Relink Bitmaps

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Colin Senner


2.10 Changelog:

  • Added support for FStorm Render - Bitmaps/Lights/Proxies, thanks to Nikita Gushchin!
  • Fixed the "$directory not recognized" error
  • [NEW] Option to automatically search the Max scene directory

2.09 Changelog:

  • CoronaBitmap / CoronaProxy / CoronaLight support added (this didn't get added to 2.08 even though I meant it to).
  • Changed the functionality of the read-only browse (because I didn't like how I did it last verison)
  • Fixed the stupid error with the "RemindMe=" bug that users experienced when they pressed "Remind Me in a week"
  • Octane render is still impossible for me to support at the moment, they handled filenames strangely.  Contact them if you want support added, my forum name on their forums is colinsenner.

2.08 Changelog:

  • Corona Render fully supported
  • Browse buttons are Read-only share friendly
  • Attempted to support Octane Render, but the way they are exposing their custom map types like Image_Texture are not in line with any other plugin I’ve seen, if you want Octane support, it’d be best to contact them on their forums or email directly to help me resolve the issue, they were unhelpful when I attempted to contact them to resolve this.  My forum name on Octane forums is colinsenner.

2.07 Changelog:

  • Point Cache files are now supported
  • Fixed ‘directory not recognized: $’ error
  • Long overdue change to the way missing bitmaps are displayed, they are now displayed filename first, as requested by 100s of you.  Sorry this took so long.

Relink Bitmaps is a script to easily relink all missing files (Bitmaps, VRayMeshes, Mental Ray Proxies, VRayHDRI, IES, etc) when they change directories or when you move computers, check out the short video tutorial below for more detailed information.

Unlike some other scripts of its kind, this is free!  There is a small donation link within the script if you choose to donate, I will remove the nag.  It is a simple licensing system, that does not force you to transfer network cards or be connected to the internet and will work with all versions of Max that are supported by the script.  If you choose to donate I'll be more than happy to license multiple computers as well.




[*] All 3dsmax supported Bitmap Texture types
[*] (new) Relinks Mental Ray Proxy files
[*] (new) Relinks VRay Proxies (.vrmesh)
[*] (new) Relinks VRayHDRI files
[*] (new) Relinks IES files (including VRayIES files)
[*] (new) Automatically checks for script updates and new versions
[*] 250% speed increase from previous versions
[*] Command-line mode available for automating repetative tasks (see documentation on the website)
[*] Configurable default user options saving button clicks and wasted time


 This script will also automatically check for more recent versions of itself if you are connected to the internet and will let display the changelog so you can see what new features were added. 


Relink Bitmaps webpage:

Supported Max versions (32-bit and 64-bit): Max 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, Max 9 (service pack 1+)

 This tool is available to the community for free, but I kindly request if you see the value in time this tool saves you, that you donate whatever you can to help me pay off student loans. Every donation helps immensely. I do however understand that we’re all kind of in tough times and I understand if you aren’t able to donate immediately at this time. To donate simply click the “Donate!” button on the script. I am suggesting $4.99 for an individual, but whatever you can spare will insure the future development of this script and updates. 

If you can't donate now, I hope it saves you time and headaches.

Be well everyone,
- Colin 


Additional Info: 

(Watch the video for more detailed instructions for usage)

1. Run the .mzp file (Self-installing file)

2. In Max goto "Customize -> Customize User Interface -> Toolbars tab -> Category: ColinScripts->Relink Bitmaps" and drag "Relink Bitmaps" to a toolbar, click to run.

Version Requirement: 
3dsmax 9 (service pack 1+) - 3dsmax 2017
Video URL: 


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llld's picture

in v2.04, "ignore extension"

in v2.04, "ignore extension" doesn't work! i don't know why.but it's good in v2.03. may be a bug?

colinsenner's picture

Dan, Is there any way

Is there any way you can get my a file that exhibits this behavior so I can fix it. I'll contact you via email now regarding this post.


danb4026's picture

Problem with RB

Hey Colin,

I am having an issue with Relink Bitmaps not seaching subfolders even though it is setup to search sub folders. I always have to
enter the exact subfolder that an map is located in for relink to find the map. This really defeats the purpose of having Relink Bitmaps.

I also made a donation a very long time ago to get rid of the "Donate" message when starting RB. You sent me a license way back, but it did not
resolve the issue. I just chose to put up with it.

Thanks for any assistance you might provide,

Dan Black

pekili's picture

I just wanna drop line

I just wanna drop line here,colin my brother your script is the the most used script on my max scenes.Peace bro and thanx for your share with comunity :)

cecofuli's picture

Ok, I will send you an en

Ok, I will send you an en email :)
But I've this error also for an empty scene.

colinsenner's picture

Actually, you don't list your

Actually, you don't list your email address on your profile or a website I can find that information out. Please email me at colin[dot]senner[at]gmail[dot]com and I'll get this taken care of.


colinsenner's picture

Is there any way you can get

Is there any way you can get me a sample file that crashes (something relatively small)? If it does indeed crash it, I'll give you a free license of the script for your help. I'll send you an email regarding this now.


colinsenner's picture

Yep, fully compatible with

Yep, fully compatible with Max 2012.

cecofuli's picture


Hi Colin
first, thank for the script. But, I don't know why, now I've this error:

-- Incompatible types: 734380, and undefined

I reinstalled the, delete my maxstart, but I've the same problem :/

danielmn's picture

is this compatible with max 2012

is this compatible with max 2012

i keep relink and it, just strip all paths

may the polys be with you

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