Project Manager

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Version: 
2.88.06
Date Updated: 
02/18/2018
Author Name: 
Alexander Kramer

Project Manager - Asset Browser for 3ds Max

  • Easy to organize and use 3ds Max models, materials, textures and lights.
  • Merging models, materials, bitmaps and IES using drag& drop.
  • Store/Create Proxy with materials.
  • Interactive rendering previews for materials and IES photometric files.
  • Show native previews for 3ds Max files, DWG, SketchUp, BIP motion, HDRI & etc.
  • Support to Substance textures
  • Search files by tags and file-names.
  • Power Asset Tracking Management.
  • Support to most used renderers like Vray, Corona, Octane, Mental Ray, Maxwell & etc.

Changes for Project Manager v.2.88.06:

Merging

  • Adds an ability to batch export 3d files to Proxy
  • Adds an ability to merge models as SmartRefs
  • Adds an ability to specify a 3ds Max version when save models from scene to library
  • Changes for interface of saving models from scene to library
  • Merge as xRef objects now uses settings from 3ds Max for merging models (such as merge materials, modifiers, tracks and etc. )
  • Fixes a problem with creating a Proxy when both renderers are installed simultaneously - Redshift and Octane
  • Fixes a bug with extremely slow placing objects using the 'Object Place&Paint' tool
  • Now placing on HomeGrid always allowed [Object Place&Paint]
  • Adds an ability to change view of painted models between "Display as Box" and default view (active viewport display mode)
  • Fixes an issue with placing merged objects on scene objects
  • Fixes an issue when user can place a merged objects too far from the origin

Rendering preview

  • Updates default render-presets.
  • Adds default presets to Final Render, Octane, Redshift, Fstorm and Arnold renderers
  • Adds an option "Fit to Dummy" to render setting
  • More accurate fitting of objects to the view when rendering
  • Adds an ability to rendering thumbnails with references
  • Adds an ability to rendering preview for Substance shaders using sbsrender.exe
  • Fixes an issue with rendering preview for models without studio
  • Fixes a bug with crashing the 3Ds Max if studio doesn't contain the 'SceneDummy' object

Interface

  • Adds an ability to generate PDF files from items in listview
  • Speed up treeview's navigation
  • Fixes an issues with add/remove custom extensions to display files in "Models" category
  • Fixes an issue with set custom view for rendering previews defined into drop-down "View"
  • Fixes an issues with display the version of 3ds Max for some 3ds Max files
  • Fixes an issue with interactive rendering some IES files
  • Fixes a scaling for BVH files when interactive rendering
  • Supports only to x64-bit system ( same as 3ds Max since 2013 version )

Asset Tracking

  • Fixes some issues with archiving a scene
  • Fixes a minor issue with removing some links from scene ( menu-item "Remove Link From Scene" )
  • Fixes an issue with disabling and removing xRef objects on "Asset Files" tab
  • Fixes a minor issue with renaming asset links

Other

  • Changes for API: The 'PostScriptInfo' is deprecated. For details see a file "BatchRendering Script Example.ms" in 'presets' directory
  • Fixes a bug in FStorm Render when 3Ds Max crashed on trying to access Bitmap FStorm properties
  • Other some changes and speed improvements

Update History for all versions.

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


Quick Start Frequently Asked Questions

Main Features

  • Simplifies the addition any types of assets, such as models, materials, textures and IES to the scene
  • Cataloging libraries of models, materials, textures and IES
  • Sync database on network.
  • Full support to all types of Drag& Drop (Cataloging, merging, apply materials & etc.)
  • Displays thumbnails for Bitmaps, 3d models, Proxy, IES, Material Libraries and other file-types (include formats HDR, EXR, PSD and other)
  • Interactive rendering preview for materials, IES and BVH files [* new]
  • Ability to exclude unwanted objects from Merging.
  • Automatically fixes paths to Textures for merged models.
  • Replacement scene objects by other objects
  • Automatic conversion merged models to Proxy (Vray, Corona and etc.)
  • Ability to save and restore Proxy objects with materials
  • Saving the models and materials with maps
  • Save/Restore Materials with modifiers
  • Support to Slate Material Editor
  • Search files by name, description and tags.
  • Ability to add a description and tags to max, ies and image files.
  • Display of embedded thumbnails in 3Ds Max, AutoCad, SketchUp and Biped files.

Asset Tracking

  • Search for missing assets
  • Relink external files
  • Collect external files
  • Archiving a 3ds Max scene
  • Ability to exclude files from collecting by type of file
  • Rename the links by mask
  • Removing the links from scene
  • Selecting the objects by their links to files
  • Displays in interactive mode a list of files linked to selected objects
  • Place Materials and BitmapTextures into the Material Editor
  • Show/Hide bitmap in viewport
  • Opening the files into the external application.
  • Ability to collect the Asset files via clipboard and by using drag& drop
  • Includes the “ Batch Render& Relink ” tool for organize the Asset files into the 3d Models and Materials Libraries in the batch mode
  • Support to xRef files.

