MAX News Archive

Archived Plugin News  –  November 2003

Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v1.4 are:
- This is a recompile for Max 6

Plugin Update: Renderers

Chaos Group have recompiled the free and commercial versions of their V-Ray renderer for Max 6. You can get the plugin here.

Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v1.02 are:
- Max 6 is now supported

Pencil+ is available for Max 4 to 6, and costs ¥30,000. A demo version is available here.

Plugin News: finalToon special offer...

TurboSquid are offering a competitive upgrade to finalToon for registered users of ComicShop, Illustrate and CartoonReyes. For a limited time they can buy finalToon for $149 instead of $495.

TurboSquid have posted a feature comparison of all the toon renderers here. To make use of the offer, send your proof-of-purchase information to

Plugin Updates: BlurBeta plugins available...

Scott and Steve have recompiled all of the BlurBeta plugins for Max 6. You can find all of the plugins here.

Plugin Update: Modifiers

Changes for v0.99 are:
- No changes, Peter just recompiled the wrong code. This is now the correct version.

Plugin Update: Modifiers

Changes for v1.1 are:
- This is a straight recompile for Max 6

Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v3.50 include:
- Full Max 6 support
- Red Cyan stereo and Red Green stereo for everyone
- Improved VR4MAX Behavior Helper object interface

VR4MAX is available for Max 3 to 6, and costs €650 (includes Translator and Navigator Pro) until the end of the year. A demo version is available here.

New Plugin: Import / Export

This importer allows Max to import Return to Castle Wolfenstein .MDS files.

Plugin Updates: Import / Export

Next Limit have released new versions of their plugins for RealFlow 2.5. You can get the plugins for Max 4 and 5 here, and the Max 6 versions here.

New Plugin: Utilities

This is a straight recompile of the plugin for Max 6, no new features.

New Plugin: MAXScript Extensions

This extension enables MAXScript access for the commercial script RPManager and the freeware script PSDPathUnwrapper.

Plugin News: QuickDirt for Max 6...

Cuneyt Ozdas has released the patch for QuickDirt for Max 6. You can download it from the Digimation website.

Site News: Greeble Zipfile updated...

I have added the Greeble readme docs to the ZIP-file. Thanks to Jon Bell for sending them to me.

New Plugin: Import / Export

This is an improved version of Pop'N'Fresh's MD3 exporter for creating Quake 3 models in Max. The following major fixes and features have been implemented:
- Correct normal export, taking into account smoothing groups
- Bounding box calculation for each frame
- Improved error checking

Plugin Update: Materials

Changes for v3.0.2b are:
- No changes to the plugin, just fixes a problem with the installer

The link above is for the Max 6 version, if you are using Max 4 or 5, you need this version.

New Plugin: Animation

With CAT you have a fully customizable animation rig that supports an unlimited numbers of limbs, has a parametric motioncycle system that doesn't limit your creativity, intuitive rig manipulation that you can assign all Max animation controllers, a powerful mocap importer that supports popular motion capture formats and a non-linear animation system that allows you to use all of the above at once, on different parts of the rig, simultaneously.

Features include: as many spines, heads, bones, spine links, bone segments, fingers and toes as you would ever want; arbitrary limb configuration; a rig preset manager; IK/FK blends; a hand preset manager; a pose manager, animation parameters open to all Max animation controllers; spline editable, animateable parametric motion; a motion preset manager; walk on the spot; automatic ground collision; individual footprint editing; bvh and htr mocap data import/retargeting; individually transformable mocap clips; motion ghosting; the ability to compress and stretch animation tracks, powerful non-linear animation and much, much more...

CAT is available for Max 4 to 6, and costs $995. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Modifiers

Thanks to Tom Hudson for recompiling Greeble for Max 6.

Plugin Update: Animation

Changes for v1.5 include:
- New Float licensing scheme
- New low resolution head model
- Improved UVW coordinates
- Many new sample heads
- Improved support for lipsync tools

Facial Studio is available for Max 4 to 6, and costs $699. A demo version is available here.

