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Plugin News  –  April 2014

Wednesday 23 April 2014 - 10:31

 

Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v2.9.27.0 are:
- Preprocessor distributes as a binary as well as project now
- Fixes a morph target normal export issue
- Fixes an overlapping checkbox problem in the transition conditional editing
- Fixes delta scaling issue for normals, tangents, etc.
- Adds the ability to add user tagged data to studio nodes
- Fixes an incorrect dependency on an unused .asm file in the Win64 build
- Corrected some warnings and build problems on 2012/2013 in the preprocessor

Granny Exporter is available for Max 6 to 2014, and is part of the Granny Toolkit which costs $17,500.


Plugin Update: Objects

Changes for v0.2 Beta RC4 are:
- Adds support for Max 2013 and 2014


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v5.1.54 are:
- Adds support for Max 2015

PolyTrans is available for Max 9 to 2015 and costs $395. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Texturing

Changes for v2.0 include:
- Multiple render elements texture baking in a single pass
- Naming rule set for texture output
- Animated texture baking support
- Customizable presets
- Support for all available target materials
- New flexible object collection system for different baking results
- Flatiron selections and presets are saved in the scene
- Adjustable background color for baked textures
- Features and stability improvements
- MAXScript improvements
- New simplified web manageable licensing
- Support for Max 2010-2015

Flatiron is available for Max 2010 to 2015 and costs €299. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: MAXScript Extensions

Changes for v1.24 are:
- Adds support for Max 2015


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.17 are:
- Adds support for Max 2015

miauu's Work Plane is available for Max 2008 to 2015 and costs €10.


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v4.7.3218 are:
- Adds support for Max 2015 (experimental)
- Adds unit scale (Max scene is now 10x smaller for FurryBall)

FurryBall is available for Max 2013 to 2015 and normally costs €959. Until April 22nd you can get a license in the Easter sale for 50% of the regular price, making it €480. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v3.0.1 are:
- Adds support for V-Ray 3.0

Catalyst is available for Max 2011 to 2015 and costs $24 for a two license pack. A demo version is available here.



Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v2.2.9.0 are:
- Adds support for Max 2015
- Fixes Zookeeper window issues when docking in extended viewport
- CUI docking is now disabled while Zookeeper is docked as an extended view

Zookeeper is available for Max 2009 to 2015 and costs $249. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modifiers

Changes for v3.0.1 are:
- Upgrade to APEX 1.3.1, SDK 3.3.1
- Adds SDK 2.x back for mCloth and mParticles
- Fixes a crash when exiting Max with a biped Ragdoll scene
- Fixes Clothing simulating incorrectly at the first frame when system scale is not 1
- Fixes a bug with APEX Debug Visualizer parameters
- Fixes a bug that when LOD1 is default LOD, you cannot add another new LOD
- Fixes the Physical Mesh rollout being too small when it is Custom type
- Fixes a few bugs with the Physical Mesh rollout of the Clothing modifier
- Fixes a crash when loading .Rag files
- Fixes an SDK warning message about missing a virtual function on unicode builds
- Fixes Clothing Velocity control via Script
- Improved the simulation of dynamic ragdolls
- Make a switch to SDK 3 if creating APEX objects
- Adds support for SkinMapActual in APEX Clothing visualizer
- Improved sub-material handling
- Make Destruction exports Tangent and Binormal with UE3 and APEX 1.3
- Stops extra scale (in PhysX Panel dialog) from being zero
- Improved debug render scale handling


Plugin Update: Objects

This is an updated version of the XIdMary plugin below, the camera itself is the same but the compositor has been pretty much re-written. Changes are:
- Renamed output types to common stereo community names
- Adds all possible anaglyph lens colours
- Adds anaglyph full colour type
- Adds anaglyph half colour type
- Added 'Dubois' red/cyan anaglyph type
- Fixes anaglyph alpha output
- Adds linear interpolation to compressed over/under and side-by-side outputs
- Removed over/under gap parameters


Plugin Updates: MAXPlugins.de recompiles - the third batch

Here are most of the HABWare plugins recompiled for Max 2015. The Spider plugin isn't done yet, it doesn't work properly in Nitrous. As soon as I've got it fixed I'll post it.

