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Wednesday 28 June 2017 - 00:30


New Plugin: Utilities

Allows you to import and update models coming from Archicad, Revit, Sketchup and Rhino3d while keeping applied materials, modifiers and properties. The meshes are linked through their material's names to the original. Original meshes are automatically reorganised by materials in Max, and all modifiers, properties and materials applied in Max will be subsequently applied to the corresponding meshes when the link is updated.

Mirza Link Manager is available for Max 2012 to 2018 and costs €45.35.

Plugin Update: Texturing

Changes for v1.04 are:
- Fixes a bug when adding Unwrap Pro before another modifier in the modifier stack

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

Plugin Updates: Sitni Sati plugins for Max 2018

Sitni Sati d.o.o. have updated a number of their plugins to support Max 2018.
The following plugins are now available:
- FumeFX v4.1
- Afterburn v4.2.2
- DreamScape v2.5.8

The listed plugins are available for Max 2014 to 2018 and cost $845 (FumeFX) / $545 (Afterburn) / $645 (DreamScape).

Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v3.60.01 include:
- Adds support for Max 2018
- Adds a 'Full' mode for light select elements and made it the default setting
- Adds an initial implementation of the Cryptomatte render element
- Adds material/node picking to V-Ray IPR in the VFB
- Adds V-Ray IPR right-click menu (real zoom, view navigation)
- Adds support for CPU rendering (c++/cpu device type) to V-Ray GPU CUDA
- Adds support for NVIDIA NVLink to V-Ray GPU CUDA
- Adds support for 'Full' mode Light Select render element in V-Ray GPU
- Adds initial V-Ray GPU support for SSS in MDL
- Adds the ability to load progressive resumable files in the VFB
- Adds the ability to override textures in MDL parameter initialization with V-Ray plugins
- Adds a V-Ray option to include or exclude render elements in deep files
- Adds a V-Ray option to save render elements in separate folders
- Adds more material types to the V-Ray toolbar 'V-Ray Material' button
- Adds warnings and aborts rendering if V-Ray fails to read tile data from tiled OpenEXR file
- Disables subpixel color mapping in V-Ray when using adaptive lights
- Adds distributed accumulation of the light contributions for adaptive lights in V-Ray
- Fixes an error in VRayLightLister script with the VertexPaint modifier
- Proxies and instances now render faster when Embree is enabled in V-Ray
- V-Ray 'Motion blur samples' is now greyed out when 'Use default moblur samples' is checked
- If there is only one instance of a mesh in the scene, it will now always be static geometry
- Improves parsing of many small .vrscene files in a single scene
- Improves error messages for writing raw OpenEXR files in V-Ray
- The 'One voxel per mesh' V-Ray mesh export option is now named 'Optimize for instancing'
- The 'Skip Existing Images' Max option is now taken into account when using V-Ray VFB
- The default value for the 'Dynamic memory limit' option in V-Ray is now 0 (unlimited)
- V-Ray lights now draw black in the viewports when disabled
- Fixes VRayRawShadow/VRayShadows/VRayMatteShadows render elements with adaptive lights
- Optimizes scene updates in V-Ray IPR
- V-Ray IPR now reacts to changes in the render mask if turned on from the beginning
- Adds a V-Ray RT MAXScript option for incremental .vrscene export
- Improves V-Ray RT memory usage when there are millions of instances in the scene
- Removes the 'Coherent tracing' option from the V-Ray RT UI
- V-Ray RT now notifies the scene nodes for every frame when production rendering
- V-Ray GPU no longer needs a VRayColor2Bump texture to have bump with procedural textures
- Enables VRayClipper and VRayDirt to mutually respect each other in V-Ray GPU
- The OpenCL version of V-Ray GPU now only supports AMD GPUs
- Optimizes Gradient and Gradient Ramp textures in V-Ray GPU
- V-Ray GPU now prints a warning that GPU only supports bitmaps in VRayTriplanarTex
- Adds the frame number to the VFB render history images details
- Adds a VFB overlay for active right click menu modes (Real Zoom, Select Object...)
- Enlarges arrows on flyout buttons in the VFB as they are very hard to see
- Adds primary visibility control to VRayAerialPerspective
- Fixes VRayGLSL/VRayOSL world to camera and camera to world transformations
- Adds VRayInstancer support for AutodeskPointClouldMtl Multiplier option
- Renames old VRayLightSelect modes to 'Direct...' showing they only concern direct illumination
- Adds VRayMDLMtl UI support for MDL parameter annotations
- Adds VRayMDLMtl support for object space
- Improves MDL error handling in case of unexpected parameters
- Adds support for alternative location of OSL include files
- Adds an experimental implementation of VRayProxy preview caching
- Adds a light multiplier parameter to VRayScatterVolumeMtl
- Fixes Spherical Camera deep EXR output generating wrong Z values on objects behind camera plane
- Replaces the VRayTriplanarTex 'scale' parameter with 'size' that is scene unit dependent
- Adds an option to use environment variables in VRayVolumeGrid cache files paths
- The VRayVolumeGrid viewport label is now only displayed when there is no cache loaded
- New Bezier and Spline ramp points should follow the slope of the curve in VRayVolumeGrid
- Adds a VRayVolumeGrid option to disable the 'Optimizing Volumetrics' rendering pre-pass
- Reduces the memory usage of the mesh preview and rendering in VRayVolumeGrid
- Adds an '-offset' option to vdenoise.exe to make it easier to use Backburner
- Optimizes the vdenoise.exe hardware accelerated version
- Enables 'Buffer size (in MB)' values of 0 and greater than 8000 in the vrimg2exr.exe GUI
- These are just the new and modified features, a full list including bugfixes can be found here (requires registration)

