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Call for Python tutorials

866 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?

Maxscript 101 - Free Online Training

840 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!

Outliner

753 votes

 The Outliner 2.0 is a fast and easy to use scene management tool. It has a wide range of features, including selecting, hiding, freezing, linking and grouping objects in the "Hierarchy Mode". In the "Layer Mode" you can organize your scene by dragging&dropping objects from one layer to the other. What's more, the Outliner offers support for nested layers, to manage scenes more efficiently. The interface is nimble enough to keep it open constantly.

10 Year Anniversary Celebration

626 votes

10 years... What a ride! During the past decade artists & developers - people just like yourself - have come to this site to find tools that will make their lives easier. I've been honored to get to know many of you, to learn from your techniques and see thousands of artists find the tool they needed. I think one of the things that has amazed me the most over the years is how cross cultural ScriptSpot has become. This isn't just a site that people in Hollywood use, or for that matter a site that people in North America use.

Project Manager

594 votes
3rd version of Project Manager gains a lot of new features for management 3D Assets. 
There is most unique from them – the ability to assign custom previews to materials, associate files with materials, and create a gallery of files associated with any type of assets including materials. 
You can also write a description for material and, of course, add materials to categories.
 

 

Project Manager version 3.14.15

  • Adds support to 3Ds Max 2022
  • Adds an ability to specify pivot point on rendering preview for models
  • Adds an ability to add materials to templates using drag&drop [Add template Material(s) function]
  • Adds an ability to paint over xRef objects
  • Speeds up merging 3d models
  • Speeds up merging 3d models as xRef
  • Fixes a bug that occurs in some scenes on opening Asset Files tab
  • Fixes some issues with applying textures
  • Fixes an issue with fit a proxy to the viewport on rendering preview
  • Fixes an issue with removing atmospherics on rendering previews
  • Fixes other some minor issues

Project Manager version 3.13.53

  • Renames "Favorites" to "Categories"
  • Adds new abilities to filter items by categories
  • Adds an ability to specify output filename on rendering previews for models
  • Adds an ability to sort and exclude files from the Gallery (look for in Auto-Assign Previews, Sorting & Exclusions tab)
  • Adds an ability to export .VRMESH (Vray proxy) and .CGEO (Corona proxy) files to other formats through the menu
  • Speeds up merging complex scenes
  • Speeds up opening Material Libraries
  • Adds support to Q-Proxies
  • Fixes an issue with updating render settings for "Batch Render&Relink" tool
  • Fixes an issue with render settings dialog in 3ds Max 2016 version and below
  • Fixes an issue with isolated nodes when rendering previews
  • Fixes an issue with using whitespace when renaming items
  • Fixes a bug with creating materials from bitmaps in 3ds Max 2014
  • Fixes an issue with creating PBR materials from textures for Corona
  • Fixes an issue with creating PBR materials when V-Ray GPU is active
  • Fixes an interface issue with using a high screen resolution
  • Fixes an issue with relinking 3ds max files with Batch Render&Relink tool in Fast Mode
  • Fixes an issue with relinking textures on merging 3ds max files
  • Fixes an issue with collecting and relinking material libraries on the Explorer tab when <FilePath> relative collect path is used
  • Fixes an issue with saving the size of Categories panels
  • Fixes some minor issues and optimization improvements

 
 

Update History for all versions.

Models 3D Models Browser
Materials Materials Browser
 
Textures Textures Browser
IES IES Photometric Browser
Asset Files Asset Tracking

Max Hotbox

586 votes

 

This script is in open beta phase, available for public.

Who creates the best interface for the users? The users theirselves! This tool is inspired by the Maya Hotbox. It is not ment to be a tool collection on its own, its idea is to provide ways to you for accessing and organizing functionality. Build your own interface, customize your workflow to your needs.

SolidRocks

568 votes

SolidRocks V2.3 is out !!  Support for V-Ray NEXT (update 2.1) and  MAX 2013-2020 ! Rebus Farm/RANCH Computing interoperability

SolidRocks adjusts and optimise all needed Vray parameters to reach the best rendertime/quality ratio.

Learn Vray progressively, see in realtime changes made by SolidRocks when you change resolution/quality.

Sweep Profile

562 votes

The new version of Sweep Profile PRO is released.

version 1.00.42

  • Adds support to 3Ds Max 2022
  • Fixes an issue with removing atmospherics on rendering previews
  • Fixes an issue with isolated nodes when rendering previews

version 1.00.36 

  • Adds support to DWG files
  • Adds Spanish localization
  • Fixes an issue with adding a directory with default shapes
  • Fixes some minor issues

version 1.00.28

  • Adds an ability to setup profile before rendering preview
  • Adds Simplified Chinese and French localizations
  • Fixes a bug with using plugin when 3Ds Max uses non-English localization
  • Fixes a bug with crashing when Corona Interactive rendering is running
  • Fixes other some issues

Sweep Profile - Plugin for quick and convenient applying profiles to shape with a modifier Sweep.

PRO version contains 37 prepared for using architectural profiles.

 

RappaTools v1.92

558 votes

RappaTools3 and RappaTools2 available... see new website: http://remusjuncu.com/rappatools/

See RappaTools3 PlayTime 02 Here  and RappaTools3 PlayTime 03 Here !

RTTassist

538 votes

 

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