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Plugin News  –  December 2016

Saturday 10 December 2016 - 03:55


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v8.0.12.4 are:
- Fixes a bug where Limits having their stubs force-returned would decrement the in-overage count
- Fixes an issue that caused duplicate entries for Plugin settings to be created in the Database
- Fixes a bug where asset dependencies without frame padding prevented a Job from being released
- The Repository Installer now respects the –prefix command line argument
- The Repository Installer now respects the –backuprepo command line argument
- Improves how Client applications copy the PythonSync package from the Repository
- Fixes a problem when Client applications connect to Proxy but can't determine their IP address
- The Repository Repair operation can now fix Limits with negative in-use counts
- Fixes an issue where the Balancer could not properly update Amazon cloud instances
- Fixes a bug that could cause the Balancer to terminate instances that are currently rendering
- Fixes an exception in the Balancer if Amazon cloud instances were terminated while initializing
- Fixes Balancer housekeeping cycles failing when trying to terminate non-existant instances
- Fixes a couple bugs in the job info parsing code for dependencies
- Launcher no longer ignores the LauncherListeningPort setting in the global deadline.ini file
- Changing the launcher listening port value using deadlinecommand now properly sets the value
- Improves primary forwarder detection during startup
- Repository Repair now checks for stalled Forwarders
- Repository Repair now handles primary forwarder election
- Improves how the environment is registered for different applications from the same vendor
- Fixes a bug where addresses expressed as IPv6 would not work with the forwarder
- Adds a Repository Option to automatically elect a Forwarder Primary if no primary is offline
- Adds a Repository Option to specify how long before a Forwarder is considered stalled
- Adds a Repository Option to control how often the Monitor refreshes Forwarder data
- Adds User Group permission features to control access to the Usage Based Licensing panel
- Adds User Group permission features to control access to the Web Service panel
- Improves some tooltips in the Repository Options
- Fixes a bug where enabling/disabling primary forwarder using the dialog didn't work
- The job dependency view now properly respects the maximum item limit
- Improves initialization speed of job dependency graph
- Fixes a bug that caused the Monitor status bar to show N/A for last housecleaning times
- Fixes an error where the User Group Management UI sometimes wasn't updating properly
- Changes the Sandbox processes to allow further subprocesses to break away from the Job Objects
- Fixes a crash that could occur on Slaves running concurrent tasks
- Fixes a regression preventing Slaves using a custom plugin path if defined in the job settings
- Fixes an issue where the Slave can crash if the sandbox process' handle becomes invalid
- Fixes a bug with the MultiLineString control in the .options file for application plugins
- File-based controls in the .param and .options files no longer ignore the 'Filter' property
- Fixes a bug in the ArrayToCommaSeparatedString function in DeadlineUtility.py
- Updates version dictionary entries with latest Max Service Packs for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
- Fixes issues in Max with improper casing for V-Ray renderer properties
- Fixes a crash in the Max SMTD when submitting a stereo camera and a camera as an XREF
- Improves Max logging to log when region rendering via V-Ray's VFB plus the region coords
- Fixes a bug in V-Ray render region array
- The rgbColorSpace property for V-Ray can no longer be changed after the job has been submitted
- Adds support for After Effects CC 2017
- Adds an environment variable which ignores Red Giant errors if they occur in After Effects
- Adds/improves various StdOut Handlers and Pop-up Handlers in After Effects
- Adds improvements to ensure After Effects shuts down after rendering
- When rendering locally, the After Effects render no longer fails if the output folder is empty
- Fixes a bug in the C4D Team Render submitter that caused it to fail on Mac OS X
- Fixes a syntax error in the Cinema4DBatch plugin
- The Cinema4DBatch plugin now supports nested Takes
- Reverts a StdOut handler introduced in Deadline 8.0.11 that caused jobs to fail
- Moves the 'Startup Directory (Optional)' setting to the bottom of the CommandLine submitter
- Updates Corona DRServer.exe default exe path in the CoronaDR param file
- Improves path mapping support in the DraftTileAssembler plugin
- Exit code -1073741819 is no longer treated as an error during rendering with Fusion
- Adds support for Harmony 14
- Fixes a bug in the Harmony Monitor submitter that prevented submissions from working properly
- Fixes a bug in the integrated submitter installer for Harmony 12
- Adds support for Houdini 16
- Fixes a Houdini submitter bug that was causing Wedge nodes to render too many frames per task
- The Katana scene file path is now wrapped in quotation marks
- Adds support for Mantra 17
- The Maya integrated submitter now disables Vrimg2EXR Options if no dependent job is submitted
- Adds Redshift/CUDA specific error messages which are piped as StdOut to Maya
- Fixes a syntax error in the integrated Maya submitter
- Adds support for Maxwell 4
- Updates the Media encoder plugin to be able work with Unicode characters
- Correct path separators are now used in Modo depending on the operating system
- Fixes a bug in the Nuke integrated and Monitor submitters due to a missing errno module import
- Updates the Nuke integrated submitter to fix a problem when connecting using FTrack
- Moves Shake submission to the 2D submitters from the 3D submitters in the Monitor
- Adds default V-Ray Standalone executable paths to the plugin configuration
- Improves V-Ray Standalone StdOut handlers
- Improves V-Ray Standalone progress handling

