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Plugin News  –  May 2022

Tuesday 17 May 2022 - 12:33

 

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v3.18.16 are:
- Improves default settings for creating PBR materials from images and Substance SBSAR files
- Adds support for CoronaPhysicalMtl for creating PBR materials from images and Substance files
- Adds the ability to customize masks for creating PBR materials from images
- Adds the ability to flexibly customize PBR materials created from images
- Adds the ability to bulk-change texture size for the created PBR materials
- Adds the ability to change texture size for the created Substance map
- Adds the ability to reuse categories from a replaced material to the new one
- Fixes some minor issues with the Converting Images tool
- Fixes an issue with converting models to Final Render proxies in Max 2022 and above
- Fixes a bug with opening VRMAT library files

Project Manager is available for Max 2014 to 2023 and costs $60. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Updates: Plugin recompiles for Max 2023 from iCube R&D Group

iCube R&D Group have recompiled most of their plugins for Max 2023.

The following plugins are now available:
- CityTraffic v2.037
- MultiScatter v1.626
- VRayPattern v1.085
- SplineLand v1.052


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v15.75 are:
- Adds support for Max 2023
- Adds support for Maya 2023
- GLTF now exports curves
- Fixes GLTF positioning problems that may occur on certain transformations
- Fixes an occasional Blender crash with some files

Polygon Cruncher is available for Max 2009 to 2023 and costs $129. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Animation

Changes for v4.5.5 are:
- Adds support for Max 2023
- Adds support for Cinema 4D R26
- Adds support for Unreal Engine 5.0.1
- Fixes a very rare crash when building the internal resource list
- Fixes an Unreal issue where importing actors with skeleton animations took too long
- Fixes an Unreal issue where textures would be incorrectly imported as virtual textures
- Packaging projects is now supported in Unreal Engine 5 too

Anima is available for Max 2014 to 2023 and costs €279. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v3.5.02 are:
- Fixes a crash in OpenImageIO caused by PSD files with non-raster layers
- The Maya DLL is now correctly qualified as an Extension
- Fixes a Maya issue with OSL shader changes not showing in the next render
- Fixes a Maya issue where rendering XGen IGS caused a crash
- Changes to the renderDensityMultiplier attribute on an IGS node in Maya are now updated in IPR
- Improves C4D image drag-and-drop in nodes so the new texture node inherits the image filename
- Fixes a C4D issue where an already cached material preview would be re-rendered
- Improves the Houdini USD output VOP node
- Adds a new Houdini env. variable to control the reset of non-available color spaces in VOP nodes
- The default Redshift Standard Material is now created inside the Houdini material builder nodes
- Fixes several Houdini warnings reported while cooking nodes like the Filecache SOP
- Fixes a Houdini problem with the RenderView scale factor parameter when working with render maps
- Fixes a Hydra problem with the viewport camera updating
- Final fix for the Hydra render crash when a handle is visible related to the selection buffers
- Fixes a Hydra crash when rendering scenes in DebugVerbose log mode
- Adds Blender support for the new 'Standard Material'
- Adds Blender support for the new 'Material Layer' and 'IOR To Metal Tints' nodes
- Fixes an error with animated cameras when rendered from the Blender command line

Redshift is available for Max 2015 to 2023 and costs $264 per year. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Updates: Plugin recompiles for Max 2023 from Grant Adam

Grant Adam has recompiled all of his freeware and commercial plugins for Max 2023. A list of what is available can be found here.


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v1.84 are:
- Adds support for Max 2023
- Fixes a bug where texture paths would not be created

Din3D Importer is available for Max 2010 to 2023 and costs €59. A demo version is available here.


New Plugin: Import / Export

MaxPDB lets you import PDB files directly into Max, providing a multitude of rendering and visualization options. Atoms can be displayed as particles, geometry or bonds.

MaxPDB is available for Max 2022 to 2023 and costs $500. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v2.0 are:
- Removes the Global Arrays from the previous update
- The script now automatically selects target objects when executing search
- Replaces the [Select] button with a [Clear] button
- Adds a property editor (with search field) to change any property of the selected class
- Adds counts to ClassList items
- Adds [_All*] and [_Selected*] to the Class List
- Adds [Position, Rotation, Scale, WireColor, Name] to object properties
- Adds [Name] to materials/maps/modifiers properties
- Adds various ways of incrementing values, both randomly and calculated
- Renaming objects/materials/maps now always adds a number at the end
- You can now start to increment names from a specific number
- Randomize/increment transform can now be done in multiple ways
- Adds the ability to change/clear a property inside arrays
- There are now no spinners, so all numbers should be typed into the textBox
- There is now NO Filter when picking objects, so pick carefully
- You can no longer use 0/1 to change BooleanClasses, you have to use True/False or On/Off
- If [Keep] is unchecked, [Apply to selected] always applies the change to the current selection
- When applying a new material/map with a sub-material, you can now keep the old one as the sub
- When clearing material/map by class, it can now be replaced with one of its sub-materials

Universal Select By is available for Max 2016 to 2023 and costs $25.


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.

Dave


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