Pivot & Align Tools

8 votes
Version: 
2.3
Date Updated: 
09/24/2022
Author Name: 
Lorne Brooks

Pivot & Align Tools (PAT) are a set of macros bundled into a quad menu that allow you to perform various object alignment, pivot alignment and object snapping functions... among others. Most of the functions can operate on a selection of multiple objects at once, including grouped objects as part of the selection (open or closed).

 

See online guide in links section. 

 

The "LBTools - PAT Quad" menu can be found under the Quads tab in Customize. Assign hotkey to access it.

 

 

Latest Updates:

Version 2.3;

- Added "Orient Average" which orients a selection between the average of two picked objects where each object shares the same orientation.

- Added "Orient With Slerp" which uses a spherical linear interpolation to orient objects in a selection between two picked objects at even angular divisions.

- Added "Orient LookAt", "Orient LookAt Up", "Pivot Orient > LookAt" and "Pivot Orient > LookAt Up"; re-orient a selection or their pivots to a picked target object and with a picked up node.

- Added "Align Pivot Snap", "Pivot Align Pivot Snap" and "Align N Objects > Pivot Snap" which activates pivot 3D snap and allows snapping to frozen objects.

- Added a new setting to the Options UI for "Align N Objects" to use either sort by name order or pick/scene order.

- "Align To Surface", "Align N Objects > Surface" and "Pivot Align To Surface" can now use the optional orient to surface normal toggle in the Options UI.

- Renamed "Orient To Object" to "Orient To Target".

- Help option now links to an online guide instead of a PDF.

- Long list version of the quad-menu no longer supported.


 

Additional Info: 

The "LBTools - PAT Quad" menu can be found under the Quads tab in Customize. Assign hotkey to access it.


Installation:

Drag the MZP file into your Max viewport. A restart will be required to initialize the quad-menu.

Files will be copied to...

C:\Users\<userName>\AppData\Local\Autodesk\3dsMax\<maxVersion>\ENU\scripts\startup

 

 

Version Requirement: 
3dsmax 2019-2023
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lbtools_pivotaligntools.mzp19.12 KB

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Marco999's picture

Yessss ...

Can't say nothing but WOOOOW !

Marco

egorus's picture

3ds max 2020.3 - crash on

3ds max 2020.3 - crash on start

vinoswan's picture

can't install in max2021

It works when running as Administrator,thank you for your script

vinoswan's picture

can't install in max2021

I drag it into 3ds max 2021 but nothing happend

spartacus's picture

Re: I have the same problem, I

I just figured it out.
I made a new menu with all the List options and assign a keyboard shortcut to it on Keyboard tab, now it's saving.

spartacus's picture

Re: I have the same problem, I

I formatted my PC and after installing 3ds max 2018 I just installed your plugin without any other plugins and the same error appeared, I even tried with Update 1, 2 and 4 but nothing.

I opened the file that you mentioned but there's only one entry for Quad and List I even used CTRL + F to search for it.

The funny thing through it was working without any problem before, now I don't know what's happening.
My problem isn't that it's showing duplicate menus but that it isn't saving the keyboard shortcut.
Sorry for any mistakes on my english.

lbrooks's picture

Re: I have the same problem, I

Hi, I'm not having any issues with my installation and I can't reproduce the problem. You might need to edit your auto-saved .mnux file in ... \AppData\Local\Autodesk\3dsMax\\ENU\en-US\UI\Workspaces\usersave\ ... for example, mine saves to ... Workspace1__usersave__.mnux.

In that file just remove any duplicate entries ...

<Context menuID="20" title="LBTools - PAT Quad - List" showAll="0" />

<Context menuID="21" title="LBTools - PAT Quad - 4x4" showAll="0" />

<Context menuID="22" title="LBTools - PAT Quad - List" showAll="0" />

<Context menuID="23" title="LBTools - PAT Quad - 4x4" showAll="0" />

... and also update the menuID's so they're sequential again.

That should fix it from then on.

Lorne Brooks

spartacus's picture

I have the same problem, I

I have the same problem, I assigned a hotkey but it doesn't save
and now I have 6 menus in my list.

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grishunin08's picture

You can find out the reason,

You can find out the reason, the script constantly creates a new menu of itself.

mohamed_6482's picture

thank you too much

thank you too much for your great effort
i try to create a new quad and move the script to it (working good)
thank you again

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