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Plugin News  –  August 2017

Tuesday 22 August 2017 - 03:23

 

Site News: No updates for a couple of weeks...

I'm off with the family for some vacation, so I won't be able to update the site until the end of the month. Keep on sending your news to me, I'll catch up on everything when I get back :o)


Plugin Update: Materials

Changes for v1.5j are:
- Adds support for Max 2018


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.08 are:
- Adds unlimited asset transform adjustment after insertion
- Adds 3 library filtering rules: by name, by face selection and by folder
- Various UI changes and help file updates
- More bug fixes

MeshInsert is available for Max 2013 to 2018 and costs €29.75.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v4.5.3.0 are:
- Adds an HDRI category
- Adds an AutoCad category

VNPlugin is available for Max 2017 to 2018 and costs $25. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.2 are:
- Adds support for Max 2018


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v3.06.4-4.39 are:
- Adds support for Octane textures in the Gradient texture node
- Adds a PFlow particle scatter support option
- Adds a PFlow velocity scale setting
- Adds support for PFlow built-in shapes
- Adds support for PFlow motion blur with scatter
- Fixes a Forest Pack and MultiScatter viewport update issue
- Fixes crashes that can occur when sending notifications
- Fixes a crash with batch render with render elements when output paths are invalid
- Fixes an issue with dummy normals option
- Fixes missing orientation control for IES lights
- Fixes missing viewport update when changing modifier visibility
- Fixes Phoenix particle velocity orientation
- Fixes a crash when rendering with non-Octane render elements
- Updates the user settings UI

OctaneRender for 3ds Max is available for Max 2013 to 2018 and costs $619. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v2.2 are:
- Adds support for Max 2018


Plugin Update: MCG

Changes for v1.04 are:
- Adds a twist option


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v0.71 beta are:
- You can now set asset paths from the main window
- You can now strip asset paths from the main window
- You can now auto-relink assets from the main window
- Adds multi-threaded auto-relink (testing / beta option)
- Adds My Locations option to skip unkown network paths
- Settings are now saved - list colors, window location and size etc.

Library Track and Relink is available for Max 2010 to 2018 and costs $9. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v2.5.25 are:
- Fixes a critical Maya bug that caused a crash on plugin initialization in the demo build
- Adds main menu entries to Max for creation of Redshift lights and objects
- Fixes an XSI bug that could cause crashes while translating point clouds
- Adds Houdini support for the material_override primitive attribute
- Fixes the primary and secondary GI engines parameters GUI in Houdini
- Fixes a critical Houdini issue related to a crash while rendering the motion vectors AOV
- Fixes a critical Katana issue related to a crash while rendering the motion vectors AOV
- Fixes a bug where an aborted render could crash the SSS preprocessing

Redshift is available for Max 2013 to 2018 and costs $500. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Texturing

Changes for v4.2.9 are:
- Rotate Shells now supports float values
- Fixes the About Dialog not opening
- Fixes a bug in Max 2010 where some dialogs didn't open

PolyUnwrapper is available for Max 2010 to 2018 and costs $45. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Texturing

Changes for v1.0.6 are:
- Adds support for Max 2017 and 2018

f-Edge is available for Max 6 to 2018 and costs €29. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Animation

Changes for v1.2 are:
- Adds InstantSkin for skinning meshes with just one click

InstantRig is available for Max 2014 to 2018 and costs $39. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling / Animation

Changes for v5.2.0.11899 are:
- Adds Guide Channel support to the Ox Strand Gravity modifier
- When planting in Ox Edit Guides, a selected guides shape will be used for newly planted guides
- Improves the evaluation speed of the Ox Dynamics modifier
- Fixes an assertion and error when loading .abc files with the Strand Animation modifier
- Fixes polar interpolation causing strands to be oriented incorrectly
- Using 'Paint Vertex Channel' options no longer sets the wrong channel
- Fixes the Vertexpaint channel not working with Ox Render Settings in V-Ray
- Fixes an error when opening some scenes
- Fixes the Multiplier modifier producing different results when switching scene units

Ornatrix is available for Max 2012 to 2018 and costs $499. A demo version is available here.


New Plugin: Utilities

This modifier allows you to set the render resolution separately for each camera. The resolution will change whenever you select a camera or change the viewport window to the camera.

Camera Resolution Mod is available for Max 2010 to 2018 and costs $5. A demo version is available here.


New Plugin: Utilities

miauu's Objects Replacer offers you an easy, fast and powerful way of replacing objects or groups with another object or group (copy, instance or reference). It has a lot of options that the replacing object can inherit from the object it replaces such as transformation, material, position, rotation, scale, dimensions, name, layer, parent, children and wire color. When replacing groups you can choose to treat the group as a single object or to replace all objects in the group and to keep the hierarchy. If the object being replaced has children you can choose to clone them or not (the hierarchy will be preserved). If you are replacing an instanced object, you have an option to replace all of the instances with the new object.

miauu's Objects Replacer is available for Max 2009 to 2018 and costs €6.


New Plugin: Animation

This MCG will parse your spline by segment or element. It can be used for a typing character by character effect, and by increasing the tolerance you can parse by 'word'.

