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Plugin News  –  May 2023

Wednesday 31 May 2023 - 22:44


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v6.0.7 include:
- The Library Browser has been rewritten from the ground up making it easier to develop new features
- The Style Editor now stays open even when the RailClone object is deselected
- New Link nodes connect the input with the output to organize wiring in complex styles
- New Reroute nodes let you modify a wire, adding intermediate nodes
- Copying and pasting a Segment/Spline/Surface to a macro no longer generates an error
- Double clicking over a Macro node opens it for editing
- The new RCSlicer modifier slices a mesh to create pieces for use with linear and array generators
- Styles can now be protected by a password
- A lot of Style Editor improvements
- Adds a new type of value to Numeric/Constant nodes: String
- Adds a new Parameter node: 'Value List'
- Adds a new Reference mode for RCSpline: 'Free'
- Adds support for Max 2024
- Adds support for Arnold 7.2
- Adds support for rotated or scaled items in groups
- Adds support for RailClone Colour in Corona Renderer (v9 or above) using instancing
- Adds Generator->Cap->Mat.ID to define the Material ID for capping faces
- Capping faces generated from clipping areas are now mapped using Box Mapping
- Adds a number of new Arithmetic attributes
- Adds a new option to RailClone Tools: Export (XML for segment properties, FBX for geometry)
- Adds a new 'Tags' operator node which lets you assign custom properties to a segment
- Adds a MAXScript interface to RailClone Tools->Instantiate
- And much much more... a full list of improvements and fixes can be found here

RailClone Pro is available for Max 2013 to 2024 and costs €230. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v3.0 are:
- Adds real-time cuts, enabling you to get instant feedback and make precise adjustments on the fly
- Adds a new shape cut tool to create accurate cuts using predefined shapes from a large library
- The new face cut tool simplifies complex cuts by following the borders of planar faces
- Adds a comprehensive collection of predefined ngons, shapes, and meshes to enhance your workflow
- Adds a redesigned interface with a hybrid circular menu providing quick and easy access to tools
- You can now achieve precise alignment by snapping cuts to 3D mesh vertices or grid points
- You can now easily mirror cuts in the XY axis for symmetrical modeling and efficient design
- The new real-time variable-round tool rounds corner edges of meshes with customizable radius sizes
- Fixes UI scaling for 4K monitors to ensure a seamless and optimized user experience
- Fixes various internal bugs to enhance stability and performance

FormCutter is available for Max 2017 to 2024 and costs $36.

Plugin Update: Atmospherics / Animation

Changes for v6.0.2 are:
- Adds an Explosion Gen particle source node for fast creation of procedural explosions with FumeFX
- Adds an Explosion Preprocess option that enables advanced shading of cinematic explosions
- Adds different noise types to the Perlin Noise node (Fractal and Turbulence)
- Perlin Noise node adds persistence, lacunarity, scale output params and output pins for 1D/3D noise
- Adds a Get Cluster node to allow users to read particle cluster attribute
- Adds a particle Cluster attribute output to the Get Particle Group and Get Particle Attribute nodes
- Pyro Vorticity adds a smoke threshold parameter
- Spawn Gen adds a position jitter direction pin to jitter just along a user defined vector
- Adds a Display Custom node to allow negative vector scale values
- Dragging the time slider was now works smoothly with more complicated scenes
- Grid Sources node simulation results are now consistent
- The Random node no longer takes the seed from the particle if the Seed pin is connected
- Fixes a Curve editor bug if all knots have the same Y value
- Fixes a seed value of 0 in some cases resulting in wrong random numbers
- Fixes a crash with invalid atmospherics entry left after loading scene with missing atmospherics
- Fixes a rare crash on opening the NodeWorks window

FumeFX is available for Max 2019 to 2024 and costs $365 per year. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for SP5 are:
- Adds a new VDB Grid Merging option in finalRender
- Adds a Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) export feature to finalToon
- Fixes motion blur for deforming meshes
- Fixes a bug in the normal map shader
- Adds screen remapping to the matte/shadow/reflection shader
- Fixes a problem with material IDs in the render elements shader
- Fixes a bug in the override material in the GPU kernel code
- Fixes a finalToon issue with the Distance Line Effect in 3D Effects not functioning properly
- Resolves the problem with 'View Independent Strokes' option not working as intended in finalToon
- The finalToon Output File Dialog now defaults to the standard Max Export Project Folder
- The SWF format has been removed due to obsolescence and security concerns

finalRender / finalToon are available for Max 2022 to 2024 and cost €294 / €150 per year. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.02 are:
- Adds support for Max 2024
- Updates ATiles to v2.64

