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Plugin News  –  March 2019

Tuesday 19 March 2019 - 16:02

 

New Plugin: Animation

This is a fast solution for creating ropes for your Massfx simulation. Select two objects and create a rope between them automatically. The rope morphing is based on a Skin modifier. You can use either the standard Skin modifier or 3D-io Bones Pro. No additional plugins are required.

Massfx Rope Creator is available for Max 2010 to 2019 and costs $19.


Plugin Update: Animation

Changes for v19.1.2 are
- Adds support for Max 2019
- Adds support for Maya 2019

Craft Director Studio is available for Max 2016 to 2019 and costs $399. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.091 are:
- Bug-fixes

MultiScatter is available for Max 2009 to 2019 and costs €200.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v10.0.24.4 are:
- Unicode characters in the database machine's host name no longer cause a crash
- Fixes an issue with task failure detection being wrongly based on the job's error count
- Fixes an issue that prevented Deadline applications from reloading Event plugins
- The log streaming window (for Slave, Pulse, etc) now shows up to 1000 lines instead of 500
- Fixed a Repository installer issue where the final installation step took a very long time
- The Remote Connection Server Setup page is now more specific about the User information needed
- The Mac OSX Repository installer now sets the 'open file' limit to 10000 for database process
- The AWS Portal Infrastructure creation process now reports its progress in the Monitor
- S3 buckets created by Deadline will now enforce encryption on their contents by default
- Adds an AWS Portal option to set the Retention Policy for the CloudWatch logs
- Older logs in the Logging bucket for the Asset Transfer system are now purged regularly
- The AWS Portal Link service no longer runs a background Deadline Proxy sub-process
- Adds an option to the AWS Portal panel to clear S3 bucket data
- Adds Termination Protection to the Gateway instance for the AWS Portal Infrastructure
- Disables the Vendor Daemon Port option when configuring V-Ray BYOL, since it is not needed
- Fixes an issue that caused on-premise file transfers to fail at the end of the transfer
- Fixes an issue in AWS Portal submission-time pre-caching requests
- AWS Portal access to checkip.amazonaws.com is now done using TLS
- Fixes a Monitor error that occurred when deleting a job without an icon from the Job Panel
- Remote Commands sent to 'Unknown' Slaves in the Slave Panel will now be ignored
- Fixes some Monitor issues with quick filters in the Slaves panel when adding new Pools/Groups
- Slaves no longer crash if Web Forwarding is enabled, but the License Forwarder isn't running
- Fixes the Slave option 'Only Render Jobs from These Users' from not working
- Improves Launcher logging related to Slave Scheduling and Idle Detection
- Adds a new GetRenderExecutable() function to the DeadlinePlugin class
- The SMTD V-Ray Standalone export workflow now supports exporting one vrscene file per frame
- Fixes a gamma override inconsistency in the 3dscmd plugin
- Max rendering with the V-Ray VFB now generates the VRayDenoiser render element properly
- Fixes a UTF-8 encoding issue in the Max plugin that could occur on certain systems
- Additional V-Ray paths in Max, like vrmap and vrlmap, now have Path Mapping applied to them
- Cinema 4D jobs now respect the Deadline Slave's CPU affinity during rendering
- Improves some of the setting names in the Clarisse plugin configuration
- The Machine List, Limits, and Dependencies buttons in the integrated Fusion submitter now work
- The integrated Hiero submitter now supports the improved Pipeline Tools workflow
- Adds Nuke 11.3 support to Hiero
- Fixes a Houdini bug that prevented Pipeline Tools from working in the integrated submitter
- The integrated Katana submitter now supports the improved Pipeline Tools workflow
- Fixes some issues that prevented the integrated submitter from working in Katana 3
- The integrated Katana submitter now resyncs all output node parameters in the scene file
- Path Mapping is now applied to the Katana scene file
- Adds support for Keyshot 8
- Adds support for Maya 2019
- Adds support for Renderman 22 for Maya
- Scene load errors are no longer silenced by the MayaBatch plugin
- When using the V-Ray Export workflow, the vrimg2exr job now has its dependencies set properly
- In the Redshift Export workflow, pre-caching is now supported when submitting to AWS Portal
- When rendering with Redshift, GPU affinity is no longer bypassed when a GPU crashes
- Path Mapping is now only applied to the Arnold StandIn files required by the current task
- Fixes an issue with Arnold Tile rendering that resulted in visible lines between the tiles
- The MayaBatch plugin configuration 'Always Log Script Contents' option now logs each task
- Errors thrown by startup scripts with the MayaBatch plugin are now caught and handled properly
- Removes the Maya 2018.5 configuration options as it is treated as Maya 2018 in all respects
- Path Mapping is now applied to all Path Aliases used by modo
- Adds support for Nuke 11.3
- The integrated Nuke submitter now supports the improved Pipeline Tools workflow
- The integrated Nuke submitter no longer supports submitting Smart Vectors in Nuke 11.2+
- The Octane submitter now processes the '%F' token properly in the Filename Template setting
- Fixes a bug where Redshift Standalone would always use an incorrect list of GPUs
- The Strict Hard Cap option is now enabled by default in the Spot plugin configuration
- Improves Spot exception handling