- 3:2 Pulldown v9.0
- Billboard v9.1
- Carrera v9.1
- Exclude v9.0
- HMesher v9.1
- HSpline v9.1
- IBitmap v9.0
- Interlace v9.0
- Moebius v9.0
- Patchwork v9.0
- Particle Texture v9.0
- Roller v9.1
- SGI Logo v9.0
- SnapShot v9.0
- Sticks v9.0
- ToyTrain v9.0
- Water2 v9.0
- Panorama v9.1
- XIdMary v9.0


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v2.0 are:
- Adds support for Max 2015
- Adds an option to disable logs on export


New Plugin: Modelling

Laubwerk Plants are your easy way to use high quality, botanically approved plants with multiple variations, ages and seasons in your 3D application. Visual plant library browsing, a wide range of Level of Detail Options and much more comes through the bundled Laubwerk Player, a piece of software that brings the plant dataset to life.

Plants Kit 4 includes the following Mediterranean and subtropical trees: Silver Wattle, Persion Silk Tree, Japanese Camellia, Orange, Mediterranean Cypress, New Zealand Pohutukawa, Canary Island Date Palm, Stone Pine and Pomegranate.

The Laubwerk Player provides quick visual access to the plant library on your computer, automatic generation of default materials, dynamic control for level of detail. You get multiple viewport drawing options (like a simple hull shape or a skeleton) for quick and feedback and low memory footprint while editing the scene and generates the fully detailed model dynamically at render time.

Laubwerk Plants Kit 4 is available for Max 2010 to 2014 and costs €149. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v4.7.3200 are:
- ActiveShade refresh optimizations
- Adds support for objects with the same name
- Adds a bump multiplier to the FurryBall material
- Fixes the material editor preview
- Fixes some lights bugs
- Fixes FurryBall material specular
- Fixes render passes

FurryBall is available for Max 2013 to 2014 and normally costs €959. Until April 22nd you can get a license in the Easter sale for 50% of the regular price, making it €480. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v2.2.10437.0 include:
- Fixes Autogen out of memory crashes
- Adds the v2.1 panels 'hotfix' that fixed changes to the ContentErrorLogging system
- Adds new cloud shadows feature
- Adds several new shadow system optimizations
- Adds a sample of Oculus Rift integration to the Prepar3D Development Kit API
- Adds native radar support for Prepar3D developers
- The legacy Flight Recorder system has been redesigned and refactored
- Adds a new FlightInstructor mode for SimDirector
- Various SimDirector enhancements
- Fixes a number of community and developer issues


New Plugin: Objects

This plugin allows you to create stereoscopic camera rigs and offers Left Eye, Right Eye, Center, or Anaglyph views in the Nitrous viewport. It also has in-scene 3D volumes to help with the adjustment of valid stereo zones, a Passive Stereo viewing mode, and an active stereo mode for users with a recent AMD FirePro graphics card and a supported HD3D Active Stereo monitor or equivalent.


Plugin Updates: MAXPlugins.de recompiles - the second batch

Here is the next batch of plugins that I have recompiled for Max 2015. If anything doesn't work as expected, let me know and I'll see if I can fix it.

Andrew Reid
- EdgeMap v1.01
- ZDeSat v1.01
- ZTint v1.04

J. Antonio Amblés
- LightMesh v0.9

Daniel Santana
- AdvanceNoise Material v1.2.9

John Burnett
- BindPoints v4.11.2014
- ForceViewer v2.28.2014
- InfoTexture v2.28.2014
- NullHelper v2.28.2014
- UVW to RGB v2.28.2014
- Warp Texture v2.28.2014

Jonathan Garcia
- Delete Visibility Track v1.0
- Endian v1.0
- Get Bitmap Info v1.0

Lesha VH
- Color Picker v2.01

Pop N Fresh
- MD3 Exporter v1.0

Martin Enthed / Creative Tools AB
- Ego v1.14

Mike Biddlecombe
- HiddenDOSCommand v1.0

Sisyphus Software
- Grass-O-Matic v1.2
- Proteus v1.1
- Special Purpose Particles v1.4

Andrei Zmievski
- Area v1.0

Kees Rijnen
- Delete Protection v1.0

Martin Ridgers
- 3 Point Rectangle v1.0

Last Pixel Pty Ltd.
- Autogamma v1.0
(This needs the ColorCorrect plugin from Cuneyt Ozdas to work, so until he recompiles that this plugin is useless)

