refGuides for Max

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refGuides is a tool for Autodesk 3Ds Max intended to improve and facilitate accurate modeling, particularly helpful for modeling architectural scenes Max, this tool allows to create construction lines guides, providing a measurement rule that can be used to accurately position and model objects .

NEW VIDEO: Preview of some new tools to be included in text versions:
- reference rotator
- reference scale
- quick distance measure
- quick angle measure

Additional Info: 



  • Installer support for 3ds Max 2016
  • Changed install path (to Max Root [Program Files\...]) due to installation fail in certain system configurations


New version of multiMap


  • General bugfixes and improvements
  • Fixed Randomizers (in prior version random values weren't working as expected)
  • New Transform mode for applying uvwXform modifier instead of uvwMap gizmo's transformations


version 2.0 UPDATE - 01/28/2015

** Update to v 2.0 will be free for all current v 1.5 users **

NOTE: re-Activation will be required after upgrade, but old v1.5 license file should work fine

INCLUDED FREE SCRIPT WITH PURCHASE : multiMap (v3.0): tool for quick apply UVWmaps and UVWmap random transformations in multiple selected objects (polyElements mode / face mode)


refGuides version 2.0 NEW FEATURES:

  • Othogonal creation mode.*
  • Polar creation mode - w/ Aligned work grid creation. *
  • Divide distance tool.
  • Improved UI.
  • Ribbon Tab Extension w/options.
  • Dockable creation UI floater w/options.

NEW commands:

  • Continous creation (for each creation mode).
  • Options dialog. Delete all refLines command.

* Both modes works on grid space

  • added option to lock/unlock guides on creation
  • reworked some core functions for best functionality (refLine axis aligment and protractor aligment)
  • reworked UI - new icons
  • installer: separated x64 - x86 packages
  • general stability and speed improvements
  • general bugfixes
  • better tooltips


  • reference (construction) guides (w/ custom scale and extension)
  • angle reference protractor
  • intersection points (between refGuides or any linear spline)
  • Live view of refLines Scale & Protractor angles


  • free creation mode, custom scale and extension
Version Requirement: 
2013 - 2015
Other Software Required: 
.net framework v. 4.x
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luxxeon's picture

Very Very Useful...

... and something which should be native to 3dsmax, considering the dominant position 3dsmax holds in many archviz studios.

3dwannab's picture

No Problem

Just wasn't clear where to install it. I ended up moving the extracted files to the corresponding folders. Now I know you can install directly to C/:Users/tour_username/AppData/Autodesk/3ds max/max_version/ENU/..)


Ariel_G's picture

Hi 3dwannab

- the installer gives the option to close 3ds max if its running, if you "ignore" the warning it doesn't close, but you will need to restart max after installation.
- the default install directory is in 3ds max user directory (C/:Users/tour_username/AppData/Autodesk/3ds max/max_version/ENU/..) this is for avoiding some permission issues I had under Windows 8.x
- I'm aware that maybe the installer is not picking the right directories in some cases, because of localization. I'm working on a solution, but it's not easy task because 3ds max does not provide any registry values listing the application directories.
Then again, I'm looking for a better solution (installing on default Program files directory and find a workaround for windows permissions, or different installation method)

If you have any problem installing, please send me a email to the contact address listed on the website.

3dwannab's picture

MSI Installer

I've bought the script, but there seems to be something strange happening with the installer. It doesn't allow/extract the files to C:\Program Files\Autodesk\3ds Max 2014\ but it does to the default folder that it picks itself (why is this folder not 3ds max defualt folder by defualt). I this had to manually move those files to the correct folders.

And 3ds max is closed for installation. Seems to be like it's a permissions thing.

Ariel_G's picture

file updated

should work now, was an error in the .mzp package.
currently, the licensing system I implemented doesn't support a trial or test version.

harumscarum's picture

not installing

error occurred during install -
is demo limited to some features only - is any way to test it all before purchase?

Ariel_G's picture

demo version

Demo version should be working now. Full version will be available soon (I expect to release it next week)
Sorry for the inconveniences.

harumscarum's picture

broken download link

broken DEMO link and innactive PURCHASE button
want to buy it

Ariel_G's picture


I'm thinking on making a "manager tool" listing the guides and changing the scale...

Ariel_G's picture


around $ 10 - $ 12 I guess....

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