V-Ray is available for Max 2013 to 2018 and costs $1040. A demo version is available here.

New Plugin: Modelling

Pathstribute is a commercial MAXScript which gives allows you to distribute a mesh along any number of splines. You have a variety of controls to adjust the number of clones, the placement of the copies, scale, and the rotation. All controls support animation.

Pathstribute is available for Max 2012 to 2018 and costs $3.

Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v4.0 are:
- A new PiecePoly algorithm greatly shortens creation time
- Reduces the number of parameters, making the UI clearer and easier to understand

TerrainAxe is available for Max 9 to 2017 and costs $217 (Standard) / $269 (Extended). A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v6.5 are:
- Adds support for Max 2018

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

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.65.17 are:
- Adds support for RedShift Renderer - merging Proxy and creating IES
- Adds support for Arnold Renderer - merging Proxy and creating IES
- Adds support for SiNi ProxSi
- Adds '.BHV' and '.SKP' files as default formats for 3D files
- Adds a native preview for SketchUp files (.SKP)
- Adds the ability to create Bipeds from .BHV files
- Adds the ability to add buttons for custom scripts to the toolbar
- Adds the ability to save comments and tags by pressing CTRL+ENTER
- Adds the ability to render previews for models using all cameras present in the rendered scene
- Adds the ability to set a custom path for the cache folder
- Adds a new 'Fit view to nodes' option to disable/enable fitting the view to the objects
- Nodes are no longer scaled to fit the studio when rendering previews, now the studio is scaled

Models Manager is available for Max 2012 to 2018 and costs $30. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.65.18 are:
- You can now save materials to library by dragging them directly from the Material Editor
- Adds caching of materials thumbnails
- Adds a details view for materials
- Fixes an issue with managing particular assets used on materials
- Adds the ability to save sceneMaterials to Material Library using the treeview context menu
- Adds the ability to add buttons for custom scripts to the toolbar
- Some interface changes and speed improvements
- Adds the ability to set a custom path for the cache folder
- Fixes a bug with filtering items in Demo mode
- Fixes a bug where Max crashed when Corona interactive rendering was active
- Fixes material libraries loading slowly on complex scenes with the Nitrous Direct3D Display Driver

