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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

842 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.
 

Project Manager version 3.18.34

  • Adds the ability to open MatLibs and Max files in the Max Material Browser (Max 2021+)
  • Improves preview thumbnail search using fuzzy mode in the Auto-Assign Preview tool
  • Fixes an issue with saving selected objects in Max 2014
  • Fixes some minor issues with the Asset View dialog
  • Fixes an issue that sometimes occurred when working with Slate Material Editor
  • Fixes an issue with applying an activation key
  • Fixes a bug with opening a plugin in scenes containing Anima objects
  • Fixes some minor issues with renaming materials 

Project Manager version 3.18.16

  • Better default settings for creating PBR materials from images and Substance SBSAR files
  • Adds support to CoronaPhysicalMtl for creating PBR materials from images and Substance SBSAR files
  • Adds an ability to customize masks for creating PBR materials from images
  • Adds an ability to flexibly customize PBR materials created from images
  • Adds an ability to bulk-change texture size for the created PBR materials
  • Adds an ability to change texture size for the created Substance map
  • Adds an ability to reuse categories from a replaced material to the new one in the material library
  • Fixes some minor issues with the Converting Images tool
  • Fixes an issue with converting models to Final Render proxies in 3ds Max 2022 and above
  • Fixes a bug with opening VRMAT library files

 

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

569 votes

SolidRocks V2.4 is out !!  Support for V-Ray 6 (hotfix 2) and  MAX 2013-2023 ! 

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.

SolidRocks includes new tools for both VrayMasters and Beginners:

Sweep Profile

562 votes

The new version of Sweep Profile PRO is released.

version 1.01.12

  • Fixes an issue with changing interpolation for section and path
  • Fixes some minor issues with rendering previews
  • Fixes an issue with applying an activation key

version 1.01.00

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

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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