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Friday 28 April 2017 - 21:48

 

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v4.0.0 are:
- Adds support for Pencil+ 4


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v4.0 are:
- Pencil+ 4 Materials can now be displayed in real-time in the Nitrous viewport
- Materials hidden behind objects can now penetrate those objects and render as if in front
- Light intensity can now be modified for individual materials
- The user interface is now more user-friendly and the affinity with Max has been increased
- Enhanced gradation bar editing
- Adds support for gamma / LUT correction
- Adds adjustable line set list height
- Adds display of data in lists
- You can now switch the display language of the user interface
- The Pencil+ 4 Line rendering engine now supports multithreading and multiple platforms
- You can now use external references for Line settings
- Adds new edge detection settings
- Reduction settings can now be copied as instances

Pencil+ is available for Max 2015 to 2018 and costs ¥60,480. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.6 are:
- Adds support for Max 2018

miauu's Spline Deformer is available for Max 2009 to 2018 and costs €7.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v9.0.2.0 are:
- The Certificate installer icon is now the Thinkbox icon
- Fixes a Repository installer warning message that referred to a previous Deadline version
- Improves some error messages in the Repository installer
- Fixes a bug where job statistics could be saved with a negative render time
- Cleans up some Monitor submitters to reduce their height
- Removes the word 'Submission' from all Monitor submitters
- Fixes a bug that stopped the Slave from requeuing the task that it's working on when shut down
- Fixes the preliminary check for a Limit not checking for Machine-level Limits
- Fixes Limits specified in an Application Plugin's configuration being checked in pre-emptively
- Fixes a proxy server error when the same Repository file was being requested by many machines
- Fixes the keys for the GetSubmissionInfo command from being converted to lower case
- Fixes reporting of renderer specific proxy files in the SMTD log during job submission in Max
- Adds a sanity check to warn the user if render elements will overwrite each other in Max
- Updates Corona-specific properties that can be modified from the Monitor after submission
- Improves how V-Ray and Corona GI files are handled when submitting assets with the job in SMTD
- Fixes external file collection in SMTD to use the source or duplicate target path
- Fixes an AFX bug where the wrong frame range was passed to Draft after a multi-machine job
- Path mapping in the Cinema 4D batch plugin no longer includes paths that map to empty strings
- Fixes some issues with sticky settings in the integrated Cinema 4D submitter
- Adds a stdout handler to catch a licensing error in Cinema 4D
- The Corona DR submitter installer for Max now installs correctly
- Adds timeout options to the Corona DR plugin configuration
- Adds an 'on job complete' option to the Corona DR plugin configuration
- The Maya submitter no longer warns about invalid paths when relative to the project directory
- Fixes a bug in the modo submitter that caused output paths to contain multiple path separators
- Path mapping now works properly with proxy files in modo
- Adds support for Nuke 11
- Improves the SketchUp error messages that can be printed out during rendering
- Adds Terragen Tile Rendering support
- Improves logging messages in VRaySpawner plugin
- Adds support for VRED 2018
- Updates the default VRED executable paths in the plugin configuration for Mac OS X
- Fixes a VRED syntax error that would be printed out after rendering

Deadline is available for Max 2010 to 2017 and costs $185 per node. A demo version is available here.


New Plugin: Texturing

Unwrap Pro unwraps meshes while producing low distortion, overlap free, weighted density UVs unlike the 3ds Max Peel command which produces overlapping UVs with high area distortion. It is very fast (a 1 million triangle mesh was unwrapped in 23 seconds) and easy to use (just select some UVs and hold down a button). Unwrap Pro does not add seams or pack UVs for you.

Unwrap Pro is available for Max 9 to 2018 and costs €100.


