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Plugin News  –  August 2020

Friday 14 August 2020 - 18:51


New Plugin: Utilities

Prune Scene is a commercial MAXScript with which you can clear your Max scene from scripted viruses and accumulated garbage. In some cases this allows you to greatly reduce the file size and accelerate saving of scenes.

Features include:
- Clear Track Notes
- Clear Retimers
- Clear Mixers
- Clear Garbage Collection
- Clear Memory
- Clear Reactor Collision
- Clear Animated Layers
- Clear Missing Bitmaps
- Clear Corona Renderer Missing Assets (HDCache.hdc, LUT (*.cube))
- Remove Empty Layers
- Remove All Animated Keys
- Remove Missing Objects(LinkComposite, etc.)
- Remove Invalid Objects(ParticleView, etc.)
- Remove Viruses(ALC, CRP, ADSL, DesireFX, etc.)
- Fast Selective Scan Viruses
- Instant updates

Prune Scene is available for Max 2012 to 2021 and costs $7. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Texturing

Changes for v3.1.9 are:
- Dialogs opened by Right Click can now be closed by a second Right Click
- The main UI toolbar button now has a checked state, uncheck it to close the UI
- Improves the speed of Transfer Edges UV > Poly
- Fixes a Morpher Cut error
- Fixes an Align U/V selection bug
- Other functions now work during Align

UV Tools is available for Max 2013 to 2021 and costs $20.

Plugin Update: Texturing

Changes for v2.3.3 are:
- Adds a Normalize Islands parameter
- Further improvements to invalid topology reporting

UVPackmaster 2 is available for Max 2017 to 2021 and costs $49. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v3.11.45 are:
- Adds the ability to convert and resize images
- Adds support for V-Ray 5
- Adds support for the TX image format
- Adds support for the AO map used in V-Ray and Corona when creating PBR materials
- Speed-up opening the 'Favorites' folder
- Speeds up opening the 'Favorites' dialog
- Speeds up adding files to Favorites using the 'Favorites' dialog
- Various memory and speed optimizations
- Fixes a minor issue with creating PBR materials from multiple textures
- Fixes an issue with saving selected models as separate files with the 'Save Assets' option off
- Fixes an issue with saving scene materials to a material library with 'SaveCopy with Bitmaps' off
- Fixes a bug with opening the Mass Rename Tool in versions 3.10.27 - 3.10.33.
- Fixes an issue with searching by materials

Project Manager is available for Max 2014 to 2021 and costs $60. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v5.00.05 are:
- Adds MAXScript VFB access for OCIO settings with vfbcontrol
- The V-Ray scene converter now converts CoronaBumpConverter to VRayColor2Bump
- Fixes an error when rendering with disabled memory frame buffer option in the new VFB
- Auto white balance no longer renders differently when transferred to camera
- Fixes a missing plugin error when loading a scene saved with hotfix 1
- Fixes more noise occurring with Blue noise sampling enabled for grid volumes
- Fixes a crash with a specific scene upon opening in Max 2021, 2020 and 2019
- Matte objects' primary Visibility now works correctly in V-Ray GPU
- The VRayEnvironmentFog parameters are no longer applied to all fogs in V-Ray GPU
- Fixes V-Ray Dirt ambient + inner occlusion mode results being darker than they should be
- Fixes an IPR restart in the new VFB on zoom, resize and side panels collapse
- Fixes a crash when opening an old scene with empty new VFB OCIO settings
- The new VFB window position can now be saved on a non-primary monitor
- The new VFB window position is no longer offset on rendering after every scene reset

V-Ray is available for Max 2016 to 2021 and costs €1060. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Animation

Changes for v1.2 are:
- Adds an option to Bake Animation of all rigs in the scene
- Adds a Bake Animation grouping option
- Fixes the Scripted Plugin error bug
- Fixes a bug that caused an Automatic Setup right click error
- Fixes a problem when doing a 'Bake Animation' of all vehicle parts

DriverMaster is available for Max 2012 to 2021 and costs $50.

Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.1 are:
- Fixes Undo, so you can now Undo/Redo after a 'remesh it'
- The TargetQuadCount maximum value has been raised to 4M (was 600K)
- Fixes the viewport camera changing after remeshing

Quad Remesher is available for Max 2016 to 2021 and costs $109.90. 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)


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