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Friday 24 October 2014 - 22:28

 

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v2.5 are:
- Adds new noise reduction filter
- Color correction interface parameters can now also be controlled by a slider
- User can now select where image title and render time are displayed
- When loading images into the VFB, Max native file-in gamma is now ignored
- VFB+ no longer fails to load if Photoshop is not found in the registry path
- You can now export to external applications if the history temp path is a drive root
- Command line arguments are now used when sending to external applications
- When rendering animation with automatic file output, the frame number is now appended correctly
- Photoshop no longer crashes when using 'Apply Mask' on VFB+ transparency masks
- Fixes paint issues when minimizing, restoring or resizing the VFB window
- Fixes 3D LUT when region settings don't use the '.' character as a decimal separator
- Fixes a paint issue with a row of pixels above the toolbar when 'Show UI' is enabled

VFB+ is available for Max 2009 to 2015 and costs $19. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v2.9.30.0 are:
- Uppercase distribution zips and folder names
- Use new stb_image.h
- GState can make instantaneous transitions set to Switch At Midpoint sample
- Adds ExampleSetVertFormat preprocessor command that works with morph targets
- Make it possible to unset <Anim. events> once it's been set
- Adds preprocessor command ResetAnimEvents to reset all animation events in a gsf
- Adds preprocessor command SortMorphTargets to sort the morph targets alphabetically
- Changed the common shared header from rrCore.h to radtypes.h
- Preprocessor now links with gstate.lib instead of building from gstate source
- Updates Granny Viewer to compile with new stb_image usage
- Removed float32 vertex format restriction for morph targets
- Fixes Animation Studio crash when loading morph data exported with 'extract mesh frame by frame'
- Fixes an Animation Studio crash when adding morph outputs to a node
- EarlyExit marks an animation/state machine/transition as early exiting from the current destination
- AnyTrans can mark an animation/state machine to allow a transition to it from any state
- Adds ws2_32.lib to granny viewer project generator source
- Fixes a compile error calling CompileAssert when using mod support
- Adds generation of Max 2015 and Maya 2015 visual studio projects
- AddSlotsForSource is now accessible from code
- Adds GetParameterOutputProperties function
- Write_raw_sidecar preprocessor commands are now more flexible
- Adds Edit_LoadLastFile function
- Adds more of the anim_studio source and the lua files to the anim_studio vcproj
- Mesh deformers can now have longer destination specs than source specs
- Fixes a problem in the rebind function of the animation set editor
- Undo history in Animation Studio is cleared when dragging a gsf onto it
- Remove restrictive texture size assert when printing last-loaded file with a long path

Granny Exporter is available for Max 2009 to 2015, and is part of the Granny Toolkit which costs $17,500.


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v2.11.1a are:
- Adds static noise parameter for Direct Lighting and Path Tracing kernels
- Fixes render element clamp
- Adds render passes/elements
- Adds region render for production render
- Adds highlight compression option to the camera imager node
- Adds pins 'Hue', 'Saturation' and 'Contrast' to the color correction node
- Adds new noise texture node with 4 noise types (currently): Perlin, Turbulence, Circular and Chips
- Fixes hanging render kernels in some displacement cases
- Fixes hair normals

OctaneRender for 3ds Max is available for Max 2010 to 2015 and costs €459. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Particles

Changes for v6.0 include:
- Newly designed Shape Operator node generates iso-surface density representations of a particle cloud
- New MultiPhysics fluid solver for realistic simulation of water and incompressible flowing substances
- New real-time Analyzer tool tracks every development path of a complex simulation network
- The Generator node can now procedurally create a mesh snapshot of any amount of particles
- Distance-based TrailBorn creates complex structures based on procedural and particle modelling
- New ContactPoints Joint Creation Utility to enhance Joint creation combined with Physics simulation
- Enhanced GeomContact Operator procedurally positions outputs between selected points of objects
- New Physics Parameter Handling adds a new level of integrative multiphysics solvers
- New Spline Physics / Spline Modelling nodes enable quick succession procedural spline modelling

ThinkingParticles is available for Max 2013 to 2015 and is now only available as a subscription license which costs €540 per year. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v12.61 are:
- Fixes a problem with thumbnails display / file preview in 3D Browser
- Fixes a crash in 3D Browser Light when right clicking on a thumbnail in multi-folder mode
- Fixes a rare crash with certain types of traingulated polygons
- Fixes objects sometimes disappearing when opening the optimizer

3D Browser for 3D Users is available for Max 9 to 2015 and costs $69. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v10.6 are:
- FBX 2015 has been integrated
- Improved DXF import (based on FBX SDK support and Mootools DXF import code)
- Improved C4D import (better instantiation support, better handling of shown/hidden flags)
- OBJ now exports the -d parameter in material file
- Fit on view feature has been improved to work whatever the window format
- Fixes a rare crash with certain types of traingulated polygons
- Fixes objects sometimes disappearing when opening the optimizer
- Fixes a problem with hierarchies in C4D
- Saving to DXF now works again

Polygon Cruncher is available for Max 9 to 2015 and costs $129. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling / Animation

Changes for v3.1.0.3 are:
- Remember button in Hair from Guides modifier now caches the hair when pressed
- Improved hair caching speed in the 'Hair from Guides' modifier
- Adds SetCacheRenderHairPositions and GetCacheRenderHairPositions MAXScript methods
- Fixes a crash in the 'Mesh from Strands' modifier
- Fixes the Gravity modifier animated force not working
- Adds 'OxSetDisplayRenderHairInViewports' MAXScript command
- Internal algorithm improvements

Ornatrix is available for Max 2009 to 2015 and costs $499. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.64 are:
- Fixes a bug when using Material ID from Spline on an open spline
- Fixes Material IDs to honor the Lock All IDs setting mixed with Material ID from Spline

CorVex is available for Max 2010 to 2015 and costs $10.


