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Plugin News  –  August 2022

Sunday 14 August 2022 - 14:30


Plugin Update: Particles

Changes for v1.007 are:
- Adds whitewater generation and advection options to the Birth Fluid and Fluid Force operators
- Adds Runge-Kutta 2 and 4 advection methods to the Fluid Force operator (improves accuracy)
- Adds slice count/spread options to tySlice split mode
- Adds a 'rebuild SDF' mode to the VDB Convert operator
- Adds a PrepNeighbors function to the Script operator
- Adds a GetNearestNeighbor function to the Script operator to find a particle's nearest neighbor
- Adds the ability to filter by a list of material IDs in the Position Object operator
- Adds 'relative to velocity' options to the Rotation operator banking parameters
- Fixes a bug where selecting a PRT file in tyCache would switch the filename extension to '.tyc'
- Fixes an issue where tyCaches were not respecting input paths relative to the current project
- The Bounds Fracture random axis mode can now randomize slices across instanced meshes
- Fixes a crash that could occur when copying and pasting a Shape operator
- Fixes visual glitches that would occur when operator rollouts were left-aligned
- Fixes an issue that caused the tyFlow floating license server to crash on certain VM setups
- Fixes a crash if certain operators point to objects exposing the IParticleObjectExt interface
- Fixes an issue where the Particle Physics attraction UI wasn't functioning properly
- Fixes an issue where the Property Transfer UI wasn't functioning properly
- Fixes an issue where the radius multiplier in the Property Test neighbor mode couldn't be used
- Fixes an issue where 'hide after adding' in the tyBoolean modifier wasn't working
- Fixes frozen/hidden objects not being added to node listboxes from the 'Add...' menu
- Fixes another issue which could cause Max to crash when dragging a tyActor operator into a flow
- Fixes an issue where the Force operator's second built-in noise wasn't working
- Fixes a bug where clicking an operator with a textbox reset the particle display to frame zero

tyFlow Pro is available for Max 2018 to 2023 and costs $495. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v3.5.05 are:
- The RS Standard Material compact UI layout in Max can now be disabled
- Changing the Rendering Engine in Max now correctly sets the Hardware Ray-Tracing checkbox
- Fixes a Max issue where Redshift Object Properties could fail to read float values correctly
- Fixes a Max issue where core preferences do not immediately save when toggling Hybrid Rendering
- Changing the Rendering Engine in Maya now correctly sets the Hardware Ray-Tracing checkbox
- New Maya scenes will use the new full subsurface scattering GI by default
- Random Walk is now the default SSS mode for new RedshiftStandardMaterials in Maya
- Adds a warning when a Maya connection is made to a 'closure' attribute
- Fixes a Maya bug that resulted in GI trace depth 1 not disabling GI
- Maya joints now have their visibility tracked
- Visible particle systems with a hidden instancer are now rendered as spheres in Maya
- Maya now uses a node's LOD Visibility attribute when determining overall visibility
- Particle shapes with arbitrary parent transforms are now supported in Maya
- Transformation blur for particles now respects individual nodes' motionBlur attribute in Maya
- AOV output filename updates in Maya now tracks changes to defaultRenderGlobals.imageFilePrefix
- Fixes a C4D issue where aborting a bake in progess was not possible
- Fixes a C4D issue where curves produced by some third-party generators would not be extracted
- Fixes a C4D issue in the RenderView where some settings were reset when the window reopened
- Fixes an RSFile parameter issue in C4D R26 where long filenames overflowed the attribute manager
- Fixes a C4D bug in Nodes where constant Value connections to file / ramp parameters were ignored
- Adds support for Houdini 19.5.303
- Adds support for Houdini 19.0.657 and drops support for 19.0.561
- Houdini now supports multiple material override in the 'instancefile' proxy instancing workflow
- Adds new 'int rsproxymatlist(string proxyPath, string[] materialsList)' custom VEX function
- New 'Redshift_getProxyMaterialsList' hscript command gets the materials list of any proxy node
- Adds Houdini support for materials override list to the RS Packed Proxy SOP
- Minor Houdini fixes in the RS USD Material Builder HDA
- Fixes a Houdini problem while rendering high resolution images (above 12k) to MPlay
- Fixes a Houdini problem when rendering objects that should continue hidden if edited during IPR
- Adds Houdini support for the optional 'instancexform' parameter to the Instance OBJ node
- New options in the RS ROP node control the Color/PhotographicExposure/PostFX settings
- Fixes a rare Houdini crash when working with the RenderView and Viewport IPRs at the same time
- Fixes a Houdini crash when rendering scenes with camera crop values outside the valid 0..1 range
- The Houdini RenderView camera list now auto-updates when adding / renaming camera nodes
- Fixes a Houdini problem with the integer attributes mesh data introduced in the previous build
- Fixes a Houdini problem while instancing procedurals
- Adds Houdini support for Alembic procedural 'objectPath'/'objectExclude'/'objectPattern' params
- Adds Houdini support for instancing Alembic procedural objects, including support for user data
- Adds Houdini support for material mapping to the Alembic procedural
- Adds Houdini support for facesets material mapping to the Alembic procedural
- Adds Houdini support for tracesets to the Alembic procedural
- Adds Hydra support for Solaris 19.5.303
- Adds Hydra support for Solaris 19.0.657 and drops support for 19.0.561
- Adds automatic updating of animated Houdini vdb primitives in the viewport in Hydra
- New 'Animated Volume' option disables the viewport auto update of the static Houdini vdb objects
- Fixes a couple of Hydra issues in the Redshift LOP
- Adds the 'Render All Frames With a Single Process' option to the Redshift LOP in Hydra
- Improves Katana management of failed renders due to license fails or other issues
- Fixes 'NoneType' error checking the changed lights in IPR mode in Blender
- Fixes a Blender crash with 'Deep output' renders
- Fixes a matrix update issue with Dome Light in IPR mode in Blender
- Fixes a Blender error in hair UV coordinates when 'child' particle type is set to 'interpolated'
- Adds a switch to disable secondary ray denoising in Redshift RT
- Fixes several crashes related to Hair in RT
- Adds RT support for redshiftCmdLine rendering
- Fixes tremendously long shader compilation times for some materials based on Maxon noises in RT
- Fixes an RT crash running an animation in RV
- Potentially fixed an RT bug that caused materials to mix up randomly
- IMPORTANT: Removes support for Kepler-generation NVidia GPUs
- Adds support for anisotropic phase for volumes
- Adds support for random walk SSS
- Improves energy compensation for new Standard Material dielectric materials
- Enables SSS GI, which can be disabled via a new legacy option
- Fixes an ancient bug that caused ray-traced SSS indirect/GI back-lighting to be missing
- Fixes an ancient bug that caused point-based SSS to crash during the SSS point gathering stage
- Fixes a bug where thin-walled back-lighting was missing in the Lambertian Spheres diffuse model
- Fixes an issue where a compilation of point clouds and proxies could produce wrong results
- Fixes a bug introduced in 3.5.00 that caused point particles with refraction to render black
- Fixes a bug introduced in 3.5.00 that caused sheen reflections to appear too bright
- Fixes a rare crash that could occur when rendering with ray-traced diffusion SSS
- Fixes a bug that could produce garbage dome light sampling with sRGB dome light textures

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

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