Deadline is available for Max 2010 to 2019 and costs $48 per node per year. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v9.0.12 are:
- Adds a new template for SketchUp using the standard render or V-Ray up to the newest version
- Adds a new template for Rhino and Rhino Bongo using the Rhino Renderer, Maxwell and V-Ray
- Adds a new connector for Blender
- Adds a new connector for Sketchup
- Adds a new connector for Keyshot
- The Keyshot template can now enable render node licenses
- Fixes an issue with the Max image slicing template
- Fixes an issue in image slicing jobs with 'Skip assembler' enabled
- Adds a new set of classes to handle popup suppression and automatic handling
- It is now possible to write templates that start GUI based renders
- Optimizes the way new submitted jobs and batch deletion are handled by the databases
- The database schema for the db_users table has been changed to avoid the group keyword
- Fixes user email addresses imported from a directory server being displayed as empty
- Fixes repositories visible to the web/API parameter not being serialized into the DB
- It is now possible to mark the process logs path as a shared folder path
- The process logs path can now parse a %hostname% macro to make subfolders for each client
- Fixes a bug where frame masks submitted with a fresh new job were previously ignored
- The frames mask selector now opens the file dialog from the current file path
- Fixes the image viewer window having the set size icon hidden even it was functional

Muster is available for Max 6 to 2019 and costs $85 per node. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v1.3.0d are:
- Speeds up network rendering
- Scene conversion improvements

FStormRender is available for Max 2014 to 2019 and costs €20 per month. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling / Texturing

Changes for v6.1.7 are
- Fixes issues with animated V-Ray proxies
- Fixes a crashing bug with Animation modes in V-Ray

Forest Pack Pro is available for Max 2012 to 2019 and costs €220. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling / Animation

Changes for v6.1.4.18996 are:
- Viewport hair texture display now respects non-0 texture channels for Optimized Mesh display
- Fixes a crash when exporting to Alembic multiple times with velocity export on
- Fixes the Oscillator modifier not resetting when going to a previous frame
- Fixes Surface Comb sinks sometimes penetrating the distribution mesh
- Fixes the Clump modifier being unable to pick clump patterns when using select multiple
- Fixes the Clump modifier producing errors for zero length input strands
- Fixes slow performance with even distribution

Ornatrix is available for Max 2014 to 2019 and costs $599. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.090 are:
- Adds support for V-Ray Next update 1.1
- Fixes a random crash when scattering on a plane with an edit poly modifier
- Fixes some problems with 2 sided materials
- Fixes various bugs mostly related to V-Ray 3.6

MultiScatter is available for Max 2009 to 2019 and costs €200.


Plugin Update: Modelling / Texturing

Changes for v6.1.6 are
- Fixes a critical bug in the multithreaded scattering process
- Adds support for Max 2012, which was removed in FP 6.1.5

Forest Pack Pro is available for Max 2012 to 2019 and costs €220. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v2.6.36 are:
- Fixes a Maya bug that caused the plugin to incorrectly think a render was already in progress
- Fixes various Maya bugs related to Redshift-specific MEL overrides missing for Maya 2019
- Adds C4D support for Ornatrix
- Fixes a C4D IPR issue where camera-mapped projection changes would not always be reflected
- Fixes a C4D issue with cloners in R20
- Adds support for Houdini 17.0.506 and drops support for Houdini 17.0.352
- Fixes a Houdini crash if an instancer object is enabled for particles rendering
- Fixes a RenderView issue where shorcuts were not saving
- Fixes a RenderView issue where the LUT editbox wouldn't update when the LUT file was updated
- Fixes a RenderView update issue if you color picked a region and then changed the scale mode
- Fixes a RenderView issue when scrolling with a mouse wheel in the PostFX tab

