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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

841 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

754 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 to manage 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, assign categories to materials.
 
  • Drastically speeds up opening directories
  • Speeds up file search
  • Speeds up showing files from sub-folders
  • You can now Batch Archive 3Ds Max files and Material Libraries with assets
  • Adds the ability to paste and drag&drop multiple directories
  • Move to Top Level command now supports multiple directories
  • Move Above/Below command now supports multiple directories
  • Adds support for animated FBX models (experimental)
  • Speeds up caching of JPG and PNG images
  • Assign Material dialog box is now shown when dragging/dropping a material onto multiple nodes
  • Adds partial support for paths longer than 256 characters
  • Adds a new API callback - #PreProcess
  • Fixes an issue with searching for assets in Categories
  • Fixes an issue with converting 3D models to Final Render proxies
  • Fixes a minor issue with merging some Max files
  • Fixes an issue displaying embedded thumbnails for Revit, SketchUp, and some other 3D formats
  • Fixes an issue with previewing of Substance SBSAR files
  • Fixes a bug that caused Max to crash when trying to render corrupted IES photometric files
  • Fixes an issue with assigning HDRs to light by dragging them to the viewport
  • Fixes an issue with renaming links to xRef scenes using Advanced Asset Renamer
  • Fixes a bug during relinking and collecting assets
  • Fixes an issue with relinking paths longer than 256 characters
  • Fixes an issue with opening a preview window for files using UNC path
  • Fixes some minor interface issues
  • Performance optimizations and speed improvements

Project Manager version 3.15.78

  • Adds an ability to batch rename Materials
  • Allows to setup desired view for studios without a camera on rendering previews for models
  • Adds support to MySQL databases that installed on Linux
  • Some optimizations on plugin activation
  • Fixes an issue with creating material on dragging bitmap to Multi-Material
  • Fixes an issue with adding comments and assign Categories to materials
  • Fixes an issue with relinking OSLMap
  • Fixes an issue with colorizing sub-directories
  • Fixes other some minor issues
  • Adds an ability to create a dome light on drop HDRI files onto viewport for Redshift, Octane, Final, FStorm and Arnold renderers (VRay dome already supported)
  • Uses a spherical type as default for texture maps that are used in an environment or dome light
  • Adds an ability to convert images to TX format [Convert Images tool]
  • Extends the search options in the Categories. (See the "Categories" option in the "Search options")
  • Some other optimizations and speed 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 1.01.03

  • Fixes an issue with resetting V-Ray VFB buffer on rendering preview
  • Fixes an issue with execution some commands in 3Ds Max 2022.1

version 1.01.00

  • Adds an ability to use selected edges from Editable Poly
  • Fixes an issue with using in 3Ds Max 2022

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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