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Saturday 20 December 2014 - 13:51


Plugin Update: Animation

Changes for v1.5 are:
- Adds a new Low Plus solver preset
- Adds a new Speed Multiplier for the Distance Helper
- Adds a new 'Animated' option for the Distance Helper
- Adds new 'Selection Fade' with Kinematic Time
- Adds new 'Bounding Box' options in the Xtras menu

MassFX Toolkit is available for Max 2014 to 2015 and costs $69.95.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v2.03.51 are:
- A query is now displayed before removing links from the scene
- Fixes an issue with sorting directories in the treeView
- Fixes an issue with renaming files
- Fixes some visibility issues with context menu items in the treeView
- Fixes an issue with collecting files to a network path
- Fixes some minor issues with the 'Batch Render&Relink' tool
- Fixes a bug when running the activation from the Max menu

Project Manager is available for Max 2010 to 2015 and costs $75. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Animation

Changes for v4.70 are:
- Introduces immense speed up calculations in both core and viewport representation
- Skinning computation and soft body deformations are now fully multithreaded
- Any geometry in the scene can now be a skin deforming object
- Metabones can now be free, unlinked objects in the scene
- 'Move Bones' tool for changing bone armatures for some or all skinned objects at once
- Improved mirror bone/vertices tool
- MAXScript API for new features
- Various minor fixes

BonesPro is available for Max 2010 to 2015 and costs €299. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Modelling / Texturing

Changes for v4.3.4 are:
- Fixes a crash when using nested Forest objects

Forest Pack Pro is available for Max 9 to 2015 and costs €200. A demo version is available here.

New Plugin: Utilities

MaxMechanic is a commercial MAXScript that can automatically scan your entire scene, finding and solving the most common technical problems that can cause low efficiency. It also comes with a number of powerful modules to clean meshes, convert materials and bitmaps, find missing assets and many more useful tools for your everyday work.

MaxMechanic is available for Max 2013 to 2015 and costs $60. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v1.3.0.0 are:
- Fixes a bug related to global language

OBJ Exporter is available for Max 2014, currently I have no idea of pricing. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v0.4.0 are:
- Renderer architecture has been rewritten to support ActiveShade mode
- Adds a log window for Indigo messages
- Adds an initial version of the Indigo light object
- Adds initial support for Particle Flow systems
- Implements new features in the Indigo specular material (arch glass, single face)
- Updated to IndigoSDK 3.8.22

Plugin Update: Texturing

Changes for v6.0.2.0 are:
- Fixes a bug in CR2 export window when checking/unchecking the 'Export to runtime' option
- Updated manual with tutorials and a complete reference section
- Adds warning messages when hovering over problem areas on the object in the viewport
- Fixes text size / spacing issue in the Quick Render Options window
- Fixes a problem welding seams on OBJ files exported from Poser
- Adds support for selective welding / unwelding

Blacksmith3D is available for Max 9 to 2015 and normally costs $209.95 (Pro version) / $109.95 (Standard version). You can currently buy a license at a 40% discount (Pro version: $125.97 / Standard version: $65.97). A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Materials

Changes for RC4 are:
- Adds a 'Texture Setup' setting which also enables 'metalness approach' settings
- Re-organized the shader network which now has an easily accessible 'Inputs' group
- Adds an 'Invert Roughness' checkbox under Tweaks
- Adds GGX specularity
- Specular/Reflection sharpness/blurriness match better when using Lys specular cube maps
- Roughness is no longer gamma corrected to better match UE4's results

Plugin Update: Modelling / Texturing

Changes for v4.3.3 are:
- Adds a new 'ForestLOD' object for defining levels of detail
- Adds a new Area->Boundary Checking mode: Edge
- Adds Areas->Z Offset parameter
- Adds Areas->Limit by Surface Material ID parameter
- Areas->Falloff Affect has been separated into Density and Scale values
- Adds Forest Tools->Data exporter to XML files
- Adds General->Disable Pop-ups option, which is global and persistent
- Geometry->Get Size from Library has been removed and is now enabled by default
- Geometry->Global Size parameters have been removed from the UI (still MAXScript accessible)
- Geometry->Use Object Dimensions has been replaced by a local Scale parameter
- Adds a new Display->Proxy model: Arrow (non-symmetrical)
- Adds Display->Disable Object parameter
- Forest Tools->Instantiate copies User Props, ObjectID and wireframe color from the source object
- Display->Use DirectX has been changed to a global and persistent value
- The installer now supports multiple Max versions
- Adds 16 new Library presets: Gravel, including detail and large scale models
- Adds materials for Corona Renderer to the Library
- Distribution->Mapping Channel is no longer reset to zero the first time scene is loaded
- Fixes a crash bug using Undo after a Surface delete
- Fixes animation and point-cloud issues from objects with zero size at frame 0
- Adds Undo support for several operations in the Geometry rollout
- Fixes a problem in Exclude areas with Inverted Falloff Curves
- Fixes issues with Distribution->Diversity Map and UV Surfaces
- Fixes a rare problem related to missing Surfaces on load
- Fixes minor issues in MAXScript functions
- Fixes a potential crash bug with Forest cloning
- Forest Color no longer ignores the status of the Override checkbox when using Tint by Element
- Adds Undo support to Geometry->Copy/Paste operations