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v1.6.0 include:
- Greatly improved sampling of HDR environment maps with significant contrast
- New stratified random sampler reduces noise for all scenes
- New Corona Image Editor (CIE) offers rich and fast post-processing options for Corona EXRs
- Improved UI of the DR Server and DR tab in the Corona VFB
- IR responsiveness is greatly improved by beginning with a 'pixelated' overview of the image
- New zoom sampling focus means IR is calculated only in the area currently visible in the VFB
- LightMix to Scene lets you bake light color and intensity into the scene
- New LightMix Auto Setup allows you to choose how to group lights into LightSelect layers
- The VFB now offers custom curves with histogram so you can further fine-tune the tone mapping
- The VFB now features blur and sharpen options
- Controls in the VFB are now sorted into collapsible groups
- The tabs in the VFB can now be re-arranged into any order you prefer by simply dragging them
- New Fuzzy Render Regions render a specified area without visible borders to rest of the image
- Corona Scatter can now scatter objects in regular patterns using UV mapping
- Corona Scatter can now scatter objects on open and closed splines
- Adds frequency spinners and gamma randomization to the Corona MultiMap
- Adds Corona Triplanar mapping which works with all versions of Max
- The Corona Camera Mod can now render to a conventional stereo image or animation (non-360)
- Rendering progress is now shown on the taskbar
- And much much more... a full list of changes and fixes can be found here

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


Plugin Update: Texturing

Changes for v4.2.0 are:
- Changes the .NET Framework to v.4.6.1
- Adds support for Max 2018
- Updates additional plugins
- Fixes a User Library memory leak
- Adds Fabric test scenes to Material Lab

V-Ray Material Presets Pro is available for Max 2013 to 2018 and costs €195.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.059 are:
- Adds support for Max 2018
- Fixes DLL error 126 (if V-Ray was never installed on PC)
- Fixes the 'hung on unloading geometry' motion blur error
- Fixes a crash when using MS Tools under Utilities
- Fixes some compatibility issues with V-Ray 2.x
- Fixes a compatibility problem with Cebas PSD-Manager

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


New Plugin: Utilities

Timeline Zoom Pro is a commercial MAXScript that allows you to zoom your timeline in or out in a much more comfortable way than Max offers. It also works for the curve editor.

Timeline Zoom Pro is available for Max 2012 to 2018 and costs $15. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Objects

Changes for v0.2 Beta RC6 are:
- Adds support for Max 2018


Plugin Update: Modifiers

Changes for v1.8 are:
- Adds support for Max 2018


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v8.6.11 are:
- Adds support for Keyshot 6
- Fixes Clarrise CNode and CRender installation detection on Windows
- Contents of included and excluded pools selectors are now alphabetically sorted
- Pools, departments and project filters in the jobs and nodes views now sort alphabetically
- Adds a force queue refresh button in the connection dialog that bypasses the queue cache
- Fixes a Dispatcher regression bug where the LDAP automatic update was not invoked
- This will be the final Muster 8 release, development will now switch to Muster 9 only

Muster is available for Max 9 to 2017 and costs $85 per node. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.4.0 are:
- Changes the .NET Framework to v.4.6.1
- Adds support for Max 2018

Material Repository Pro is available for Max 2013 to 2018 and costs €75.


Plugin Update: Modelling / Animation

Changes for v5.1.3.10899 are:
- Adds support for Max 2018
- Mesh from Strands can now produce texture atlases for either all hair or per hair groups
- Hair from Mesh Strips can now use closed cylindrical meshes along side flat strips
- Adds an option to Push Away from Surface modifier to not use base geometry
- Some UI improvements and tooltip additions
- Hair from Mesh Strips can now spread hairs to either side of the strip
- Texture atlas generation no longer produces incorrect results when using non-0 groups
- Fixes an assertion when selecting guide group in EG which was not used to edit any guides yet
- Rotate Strands now works with HairFromMeshStrips
- Fixes a crash when creating a second Hair Strips object from Create panel
- Detail modifier no longer makes hair disappear when working with Hair from Mesh Strips

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


Plugin Update: Modelling / Texturing

Changes for v5.3.2 are:
- Point-cloud using color ID is now gamma corrected
- Fixes problems with Forest Tools (broken in v5.3.0)
- Removes dependencies from V-Ray in some library scenes
- Fixes rendering of billboards in V-Ray
- Fixes a crash rendering with Redshift
- Fixes a crash with Forest Color and Corona interactive