Materials Manager is available for Max 2012 to 2018 and costs $35. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v0.492 alpha are:
- Improves Shadow Catcher and fixes relevant direct shadow bugs
- Sampling high-contrast HDR environment maps is improved 20% (less noise)
- Fixes an issue with large overall brightness difference when rendering with or without portals
- Fixes the Alpha-channel AOV
- Adds Translucency and SSS AOVs
- Adds a Static Noise pattern option
- Fixes incorrect blur with bucket borders for very high-res bitmaps
- Fixes an IPR scene parser slowdown (when user moves objects interactively) in case of many GPUs
- Fixes a problem with incomplete shadow length in some IPR scenarios
- Improves IPR render performance in case of multi-GPU where display GPU also participates
- Fixes Proxy CentiLeo object exporting to files and replacing for original objects
- Proxy CentiLeo object now understands native 3ds Max instancing
- Fixes handling of hidden objects in 3ds Max scenes for IPR
- Fixes a bug with changing CPU texture cache size
- Adds Target on/off for CentiLeo Light (former CentiLeo Uber Light object)
- Adds more light visibility parameters per layer with arbitrary value range

Plugin Update: Modelling / Animation

Changes for v5.1.7.11517 are:
- Fixes the ground strands modifier not preserving strand data
- Fixes 'Remember Clusters' completely changing the clustering look at render time
- Fixes problems selecting the hair mesh in the viewport
- Fixes a bug with Strand Detail, Grounds Strands and Render Settings
- Fixes an error when adding Ox Guides from Guide Mesh to a mesh which didn't export guide data
- Fixes the graph not showing in Strands Multiplier
- Fixes the multiplier not working on the group after applying Strand Propagation
- Fixes V-Ray rendering hair thicker than before without any render data modifier

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

Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v1.1 are:
- New installer: just choose the Blender location and put in the serial
- You don't need to chose the Blender version any more
- Bugfixes

MaxToBlender is available for Max 2014 to 2017 and normally costs $49. For a limited time you can get a license for $29.

Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v3.0.5 beta are:
- Adds support for V-Ray 3.6 beta
- Fixes a crash with V-Ray IPR
- Fixes the Material operator generating different sequences when used on several generators
- Fixes the Randomize operator exporting incorrect attribute values
- Randomize, Sequence and Material operators no longer increment twice when using exported attributes
- Fixes the Exported Counter parameter not working with Sequence nodes
- Fixes Max.time returning an undeclared variable in Arithmetic->Expressions
- Fixes a rare clipping issue using planar segments
- Internal changes to the Update Manager

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

Plugin Update: Modelling / Texturing

Changes for v5.3.4 beta are:
- Adds beta support for V-Ray 3.6
- Adds support for Max 2018
- Optimizes render performance in V-Ray for opaque materials
- Fixes a crash with Corona Interactive Render and Edge mode
- Fixes an animation bug with moving FP objects in Custom Edit mode (V-Ray)
- Windows XP is not longer supported

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

Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v4.9 are:
- Updates the Easy Move script to support subobjects - vertices, edges, faces, polygons

miauu's Script Pack Volume 2 is available for Max 9 to 2018 and costs €17.

Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v4.1.0.4 are:
- Updates the installer so it will now uninstall the previous version

Maxwell Render is available for Max 2011 to 2017 and costs €695. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: MCG

Changes for v1.03.00 are:
- Makes all of the 'pro' features available
- Adds a pointilize mode to generate points from mesh volume

New Plugin: Modelling

TurboSplines is a commercial MAXScript for creating multiple spline wrapping animations (aka. path deform animations) incredibly fast. It automatically assigns Path Deform modifiers to preset or custom meshes and helps you quickly produce many spline-driven animations, which you can easily control from a friendly interface, allowing you to make growing splines, animated cables, wires, ropes, ribbons, moving tentacles, branches, worms, etc. TurboSplines uses Max standard modifiers and geometry, so you can edit your meshes and animations without needing the script.

