Motion Blur no longer multiply render time
- Adds thin film coating
- New flexible finalRender frame-buffer offers access to all of the main features
- Full support for Forest Pack Pro instancing along with several of its materials and tricks
- Render elements can be accessed anytime in the new frame-buffer through a tree view system


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v0.85 beta are:
- You can now resize bitmaps
- You can now show bitmap size / sort by bitmap size
- Double click or press Enter on bitmap now opens the bitmap preview window
- Adds a backup option to Auto-Relink
- Adds small help info to the Auto-Relink dialog - button '?'
- Fixes and speeds up multi-threaded Auto-Relink
- Only changed Max files are now refreshed after Strip paths, Set path, Auto-Relink

Library Track and Relink is available for Max 2010 to 2018 and costs $9. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v10.0.2.0 are:
- Adds a new Network Whitelist to the Repository Options page
- Improves the AWS Portal Link Server installer message when installing over a previous version
- Adds better error detection/handling in the AWS Portal Link Server installer
- Adds better logging in the AWS Portal Server installer
- Fixes the widths of some of the labels in the AWS Portal Server installer interface
- Monitor improvements when requesting new fleets or adjusting existing ones in AWS Portal panel
- Reduces communication traffic between Slaves and Remote Connection Server when starting up
- Updates the icons for the AWS Portal Asset Server
- You can now explicitly target a Major/Minor build of Houdini when submitting a job to Deadline

Deadline is available for Max 2010 to 2018 and costs $48 per node per year. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v13.20 are:
- Adds a 3DBrowser Screen Saver which is available in the Windows screensaver list
- Adds support for Maya 2018
- FBX now keeps pivot information while updating FBX files after optimization
- Improves handling of Collada material transparency setting
- The 3D viewer now displays the node number
- Fixes a crash that could occur when reading several Collada files simultaneously
- Hiding / showing materials from the material list panel now works
- Default material is now always displayed in the material list panel

3D Browser for 3D Users is available for Max 9 to 2018 and costs $69. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Updates: Thinkbox Software updates for Max 2018

Thinkbox Software has added support for Max 2018 to a number of their plugins:
- Krakatoa MX v2.7 - same as v2.6.3, but with added Max 2018 support
- Frost MX v2.1 - same as v2.0.14, but with added Max 2018 support
- XMesh MX v1.5 - same as v1.4, but with added Max 2018 support

The plugins above are all available for Max 2012 to 2018 and prices range from $495 (Frost, XMesh) to $1000 (Krakatoa).


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.02 are:
- Adds automatic product update checking every 15 days
- Improves machine ID recognition method to fix conflicts with VPN software

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


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.50 are:
- Adds a new Smart Normalize feature
- Adds a new filter for 'Action by Filter': open/closed splines