Mark Williams
- Color Replace v1.11
- Disperse/Refract v1.01
- Graph v0.91
- Mosaic v1.01
- Pen v1.11
- Scratch v1.21

Jerry Ylilammi
- BerconMaps v3.03

Jerry Ylilammi / George Rolfe
- BerconMaps v3.04

David Baker
- SolidColor2 v1.2
- ctrl_Colors for Max v1.1
- CoolPicker v2.3.3
- Motion2 v1.0
- mr Geometry Shader Object v1.01
- RGB Matte v1.0
- Lighten v1.0

The next lot will be coming soon, and will be all of the HABWare plugins.


Plugin Updates: BlurBeta plugins for Max 2015

I've recompiled the BlurBeta plugins for Max 2015 and zipped them all up together so that you can download them here.

Over the next few days I'll be adding Habware's plugins, Peter Watje's plugins, the Sisyphus plugins and much more.


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v2015.0 are:
- Adds support for Max 2015
- Adds support for Maya 2015
- Adds support for Softimage 2015
- Bug-fixes


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v4.0.4.0 are:
- Adds support for Max 2015

RPC is available for Max 6 to 2015 and costs $249. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Updates: Last Jedi Outpost recompiles

Pavel Kuznetsov has recompiled all of his plugins (commercial and freeware) for Max 2015. You can find all of the details here.


Site News: Max 2015 database goes online

Seeing as Max 2015 has been officially released today, I've uploaded the 2015 page and database. I've got a load of stuff to add to it, so I'll be doing that over the course of the week.

Dave


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v2.0 are:
- Adds support for Biped, CAT and custom rigs

LH | Auto-skin is available for Max 2011 to 2014 and costs €32.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.0.6.0 are:
- Reworked ray-mesh intersections to return the closest point, not just the first encountered
- Fixes a crash with LabPolylineModifier
- Fixes a hang issue when accessing Lab graph from MAXScript
- Various internal changes

Lab for 3ds Max is available for Max 2009 to 2014 and costs $250.


Plugin Update: Materials

Changes for v3.04 are:
- BerconGradient: adds ForestPro support to Random mode
- BerconTile: changes the way bump is calculated to match what you'd expect
- BerconTile: adds a Bump rollout with edge strength, tile strength and bump soften


Plugin Update: Animation

Changes for v1.3 are:
- Fixes a MAXScript error on reset while dialog is closed
- Fixes a potential crash when deleting both object and handles at the same time
- Adds a trackview button that opens a relevant trackview for selected objects and/or handles
- The link to the update page now goes to a proper update page instead of the demo download

ProTrajectoryHandles is available for Max 2013 to 2014 and costs €7.50. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v4.2.2 are:
- Adds 'Meadow', a new library that includes over 30 wild grass and flower presets
- Adds support for V-Ray 3.0 final
- Adds support for Corona Alpha 6, including Forest Color
- Translation X/Y range can now be defined using min/max values
- Translation can now be controlled using maps
- Adds Transform->Probability map for translation, rotation and scale
- Adds a new 'Frame from Map' animation mode
- Diversity Map can now use its own texture independent of the Distribution Map
- Adds a new scattering algorithm for UV Surfaces
- Inverted falloff curves can now be simultaneously used with including and excluding areas
- In Custom Edit mode, stacked items are now placed on the highest surface
- 'Tree Editor->Add Items' mode is now set by default to 'Random'
- 'Material Optimizer' can now be applied to the material library
- Forest Tools now uses a more descriptive name for the generated items
- 2D Library items are now compatible with V-Ray 3
- Fixes a random crash when cloning Forest objects
- Fixes a crash in V-Ray when using billboards and camera motion blur
- Presets are now loaded as XRefs instead of being merged into the scene
- Fixes several issues in the Library Browser
- Custom Edit items are now properly positioned when rescaling scene units
- Fixes the look of 'Areas->Pick Models' dialog when resized
- Fixes a rare crash in Forest Color when modified from MAXScript
- 'VRay not compatible' message is now shown only once and no longer crashes Max

