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András Miklós Balogh

Teamwork Script User Interface

ZOA's flagship maxscript is part of a development project going on since two years now, and has been created to help our whole studio work together on one project. If you want to use ZOA's teamwork you not just have to understand the different functionalities of the script itself, but probably also how our studio works. We tried hard to work our ways trough xreffing but it didn't sem to fit our needs. Unlike Xrefs ZOA's teamwork is a democratic tool without the need of a leader who pulls the pieces together. The principle is that each team member is working on his own set of layers. The script actually saves your work by saving layers to individual *.max files. Then it builds scenes from individual layers either for further manipulation or for rendering. The script creates a working environment to use a directory-like sub-layer system through a delicate dotnet window.

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Notes and limitations:

1. The script is highly sensitive on layer naming. Don't use spaces, hyphens "-" and any other characters that you would not use in a filename.
2. There's an "owner" column for showing who is working with a specific layer. Owners are stored in the project directory in a separate file.
3. Material instanciation is lost when saving to different layers and merging back. Try to keep this in mind when building up the scene-structure.
4. You need to work on mapped network drives for the script to work properly.
5. Also save your work constantly using the "normal method". We just can't guarantee, that there is no bug left somewhere.


TEAMWORK_V3 is out: The bughunt begins:

Version Requirement: 
tested on max2011


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Grant_'s picture

Updated version?

I don't suppose you have an updated version of this script? Just came across it now and its amazing!

Only issue i'm having is trying to use the lock function, This seems to break the script. It would also be great if the owner function was working :)


viscato's picture

Great script

Thank you for this script, It helped me, and my team, a lot. Making it more beautiful


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try to try

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Hi, try thisone.

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András Miklós Balogh - [email protected]

Gomi's picture

MAXScript Rollout Handler Exception

3ds max 2014/windows 7:

MAXScript Rollout Handler Exception

-- Runtime error: FileStream cannot create: ...\manager.txt

in_txt=openFile (path_text.text+"/"+"manager.txt") mode:"r+"

Can't seem to get it to create the init txt file :(


br0t's picture

I agree with sergo, these

I agree with sergo, these kind of inhouse tools are rare and very interesting, thanks for sharing

Never get low & slow & out of ideas

andrasmiklos's picture

Version Update: v3.00 is out

TEAMWORK_V3 is out: The bughunt begins:
Added layer locking functionality.

András Miklós Balogh - [email protected]

Michele71's picture

Thanks andrasmiklos :)

Thanks andrasmiklos :)

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Thanks for your comment Cristopher! Being on front page is just awesome.
Can't wait to get comments from people trying it on really big projects.

András Onodi - CEO @ ZOA Architectural Animation & 3D Rendering
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Admin's picture

Very creative solution to

Very creative solution to team collaboration. I haven't seen anything like this before personally - promoting to front page.

Christopher Grant

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