Plugin News: More info on psd-manager v1.1

Just to complete the news entry below, here is what has changed in the new version of psd-manager:
- psd-manager now supports Max 6 and mental ray for Max 6
- psd-manager provides now an efficient workflow between Max and Adobe After Effects. PSD files created by psd-manager can easily be imported as composition into Adobe After Effects 6.0
- 3D scene data such as camera and point helper animation can now be embedded into PSD files. A free After Effects plugin utilizing this data is available from the psd-manager website
- Alpha and luminance mattes can now be created based on objects and materials for use in compositing applications
- Render elements can now be exported as PSD channels or layers. Presets for all new Max 6 render elements are built into psd-manager
- Support for the pixel aspect ratio property in PSD files has been added, as introduced by the recent versions of Adobe Photoshop and After Effects

psd-manager is available for Max 4 to 6, and costs $150. A demo version is available here.

Plugin News: Service Packs from Cebas...

cebas Computer GmbH have released Service Packs for GhostPainter and psd-manager, taking GhostPainter to version 2.1, and psd-manager to version 1.1.

As always, the updates are available at the cebas family site.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.0 are:
- Fixed many major and minor bugs including reset, refresh, cloning, and undo crashes
- Turned off datatree capability by default to completely exclude potentially unstable situations
- New extended help file
- Cleaned up the interface to make it simpler and more appealing
- Added actions for point-grouping and normal grouping and renaming of objects
- Added more option tabs and options for all new features
- Fixed many problems with item search display, refresh algorithm, and tree display
- Added many new features into both Scene and Layer managers
- Many new dataview algorithms
- Added advanced rename box allowing for advanced item text formatting
- Fixed some layer algorithms such as 'Delete empty layers' algorithm

The link above is for the Max 4 and 5 version, there is also a version for Max 6 which you can get here.

Plugin Updates: Peter Watje starts recompiling...

Plugin News: Itoo Software plugins for Max 6...

Itoo Software have recompiled their plugins for Max 6. You can download the new versions here.

The following plugins are available:
- Clone v2.2
- Glue v2.3
- Forest Pack Lite v1.53
- Forest Pack Pro v1.53

Plugin Update: Materials

Changes for v3.0.2 are:
- Alpha channel mapping default is now 'In Alpha'. It was Alpha previously.

The link above is for the Max 6 version, if you are using Max 4 or 5, you need this version.

New Plugin: Import / Export

ScreenSaverMax is a plugin for Max 4 that allows you to export 3D screen savers for Microsoft Windows 98/NT/2000/XP/Me.

ScreensaverMax v1.0 can generate three types of screen saver:
- Dynamic - a number of 3D models are duplicated and bounced and tumbled around the screen
- Movie - the screen saver plays back animation of your model or scene
- Logo - a single model travels spinning around the screen

Owners of the Professional Edition are free to distribute unlimited screen savers commercially.

ScreenSaverMax Professional is available for Max 4 and 5, and costs $300. A demo version is available here.

New Plugins: Warcraft III Art Tools...

Blizzard have released a set of plugins for Max which allow advanced users to create, modify, and quickly preview models and animations, including particle and ribbon effects, that can be used in custom maps created with Warcraft III's World Editor.

The Art Tools include the following plugins:
- Model Exporter plugin (ModelExp)
- Warcraft III Material plugin (War3bmtls)
- Warcraft III Preview (SGView)
- User Property Editor (UserProp)
- Warcraft III Particle plugin (BlizPart)
- Warcraft III Ribbon plugin (Ribbon)

You can find more information and a list of download servers here.

New Plugin: Modelling

Snap2Terrain is a utility plugin that allows a number of objects (or groups) to intersect with another (usually a terrain). The mesh intersection uses the pivot points of the selected object or groups.