Forest Pack Pro is available for Max 9 to 2014 and costs €190. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v2014.2 are:
- Fixes a bug with the HGM2Obj.exe used in the facegen pipeline

Hero Engine Exporter is available for Max 2010 to 2014 and is part of the art pipeline that comes with the Hero Engine, which costs $99.95 per year.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.0.5 are:
- Adds support for V-Ray 3.0

Autograss is available for Max 9 to 2014 and costs $275. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Materials

Changes for v1.0 are:
- Adds support for V-Ray 3.0


Plugin Update: Objects

Changes for v1.01 are:
- Fixes incorrect transforms when exporting to an .mi file
- The object is now always created 1 unit in size


Plugin Update: Animation

Changes for v1.2 are:
- Adds support for different key types (#linear, #custom etc)
- Handle-lines of #auto keys are now drawn in gray
- Adds more control over velocity color and gradient
- Radio buttons instead of check boxes are now used for trajectory color options
- In/out handles now have different sizes if created close to each other
- 'Show velocity' mode handles and lines are now drawn in a neutral color so velocity is more visible
- Adds options for thicker frame markers
- Adds clear all handlers on load/reset
- Fixes some debug info being printed for certain events

ProTrajectoryHandles is available for Max 2013 to 2014 and costs €7.50. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling / Animation

Changes for v2.5.5.0 are:
- Fixes a crash in UI when adding Strand Propagation modifier
- Fixes a problem with the Ox Dynamics modifier and MassFX simulation
- Fixes a sporadic crash due to a memory (de)allocation error

Ornatrix is available for Max 2009 to 2014 and costs $499. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.2.3 are:
- Adds support for V-Ray 3
- Adds a new installer
- Adds a new licensing system

VRayPattern is available for Max 2008 to 2014 and costs €150.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.64 are:
- Fixes a problem with the random number generator
- Adds support for Max 2014


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v3.18.7 are:
- Fixes a problem in the Max SBM mesh exporter that caused objects to rotate
- Improved memory management for big images
- Recompiled with the latest libraries (libWebP-0.4.0, FBXSDK 2014.2.1, JRE 1.8.0, Optix 3.5.1)


Plugin Update: Global Utilities

Changes for v2014.1.804138 are:
- Adds support for Max 2013 and 2014
- Adds support for Photoshop CS6 and CC
- Adds support for Maya 2013 and 2014
- Adds support for Softimage 2013
- Fixes sync problems in Max 2013 / 2014 and Maya 2013 / 2014


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.56 are:
- Adds new UV parameter: Reset U Per Spline

CorVex is available for Max 2010 to 2014 and costs $10.


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v3.0.1 include:
- Improved behavior of blocked emitters in SSS objects
- Improvements in the license validation tool
- Windows installer now adds the firewall exception properly
- Improved performance in machines with many cores
- Improved performance in scenes with instances that intersect
- Mechanisms for finding missing paths have been improved
- Fixes volumetrics with opacity
- Procedural volumetric noise now uses the high and low values
- Fixes a crash in old scenes with instances
- Fixes a crash in volumetrics when created with a high number of internal voxels
- Fixes a crash in scenes with SSS and emitters
- Fixes a potential bug in objects with opacity
- Fixes an issue reading emitters with invalid emission types
- Fixes Alembic material assignments
- Fixes transform motion blur with subsurface scattering
- Fixes a potential crash with blocked emitters and motion blur
- Fixes potential artifacts with subsurface scattering
- Fixes potential artifacts with IES files and multiple emitters
- Fixes a problem rendering passes in -node (no gui) mode
- Fixes transformation motion blur of objects in a hierarchy with moving parents
- Fixes potential problems with instances that intersect
- Fixes a potential crash when saving image files
- Fixes an issue saving images from the MXI image dialog
- Fixes some issues in the license activator
- Fixes 'Save image' gui option with embedded channels
- Fixes a potential failure when saving embedded custom alpha channels
- Fixes the brick procedural 'Double brick' parameter
- Fixes command line flag -copymxi:path
- Fixes command line flag -disableextensions
- Fixes overlay text with fast multilight preview
- Fixes volumetrics with motion blur
- Fixes a bug in MXS references when using object/material ID channels or custom alphas
- Fixes objects becoming invisible in render due to numeric precision issues
- Fixes potential clipping with volumetrics
- Fixes a crash with emitter instances and motion blur
- Recalculate normals in scaled objects no longer generates smoothing artifacts