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


Plugin Update: Particles

Changes for v2.3.5 are:
- Adds a Birth-time Magma to the Stoke Particle Simulator
- Adds a Per-Step Magma to the Stoke Particle Simulator
- Adds an 'AdvectionOffset' channel to the Stoke Particle Simulator
- Adds the ability to simulate without a velocity source to the Stoke Particle Simulator
- Adds a new Stoke Field Mesher object which is based on the OpenVDB Mesher
- Adds a new Stoke to Fluid Grid ASCII (.fga) Exporter
- Adds a phase input to the Noise and VecNoise operators in Magma
- Adds various pseudo random number generator operators to Magma for distributions
- You can now reorder exposed controls in Magma using the Top, Up, Down and Bottom buttons
- Adds a context menu when dragging from input sockets of Objects, Particles, or Geometry sockets
- Significantly improves the Editor's performance when working with large flows in Magma
- Fixes an issue in Magma where PropertyQuery nodes couldn't query properties with '.' characters
- Adds TimeInSeconds, FPS (FrameRate) and TPF (TicksPerFrame) entries to ActiveType in Magma
- Improves ActiveType values and color values to appear in a more logical order
- Fixes InputScript node creation via ActiveType to correctly update the command panel
- Fixes the Magma Editor's Navigator window to always draw Output nodes correctly
- Forces redrawing of BLOP flows when entering to Edit BLOP
- Removes the option to change the input type of the AngleAxisToQuat node as it made no sense
- Adds support for Max 2018
- General placement of UI controls in all Max versions is now much better and more predictable
- Adds a Stoke Field Loader option to open the Windows Explorer at the file sequence location
- A new dotNet ListView control in Stoke Field Loader shows Grid Size, Spacing and Bounding Box Size
- The new dotNet ListView control also shows all channels of the selected Field
- If a selected file isn't part of a file sequence, Load Single Frame Only is checked automatically
- If a Stoke Field Loader is created manually, Apply Object Transforms is checked automatically
- An 'ADD Stoke DISPLAY Modifier' option to the [>>] menu speeds up access to the display modifier
- A new Select Dependent Objects button lets you select any object using the Loader as a source
- The Stoke Field Magma Grid Info field has been split into two rows - Grid: and Size:
- Stoke Field Magma Size now uses Integer64 to correctly display billions or trillions of voxels
- Adds comma delimiters to Stoke Field Magma so 1234567890 now appears as 1,234,567,890
- The Stoke Field Magma License status has been removed since it doesn't acquire one
- The Field Data Viewer total count display now uses Integer64 to show 2 billion+ voxels correctly
- Adds comma delimiters to the Field Data Viewer dialog so 1234567890 now appears as 1,234,567,890
- Adds menu items to the various Stoke Field context menus to open tools directly from the object UI
- The Stoke Menu Creator has been updated to support sub-menus
- A new sub-menu includes the Genome macro scripts for adding an empty or preset modifier

Stoke MX is available for Max 2013 to 2018 and costs $595. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v8.6.15 are:
- Fixes an impersonation issue on Mac / Linux platforms where user groups were ignored
- Includes an Octane Render standalone template
- Includes a ToonBoon Harmony standalone template
- Fixes an issue with the Lightwave template not sourcing the configuration file
- Removes a Maya connector flag to override the Arnold licensing mode on the submitted job
- Changes the flags used to override the Maya Arnold licensing mode in the maya_arnold template
- Releases a new Nuke connector script that uses Pyside2 and is compatible with Nuke11+
- The MInstanceAPI class adds a getRunningJobPid(instance,pid) method to catch the running PID
- Linux installation now automatically links libsasl to version 3

Muster is available for Max 6 to 2018 and costs $85 per node. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Animation

Changes for v2.6.2 are:
- You can now set 'Playback Speed' and 'Time Offset' values in Max for each scene individually
- You can now set 'Playback Speed' and 'Time Offset' values in C4D for each scene individually
- Speeds up calculation and viewport performance in anima on large scenes
- Fixes an anima issue where large projects could not be packed using the 'Export Pack' feature
- Fixes an anima issue where not all project assets were included using the 'Export Pack' feature
- Fixes an anima issue where large projects couldn't be imported correctly using 'Import Pack'

Anima is available for Max 2011 to 2018 and costs €249. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling / Animation

Changes for v5.2.2.12160 are:
- Fixes the Dynamics modifier not loading animations on scene reload
- Fixes the Edit Guides brush min/max length parameters not updating for each brush
- Strand Animation modifier now loads animation when point count on guides is not uniform
- Fixes guides created in Edit Guides and with shape edited randomly rotating when moving them
- Move brush can now 'tweak' guides by only affecting vertices under the brush when 'Preserve Length' option is turned off

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


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v1.10 are:
- Parts now retain materials and layers
- Objects created in scene tree now maintain their hierarchy
- Objects now retain materials and can be unlinked
- Hidden layers are no longer imported
- Adds LiveLinking
- Adds support for part and camera animations
- Adds support for rigged and deformable animations
- Adds support for hair (curves)


