MAX News Archive

Archived Plugin News  –  January 2004

New Plugin: Miscellaneous

KillMax.exe is a simple utility that will kill all running copies of Max. Often, this is faster than 'cleanly' shutting down Max, and comes in handy when dealing with huge scenes or when you have to repeatedly start/stop Max.

Plugin Update: Objects

Changes for v1.1.48 beta are:
- New Settle function to fill and settle containers until the desired filling %
- More control over the solver floating window
- Bug-fix - After loading a scene with objects filled with particles, those objects are refilled internally

Plugin Update: Texturing

Changes for v1.2 are:
- Added Random Seed parameter
- Added V-Ray compatible Shade Context

AF Tile is available for Max 3 to 6, and costs $24.99. A demo version is available here.

Plugin News: Max 6 recompiles...

AF Video Systems have recompiled all of their commercial and freeware plugins for Max 6. More information here.

New Plugin: Materials

InfoTexture shades the surface according to various surface properties. Intended to be used to render passes of a scene that will later be used in a compositing program or post-process script.

New Plugin: MAXScript Extensions

FooLib is a collection of interfaces containing new functions and properties for use in MaxScript.

- IFooAdvancedLighting - Provides access to the Advanced Lighting dialog
- IFooBitmap - Methods for working with Bitmap files and values
- IFooFile - Methods for working with external files and directories
- IFooInfo - Provides information on FooLib itself
- IFooMaxFile - Methods for working with external Max files
- IFooMesh - Methods for working with mesh objects
- IFooModifier - Methods for working with modifiers
- IFooParticle - Methods for working with particle systems
- IFooScript - Methods dealing with MAXscript
- IFooSystem - Exposes Windows system related functions
- IFooUtil - A catch-all collection of methods that don't fit in any other category
- IFooViewport - Provides access to 3ds viewports

Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v1.1 are:
- Added sharpness function for specular reinforcement
- Added 'Save as default' for Gradations
- Added 'Save as default' for Line Elements
- Added saving and loading of Line Elements and Lines
- Added Threshold Outline for lines
- Added Line Alpha Attenuation by Z-depth
- Refined Line UI
- Fixed the problem with screen-mapping

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

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v0.1.2 Alpha are:
- Fixed many rewiring, node structure and palette manager redraw bugs
- Added palette node categories
- Added palette-based node colors
- New switch renderer option
- New interface commands added

For up-to-date news about SME, head over to the official forum.

New Plugin: Miscellaneous

This is the Max 6 version of the very useful Lockstep plugin for dpsReality users. There is also a version for owners of the dpsQauttrus system which you can get here.

Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v4.0.4.59 are:
- Updates the plugin to work with Max 6

There are also new versions of the exporter for Max 3, 4 and 5, you can find them here.

New Plugin: Materials

The DirectX 9 Shader material has been recompiled against the Summer Update DX9 SDK. It also fixes a couple of problems including issues with scripted materials and volume textures not loading correctly.

Plugin Update: Objects

Changes for v1.1.47 are:
- Cache performance improved
- Fixed crash after deleting a glu3D source
- It's now possible to bind WSM to glu3D particles after filling objects
- It's also now possible to bind WSM to glu3D object
- Time remaining estimation for glu3D dynamic solver floating window

New Plugin: Connection

Power RhinoToMax provides translation of native Rhino models directly into Max. Now users can build high quality surface models in the powerful Rhino modeling environment and import them directly into Max for high quality renderings, animation, etc.

Features include:
- Native Translation of Rhino Models
- Import Precise Trimmed NURBS
- User Control of Tessellation for Display / Rendering
- Batch Import with Mesh Generation
- Manual Sewing of Import Data
- Trim / Un-trim Surfaces
- Snapping to Imported Rhino Objects

Power RhinoToMax is available for Max 4 to 6, and costs $295. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Updates: 2 more from Peter Watje...

Peter Watje has recompiled a couple more plugins for Max 6:
- Reverse Spline v1.0
- Scatter v1.63

Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v2.35 are:
- Two new filtering modes
- Unclipped Sky background
- Curve Control for custom adjustment of image tonal range
- Alpha channel with transparent objects support
- Browser features added to the Illumination Map Window
- Fixed the problem with RPC objects
- Fixed the problem with using InSight in Material Editor

InSight is available for Max 5 and 6, and costs $350. A demo version is available here.

