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Sunday 04 October 2015 - 05:11


New Plugin: Modelling / Animation

Griffin is an animation-ready cartoon character creation tool for Max. It offers you dozens of parameters to create your own unique characters fast and easily. You can also buy extra clothes and items from the Griffin Shop and use them on your character. So even if you know nothing about modelling and rigging, you can create a rigged character with industry standard tools in a few minutes.

Griffin Character Generator is available for Max 2013 to 2016 and costs $50.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v8.5.8 are:
- Fixes an issue detecting logged users on the Linux platforms
- Fixes an issue during instances disconnections that may lock the Dispatcher
- You can now override folders status (paused) during Mrtool submission
- Filtering completed jobs now hides completed folders
- The Delete All button on the logs view now works as intended
- The web server no longer redirects to a non-existant page if connecting from a mobile device

Muster is available for Max 6 to 2016 and costs $85 per node. A demo version is available here.

New Plugin: Global Utilities

When moving OBJ files from Max to ZBrush and back to Max, you can end up with incorrect UV's. This small utility tries to fix that issue by rotating the UV indices on the quads/polygons of a poly object.

Plugin Update: Objects

Changes for v0.3 alpha are:
- Adds support for Max materials (must be attached to the Golaem node)
- Adds a binary for Max 2016

Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v0.20 are:
- Fixes target type selection
- Handle boolean values when editing actions

New Plugin: MCG

This is a collection of MCGs for creating railings (eg. towel rails) and knobs (eg. drawer knobs, shower knobs etc.).

Plugin News: XRayUnwrap v2.0 is now shipping

Raylight S.r.l. have announced that the crowd-funded version 2.0 of their XRayUnwrap plugin for Max 2016 is now shipping to the artists that contributed to their Indiegogo campaign. They will be making the plugin available for general purchase in the next few weeks.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v7.2.0.18 include:
- Adds new 'Quick Draft' options to most of the job submitters
- Adds support for the pipeline management tool NIM
- GPU affinity can now be set for Slaves in the same way that CPU affinity can be set
- Adds smarter Task Error handling
- Adds support for AE CC 2015, Cinema 4D 17, DJV 1.1, Guerilla Render and Realflow 2015
- Adds support for Houdini 15, Houdini's HServer, modo 901, TVPaint and V-Ray for Sketchup
- Draft has been upgraded to version 1.4
- And much more... a full changelog can be found here

Deadline is available for Max 2010 to 2016 and costs $185 per node. A demo version is available here.

Plugin News: Max 2016 State Sets AE installers

Autodesk have posted an installer for the Max 2016 State Sets After Effects link. I assume that it's an update to the shipping version, but there is no information at all other than: 'This installer provides the proper After Effects plugins for 3ds Max 2016 for working with State Sets.'

Plugin News: Corona bonuses and discounts

Render Legion s.r.o., the company behind Corona Renderer, have published a list of partners and developers who are offering bonuses and/or discounts when you purchase a Corona FairSaaS or Box with Subscription license. Head over here to find out what extras you can get.

Plugin Update: Texturing

Changes for v1.1.2 are:
- A few bug-fixes to the User Library Manager
- Adds CoronaBitmap support for 'Replace external paths'

Corona Material Presets Pro is available for Max 2013 to 2016 and costs €125.

Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for Build 007423 are:
- Improves mesh import
- Fixes 'external access' option display in the published parameter editor
- Fixes the edition of attractor bias
- The 'Interactive numerical field changes' option is now saved
- Fixes the influence interface and edition
- Improves influence compatibility with mesh interaction
- Fixes a potential crash with randomness dependency
- Fixes a potential crash when clicking on the tutorial shortcut
- Fixes a potential crash during texture compression
- Fixes a potential crash when editing the material detail layer
- Fixes a potential crash when loading a new scene
- Fixes a potential crash when displaying tooltips

Plant Factory Studio is available for Max 2010 to 2016 and costs $995. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Materials

Changes for RC6 are:
- Transparency using albedo alpha channel now works correctly with Metalness approach setting
- Fixes the shader displaying incorrectly with Maya 2016

Plugin Update: MCG

Changes for v1.01.00 are:
- Adds support for holes in the gears

Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for Build 1937 are:
- Bug-fixes

New Plugin: Modelling

Artakan Architect Desktop is a tool designed for architects to help with a number of tasks such building material calculation, perimeter calculation, adding vertices with intervals or aligning all vertices on an axis.

Artakan Architect Desktop is available for Max 2009 to 2016 and normally costs $14.99. For a limited time you can get a license for an introductory price of $9.99.

Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v0.1.50 Alpha are:
- Fixes a bug that queues blocks generated by the renderer for display by the DCC
- Fixes a bug that causes incorrect matte objects when using the RS Arch opacity cut-out feature

Redshift is available for Max 2013 to 2016 and costs $500. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v0.54 are:
- Fixes find / replace when renaming filenames

Library Track and Relink is available for Max 2010 to 2016 and costs $9. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v0.20 are:
- Updated to be compatible with version 2.2.0 of BabylonJS

Plugin Updates: BlurDev plugins updated for Max 2016

BlurDev have released a new version of their offline tool set including BlurDLX, Transform Cache, Blur RegEx, Blur Pointcache and their Python for Max, all of which now support Max 2016.