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v1.0 are:
- Adds support for Max 2017


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.3.0 are:
- Adds functionality to update assets
- You can now merge materials in the current slate material editor view
- Adds an option to save user presets of all settings in add/update asset dialog
- Adds an option to remove all empty layers when adding/updating assets
- Adds an option to customize drag & drop Models and Materials menus
- Adds an option to customize the Add and Update asset menus
- You can now move and rotate the viewport when replacing objects
- Adds a custom open 3ds Max file function with Connecter MEF dialog
- Adds a custom option 'Replace selection groups' in the drag & drop Models menu
- The garbage collector is now run after 'add/update asset(s)' and 'process files'
- Fixes the render studio preview error
- Add asset - create unique folder maps when not required
- Add asset - validate objects after custom script is executed
- Add asset - use CTRL to open multiple dialogs with Max 2018
- Add asset - opened dialogs are now saved and restored correctly in Max 2018
- Add asset - spaces can now be used for the names of exported materials
- Add asset - check for deleted categories
- Add asset - Save In folders are now sorted by name
- Render studios are now loaded correctly when selected from the drop down menu
- The selection is now restored after render studio is created
- Native preview is now updated before saving files with the 'Split' option


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.65 are:
- Adds Linear (EXR/HDRI) to sRGB (JPG) option to the Resize / Convert dialog
- You can now resize / convert TX files to JPG
- Fixes support for Mari Tiles and the <UDIM> tag files (resize / convert)
- Fixes and speeds up multi-threaded Auto-Relink
- A double click on a bitmap now opens the bitmap preview window

Bitmap Tracking/Resizing is available for Max 2009 to 2018 and costs $9. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v1.6.3 are:
- Fixes the 'Lock sampling pattern' checkbox not working
- Fixes too much noise in images when using DR/renderfarms/resume rendering with the DMC sampler

Corona Renderer is available for Max 2012 to 2018 and costs €24.99 per month. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Animation

Changes for v1.4 are:
- Adds a slider to make arms/legs stretchable or non stretchable
- Changes FK controls to support symmetrical rotation
- Replaces sliders with spinners allowing you to enter exact numerical inputs
- Parenting and linking no longer break the reset position
- Fixes some minor bugs

InstantRig is available for Max 2014 to 2018 and costs $39 A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v4.0 are:
- Adds RoadlineSys, a tool for creating roadines, zebra crossings and oriented arrows

TerrainAxe is available for Max 9 to 2017 and costs $217. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v1.6.59 are:
- Adds support for Max 2018


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for Build 20028 are:
- Fixes a Max crash when using OCTAuniversal

OCTAdesign is available for Max 2016 to 2018 and costs €1725 per year. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v2.5.29 are:
- Fixes a critical bug in Max that caused random crashes including IPR instabilities
- Fixes an issue with the Light Lister in Max not showing some lights
- Fixes the 'Go Forward to Sibling' crash on adjacent Redshift Bitmap slots in Max
- Adds experimental support for Curve rendering in C4D
- Improves the C4D RS Proxy exporter
- Improves the Connect to Output ShaderGraph command in C4D to also handle Light Shaders
- Improves the visualization of Area lights in the C4D viewport
- Addresses an issue in the C4D RS Proxy exporter during command-line exports
- Fixes the Range Start and Range End parameters always reverting to zero in the C4D RSFile UI
- Addresses a C4D crash issue when attaching a Light Material to a Portal Light
- Renames the C4D Material output node to 'Output'
- The AOVs filename prefix in Houdini is now an animated string parameter type
- Adds new Hue/Saturation/Exposure parameters in the RS Dome Light in Houdini
- Fixes a bug in Houdini extracting OBJ nodes with the attribwrangle SOP node
- Fixes a limitation in the number of points of the mesh strands in Houdini
- Fixes a recently introduced bug with automatic memory management not reclaiming all the VRAM

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


New Plugin: Modelling

PolySmoother is a tool for work with smoothing groups. It allows you to visualize the model's smoothing groups using different colors, and you can select, modify and optimize them in a quick and easy way. It also features functions to preview hard, shared and open edges to quickly identify them.