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

Plugin Update: Texturing

Changes for v4.2.5 are:
- General bug fixes
- Fixes controls data templates
- Adds keyboard shortcuts to Assign material in the default library
- Adds keyboard shortcuts to the User Library Manager
- Improves the User Library Manager rename dialog
- Adds tracking of illegal characters to the Section/Category name in the User Library Manager
- Fixes material renaming if the same name exists in user library

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

Plugin Update: Particles / Animation

Changes for v3.04.00 are:
- Adds support for Max 2018
- Removes the DEMO configuration and implements support for TRIAL builds
- Adds an option to control droplet breakup and droplet size when Surface Tension is used
- Adds an Ocean Off-Screen margin option to allow extending the ocean outside of the render view
- Adds an option to control the roughness of the ocean horizon
- Adds Auto White Speed for the preview of particles
- Adds a preview for the particle RGB channel
- Adds an option to use environment variables in the Phoenix FD cache files path
- Implements emission based on Vertex Color and Vertex Color tex map
- Adds an option to disable or enable liquid discharge from the Liquid Source
- Adds the ability for the Body Force to evenly fill a volume
- Adds support for the Max Drag spacewarp
- You can now export and import the RGB Color channel to/from PRT caches
- Adds a MAXScript function that loads render presets - A_LoadRenderPreset [node] [preset_path]
- When the simulator is renamed, its cache files should now be renamed too
- Optimizes particle-based mesh smoothing of very large files
- New and converted Bezier and Spline ramp points should now follow the slope of the curve
- You can now animate the Body Force Max Distance
- You can now restore or load the simulation from script without an infinite recursion
- An adaptive grid attached to an animated body no longer jitters when motion speed changes
- Fast moving fire emitters no longer leave frozen voxels using Adaptive Grid
- Second NUMA node is now recognized and utilized on machines with more than 64 cores
- Drag particles are now affected by Body Force even when the affected channels include Velocity
- Foam and splash no longer get stuck when exiting the borders of a ship simulation
- Fixes splashes born underwater with Splash By Free Fly above 0
- Inertial forces with value set to 0 no longer affect the liquid
- Fixes rendering artifacts with Optimize Congestion in Bubble mode and Liquid Geometry
- Fixes flickering ocean surface seen in reflections with a moving camera
- Bubbles intersecting liquid surfaces no longer render over-bright
- Fixes sequence render with scanline and Fire Lights showing lights after the cache sequence ends
- Fixes black artifacts rendering with Light Cache with containers inside refractive geometry
- Rendering particles as Points in Geometry mode no longer produces NaN pixels
- Fixes simulator motion blur in ocean mode with a moving camera locked to a moving simulator
- Blending particles that are born and die each frame no longer produces a lot less particles
- Opening a cache file with a negative frame index now loads the rest of the sequence
- Fixes errors when applying the Fire preset to a PFlow emitter and changing the Source Prt Shape
- Turbulence in Pressure Mode can now affect the Liquid simulator
- Pressure Mode no longer deactivates the preview of Turbulence Streamlines
- A hidden Mapper with Initializer enabled no longer affects the simulator
- Fixes a crash when transferring velocity between sims using a Mapper, Grid Texture and SPF > 1
- Copying Phoenix texmaps between the material editor sample slots no longer loses the map name
- Fixes a crash when using Grid Texture as a discharge map with overlapped simulators
- If a simulator is renamed, liquid no longer becomes unrenderable with Phoenix texture
- Fixes blending Grid Textures using a Composite map rendering differently from frame to frame
- Rotating the PhoenixOceanTex no longer produces different wave patterns in different scales
- Scene scale now affects liquid Quick Setup presets which use VRayMtl's Fog multiplier
- The turbulence strength of the Cigarette and Fire presets now scales according to emitter size
- VRScenes exported from Max now always have Probabilistic Volumetrics forced On

Phoenix FD is available for Max 2013 to 2018 and costs €600. A demo version is available here.