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Plugin News  –  July 2015

Wednesday 08 July 2015 - 08:41

 

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v3.10.11 are:
- Fixes an issue with keeping Target Light settings after relinking the IES file
- Fixes some minor issues with updating the plugin
- Fixes some minor interface issues
- Fixes a minor issue with relinking

FilePathFinder Lite is available for Max 2010 to 2016 and costs $18.50. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v10.7 are:
- Adds support for Max 2016
- Adds support for Maya 2016
- Adds support for Lightwave 2015
- Adds a new batch processing option that can start from a given optimization ratio
- Adds a 'Merge by materials' command
- Adds a printing feature
- Updates the Sketchup lib
- Updates the Modo lib, improving instanciation support and advanced texture search
- Fixes a potential crash when merging by object
- Fixes a potential C4D crash with invalid indices

Polygon Cruncher is available for Max 9 to 2016 and costs $129. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.0.1 are:
- Fixes blocking between the Length and Width values
- All distance values now work with scene units
- Fixes Oblong Void breaking when the Length and Width values are equal

Oblong / Oblong Void is available for Max 2014 to 2016 and costs $6.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.04.05 are:
- Adds the ability to display all files from subdirectories
- Adds the ability to store selected items in the history navigation
- Fixes a minor issue with displaying items when searching

Models Manager is available for Max 2010 to 2016 and costs $30. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v12.7 are:
- Adds an option that allows the catalogue to be saved as a zip-file
- Adds new status bar information about folders, hidden and excluded files
- Adds support for Max 2016 to 3D Browser and Polygon Cruncher
- Adds support for Maya 2016 to 3D Browser and Polygon Cruncher
- Adds a new batch processing option to Polygon Cruncher that can start from a given ratio
- Adds a 'Merge by materials' command to Polygon Cruncher
- Adds a printing feature to Polygon Cruncher
- Adds Lightwave 2015 support to Polygon Cruncher
- Updates the Sketchup lib
- Updates the Modo lib, improving instanciation support and advanced texture search
- Fixes a potential 3DBrowser crash or lock when changing folders
- Fixes a potential Polygon Cruncher crash when merging by object
- Fixes a potential C4D crash with invalid indices

3D Browser for 3D Users is available for Max 9 to 2016 and costs $69. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v3.51.01 are:
- Fixes a bug with 'Translate Paths' when used with option 'Include output paths'
- Fixes a bug with relinking asset files with the 'Rename File on Hard Drive' option
- Fixes a minor issue with relinking
- Fixes some minor interface issues

FilePathFinder Pro is available for Max 2010 to 2016 and costs $30. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v2.18.11 are:
- Adds the ability to display all files from subdirectories
- Adds the ability to store selected items in the history navigation
- Fixes a minor issue with displaying items when searching
- Fixes a bug with 'Translate Paths' when used with option 'Include output paths'
- Fixes a bug with relinking asset files with the 'Rename File on Hard Drive' option
- Fixes a minor issue with relinking
- Fixes a Max 2016 issue where getting additional image information was slow
- Fixes some minor interface issues

Project Manager is available for Max 2010 to 2016 and costs $75. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling / Texturing

Changes for v4.4.1 are:
- Fixes a rendering error with Mental Ray and Max 2016

Forest Pack Pro is available for Max 9 to 2016 and costs €200. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v4.7.0 are:
- Adds support for the latest version of the KlayGE framework


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v4.61 are:
- Adds automated license activation
- Adds a new 'User Controller' so you can extend Para 3D functionality using MAXScript or C#
- Adds Math-surf 3.0 compatibility (coming soon)
- Loading and saving of Para-flows has been improved
- Fixes 'Test Controller' and 'Custom Parameter' type initialization
- Fixes a bug in showing the 'Transform controller' input list
- Fixes various bugs in 'Parametric Shape', CSV exporter and 'Math controller'
- The keyframe maker can now generate key frames for parametric meshes
- Fixes a bug when using d3 options in the 'Mesh controller'
- Fixes a bug in exploding 'Parametric mesh'
- The 'Math controller' now allows variable names to be edited
- The 'Vector controller' can convert vectors from Cartesian coordinates to other coordinate systems
- The 'List controller' now returns the sum of vectors
- The 'Node controller' now returns the material name, child nodes and more
- 'Custom parameter' can now handle strings
- Parametric Mesh can now generate a 3D convex hull
- Parametric Mesh can now create Delaunay and Voronoi meshes
- Parametric Shape can now create a 2D convex hull
- Parametric Shape now allows shapes to be reset

Parametric Array is available for Max 2011 to 2016 and costs $150. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v2.6 are:
- Adds support for depth of field
- Adds filmic tonemapping controls
- Adds white balance controls
- Adds support for ICC profiles
- Adds a saturation slider for the bloom filter
- Adds more LUT options
- Improves UI for the color corrections panel
- Improves compatibility with large font settings
- Slider range is now separated from the maximum range of the spinner to make them less sensitive
- Adds Ctrl+T as a shortcut for Preferences->Display->Show render time and title on image
- Images are no longer added to the history if Max is running in network render mode
- VFB+ now remembers which color correction sub-panels were last open when you start Max
- Changes all color pickers to native Max color pickers instead of .NET color pickers
- Changes almost all file save/load dialogs to native Max dialogs which support history
- LUTs now assume RGB table order instead of BGR as in previous versions
- LUT now extrapolates out of range values rather than clamping them
- Stamper image layer scale is now capped at 10% min. to avoid slowdowns rendering many images
- 'Persist images between 3dsmax sessions' is now enabled by default in history preferences
- Save and load buttons for the curves color correction have been separated
- sRGB transform is now calculated at the same phase as gamma correction (before LUT and ICC)
- Fixes a crash when trying to undock the film strip from the Max interface
- 'Copy to clipboard' now includes the stamp
- Fixes a bug where the wrong gamma settings could be applied to the rendered image
- All commands now return 1-based indices as per MAXScript conventions
- Fixes loaded LUT files potentially causing a memory leak
- The Tab key now works for moving between spinners
- Fixes curves data sometimes not being saved in color correction settings
- Using chromatic aberration no longer causes artifacts in exported PSD files
- Fixes a crash when right clicking outside the image area when chromatic aberration is enabled