Forest Pack Pro is available for Max 2010 to 2017 and costs €200. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v1.1.9b are:
- Adds support for Max 2018
- Adds an override (ray switch) material
- Adds an auto GI clamp value (doesn't depend on exposure)
- Adds high light saturation (for bright areas)
- Adds a simple (not ramp) gradient conversion
- Production render no longer starts if RT is running
- Fixes a GPU crash
- Fixes broken render elements

FStormRender is available for Max 2014 to 2018 and costs €20 per month. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v2.1.0 are:
- Changes the .NET Framework to v.4.6.1
- Adds support for Max 2018
- Updates additional plugins
- When a material is assigned to an object directly, the view is redrawn
- Fixes a User Library memory leak
- With the Material Editor in SME mode, user materials can now be applied to the sample slot
- Fixes the option to assign material to a group or multiple selected objects

Corona Material Presets Pro is available for Max 2013 to 2018 and costs €195.


Plugin News: Recompiles for Max 2018

As you probably know by now, all plugins need to be recompiled for Max 2018. Normally I start doing the recompiles in January so that I have almost everything finished by the time the new version is released. Unfortunately this year I haven't had any free time to get started, so at the moment there aren't any plugins ready for release :o(

If there are plugins that you would like to see done before others, let me know. I'll set up my own internal ranking, and will recompile the plugins based on that. I'm hoping to get started by the end of April, but it all depends on how much I'll be travelling for work in that time.