Redshift is available for Max 2013 to 2019 and costs $500. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v2.11 are:
- Implements puzzles so users can select local images or files for use in online Verge3D apps
- The Verge3D WordPress plugin now supports uploading and storing files
- Adds a minimalist example called 'Custom Image' to both the Max and Blender versions
- The WordPress plugin now supports PDF attachments in order emails
- Adds a 'get URL data' puzzle for generating / parsing a link to a saved configuration
- New WordPress sandbox website for development purposes at sandbox.soft8soft.com
- Adds support for VR session events generated by controllers' buttons
- Updates the VR mode puzzle and the puzzle for capturing VR session events
- You can set the time period after which hovering a reticle over target triggers the click event
- You can now assign a custom VR reticle
- The Oscar-winning physics engine Bullet is now integrated into Puzzles
- Adds a new 'elapsed total' puzzle to serve as a clock (e.g. for procedural animations)
- Implements a 'get camera direction' puzzle
- Adds a new 'get object direction' puzzle for applying physics force in a proper direction
- Adds a new 'get GPU vendor/model' puzzle for detecting the user's graphics hardware
- Adds a new 'autorotate camera' puzzle
- Adds a group of puzzles that work around the sound-on-iOS problem
- Adds support for the Voronoi Texture EEVEE/Cycles node
- Fixes the Glossy BSDF EEVEE/Cycles node from producing an incorrect specular effect
- Improves rendering quality thanks to reduced aliasing on sharply changed surface normals
- Improves the Orbit/Flying/First-Person camera controls
- Blender only: the button for disabling rendering of collections now works in Verge3D
- Improves rendering quality for equirectangular images assigned as a background
- Fixes orphan objects sometimes being exported to glTF from Blender 2.80
- Fixes the play animation puzzle not working when representing animation speed as a variable
- Local camera transformations now work correctly in VR mode
- Fixes orbit controls not working properly in VR mode
- Fixes the VR reticle flickering due to improper synchronization with the camera
- Fixes shadows not being cast in the simple configurator demo
- Fixes a clamping issue for several EEVEE nodes that caused inconsistency with Verge3D rendering
- Fixes a Blender export crash when converting textures to PNG or JPEG from other formats
- Fixes a Max export crash when a scene only has one photometric light
- Fixes a Blender export crash when materials are applied to objects rather than to meshes

Verge3D is available for Max 2015 to 2019 and costs $290. A demo version is available here.


Plugin Update: Import / Export

Changes for v4.0 are
- Adds an installer application for Wall Worm Pro and Wall Worm Free
- Updates the update scripts to remove a confusing notice about reactivating WW Pro
- Fixes a bug in the SMD Exporter for WW Free using versions of Max prior to Max 2018.2
- Adds a new RandomElements modifier for Max 2016+ for randomizing objects per element
- Adds a new function to display connections between entity inputs/outputs in the viewports
- Adds a toolbar button to display entity inputs/outputs
- Adds a toolbar button to isolate selection of current entity selection and their inputs/outputs
- Fixes a Create Displacements bug that created extra unused mesh snapshots of source brushes
- Updates the Raw Materials default to always use the $images shortcut if the raw path is blank
- Updates several player entities to default spawn 8 units off the ground plane instead of 1 unit
- Fixes a VMT Browser crash due to an unknown system exception when loading the game's VMT list
- Adds a new function to load materials that are missing from MDL nodes
- Adds a new function to generate Forest LOD nodes from a WallWormMDL node
- Updates the batch WWMT Exporter to export only one copy of a WWMT
- Adds a function to generate new LOD materials for WWMT Helpers with LODs
- Adds details to the Help Floater about whether WW Pro is installed or activated
- Adds a macro to merge WWMT Helpers that share the same material
- Fixes global settings for the SMD exporter to honor user settings immediately across WW
- Fixes the SMD importer not importing proper skin weights if the WW Engine is set to Goldsource
- Fixes the VMF Importer not classifying imported scene nodes
- Adds a button in Hull Helper to align hull pivots to the rootnode for selected WWMT Helpers
- Updates the VMF exporter to not duplicate props even if the scene manager gets out-of-synch
- Updates WWMT to check for Skin/Morpher/Morph-O-Matic modifiers or if a picked node is a bone
- Fixes a MAXScript bug after updating WW and getting an error about an undefined function
- Fixes a rare case of a MAXScript error when installing the toolbars
- Moves the Visgroup Manager button from the Level Design toolbar to the Grid and Nudge toolbar

Wall Worm Pro is available for Max 9 to 2019 and costs $50.


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v2.4.43 are:
- Particle systems can now be exported as a native Arnold points primitive
- Pflow systems can now pick their shape through an Arnold-specific node called Arnold Shape
- Python bindings for the Arnold API are now part of the installer
- Fixes a crash with Fluids Foam in Active Shade
- Fixes a crash with the Array tool in Active Shade


Plugin Update: Texturing

Changes for v2.37 are
- Fixes two issues that caused incorrect scaling of some charts when using flatten unwrap
- Fixes network rendering with Single Pass disabled not processing all maps correctly
- Improves handling of gamma correction settings when rendering with Single Pass disabled

Flatiron is available for Max 2010 to 2019 and costs €299.


Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v2.6 are:
- You can now measure the distance between two selected vertices
- You can now measure the distance between the centers of two selected edges
- You can now measure the distance between the centers of two selected faces

miauu's Live Measure Pro is available for Max 2009 to 2019 and costs €6.


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v1.3.0b are:
- Fixes a crash if FStormSun is deleted

FStormRender is available for Max 2014 to 2019 and costs €20 per month. A demo version is available here.


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)

Dave


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