Maxscript 101 - Free Online Training

818 votes

 

The creator of Maxscript (John Wainwright) has made his previously commercial training DVD available for free on Vimeo! It's broken up into easy to watch chunks and even though it's a bit dated it remains one of the best introductions to MAXScript available.

A sincere thanks from the ScriptSpot community to John Wainwright for releasing his incredibly valuable training series for free and to our very own "Garp" for putting in the time to get the video split into sections & uploaded. Thanks!

Call for Python tutorials

861 votes

I've been seeing a lot of discussion about using Python with 3ds Max for quite a while now... I'd love to get some resources up describing Python - 3ds Max integration / workflow / processes. If you've got or would write a beginner tutorial or even an advanced tutorial, please share it with the community!

Some questions to get the ball rolling... What is Python? How does it compare to MAXScript? Why should someone use Python? Is Python best for end users or developers? How do you create a simple "hello world" Python script?

MCG support added!

4 votes

Calling all MCG developers! ScriptSpot now features an MCG section where you can share & find procedural MCG tools. This is an incredibly exciting feature of 3ds Max 2016 and I'm excited to see all the tools you're able to create!

The new section is a clean slate so there isn't any content until you add it! Since MCG files are inherently visual I'd like to see more images / video examples of what people can expect when using them.

Modifier Modifier Zorb

261 votes

v 2.7.07 Added "Edit Bitmap Gamma" to Materials right click menu to edit the gamma values on bitmap texture maps

v 2.7.06 Fixed bug where object has multiple non unique property names (Vray Lights)

v2.7.05. Added support for parameters with no entries. Works with Thinkbox Frost again

v2.7.04. Added support for Corona Renderer Materials

Edit ALL modifiers, ALL objects, ALL Materials, All Controllers, ALL Shadow types and ALL atmospherics/Render Effects. Work in max from a "Class-centric" way rather than a per object way. Edit thousands of object's perameters, randomize thousands of seeds, enable thousands of modifiers and more with a few clicks!

General Features (applies to all modifiers, controllers, materails, shadows, atmos and render effects):

MASS EDIT: Mass edit one property on all nodes at once, You can specify an absolute value, a relative value or apply an absolute value to modify

MASS RANDOMIZE: Randomize one property on all nodes at once

SELECT/DELETE BY CLASS: Select all objects with a meshsmooth, or all spheres or all objects with a path constraint etc

FULL INSTANCE/REFRENCE TOOLS: Make all objects/modifiers of a class or selection instances. Make Base object refrences. replace base objects with another obj (eg make all selected boxes an instance of a vrax proxie.) Available for Modifiers and Base objects only ATM.

LOAD/SAVE PRESETS: Load and save presets in xml format for modifiers, objects, etc.

Specific Features (Can be done to All or selected):

Modifiers: Enable, Disable, Enable in viewport, Disable in viewport.

PointCache Modifiers: Set ranges, Set path, Flush path, Reload, Record.

FumeFX: Simulate, Load settings

Lights: Turn all, selected, selected classes on or off. Multiply all light vlaues.

Xref Object: Merge object

Materials: Show/Hide In Viewport:  Shows the material in the viewport. Doesnt work with texture maps yet.

Bitmap Gamma: Mass edit the bitmap load gamma settings. Choose auto or an overide value. Max 2014+

Spring Controller: Modifyspring controller settings (Needis its own section as springs are controlled differently with maxscript.

Merge Xref Controller:  Merges All/Selected controllers

FilePathFinder Pro & Light versions

411 votes


FilepathFinder it is a power tool for working with asset files in 3ds Max.
With FilepathFinder you can easy find, collect and sort asset files.
Utility supports XRefs of all types and processes all XRefs scenes linked to current.
Unlike all other such scripts, it really finds all resources (images, HDR-images, Proxy, IES-files, shaders).
Also the FilePathFinder can help you quick find objects or materials and textures by asset links.

FilepathFinder PRO v3.50.02

  • Increase the size of thumbnails up to 256px
  • Adds the support to Corona renderer
  • Adds the support to Octane renderer
  • Adds support to Maxwell renderer:
    • Search\Collect\Relink for Maxwell Proxy
    • Search\Collect\Relink for Maxwell MxLight
    • Search\Collect\Relink for Maxwell MxMesher
    • Search\Collect\Relink for Maxwell MxParticles
    • Search\Collect\Relink for Maxwell MxVolumetric
    • Search\Collect\Relink for Maxwell Materials and Maps
  • Add the ability to render the preview as .png with alpha channel.[Batch Render&Relink]
  • Fixed the some issues and bugs when the system use the text with size greater than 100%.
  • Fixed the issue with hiding the Vray VFB window.
  • Fixed the bug with locking the 3ds max hotkeys after opening some menus.

VMC (VRay Material Control)

67 votes

Change VRay properties en masse!

Features:

  • Sets properties on all Vray materials and maps in the Scene, Selection or Material Editor in a couple of clicks.
  • Global Subdiv Reset for getting scenes where you want them.
  • Donors get support for all Vray Cameras, Lights, Modifiers & Geometry, Bitmaps, Color Correction Map and the 3rd party maps: Color Correct, MultiTexture, MultiScatterTexture & ForestMaterial and a set of handy Power Tools:
    • Batch Mode
    • Turn all/selected lights on/off

Relink Bitmaps

480 votes

2.08 Changelog:

  • Corona Render fully supported
  • Browse buttons are Read-only share friendly
  • Attempted to support Octane Render, but the way they are exposing their custom map types like Image_Texture are not in line with any other plugin I’ve seen, if you want Octane support, it’d be best to contact them on their forums or email directly to help me resolve the issue, they were unhelpful when I attempted to contact them to resolve this.  My forum name on Octane forums is colinsenner.

2.07 Changelog:

  • Point Cache files are now supported
  • Fixed ‘directory not recognized: $’ error
  • Long overdue change to the way missing bitmaps are displayed, they are now displayed filename first, as requested by 100s of you.  Sorry this took so long.

Relink Bitmaps is a script to easily relink all missing files (Bitmaps, VRayMeshes, Mental Ray Proxies, VRayHDRI, IES, etc) when they change directories or when you move computers, check out the short video tutorial below for more detailed information.

Unlike some other scripts of its kind, this is free!  There is a small donation link within the script if you choose to donate, I will remove the nag.  It is a simple licensing system, that does not force you to transfer network cards or be connected to the internet and will work with all versions of Max that are supported by the script.  If you choose to donate I'll be more than happy to license multiple computers as well.

Para 3d on Sale!

283 votes

Don't miss promotional offer to buy Para 3d licenses 30 percent off!

Batch Camera Render

243 votes

This script aims to replace standard 3dsmax's Batch Render and imitates Houdini Output Node workflow. Using it you can specify rendering parameters - frame size, frame number, output path - directly to camera object, so every camera in scene 'knows' what it intended to render. Additional functionality is Lighting Assignment - you can specify which light will be turn on or off for selected camera during the rendering.

Recent update:

  • Region render parameter can be specified for each camera
  • Set Viewport button sets viewport camera and resolution and aspect as well
  • It is possible now to specify backburner servers and server groups for silent rendering submit (code editing required)

Here are the details: http://usakhelo.github.io/batchcam/batchcam-1.9.15.html

SolidRocks

557 votes

SolidRocks V1.7.2 is out !! - including adaptive glossy subdivs - V-Ray 3.1(SP1), MAX2015, Rebus Farm/RANCH interoperability

New presets : SolidRocks rendering quality have been Raised !

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