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Plugin News  –  August 2018

Monday 20 August 2018 - 20:25

 

Site News: MAX Plugins.de turned 18 last month!

On the 12th of July 2000, MAX Plugins.de went online after a month or so of getting everything set up. 2000 seems to have been a good year for Max sites, because both MaxUnderground (now called CG Press) and ScriptSpot also started in that year. Since then the site has become very popular, and although I was worried for a while that the site was looking a bit old, people seem to like the fact that I've kept it simple. The only changes here in the last few years have been to improve the functionality.

Up to the end of July, the site has had over 31.2 million pageviews (2016 - 25,404,396, 2014 - 19,295,890, 2012 - 14,590,431). Unfortunately my page impression statistics only go back to 2005, so the actual figures are probably a bit higher than that.

The database has a total of 9,854 free plugins, 764 commercial plugins and 257 mental ray shaders. The free plugins total looks high because many of the Max 4 plugins also work in Max 5, so they've been counted twice. The same goes for Max 9 / Max 2008 and Max 2010 / Max 2011, Max 2013 / 2014 and Max 2015 / 2016. The actual number of free plugins is around 5,000.

I'd like to say a big thank you to the very few people who have actually helped support this site. You know who you are, and this place might well have disappeared by now if it wasn't for your support. Most people never seem to notice the PayPal button on the left, and over the last year only a handful of people have donated anything at all. All donations, no matter how small, help to keep the site going, so if this site has helped you out at all in the past, or if it helps you out in the future, please think about clicking on the PayPal button.

Hopefully I will be doing another birthday post this time next year! Also, try taking a look at the News Archive, there you can find every news item posted since July 2000. There is some very interesting stuff in there! All the best, Dave


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.11.0 are:
- IgNite: removes gamma settings
- Sculpt: adds 'Find Double Objects'
- Sculpt: adds 'Find Double Verts'
- Sculpt: adds a new option to keep geometry as poly
- Sculpt: conform to surface is now 30% faster
- Scribe: adds splines with modifiers applied
- Illumi: adds a new feature to generate preview images for any HDRI
- Illumi: you can now edit HDRI details within Illumi
- Illumi: the Illumi rig can now hold multiple HDRIs
- Illumi: adds a camera selection option
- Illumi: adds UI scaling for larger display screen resolutions (Qt)
- Illumi: drops support for Moskito Renderer
- SiClone: adds support for optimised rendering in VRay 3.xx and VRay 4.xx
- SiClone: 40% speed increase in build times
- Disperse: adds support for optimised rendering in VRay 4.xx
- Scatter: adds support for optimised rendering in VRay 4.xx
- All plugins: adds a new dropdown menu with help links
- All plugins: drops support for Max 2014

SiNi Software is available for Max 2015 to 2019 and costs £180 per year. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Objects

Changes for v0.9 are:
- Adds support for V-Ray 3.6 in Max 2018


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v1.8 are:
- Upgrades the underlying Iray engine to the latest 2018.0.1 version
- The AI Denoiser now works better with bright highlights
- The AI Denoiser now works with HDR images
- Adds a Bloom post-processing filter
- Adds a Backplate Mesh option for geometry
- Adds a new Iray for 3ds Max toolbar for quick access to dialogs and features
- Bitmap cropping/placement parameters are now supported
- Enables binary compression for MI/IVM export resulting in faster re-load times
- Stereo spherical camera parameters are now correctly communicated to Iray Server
- The Multi/Sub-object material is now correctly marked as compatible with Iray+
- Fixes a crash when launching a non-English version of Max with the plugin installed
- The Iray+ Colour Correction map now has all parameters exposed
- Fixes a bug where Iray+ procedural map previews were broken in Max 2019

Iray for 3ds Max is available for Max 2017 to 2019 and costs $295 per year. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v3.08.2 - 5.13 are:
- Fixes a crash when using an Octane texture for non standard purposes
- Adds an option to use PhoenixFD displacement map for particles [experimental]
- Adds calls to PhoenixFD frame pre and post update functions
- Changes PhoenixFD particle group selection in the modifier to stop it changing during animation
- Fixes missing update of imager when switching cameras/perspective while in the same viewport
- Fixes export of animated environments
- Adds Ground color to the Daylight Environment
- Fixes issues with cloning objects while the viewport is open
- Fixes issues with undo, redo cloning, instancing, deleting objects while the viewport is open
- Fixes issues with the material editor preview cache
- Fixes the material color used in the Max viewport not being animated (Max 2014+)
- Adds an option to render transparency / opacity in the Max viewport
- Fixes issues when changing the Movable proxy setting while the viewport is open
- Adds an option to re-use object settings for new objects
- Adds 'auto sync' selection to the Octane Object Property dialog
- Adds a Distribution texture to the Octane light

OctaneRender is available for Max 2013 to 2019 and costs $619. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.07 are:
- Increases the upper limit for the Segments (%) parameter

TurboSplines is available for Max 2012 to 2019 and costs $40. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Lighting

Changes for Drop 3 are:
- The Presets system has been greatly enhanced
- New Rig Presets are entire lighting designs containing multiple lights
- New Content Presets change the visual appearance of existing lights
- New Element Presets can be dragged onto your Content settings to update them instantly
- You can now save your own User Presets
- You can now use Presets to organise your purchased HDRI maps into a library
- Adds a large array of additional preset content
- Adds a new Octane Standalone connection
- The Houdini connection has been updated to support creation and control of area lights
- The Houdini connection now supports Redshift
- The Max connection has been updated to support V-Ray Next

HDR Light Studio is available for Max 2016 to 2019 and costs $995 plus $145 for the Max connection. 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)

Dave


Site News: News Archives

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