Misc Features

  • Support to almost all known renderers and plug-ins.
  • Unostentatious and “Transparent” the demo-version
  • Ability to back-up settings before reinstalling 3ds Max or Windows
  • Autocheck for updates
  • User-Friendly interface
  • Usability Default Setting


Additional Info: 

Wishlist for future versions.

  • Ability to render preview as .png with alpha channel (idea by David Le Cardinal) [ready!]
  • Search and Description for 3d models (idea by Claus Mindermann) [ready!]
  • Search and Description for materials (idea by Ralf Jaskulki)
  • Preservation of materials with modifiers [ready!]
  • Custom studio for materials and models [ready!]
  • Show materials in tree [ready!]
  • Using a single database on a network. [ready!]
  • Mass rename the asset links and files on hard drive. (idea by Dmitriy Tereshchuk)
  • Use regex and the simple patterns to refine the search files.(idea by Sorvin Sergey) [ready!]
  • Search images by color. (idea by Oleg Budeanu)

Note: Please use latest updates for your version of 3ds max
3ds Max Updates & Service Packs
3ds Max Design Updates & Service Packs

Demo-version:

Demo version allows to work only with non-strikeout files.

Version Requirement: 
3ds Max 2012 and above
Video URL: 

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Kstudio's picture
Dariusz's picture

Demo vs full

Demo vs full?

Kstudio's picture

HiI will add the ability for

Hi

I will add the ability for merging materials for xRef objects.(Ready! See version v.1.60.05)

For second:

You can use mask or set attribute "hidden" from windows explorer for these files.

ocseong818's picture

some suggestions

Hi, I use "XRef Objects" a lot when I insert my library into project. But I found Project Manager's Merge>xRef Objects function doesn't 'Merge Materials' (as you can found in the Max's XRef Objects dialog box). Because of that, I cannot edit the materials after I insert my models via Project Manger's Merge>xRef Objects. Is it possible to include 'Merge Materials' as an option when merge via xRef Objects?

The other thing is: Is it possible to hide "certain files" for a particular folder? Let say I have a folder full of different types of lighting fixture (chandelier, wall light, floor light, table light...), then I create a category name "Chandelier" and include that folder, but since that folder includes other types of lighting, so I want to hide other models except the chandelier models, is this possible? This is because I don't want to change my file and folder structure in my harddisk as this will mess up the links with my projects. Thanks.

Kstudio's picture

>>WHY you CHANGED your

>>WHY you CHANGED your licensing scheme BACK!!
That was three years ago and no more than a week.
Sorry, but soon I'm not going to change the licensing system.

trick's picture

No, we did not discuss it.

No, we did not discuss it. You just told it as it was. That's 2 different things ! If we discussed this, you would have explained WHY you CHANGED your licensing scheme BACK !! I just wanted to support Simms request here, because I do not agree with this licensing. Whether you change something or not, is fully up to you.

If $100 more gives me the freedom to use a plugin where I want, YES... I surely would, but then the users who just need to use it on one PC, would object !! This is NOT in the first place about money: this is about connecting a license to a user ... not to just ONE machine !!! Discount coupons don't help in this matter. What I meant is that you could connect the license to the VRay dongle.

Kstudio's picture

Hi Erik. We already discussed

Hi Erik.
We already discussed about this.
Also you already have a discount coupon.
P.S.
The cost of Vray ~1000$ :)
You agree to pay +$100 or more for a dongle?

trick's picture

+1

Just want to add to the request for supporting a second machine. Know only 2 companies with this strange licensing scheme (incl. MultiScatter !!!) Since I only use VRay (with ONE dongle!!!) it is simply impossible to use 2 machines at the same time ... so why not the possibility to tie it to that dongle. Even Max on SUBS allows 2 machine !!! SUPPORT freelancers !!!!

Kstudio's picture

Hi Brett. Sorry but each

Hi Brett.

Sorry but each license can be used only on 1 computer.

http://3d-kstudio.com/frequently-asked-questions/#1

I will send the coupon code with discount for your next buy.

simmsimaging's picture

laptop/workstation?

Hey -
Been using File Path Finder for a while and just got Project Manager and so far it seems great too. I also just got a laptop, and while I'm pretty sure the answer is no: is it possible to install it to my laptop as well as my workstation? I can with Max and most of the plugins I use and it would be great to have office/laptop in perfect sync.

Thanks /b

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