VFB+ is available for Max 2009 to 2016 and costs $19. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v3.8.1 include:
- Adds support for Max 2016, Maya 2016 and Motion Builder 2016
- Fixes MaxCryExport to match expat location
- Removes obsolete/unused crc32computer from MaxCryExport
- Removes obsolete/unused Code/Tools/MaxSDKSamples
- Removes deprecated RSASigner
- Removes obsolete Photobump and Polybump content from Tools
- Now using original tifflib and zlib instead of using multiple versions of source files
- These are the just the changes affecting the exporter itself, but the SDK has a load of other changes

The CryExporter is part of the CryEngine SDK which is available for Max 2010 to 2016 and costs $9.90 per month.


Plugin News: Corona Roadmap

Render Legion s.r.o. have revealed their development roadmap for the next couple of releases of Corona, and it certainly provides a great insight into the directions the renderer is taking. The roadmap itself can be found here, but perhaps more interesting is the blog post that goes along with it.


Site News: 15 years old next week!

In just over a weeks time, this site will be 15 years old (here's an archive snapshot from October 2000). In all that time, a lot has changed under the hood, and I've completely reprogrammed the site at least 4 times.

One thing that hasn't changed much is the look (as you can see from the snapshot above), and to be quite honest it probably won't be changing much in the coming years. The functional look with no bling-bling seems to be one of the things that a lot of people want to keep, and I don't intend making any more work for myself by changing it :o)

What I would like is to hear from users who have problems with the site, or suggestions for improvements that don't involve changing everything. Any little niggles you might have, send me a mail and let me know. I'll be trying to put some time aside later this year to address as many of the do-able ones as I can.

Thanks, Dave


New Plugin: Modelling

PropLine is a scripted geometry plugin that distributes props along splines with various parameters to control how the props are distributed and transformed. The transformations of the props can be easily retrieved later to export into game engines.

PropLine is available for Max 2008 to 2016 and normally costs $10. For a limited time you can get it for an introductory price of $6.95.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.15 are:
- Adds support for more than 15 MatIDs
- Adds more ID buttons - with scroll - up to 149 ID's
- Adds a switch to use the same buttons for Material ID Channel or VRay ID Effect Channel
- Adds an ID spinner with an Assign and Select button
- You can now select materials from an active SME

Material ID Organizer is available for Max 2009 to 2016 and costs $4.50. A demo version is available here.


New Plugin: MCG

This MCG creates basic noise on your geometry. Don't expect it to work like SurfaceNoise in ZBrush, because MCG doesn't handle massive amounts of polys very well at the moment. This is simply an MCG exercise into the area of subobjects.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for Build 007143 are:
- Fixes potential artefacts when using GOZ
- Fixes a potential crash when importing meshes as branches

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


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v3.05 Build 702 are:
- Fixes a number of problems when running Max on an English language OS

TerrainAxe is available for Max 2008 to 2016 and costs $220. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v3.19.2 are:
- Adds support for Photoshop CC 2015
- Deprecates some old plugins
- Recompiled using the latest libraries (Optix 3.8, libpng-1.6.17, libtiff-4.0.4, lua-5.3.1)


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v0.8.3 are:
- Fixes a problem installing the Max / Maya 2016 plugins
- Simplifies and unifies the license
- Recompiled using the latest libraries (Qt 5.4.2)


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.0.3929 are:
- Bug-fixes

Simplygon Cloud Pro is available for Max 2012 to 2016 and costs $100 per month or $1000 per year. A demo version is available here.


New Plugin: MCG

This MCG object is a primitive for creating cupboards and bookshelves. Currently they have no UV's, but that is being worked on.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v3.0 are:
- Adds an 'Offset handrail' feature
- Adds support for presets
- Improvements to the user interface

Artakan Create Stairs is available for Max 2009 to 2016 and costs $19.99. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Connections

Changes for v8.0 SP3 are:
- Integration with SAP Engineering Control Center providing rich Document Management capabilities
- Adds 'Enable Floor Plan Conversion' and 'Room Outlines Layer' settings to the DWG importer
- Adds 'Attributes Layer', 'Title Block Layer' and 'Output Size Background' settings to the DWG importer
- Adds support for Max 2015 (should also work in Max 2016)
- Adds support for Maya 2015
- Adds support for SolidWorks 2015
- Adds support for version 10 of the JT file format
- Adds support for the STEP Compressed file format
- Adds 'Import 2D Layout' option to the Catia v5 importer
- Adds PMI ID and semantic information to PMI for supported formats

SAP Visual Enterprise Author is available for Max 2010 to 2016. Currently I have no information on pricing.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.10 are:
- Fixed to work in a Max session started as non-Admin
- The paste method is now faster

Copy Paste DWG is available for Max 2009 to 2016 and costs $4.50. A demo version is available here.


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)

Dave


Site News: News Archives

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