PolySmoother is available for Max 2014 to 2018 and normally costs $45. Until October 1st you can get a license for $30.


New Plugin: Modelling

Volume Cutter is a commercial MAXScript that lets you fragment your geometry with detailed cuts, avoiding the typical Voronoi pattern that isn't good enough for production anymore. Simple controls give you good details fast and allow you to iterate your cutting with one click.

Volume Cutter is available for Max 2013 to 2018 and costs $24.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v10.0.1.1 are:
- Client / Repository installers no longer fail on Linux / Mac OS X if 'sudo' isn't installed
- Fixes potential timeouts when the License Forwarder is connected to a Remote Connection Server
- Reduces how often the License Forwarder pulls 3rd Party UBL settings from the database
- Adds more descriptive messages to the License Forwarder log
- Improves error messages when a Deadline Slave is unable to register with the License Forwarder

Deadline is available for Max 2010 to 2018 and costs $48 per node per year. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.88 are:
- Fixes a bug in Wall Mode with closed shapes that were not line shapes (rectangle, circle, etc.)
- Adds support for non-interpolated results for the Freehand Spline in Max 2018

CorVex is available for Max 2010 to 2018 and costs $10.


Plugin Update: Animation

Changes for v1.3 are:
- Adds an auto overlapping action feature

InstantRig is available for Max 2014 to 2018 and costs $39. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v2.0 are:
- Adds many more parameters
- Adds real-time viewport feedback
- Multiple resolutions from high to low poly
- Adds valleys and rivers
- Adds a stone creation tool
- Adds saving and loading of presets
- Adds river map creation

MaxMounts Pro is available for Max 2014 to 2018 and costs $8.85.


Plugin Update: MCG

Changes for v1.03 are:
- Adds a 'Single Mode' if you want just one resultant spline instead of possible multiple splines


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.29.01 are:
- Fixes an error on start when Auto Paste is enabled

Copy Paste DWG is available for Max 2009 to 2018 and costs $4. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Particles

Changes for SP2 are:
- PathFollow now works in Max 2018
- Fixes the HydroBoat path problem in Max 2018
- Fixes the Spline path problem in Max 2018
- Fixes a parameter update problem with the BTRigidBody operator
- Fixes a problem reading .tps caches over a network
- LayerToParticle initial velocity now works
- Fixes the VolumeBreaker freeze one frame problem
- Fixes .tps caches sometimes showing bad normals, wrong data write into cache
- Objects imported via layertoparticle with deformation now have motion blur

ThinkingParticles is available for Max 2016 to 2018 and costs €540 per year. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modifiers

Changes for v2.0.0 are:
- Array is now free!
- Adds a gizmo to control the parameters on-screen
- Array now uses the same optimized code as the AdvArray modifier


Plugin Update: Modelling / Animation

Changes for v5.2.1.11996 are:
- Adds map channel support for maps in HairClusteringModifier
- GuidesFromHair modifier now generates Strand Groups from incoming hair
- Fixes a crash when planting new guide with existing selection
- Fixes a crash when switching to uniform distribution and a single root in Propagation modifier
- Fixes the Force Map not working correctly in OxStrandGravity
- Fixes the DynamicsModifier taking too long while baking
- Reworks how the DynamicsModifier stores data
- Turning OFF 'Use Strand Groups' after deleting the 'Groups' channel no longer crashes Ornatrix
- Fixes 'Assert failed (7): strandIndex < surfaceDependency_.size() //' when creating GuidesFromHair
- Fixes the Guide Clustering modifier causing hair artifacts when using a high Point Count value

Ornatrix is available for Max 2012 to 2018 and costs $499. 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)

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Site News: News Archives

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