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Plugin News  –  August 2019

Tuesday 20 August 2019 - 05:35


Site News: No updates for the next few weeks

I'm going to be out of the office for the next two weeks, so I probably won't be able to update the site much in that time. Keep on sending any news items or updates that you think I should know about, I'll post everything when I get back.


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v2.13.1 are:
- Shadows now they look much better and also closer to the Max viewport
- Adds a puzzle for enabling screen-space reflection or refraction
- Reflection and refraction effects work with Physical materials
- In addition, a simpler, faster puzzle for screen-space refraction is also available
- The App Manager now offers a settings page, accessible through the gear icon on the top
- Each application now has a dedicated page for better convenience while managing large projects
- Application pages contain a list of files and offers a search box for filtering them off
- Makes some cosmetic changes to the UI, such as adding the backward icon
- The main page of the App Manager now opens much faster thanks to optimized directory lookups
- The 'Add annotation' puzzle can now identify the corresponding HTML element for an annotation
- Implements puzzles and JavaScript methods for opening and closing annotations
- The HTML event puzzle can now be inserted into other puzzles' slots
- The 'Get object direction' puzzle now returns correct results for empty/dummy objects and lamps
- Adds a new puzzle called 'Get objects from' for finding and listing objects
- Calling JavaScript functions with a puzzle can now return a computed value
- Adds a new 'Get custom props' puzzle to retrieve user-defined properties from Max objects
- Changes class to className in the 'Get attr' puzzle's dropdown
- Adds some properties for handling HTML5 audio and video elements to the 'Set/Get attr' puzzles
- Adds the 'Ended' event to the HTML event puzzle
- The Debug puzzles category is now called System
- Adds new 'Set screen scale' and 'Native screen scale' puzzles for handling Retina displays
- Adds a new puzzle called 'System date/time' for adding clocks, calendars, organizers etc.
- Adds a new 'Get keys' puzzle for retrieving and iterating through all keys in a dictionary
- Adds a new 'Check key' puzzle for examining if a key is present in a dictionary
- Adds a new 'Empty' puzzle to check if a specified dictionary contains no data
- Optimizes export time, file size and memory consumption by not exporting unused mesh attributes
- Removes the Facebook GLB export option as this feature is no longer offered by Facebook
- The Verge3D WordPress plugin now uploads applications asynchronously
- The WordPress plugin now provides an id to the application container element
- Fixes bloom artifacts when lamps are present in the scene
- The App class API reference has been updated to include all methods available in this class

Verge3D is available for Max 2015 to 2020 and costs $290. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Texturing

Changes for v1.12 are:
- You can now create materials without textures
- Adds base diffuse, reflection and glossiness material inputs
- Adds Arnold parameter linking
- UI and material display improvements

Material Texture Loader is available for Max 2016 to 2020 and costs $10.

Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v2.1.0 are:
- Adds more options for the frames design
- Frames with arched windows in facades B and D now work properly
- Fixes an error when unchecking chimney options
- Roof and roof windows now behave properly when the roof is turned invisible
- Fixes a glitch with corner windows and wall interior thickness
- Windows Copy/Paste now works properly with Selection Mode M
- Windows list now updates properly when an 'Above' type window is added
- Fixes some general UI behaviors

Fast Housing is available for Max 2017 to 2020 and costs $25. A demo version is available here.

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.