AvizStudioTools is available for Max 2018 to 2024 and costs €116 per year. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v2.9.6.0 are:
- Adds support for Max 2024
- Dimension tool improvements: Dimension objects
- You can now change the arrow heads style (available styles are: Arrow, Triangle, Circle, Ticks)
- You can now set an offset parameter to move the line away from the points
- Adds extension lines to better mark the start and end of the dimension line
- Adds a new 'Solid rendering' option to create an outlined spline with a extrude modifier applied
- Adds a new dialog to align the dimension and flip the text
- Some small fixes and optimizations
- The isolate layer tool no longer fails and hangs Max if the layer has child layers
- Removes unnecessary script calls from the ribbon UI that were filling the log file

DesignToolBox is available for Max 2016 to 2024 and costs $23. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Animation

Changes for v5.1.0 are:
- You can now duplicate and modify subscription assets however you like
- New animated thumbnails will now be displayed for assets from the online store
- You can now select the size of the thumbnails in the actor panel
- The search engine from the online store has been integrated into the actor panel
- You can now configure the time it takes for actors to be teleported to the start of a path
- The sign-in dialog now has a new toggle to show or hide the user's password
- The plugins now display a special model to indicate an access error has occurred
- Improves project packing performance by skipping unnecessary duplication of the resource cache
- Extra information has been added to the device list function of anima Commandline
- Duplicated drop characters can now be a copy instead of an instance only
- Improves compatibility of the 4D models with Chaos Vantage in Max
- Adds support for Max 2024
- Adds support for Maya 2024

Anima is available for Max 2016 to 2024 and costs €279. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v3.0 are:
- The .octopus Save/Load system has been refactored (backwards compatible)
- Performance optimizations
- Adds anti-aliasing control, font quality settings and panel customization
- The Copy / Paste System has been refactored
- Fixes several incorrectly working functions
- The settings panel has been refactored
- Adds support for Max 2024

Octopus is available for Max 2016 to 2024 and costs €25. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Modelling / Animation

Changes for v2.0.3 are:
- Fixes an issue that caused an error when loading ivy-presets

gw::Ivy is available for Max 2020 to 2024 and normally costs €94.90. For a limited time you can get a license for €74.90.

Plugin Update: Modelling / Animation

Changes for v7.4.3.32514 are:
- Fixes an error on startup in Max 2024
- Fixes sinks being invisible in the viewport in Max 2023+ in Surface Comb
- Fixes hair disappearing in Hair from Guides when using Vertex Colors in any modifier above it
- Fixes some Mesh From Strands options being disabled when the UI is updated

Ornatrix is available for Max 2014 to 2024 and costs $599. A demo version is available here.

New Plugin: Utilities

This commercial MAXScript is a tool that lets you send messages to Telegram using a special bot. For example you can send a message about the completion of a render together with a copy of the rendered image. You can customize the type of message sent with your own text, and templates such as [render], [scene], [time] and more are available to automatically insert render image, scene name and local time.

Telegram Notifications is available for Max 2012 to 2024 and costs $5. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Rendering

Changes for v1.5.45 are:
- Adds a 'Precise placement' option to the emitter modifier
- Adds a 'Fly-through priority' to the Dali Uber material
- Fixes a sampling bug when caustic beams may be visible without a medium
- Fixes caustic beam propagation through the cut-out surface
- Fixes primary gain in tonemap not being saved
- Fixes volumetric caustics for non-metric world units

Dali Renderer is available for Max 2018 to 2024 and costs $150 per year. A demo version is available here.

New Plugin: Modelling

EDim allows you to create stunning 3D dimensions in seconds. It supports multiple selections and color changing, and can be linked to your original object. You can control the dimensions' renderability and put them in a separate layer. EDim also offers three different dynamic sizes that will always fit your original object size.

EDim is available for Max 2016 to 2024 and costs $20.

Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v2.6.2 are:
- Adds a HydraLight2 light source based on an easier-to-develop and support MAXScript
- Adds original 3ds max transforms to export (for developers)
- Support for HydraLight based on the 3d max API has been discontinued and replaced with HydraLight2

Plugin Update: Texturing

Changes for v5.3.0 are:
- Adds new Parquet materials (Corona, V-Ray, Redshift)
- Adds new texture maps (18)
- Fixes a memory leak in the Material Manager
- Optimizes code for Preview Rendering
- Minor bug fixes

XS Material Presets Pro is available for Max 2020 to 2024 and costs euro;190;.

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