Forest Pack Pro is available for Max 9 to 2015 and costs €200. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v7.0 include:
- VMX Integration allows interaction with private and public cloud solutions out-of-the-box
- Maya, Modo and Rhino can now use 'Jigsaw' Multi-Region Rendering
- Upgrades the database to MongoDB version 2.6
- Adds support for After Effects CC 2014, Arnold for Houdini and Cinema 4D 16
- Adds support for Corona SDK, Fusion 7, NUKE 9 and RealFlow 2014
- ftrack now integrates with Deadline to enable a seamless render and review data flow
- Multiple UI enhancements
- Adds Slave Scheduling and Idle Detection
- Artists can now see the states of Slaves running on their machines, as well as control the Slaves
- All Slaves running on the same machine now share a license
- Draft 1.2 adds support for OpenColorIO, ASC CDL LUT and Unicode as well as licensing improvements
- You can now test dependencies through the Monitor's 'Job Dependency View'
- Pool and Group Management has been streamlined
- You can now run multiple Pulses and elect one to be the Primary

Deadline is available for Max 2010 to 2015 and costs $185 per node. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v2.15 are:
- Adds the option 'Cast illumination' to emitter nodes
- The emission sampling rate can now be set to 0, excluding the emitter from direct light calculation
- Adds the option 'Surface brightness' to emitter nodes
- Removes the pins 'Fstop' and 'ISO' from the camera imager node
- Scaled exposure in the camera imager so texture environments produce the specified colour
- Fixes incorrect rendering of Fresnel reflection on glossy materials with bump/normal maps
- Fixes a kernel hang in displacement in certain situations
- Fixes 'ghosting' sometimes occurring when sub-sampling was enabled in network rendering
- Fixes a bug in network rendering that could cause slaves to crash
- Adds diffuse roughness
- Adds new 'polygon side' texture node which renders polygon front faces white and back faces black
- Replaces 'coherent mode' with a float pin 'coherent ratio'
- Fixes incorrect warning of invalid daemon sub-net
- Plugin bug fixes

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

Plugin Update: Modelling / Animation

Changes for v3.1.0.8 are:
- Hair curling now works when applied on top of hair strips and orientation is not rotated
- Fixes a problem with curling causing flickering on hair from strips objects with moving strips
- Fixes random hair flickering when hair clustering modifier is used with other modifiers
- Texture coordinates for per-strand UVs option are now assigned correctly with hair strips

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

Plugin Update: Animation

Changes for v1.071 are:
- Fixes bad naming of some objects
- Improved 'Connect at' and adds some help
- Adds tooltips and undo to the symmetry tool
- Fixes 'Restore the old name rig version' on the rename tool for digits and palms
- Fixes the scale of the FK chain
- Improved compatibility with Max in languages other than English

LH | Auto-Rig is available for Max 2011 to 2015 and costs €59 (€99 for the Cartoon version).

Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v1. are:
- Adds support for all of the new Thea Render v1.4 features
- Improved support for XML characters in material names
- Thea Presto rendering improvements and optimizations
- Adds support for co-operative network rendering
- Fixes the rotation issue
- Fixes an issue with glossy layers
- Fixes a problem with re-using static meshes mixed with Skin or Physique
- The Material Editor now has an RT mode

Thea for 3dsMax is available for Max 2009 to 2015 and normally costs €395. To celebrate the release of Thea Render v1.4, you can currently get a license at a 40% discount, taking the price down to €245. A demo version is available here.

New Plugin: Utilities

Bitmap Tracking/Resizing is similar to the Asset Tracker, but it opens up a lot more ways to work with bitmaps.

Features include:
- Resize selected bitmaps to 2k, 1k, 512, 256, 128, 64px and save in new folder
- Sort files by name, image width, height, file size, path or status
- Advanced methods for changing paths
- Select objects by selected bitmaps
- Select / show materials by selected bitmaps
- Copy selected to new path with path replacement or just copy files
- Copy all with path structure (similar to Max archive)
- File status in 3 colors: Found - network, Found - local, Not found
- Supports .ifl files (resize / copy / path replace)

Bitmap Tracking/Resizing is available for Max 2009 to 2015 and costs $9. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.5 are:
- Adds Home Grid units display for visual scale reference
- Adds a toolbar button for 'always on' refGuides info
- Adds Shift+Click on Quick tool for continuous creation
- General bugfixes and optimizations
- UI licensing dialogs update and other minor UI updates
- refGuides Info no longer displays in a separate dialog
- Licencing system now supports version upgrades

refGuides is available for Max 2013 to 2015 and costs $12.60. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v1.2.3 are:
- Fixes files being exported but the Keyshot.exe process not creating a window

Plugin Update: Animation

Changes for v3.3 are:
- Adds set object layer for shattering when current layer is hidden
- Fixed local shatter width parameter not working for some models
- Fixes local shatter align fragments on corners
- Fixes the Voronoi modifier not being deleted after deleting all pdi entities
- Fixes anim fracture bodies failing when animated node is different than the original shape
- Fixes path based preview points missing the last knot
- Fixes weird dynamics on first play after loading a scene in Max
- Fixes force fields ignoring breakable parameters of clusters

Pull Down It Pro is available for Max 2012 to 2015 and costs €395. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Updates: 2013/14 recompiles from Adam Wierzchowski

After doing the recompiles for Max 2015 at the end of last month, Adam Wierzchowski has now recompiled all of his freeware plugins for Max 2013 and 2014 as well (64-bit only):
- Frost v1.0
- Flat Colors v1.0
- Custom Filter v1.0
- EdgyBend v1.0
- DeFocus v1.2
- SHObject v1.0
- Spherical Correction v1.0