Quick Blueprint Creator

2 votes
Version: 
1.0
Date Updated: 
10/10/2017
Author Name: 
Benjamin Boscher

This is my version of a blueprint maker.
Key features: drag n drop image, blueprints are always shaded even in wireframe mode.
Enjoy ;)

Additional Info: 

How it works

• Just drag n drop the .ms file into the 3DS Max viewport

• Or drag n drop the .mzp file into the 3DS Max viewport, and then in Customize > Customize user interface, you'll find this script under the N00BY category

• Import an image by either drag n drop or right clicking the big central button.

• A preview of your image will be displayed on the button, click it to create the blueprint plane.

• Align and scale the blueprint as needed using the X, Y, Z button and the scale spinner.

General informations

• The blueprints are always shaded so you can work in wireframe mode and still see the image.

• The blueprint planes gets the image's dimensions.

• The blueprints are frozen once you deselect them.

• The script creates a new layer in which every blueprint is stocked. The layer and all the blueprints are all correctly and uniquely named.


Known issue:

For some reasons, as long as there is at least one blueprint created with this script in a max file, the mesh selection works the same in wireframe mode as in shaded mode. IE: you don't have to click on the edges of a mesh to select it, you click on it's volume. It's pretty confusing at first. Let me know if you have any solution to fix that.

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Only tested on 3DSMax 2016.

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Version Requirement: 
2016, but should work fine on others

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runmax's picture

Good tool

Good tool, Thanks a lot!
I get error display when using this nice tool, and searched in preferences there's a checkbox for using real world scale, don't check it will be ok.

NicolasC's picture

Nice !

Simple & efficient. Thanks a lot for sharing it, Benjamin :)

NicolasC

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