Sorry for the delay, Dave


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v9.0.1.1 are:
- The Repository installer now verifies manually downloaded MongoDB binary packages
- Improves installer text when providing your own MongoDB package
- Improves the error message in the Repository installer when it can't find the main MongoDB exe
- The Database SSL Certificate specifier now names the file that is expected
- Fixes a bug that prevented the Repository installer from running in unattended mode
- Updates the installer text to make it more clear where the certificate could be
- Fixes a bug in the Client installer that caused settings in the deadline.ini to get wiped
- Fixes a bug that could prevent the Sandbox process from shutting down properly
- Fixes a bug in the 'Change Repository' dialog that caused blank entries in the Repository history
- Power management now checks if a Slave has completed its task for a maintenance job
- If the Python API sync process fails because the lock is in use, Deadline now logs a warning
- Fixes the Sandbox process / main Deadline process syncing the Python API folder at the same time
- Fixes a bug in the User Groups dialog where inherited menu items were not getting updated
- Adds some missing Remote commands to the menu item section of the User Groups dialog
- Cleans up the error message that occurs when auxiliary files are missing from an imported job
- Fixes a slave detecting it was holding a stub for a blacklisted job and rendering it anyway
- A Slave now creates a log if it detects that another Slave with the same name is already running
- Adds 'version' and 'shortversion' types to the 'GetSubmissionInfo' command
- The 'SetSlaveSetting' command now supports many more Slave settings
- Pressing the 'Enter' key in the console window no longer causes the Proxy Server to exit
- Fixes a bug that could cause a timeout during submission when submitting large auxiliary files
- Fixes an issue where updating Task properties would fail when connected through a Proxy Server
- Adds a function called GetMetaData() to get all of the metadata for an Event Plugin
- Updates 3ds Max version information in the 3ds Cmd submitter
- Improves how VRay Proxy/Corona Proxy external references are tracked in the 3ds Max submitter
- Adds support for Corona 1.6
- Updates 3ds Max version information
- Fixes a 3ds Max bug where the temp dl.ini file from one thread could be overwritten by another
- Improves some default behavior for how SMTD handled VRay output paths
- The missing 'preloadPathMapping.ms' MAXScript file is now included
- Adds log messages for whenever we map an asset file path in a 3ds Max scene file
- Fixes SMTD V-Ray VFB raw/split when non-region/non-tile rendering and 'LocalRendering' is enabled
- Adds SMTD support for 'Local Rendering' to 'V-Ray RT' when saving RAW/Split via V-Ray VFB
- Improves SMTD logic handling for the skipping of Render Element Type = VRayAlpha
- Adds the ability to SMTD to cancel a long submission prematurely
- Adds an Update menu to SMTD to refresh pools, groups, maximum priority or all at once
- Tweaked the arrow icons in SMTD to be a bit smaller
- Fixes the SMTD Save Presets dialog to not save settings that are marked as 'not exposed to UI'
- Priority no longer changes to half Maximum Priority when the latter has not been initialized yet
- The JobOptions rollout now opens/closes on SMTD startup to avoid a Qt background repaint problem
- Changes the Preview Job Dependency option from a simple checkbox to a dropdown list
- Made the SMTD special labels for MXS, Preview and Batch Master jobs customizable via an INI file
- Fixes a bug that prevented the Altus submitter from opening
- Improves how the After Effects plugin validates the output files
- Fixes a bug that prevented the Arnold submitter from opening
- Adds a 'Disable Frame Interpretation' option to the Arnold submitter
- Adds support for Autopano Video
- Fixes a C4D Monitor submitter bug which failed submissions with concurrent tasks greater than 1
- Adds support for Corona 1.6 Standalone
- Updates Draft to version 1.6.4, which includes support for DNxHD (requires a Draft Pro license)
- Updates Draft Plugin and QuickDraft Scripts to properly handle empty Draft annotations
- Adds missing image file output formats to Maxwell standalone Monitor Submitter
- Re-orders the image file formats in the drop-down list to match the UX of a Maxwell Studio user
- Improves progress reporting when rendering single frame jobs
- Fixes a 'MapXGen' error message in the MayaBatch plugin
- Fixes a bug in the Maya Renderman Export job option which caused it to fail to submit properly
- Adds a Maya environment variable to disable the debug popup crash window during rendering
- The Maya Submitter now uses Project and Output Path Overrides when doing local Arnold exports
- Fixes a bug in MayaBatch when XGenPathMapping is enabled and no PathMappings are defined
- Updates the Nuke Integrated submitter to properly handle Smart Vector Frame number overrides
- Re-worked and updated REDline plugin and submitter
- Update now works with all versions of REDline between 2012 and 2017 releases
- Adds REDline support for GPU select-device affinity and slave override GPU affinity
- Adds REDline support for RED rocket device ordinal selection
- Adds REDline support for both OpenCL and CUDA GPU affinity
- Adds frame % progress for REDline export job types
- Adds support for batch R3D file submission and for Stereo Left/Right Eye R3D file submission
- Fixes a bug that could prevent the SketchUp submitter from opening properly
- Fixes a bug in the Softimage submitter that prevented it from calling DeadlineCommand properly
- Improves progress and status reporting messages in the Softimage and SoftimageBatch plugins
- The SoftimageBatch plugin can now handle '(' and ')' characters appearing in scene filenames
- The VRay Standalone submitter now properly parses output information from SketchUp vrscene files
- Removes a debug message box from the VRay Standalone submitter
- Fixes a bug in VRay Standalone region rendering that caused it to fail to assemble properly
- Fixes a bug in the VRED Monitor submitter that prevented it from opening
- Adds additional version options to VRED.options file
- Updates VRED/VREDCluster param files with best guess/default paths for each MAJOR/MINOR release
- Improves how VRED path mapping works on Linux
- Updates Draft Event plugin so that it no longer includes all draftArgs from every previous job
- Updates how sticky settings in the NIM UI are handled

Deadline is available for Max 2010 to 2017 and costs $185 per node. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v3.0.1 beta are:
- Limit by ID now works with Array generators when 'Clipping->Extend X/Y Size to Area' is enabled
- Fixes a bug with Evenly segments on closed splines
- Linear Generator->Evenly->Sync Offset is now disabled when using Count mode
- Arithmetic->Expression->XSplineNextMatID now works with Fillet Radius

RailClone Pro is available for Max 2012 to 2017 and costs €200. A demo version is available here.