MCG Parse Spline is available for Max 2016 to 2018 and costs $5.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v2.0 are:
- Rewritten from the ground up, now 5 x faster than v1.0
- Position, Rotation and Scale controls are now in separate rollouts
- The modifiers pivot now has a visual gizmo in the viewport
- The modifiers gizmo now supports animation
- Rotation values now correctly use degrees
- You can now stack multiple Randomizer modifiers

Randomizer is available for Max 2015 to 2018 and costs $5.


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v1.7 are:
- Adds support for KeyShot 7


Site News: Site overhaul - PHP update

I've just updated all of the code here because I had to change PHP versions for security reasons. It was a lot of work, and I think I changed everything that needed changing, but if anyone notices something not working properly, please mail me and let me know!

Dave


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.2.0 are:
- You can now distribute per cluster or per face
- Adds over 150 free brushes
- Adds mirroring options
- Adds auto scaling to fit within selected faces
- Adds multi-select support in browser
- Improves conform to curved surfaces
- It now respects modifiers like Turbosmooth in the stack
- Adds support for undo and redo
- Adds relax edge support for connected edges
- Adds smoothing group blending
- It now respects UV's and Material ID's
- Adds a 'reset' option to reset all values to defaults
- Adds XYZ rotation and position controls
- Improves auto thumbnail generation
- Adds search by number of edges

Kitbasher 3dsMax is available for Max 2012 to 2018 and costs $15.


Plugin Update: Texturing

Changes for v19.0 are:
- BodyPaint is now based on OpenGL
- New BodyPaint save options

BodyPaint 3D is available for Max 2013 to 2018 and costs $995. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v4.1.1.1 are:
- Fixes a crash triggered when light names are longer than 31 characters
- Fixes animations run by command-line overwriting the first frame over and over
- Fixes general problems rendering animations while using the Denoiser
- Fixes the Demo license not allowing proper use of the Denoiser
- Changes the default Grass Extension blade type to flat
- Fixes invalid temporal path for textures in the Xritebrdf extension
- Fixes MaxwellVolumetric ignoring VDB internal transforms
- Fixes a licensing crash in Linux/OSX when no $HOME is defined in the system
- Fixes connection failing if Node or Monitor was launched before manager on a IPv6 network
- Fixes v4 preferences being stored in the v3 config file

Maxwell Render is available for Max 2011 to 2018 and costs €695. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.29 are:
- Fixes paste from Draft Sight - issue with older clipboards
- Fixes 'Auto Paste'

Copy Paste DWG is available for Max 2009 to 2018 and costs $4. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.55 are:
- Fixes transform of WallWormMDL nodes in source list
- Fixes Display as Boxes and Use Node's Box Mode
- Fixes Max freezing for a long time and creating an exception one some source nodes

PropLine is available for Max 2014 to 2018 and costs $10.


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v1.0.836 are:
- Fixes incorrect melanin absorption values for wide gamut rendering color spaces
- Deep EXR output of light path expressions now includes volumes
- Fixes artifacts in lat long skydome light
- Fixes fresnel discontinuity in diffuse term when texture is connected to specular_color
- Duplicate vertex indices in subdiv faces no longer causes a crash
- Adds a warning that images will be watermarked if license authorization fails
- Fixes mesh lights from crashing when provided with a non-mesh node


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v2.5.24 are:
- Maya: Fixes a crash when loading the plugin in Maya 2014, 2015 or 2016 on macOS
- Max: Adds support for rendering of shapes (including splines)
- Max: Adds a workaround to prevent Max from displaying render elements on render completion
- Max: Adds a progress bar and status messages to the RenderView
- Houdini: Motion blur options are now configured automatically if the motion vectors AOV is enabled
- Houdini: New RS OBJ spare parameters option to compute mesh tangents from object UV map
- Houdini: Adds new 'Custom File Prefix' parameter in the AOV
- Houdini: Adds support for the 'rest' point attribute on the mesh strands
- Houdini: Fixes a crash while working with camera projection if motion blur was enabled
- Houdini: Fixes problems with the VDB primitives transformations at SOP level
- Houdini: Fixes a bug that could make proxy export crash on scenes containing volume grids
- Houdini: Removes an invalid ERROR message while extracting particle systems
- Houdini: Fixes the IPC screen radius parameter GUI
- Katana: Motion blur options are now configured automatically if the motion vectors AOV is enabled
- Katana: Adds support for the 'rest' point attribute on the mesh strands
- Katana: Fixes a crash while working with camera projection if motion blur was enabled
- All: Fixes a bug that caused crashes on macOS and Linux for new installs
- All: Fixes a bug that prevented shader switched material shaders from working properly
- All: Fixes a recently introduced bug that would break nested shader switch nodes
- All: Fixes an RS Color Layer shader bug that resulted in wrong alpha and unexpected colors

Redshift is available for Max 2013 to 2018 and costs $500. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Animation

Changes for v1.0 are:
- Adds support for Max 2018

volumeBreaker is available for Max 2014 to 2018 and costs €395. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.0 are:
- Adds support for Max 2018

ScalpelMAX is available for Max 2014 to 2018 and costs €150. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v2.11.7.0 are:
- Adds support for Max 2018
- Adds support for Maya 2018
- Upgrades Granny tutorial Visual Studio projects to Visual Studio 2012
- Adds GState and Animation Studio hooks for Telemetry 3
- Animation Studio: Fixes controller input bug with negative values
- Animation Studio: Fixes not being able to change controller profiles

Granny Exporter is available for Max 2009 to 2018, and is part of the Granny Toolkit which costs $17,500.


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.