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Plugin News  –  May 2016

Friday 06 May 2016 - 20:44


Plugin Update: Modelling / Animation

Changes for v4.4.0.7495 are:
- Adds the ability to replace the distribution mesh in Xref-ed Ornatrix assets at runtime
- Render settings texture map now uses its internal mapping channel with Mesh from Strands
- Fixes an assertion from NurbsCurve::leastSquares not succeeding in Detail operator evaluation
- Fixes Mesh from strands hair always facing the camera when in billboard mode
- Fixes Mesh from strands hair not exporting guide hair
- Fixes Hair from mesh strips reorienting strands during some strip topology changes
- Fixes the Frizz modifier causing strand messiness on object copy or clone
- Hair from mesh strips 'Use strip material ids for strand groups' now assigns correct groups
- Removes the Hair Preset object and Hair Preset Maker from the UI
- Documentation updates

Ornatrix is available for Max 2009 to 2017 and costs $499. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Particles / Renderer

Changes for v2.5.1 are:
- A number of 'Birth Channel Generator Utility' UI improvements
- Creating an InputTexmap in Magma now auto-connects to the Output node if it is selected
- Fixes a bug in the PRT Source object converting meshes and splines with animated deformations
- Changes the log level of some messages related to the PRT Source from Error to Debug Level

Krakatoa MX is available for Max 2012 to 2017 and pricing starts at $1000 for a workstation license. A demo version is available here.

New Plugin: Animation

This commercial MAXScript animates bones along a spline, which can be useful when animating worms, snakes, etc.

Bone on Spline is available for Max 2014 to 2016 and costs $5.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.6 are:
- Adds support for Max 2017
- Adds automatic .bmf file reconciliation (Max 2013 or higher)
- Fixes file errors during network render being sent to log file instead of dialog
- Miscellaneous UI and stability improvements

SuperMesher is available for Max 2010 to 2017 and costs $145. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v3.3 are:
- Adds support for Max 2017

miauu's Script Pack Volume 2 is available for Max 2009 to 2017 and costs €17.

Plugin Update: Texturing

Changes for v1.0.8 are:
- Fixes interaction between Automaterial and Automap causing Max to crash

Automap is available for Max 2011 to 2016 and costs €49.

Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v0.1.8 are:
- The frame buffer now takes 1.5 times less GPU memory
- Adds a vertex color texture
- Adds Corona bitmap texture conversion
- Adds a 'Fit image to RT window' button
- Fixes the FStorm instance nonsmooth normal bug
- Fixes a crash when using more than 32 CPU cores
- Fixes an SSS bug

Site News: Available for contract work...

This is my monthly news entry to let people know that I am always available for 3D work (I don't just run this site, and I don't earn any money from it).

My main areas of work are commercials, industrial and technical animation, as well as programming and scripting. All of the relevant information can be found on my other site Animation Design, along with some videos of my work to give you an idea of what I can do. So if I can help out at all, just let me know.

Site News: Calling all freeware plugin developers

If you are a plugin developer with source code for plugins that you don't develop anymore, it would be great if you could get in touch with me. I would be glad to recompile as many old plugins as possible to stop them from disappearing for ever. Just mail me to let me know what sort of stuff you've got.

On a side note, this is how the Messiah:studio plugins got recompiled for Max 9 to 2012, as well as all of the Sisyphus plugins, so it's worth sending stuff my way :o)


Site News: News Archives

The news from previous months can be accessed by clicking on the 'Plugin news archive' link in the menu.