Snap2Terrain is available for Max 4 to 6, and costs $89. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Global Utilities

Changes for v3.0 are:
- This is a straight recompile for Max 6

The source code is also available here.

Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v2.12.10 are:
- The plugin has been recompiled for Max 6

Plugin Updates: HABWare recompiles ready...

HABWare has recompiled almost all of his plugins for Max 6. The only ones missing are Fastprts and Detacher, which has been replaced by a new plugin called HMesher. You can find all of the Max 6 plugins here.

The following plugins are available:
- 3:2 Pulldown v6.0
- ACI to MAT v6.0
- Billboard v6.0
- Blobs v6.0
- Carrera v6.0
- ColorTab v6.0
- DEM to MAX v6.0
- Exclude v6.0
- HDXFEXP v6.0
- HMesher v6.0
- HSpline v6.0
- IBitmap v6.0
- Interlace v6.0
- MAX to OBJ v6.0
- MLI to MAX v6.0
- Moebius v6.0
- Nurbser v6.0
- OBJ to MAX v6.0
- Panorama v6.0
- Patchwork v6.0
- Photometer v6.0
- Particle Texture v6.0
- Roller v6.0
- SGI Logo v6.0
- SnapShot v6.0
- Spider v6.0
- Sticks v6.0
- Terrain2 v6.0
- ToyTrain v6.0
- Water2 v6.0
- XIdMary v6.0

New Plugin: MAXScript Extensions

This is a large selection of extremely useful functions for MAXScript. It contains all functions from previous versions, and adds the following:
- Adds interpBezier3D, tangentBezier3D
- Adds sysinfo.processAffinity, sysinfo.systemAffinity
- Adds bit.isNAN, bit.isFinite, custAttributes.getOwner, globalVars.getTypeTag, globalVars.getValueTag
- Adds custAttributes.getDefClass
- getClassInstances now works with MSPlugin and MSCustAttribDef values in addition to MAXClass values

Plugin Update: MAXScript Extensions

Changes for v5.09 are:
- Added FindPathSegAndParam, FindLengthSegAndParam
- Fixed persistents.ispersistent, persistents.make
- Added bit.isNAN, bit.isFinite, custAttributes.getOwner
- Added custAttributes.getDefClass
- getClassInstances now works with MSPlugin and MSCustAttribDef values in addition to MAXClass values

Plugin Update: Modifiers

This is just a recompile for Max 6. The source code is also available here.

Plugin News: Itoo Software updates on the way...

Itoo Software have announced that the Max 6 versions of their plugins will be available in the next few days.

New Plugin: Utilities

A new color picker for MAX, with many great, new features, like 4 different color spaces (RGB / HSV / CMYK / Lab), cool new pickers and a mixing area.

Plugin Update: Materials

Changes for v3.0.1 are:
- Old file loading crash bug is fixed
- Compiled with Intel compiler which results in increased performance

The link above is for the Max 6 version, if you are using Max 4 or 5, you need this version.

Plugin News: f-Edge for Max 6...

Dimension Design Animation Group have recompiled their f-Edge plugin for Max 6. You can get the new build here, and registered users should e-mail for authorisation codes.

Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v2.51 are:
- Fixes a problem that some users were having with Max 6

New Plugin: Texturing

The 'Spline Segment Mapping' plugin allows you to quickly create UVW coordinates for complex models. The utility plugin creates UVW mapping coordinates of the cylindrical mapping type along a spline. You need to align every segment of the spline to the original geometry as closely as possible. The underlying geometry will be assigned to each spline segment automatically so that cylindrical UVW coordinates will be created.

The advantage of this kind of UVW coordinate creation is that you can determine the amount of UVW clusters by setting the amount of segments in the spline. These UVW clusters can be stitched together by using the extended functions of the UVW-Unwrap-Modifier (Max 5).

Spline Segment Mapping is available for Max 5 and costs €79 (approx. $90).