Deadline is available for Max 2010 to 2017 and costs $185 per node. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v1.0.1a are:
- First commercial release
- A speed-up of 5%-7%
- Improves GPU memory management
- The initial RT window size is now correct
- Adds real-world scale setting to FStormBitmap texture
- The tonemapping burn value range now includes negative values to increase the effect
- Fixes a crash during geometry reloading

FStormRender is available for Max 2014 to 2017 and costs €20 per month. A demo version is available here.

New Plugin: MCG

This is an MCG modifier for normalising splines. It can normalise based on vertex count or spline length.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v0.63.06 are:
- Updates the Batch Proxy Exporter for multiple Max files to also support Corona Proxies

Library Track and Relink is available for Max 2010 to 2017 and costs $9. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v3.4 are:
- New 'Align WP to OP' script aligns the Working Pivot to the pivot of the selected object
- New 'Align OP to WP' script aligns the pivot of the selected object to the Working Pivot
- New 'Turn Off WP' script turns off the Working Pivot
- Adds 'Align to Sub-Object' function to 'Visual Pivot Placer' script

miauu's Script Pack Volume 1 is available for Max 9 to 2017 and costs €12.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v0.62.03 are:
- Adds an experimental Batch Proxy Exporter for multiple Max files (currently V-Ray Proxy only)

Library Track and Relink is available for Max 2010 to 2017 and costs $9. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.2.1 are:
- Fixes downloads not starting when a message box with download limit information is shown
- The 'Online' tab in preferences has been renamed to 'User Library'
- The message when the license has expired is now more user friendly

Material Manager is available for Max 2012 to 2017 and normally costs €99. For a limited time you can get a license for €79. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v0.452 alpha are:
- Fixes a numeric bug which caused a render convergence slowdown for HDR lighting
- Fixes potential crash problems in Centileo material, IPR and Uber light source script data
- Significant performance improvements with many light sources in the scene
- Adds a special image AOV called 'Blend light passes'
- Adds a special image AOV called 'Blend beauty passes'
- The simple Visibility settings for light sources have been changed to more flexible spinners
- Adds a shadow catcher as shader
- Alpha channel now renders automatically with a black background
- Adds a translucency slot to the CentiLeo standard material
- Adds an IOR slot for each reflection layer of the CentiLeo standard material
- Fixes confusion when color doesn't change when adjusting material layer weights
- Adds an advanced mixing mode for the CentiLeo Multi-Material
- Adds multipliers for Direct Lighting, Direct Specular and Indirect Lighting render components
- Fixes weird bump map and normal map bugs when using cntlMath/Binary or cntlColorCorrection
- Adds 3 modes for IPR region render (play, pause and stop)
- Fixes an IPR bug where black borders appeared when changing region render to full image render
- The Max UI now has less lags when IPR is running
- Changes to simplify the Standard CentiLeo Material UI
- cntlNoise shader can now be rendered and manipulated in the Max viewport
- Adds a 'Save current IPR image' button to the render settings
- Fixes a few other small bugs

Plugin Update: Animation

Changes for v2.1 are:
There seems to be no changelog online, if I find out I'll update this post

MotionFX is available for Max 2010 to 2017 and costs $25.45.

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)


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