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TerrainAxe : modeling accurately   your terrain landscape

A  toolkits really be used to modle accurately terrain landscape ,such as making roads , flyovers and bridges,stairs or pavements on terrain ,hacking  clearings, placing handrails, 

TerrainAxe is powerful yet easy to use,which can multiple  shorten your modeling time,optimize your models and  lay out excellent topology. 


Tools of TerrainAxe are fall into several categories:

Selection tools:quick selection tools for vertiecs ,edges  and face,such as select a part of border by two vertices.

creating tools:Fast model creation tools ,such as curb ,runline,stair,handrials,pavements pieces

construct tools :change the construct of model ,such as smooth road,round vertices, weld vertices to edges, poly stitching.

cutting tools: Lay out topology lines,such as grid-cutting polygons,connect two teams of vertices,

scenes tools :Such as creating runlines ,use AdvArray to create handrails,piers,trees,street lamps.

common tools:some common tools ,such as copy and paste objects,one key  import dwg file,

Material and rendering related tools: tools for manage materials

UV tools:UVW mapping tools , typical such as  UVW mapping for complex road.

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  1. PlaceMesh,directly embeds polygon surface in terrain.This is a very important features,with which terrain landscape modeling suddenly become very much simple.


  2. RingMap has been removed from TerrainAxe because of duplicated functions
  • PolyStitch tools are now  available in Basic Verison TerrainAxe(Dec 28,2016).
  • License Server for TerrainAxe is available(October 12,2016)

License Server for TerrainAxe is a program running in host PC ,with which you can manage multiple licenses if your PCs running TerrainAxe are locate in  same local network.In the situation,you need only active your License Server rather than TerrainAxe on every PC.
Also you can use the license server with web trial license to run TerrainAxe trial version.

  • Basic version of TerrainAxe is available.(October 2,2016)
  1.  Need to register an account in http://www.flyingcfx.com ,which will be used to active the trial version.
  2. Total 30 times for trial.
  • Update(September 23,2016)
    • New poly stitch tools publised.click here
  • Update(Aug 23,2016)

  1. Add a License Type option for UIMan,with which user can select which way to active the product
  2. Add a AxeSetting menu to Quad Meuns,with which user can make some preset for TerrainAxe
  3. Fix 2 bugs for AdvArray:1. Sections can’t be saved correctly when renderer is missing ;2. children of copied object can’t be scaled correctly
  4. Fix the problem that faces covered by above object can’t be selected correctly in CoverFcs and ConformToRoad
  5. Documents for Roundverts,AppendPoly,Weld Vert To Edge,UV Paver Tools have been updated,Please visit http://www.flyingcfx.com/enjoy/?page_id=7

Update (March 5,2016)

Three tools was published.

Crossroads:Create crossroads with overlapped faces of two roads

LoftSplines Create a surface with splines parallel with each other.

IrregularStair 1.Create stair with style lines which can be splines or inner edges of selected faces of polygon 2.Pave steps along a curve path.

Additional Info: 

 How to learn TerrainAxe?

      Many users are used to learn one by one all tools of a software ,but it is not really a good idea,because even though you can manipulate all tools,but you will be puzzled, you don’t still know when and how and where to use them ,and don’t know why the tools exist.

    As we know, terrain landscape modeling is a very hard work,it is not like surface modeling which can use few control points to control complex modeling,and not like building modeling which can be freely pick a part of entire model to modify ,because it is generally regular .Terrain landscape modeling need often disruptive modification on terrain.For example,you are going to make roads on terrain,where are you begin?Use boolean and comform deform object as before? Another example,if your modeling has been completed ,but you need to hack a clearing from terrain to place a building by the side of the road ,which tool will you first call in mind? Some users generate curb,sideway and stone paving ,but roads are still flat,how to do after ajusting level difference of roads? how to do in next connecting work to terrain?

      So ,it is impossible to modeling for terrain landscape as modeling for other type of scense,we need a new completely different idea to guide us to find an efficent workflow,which can avoid plenty of unusful jobs.The peculiarity of terrain landscape modeling decide there is only one workable thread,which has been write in the article  MAIN THREAD OF MODELING TERRAIN ANDSCAPE .It is a very important arcticle. It is very necessary to read the arcticle before learn TerrainAxe. The thread is the most direct and efficient we can find,because of which every tool exist.Follow the thread to search tools you desired ,then you can freely use TerrainAxe.Don't hurry to learn  the tools  that you can't understand why they exist.

      Why use a software like Civil3D to modeling terrain landscape?Maybe somebody ask.It is really a powerful software,but first of all,this type of automate software need complete data ,but the data we can have is generally insufficent;Also we have many individuation requirements,which can be solved by ajust data or parameters.Only preparing many individe tools to let users freely combinate them can meet our defferent requirements,this is also the time to show the power of TerrainAxe.

    Hope everyone who is interested in TerrainAxe can realize earlier the value of the software.

    A tutorial and its 3dsmax file were also provided,Basic Tutorial—Make Roads Through Terrain.

Version Requirement: 
3ds max 9-2016(need sp2 for 9 and 2012)
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kurt_hectic's picture

Looks very promising, will

Looks very promising, will test it asap.

flyingc's picture

How to learn TerrainAxe

I found many users don't still know how to apply the tools to their project as I expected since the softwere was published. So I wrote an article "how to learn TerrainAxe" and post in additional info area,hope it is helpful.