Plugin News: Hercules announced...

Di-O-Matic, Inc. have announced their upcoming plugin Hercules. Hercules is a complete musculature solution aimed at creating realistic deformations for your animated characters' skin directly inside Max.

Hercules is currently in final development stage and the release date is planned soon. The suggested retail price is set to $599, pre-orders are currently being accepted and provide access to the latest beta version until the final version is shipped.

New Plugin: Import / Export

Imports MDL files (v37) from HalfLife 2 into Max.

New Plugin: Import / Export

Exports Max scenes to Maya 5 ASCII files (*.MA) including materials and animation.

Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v3.60 are:
- Support for Max 6 radiosity solutions
- Support for Max Visibility tracks
- Improved real-time performance
- Full Max 6 support
- and more...

A full list of changes in this release is available here.

Plugin Update: Objects

Changes for v1.1.45 beta are:
- Fixes a problem with custom attributes

Plugin News: New plugins in beta...

GMCC Software have announced that 2 upcoming plugins have started beta-testing.

Gesture Max converts characters and props from Poser 4 or 5 into Max including all geometry, attributes, morph channels, materials and maps into their Max equivalents.

Workflow Max is a fully integrated asset management system for Max and VIZ.

For a brief period, both plugins will be in a limited beta cycle. To obtain access to the beta versions, go to the Digimation Beta site, create an account, and send a request to Todd Peterson to get access.

Plugin Update: Bitmap I/O

Changes for v0.9 are:
- No changes, just a recompile for Max 6

Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v1.11 are:
- Includes a Max 6 VC7 build
- Some additions and bug fixes
- Max 6 version includes a new Morpher interface

Plugin News: finalToon promotion...

Turbo Squid are offering owners of ComicShop, Illustrate! or CartoonReyes the chance to switch over to finalToon at a reduced price of $149 for a limited time. The regular price for finalToon is $495. The offer is valid until the end of February. Head on over to Turbo Squid for more details.

Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v2.0 are:
- Assembly Support
- Imports Large Files Much Faster
- Batch Import with Mesh Generation
- New EditableBrep Object
- Manual Sewing of Import Data
- Manual Cleanup of Surface and Face Normals
- Normalize a Group of Face Normal Vectors

Power Translators is available for Max 4 to 6, and costs $495. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v2.0 are:
- Dynamic Editing
- Meshing Improvements
- More Intuitive UI for Max Users
- New Filleting Tool with Variable Radius Filleting and Beautiful Organic Fillets (G1, G2, G3 continuity)
- New Shelling/Offset Command
- Snapping to Brep Edges/Vertices/Faces
- New EditableBrep Object
- Assembly Object
- New Creation Objects
- Quick Help

Power Solids is available for Max 4 to 6, and costs $495. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Updates: MooDee plugins for Max 6

MooDee has recompiled his plugins for Max 6. MooDee Shader v0.04 and MDFilter v 1.04 are both available here. There is also an alternative version of the MooDee Shader in the ZIP file, which should be used if problems crop up with the original version (I think!).

Plugin Update: Materials

Changes for v1.1 are:
- No changes, just a recompile for Max 6

Plugin Update: Objects

Changes for v1.1.44 beta are:
- Adds support for Mental Ray

Plugin Update: Objects

Changes for v1.1.43 beta are:
- Fixes a problem with menu items.

New Plugin: Spacewarps

This is a recompile of an old Max 2 plugin. It is a spacewarp that kills any particles that land on it.

Plugin Update: Renderers

Turbo Squid has announced the release of Service Pack 2 for finalRender Stage-1. It is a free download for all registered Stage-1 users.

Changes in SP2 include:
- All new anti-aliasing core engine technologies
- Powerful Dynamic Bitmaps technology
- Substantial speed increases within complex scenes
- Drastically reduced memory consumption by the renderer core
- Inclusion of special Adaptive Multiple Ray Sampler code
- Cylinder area light source is now included
- Game Developer specific output enhancements
- UI enhancements
- Better native Max 6 renderer support

finalRender Stage-1 is available for Max 4 to 6, and costs $795. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Modifiers

Changes for v1.21 are:
- Support for Max 6

Plugin Update: Objects

Changes for v1.1.40 beta are:
- Collisions improved
- Filling objects fixed
- Serious bugs fixed

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