Maxwell Render is available for Max 2010 to 2014 and costs €595. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Texturing

Changes for v1.0.2 are:
- Adds 'Real-World Mapping' options
- Bug-fixes

Mighty Tiles Pro is available for Max 2012 to 2014 and costs €238.80 per year. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v2.16 are:
- Fixes the exporting of .h/.cpp files from Maya and Max


Plugin Update: Bitmap I/O

Changes for v4.1.3 are:
- Fixes an issue with BC1 Compression producing holes in fully opaque textures
- Fixes a memory leak in ETC2 Codec
- Integrated the latest version of the PVRTC codec
- Fixes certain ETC textures not compressing correctly under Windows
- Font texture generation now outputs white textures rather than black
- Fixes channel swapping when multiple file sources are selected
- Fixes a memory leak when zooming in/out of Diff window
- Adds RGBA/RGB distinction for PVRTCv1
- Adds PVRTC sRGB support
- 'Single' display mode now zooms to/from the mouse position


Plugin Update: Texturing

Changes for v1.0.1 are:
- Re-opening material editor no longer disables material layers
- Layers are no longer disabled when a second material is selected
- Thumbnail previews are now rendered correctly with multiple materials
- Preview and color correction controls are now correctly disabled / enabled

Automap is available for Max 2011 to 2014 and costs €49.


Plugin Update: Animation

Changes for v1.6.0 include:
- New motion clips add more realism to Archviz scenes
- 50 ready-to-run actor libraries
- New cloning features with improved speed
- UI has been improved
- Adds support for V-Ray 3.0
- Adds Rebusfarm support (100 free RenderPoints)

Anima is available for Max 2010 to 2014 and costs €349. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Animation

Changes for v1.4 are:
- Adds support for Max 2012 (StateSets features are not available when in 2012)
- Fixes a warning popup on start when 'Autoplay preview file' is enabled
- A few minor tweaks and fixes

ProSequencer is available for Max 2012 to 2014 and costs €10. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Animation

Changes for v3.0 are:
- Adds a new 'Particle' mode
- Adds a 'Transform by Map' function in 'Particle' mode
- Adds a new 'Pattern Frag' tool
- Adds a new 'Quick Detach' tool
- Improved the 'Slice Frag' tool
- Improved how the script works with layers (layers work only in 'Key' mode)
- All script settings are now saved to a file
- Fixes many bugs

PolyFX is available for Max 9 to 2014 and costs $49.99. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for Build 1848 are:
- Fixes an installer dependency regression


Plugin News: Bullet4Max site goes live...

Stig Atle Steffensen is developing a new plugin that integrates Bullet physics into Max. He has put up a Bullet4Max website showing the current progress together with video previews of what is currently being worked on.

He plans on releasing the first version soon, and although there is no information on pricing yet, he says on the website that it won't be expensive.


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v2014.1 include:
- Adds support for Max 2014 and Maya 2014
- Adds a 'Compile All open scripts' button to the HeroScript editor
- Corresponding client HSL scripts have been updated to use the new time source
- Adds an auto logon option to the login UI
- Adds a debug logging option to the login UI
- Adds Dream Manager 2.0
- HeroScript Editor task list now include script name and messages from multiple scripts
- Adds a room creation UI option to move selected instances into the new room
- HeroScript Editor was now saves and restores UI layout
- Adds a context menu function to copy console output to the clipboard
- HeroScript Editor task list now has per column sorting
- HeroBlade, Repository Browser, and Master Control Console now support localization
- And much more... a full list of changes can be found here

Hero Engine Exporter is available for Max 2010 to 2014 and is part of the art pipeline that comes with the Hero Engine, which costs $99.95 per year.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v2.2.7.0 are:
- Fixes an error when opening corrupted scenes which didn't have any data
- Fixes V-Ray material not working in schematic view in Max 2012
- Internal changes

Zookeeper is available for Max 2009 to 2014 and costs $249. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v7.6 are:
- Adds support for Max 2014

VR4MAX Generator is available for Max 6 to 2014 and costs €1100. 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.