The initial purpose of the tools is not for commecial.Every thing of TerrainAxe was wrote for my or our 3D projects,beause I am first a 3D modeler then a programmer.Even though the tools have made terrain landscape modeling task streamlined and already mature ,but I found it is very diffcult to tell users how to use it .Fortunately ,many of my customers can find how to apply them because of the same think thread.

Recently,I appended many help documents to my website , most of the documents are from the asking and answering in the emails with my customers,hope it can help understand the product.

Please visit the page http://www.flyingcfx.com/enjoy/?page_id=32 if you want to watch videos not gifs

flyingc's picture

Thanks for your replies

Thanks for your replies. I didn't really want to have a dispute with my customer,especially here. Unfortunately,a bug on my website was not detected on time. Everything happend were from misunderstanding, I have done what I can do,I really feel helpless about it.

As for the price,I don't like to talk about the issue in such a technical forums.TerrainAxe is not a plugin but A COLLECTION of many plugins,and I think a person who is searching such kind of tool won't think about the thing like you said.Artists who are interested in TerrainAxe can try the lite version to find wether it is what you want.

spacefrog's picture

Constructive critisism on your $220 critisism:

If the plugin/script does what the videos and stills show, than it's worth every penny of those $220. And in my experience on the web( not judging the tone of the conversion or the special case here ), the customer might indeed NOT always be right . Especially when it comes to public rants and accusations. Again - i'm just speaking in general - not about this special case here. The 3ds Max tools market is fragile and as a developer, it's really hard to earn money ( piracy etc... ). It's similar to the mobile games market, but at least that one found a solution via IAP.
I for one have respect for anyone introducing some new workflow enhancing tools and
trying to earn some money for the immense efforts such tool development is. Those are small businesses so they rely on any penny they can get from sales.

But back to this case:
I simply suspect that an english<->chinese language barrier is the real problem here, but really don't know the details. As far i can judge, the Dev has initially responded here in a helpful manner, but some cultural difference in wording caused the clash and things got somehow personal ....

But again regarding price:
if the script does what it says, it's worth the $220. But in the 3ds Max script market it still might look particularly high priced

Woodee's picture

Some constructive criticism

$220 USD... a bit much for a plugin don't you think?!

I have watched most of your video tutorials and I have a few bits of advice to give:

- Videos are hard to follow as you jump about in the viewport making things hard to follow.
- There is no pause and because the videos are mute, no explanation of what you are doing and why (this can be done with youtube annotations if you don't want to speak).
- The videos also lack a little structure, there is no reason why you are doing such actions with your plugin, you jump from button to button, this might be easy for someone that wrote the plugin and knows where everything is, but for someone wanting to learn, it is VERY HARD to follow.
- Replying to customers in the tone I have seen on this thread is awful, maybe lost in translation but the customer is always right and shouldn't need to jump through hoops to get a refund. Maybe something to consider when replying to customers IN PUBLIC about issues.
- GIF "videos" as you put it, aren't tutorial materials, they can't be paused or slowed down so they are pretty much only for slight demonstrations of plugin's ability.

I did think about buying this plugin after my trial... but second thoughts on the price and the developer... I think not.

Also... $220 USD... a bit much don't you think?

Thanks for your hard work, I hope you find my feedback useful and that it help you improve for future productions.

alexnguyen's picture

very good plugin

can you give me the cross road function ,i like it but i dont have money to buy it

flyingc's picture

As a developer and vender,for

As a developer and vender,for my business, I must keep communication ways clear,But NO delveloper can make sure he can avoid any bug.

After your angry blames,then I found one of email addresses was unavailable beause of host migrating.
Why I can receive your refund request? because I did received the message but can't receive your email.It's a matter of personal character?

Reputation is life of a product.The reputation of TerrainAxe is far more important than your such a little money for me.Why did I ignore deliberately your asking for help to destroy my reputation?

Turnim's picture


I did contact you several times but until i requested the refund i did not get ANY response from you.

Put yourself in my shoes, you pay a lot of money for a software who has issues and the developer doesn't answer. What do you do?????

You can't expect from a client to register to forums, ticket systems etc. Instead you need to understand that the normal way of support it done through email, or at least inform the customer about exceptions in regards to the support channel, so he can choose before he buys anything from you

As for your way of talking to me, i don't really care what you are saying and getting hit by the refund expenses is a part of business, especially when not answering support requests

Just for the records. I did wait 5 days for your answer before i initiated the chargeback! Much longer then a lot of other people would have wait

And in regards to your statement that i'm just worry about myself, well, yes i'm worry about myself, which is a natural fact. But more important i'm worry to not get screwed over by buying a software without support. I haver to work way to hard to earn my money and not giving it to anybody without getting anything in return is a normal thing, don't you think???

Thats just my few cents

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fajar's picture

I guess there's correct thing

I guess there's correct thing in what you've said , but the word you wrote isn't appropriate to reply to your costumer tho. Just 2 penny from me.

flyingc's picture

Suggest you don't just worry about yourself

Please look through carefully my previouse replies.

Many videos in my website and youtube,and forums was also used for ask help.And I provied trial version to help you decided if you should buy it.

Why were you so obstinate to post help in scriptSpot ,such a place I bothered to guess ,rather than my forums?
Shouldn't you think about your own reasons instead of blames?

You have got TerrainAxe Installation package,I beared the all the losses to give you a full refund which was supposed to be denied.

You should not just worry about yourself,

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