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v3.0.35 are:
- Adds the maxwellGetCorrelatedColor() MAXScript function
- Fixes maxwell MAXScript functions not working anymore
- Assistant materials now retain their name when converted to layered materials
- Adds Hair appearance to the material assistant
- The plugin no longer reserves a license when Max starts
- Fixes incorrect UVs when importing a mesh with multiple UV sets from an MXS file
- The flip flags on the global normal map of Maxwell materials now export correctly
- Fixes the wrong Nd for the ghost BSDF component created for MxLights
- The Maxwell object properties rollup for MxLight objects is no longer truncated
- Area light rectangles created by MxLight objects are now the right size
- Emitter textures (HDR and projected image) are now copied by Pack'n'Go
- Pack'n'go now exports asset files introduced with the new v3 features
- Fixes a MAXScript error when calling MaxwellRenderer()
- Assistant materials can now be cloned
- Maxwell material import and export functions can now be called from MAXScript
- Axis conversion is now applied to scatter values
- Converting assistant materials to layered materials no longer removes top level multi materials
- Fixes maxwell nodes not displaying in the viewport
- Fixes a crash in MxLight
- Displacement is no longer always exported as on
- Location settings are no longer disabled when the sun is turned off
- Fixes a MAXScript error when cameras contain newline characters

The Maxwell 3ds Max plugins come with Maxwell Render, which is available for Max 2011 to 2015 and costs €595. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Texturing

Changes for v5.7.2.0 are:
- Adds support for Max 2015

PolygonMap is available for Max 2012 to 2015 and costs $50. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.2.2.0 are:
- Adds support for Max 2015

Uniform Spline is available for Max 2012 to 2015 and costs $40. A demo version is available here.


Site News: No updates next week...

I'll be away from the office and computers next week, so I won't be updating the site until the week after next. Keep sending any news items you might have, I'll catch up on everything when I get back.

Cheers, Dave


Plugin Update: Texturing

Changes for v3.50.05 are:
- Adds new Flip Handedness tool for scene

Ultimate Unwrap 3D is available for Max 4 to 2015 and costs $59.95. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Connection

Changes for v16.027 are:
- Bug-fixes

BodyPaint 3D is available for Max 2012 to 2015 and costs $995. A demo version is available here.


Plugin News: Corona Renderer pricing revealed...

The Corona team have revealed their pricing plans for the upcoming release of Corona Renderer v1.0 for Max. There will be two purchase options: an SaaS (Software as a Service) option where you pay from month to month with no minimum length to the contract, and a Box option which is a perpetual license with reduced support.

The SaaS option will cost €24.99 a month (if you order during the first 30 days of sales, it will only cost €19.90 per month for the first year) and includes free upgrades, access to daily builds, 3 free render nodes, and the ability to cancel your subscription at any time.

The Box option will cost €449 (if you order during the first 30 days of sales, it will only cost €349) and includes the perpetual license, free upgrades for 90 days and 3 free render nodes. There will also be a subscription option to give access to daily builds and free updates for a year.

To ensure permanent access to files created using Corona Renderer even if you are not currently licensed, there will be a reduced-function free version made available.

Sales will start in November. There is no exact date set yet, as the team are trying to get some new features added before getting it out the door.

Features that will definitely be in Release 1 include:
- Full featured interactive rendering
- SSSR - Sub Surface Scattering Revolution
- GGX microfacet model
- New Corona Scatter
- New Blend material
- New UHD cache for animations
- Speed improvements of approximately 25%


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for Build 1883 are:
- Bug-fixes


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.2 are:
- Fixes a bug

Live Measure Pro is available for Max 2009 to 2015 and costs €6.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v12.6 are:
- Print Catalogue feature has been greatly improved
- New catalogue print templates are provided
- Print feature in the image viewer now respects alpha channels
- Print feature in the 3D viewer now prints a larger image in a better resolution
- WIA Import is now called Image Importation and adds support for WIA 1.0 and WIA 2.0
- FBX 2015 has been integrated
- Improved DXF import which is now based on FBX SDK support and Mootools DXF import code
- C4D import has been improved
- OBJ now exports the -d parameter in material file
- OBJ improvements when exporting to Max which considered materials as transparent
- Fit on view feature has been improved to work whatever the window format
- Improved PDF support
- Better support for 8 bit gray files with alpha channel
- Autocrop can now remove transparent background
- The 'Send by email' command now works
- Fixes a crash in C4D if part of the hierachy is missing with update mode
- Saving to DXF now works
- Fixes image printing not working depending on the saved preferences

3D Browser for 3D Users is available for Max 9 to 2015 and costs $69. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v1.2.1 are:
- Adds support for Max 2015
- osg::Material attribute is now applied to Blend materials


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for SP1 are:
- Overall stability enhancements
- Memory optimisations
- Fixes a bug with Multi-Sub materials when MatIDs were greater than the amount of existing materials

moskitoRender is available for Max 2013 to 2015 and costs €295. A demo version is available here.