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Plugin News  –  May 2021

Friday 07 May 2021 - 18:14


New Plugin: Modelling

Universal Customizer is a commercial MAXScript that allows you to deform any mesh by using parameters, making it useful for easily customizing repetitive objects in your scene. Basically, your mesh gets converted into a primitive object, however this script doesn't change the number of vertices in your mesh, it only changes the existing vertices position. You can create spinner controls, link them to selected groups of vertices and link them to an action type (Move, Scale, Rotate).

One control can manage multiple groups of vertices at the same time, and a vertex can belong to multiple groups of vertices. Once an object type is configured, its data is stored in an external file (.ucf) and it's possible to edit it. An object type is defined by its name and its number of vertices, and the script works with both editable_Mesh and editable_Poly objects.

Universal Customizer is available for Max 2016 to 2022 and costs $25. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Particles

Changes for v0.16117 beta are:
- Adds a Bounds Fracture operator to slice particles along their longest local bounding box axis
- Adds the ability in the Export Particles operator to manually reseed operators with a set value
- Adds a tySeedIndex symbol to the Export Particles path parser
- Adds a tyFlowName symbol to the Export Particles path parser
- docs.tyflow.com and forum.tyflow.com have both been switched to https
- Fixes an issue where tyCarve smoothing groups would be all messed up
- Fixes PhysX bind deformations from being disabled if PhysX bind breaking was disabled
- Fixes a PhysX issue related to how convex hulls were cooked
- Fixes divide operations in the VDB Modify operator sometimes crashinh during divide-by-zero
- Fixes the Display operator single channel mapping display mode from displaying flipped UVWs

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.33.00 are:
- Adds support for VRay Bitmap (V-Ray 5)
- Adds support for RedShift RS_Bitmap
- Adds support for Octane RGB_Image
- Adds support for Arnold Image
- Adds settings to customize listview font and colors (dark and light theme)
- Moves set VRayHDRI/VRayBitmap and Arnold Image Color Space moved to main UI
- Adds new custom controls (EditText, Spinner, ComboBox)
- Adds an arrow to show sorted column and sort order
- Changes the columns style for the darker theme
- Adds a row height option to the settings (in addition to font height)

Gamma Organizer is available for Max 2014 to 2022 and costs $6. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v13.15 are:
- Fixes the viewer sometimes failing to display the scene (standalone)
- Adds the missing Blender and GLTF/GLB formats (standalone and command line)
- Fixes a crash when entering the serial number
- Fixes a crash when opening the serial number input
- Adds access to the help in the 3ds Max plugin
- Adds access to the help in the Maya plugin
- Obj files are now exported using UTF8 characters set by default on Windows

Polygon Cruncher is available for Max 2009 to 2022 and costs $129. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.74.00 are:
- Fixes Specify Path fields to allow copy/paste or drag/drop
- Fixes Autorelink to prevent crashes in large scenes
- Fixes license activation issues
- Fixes an issue with slow copy / resize / repath assets

Bitmap Tracking/Resizing is available for Max 2009 to 2022 and costs $18. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.5 are:
- Adds hotspots management and export
- Adds an improved auto-updater
- Some panels now have mre detailed information
- Relative movement is now set by default
- Adds support for Max 2022
- Adds a hotspots creation plugin inside Max
- Adds a hotspots creation addon inside Blender
- Adds a hotspots creation plugin inside Unreal Engine
- Fixes minor license issues when not running as admin
- Fixes Blender issues with versions newer than 2.90 and Cycles

MOTIVA Layama is available for Max 2014 to 2022 and costs €180.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v3.9992 are:
- Adds an option to switch rgb color space to ACEScg or sRGB (V-Ray 5+)
- Improves the installer to fix an error when running the installer a second time

V-RayMtl Converter is available for Max 2013 to 2022 and costs $30.

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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