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MaxScript 2012-2015 CHM Help

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After some time looking to get back the behavior of the MaxScript help previous to 2012, I couldn't find any information to do:

Press F1 to open the CHM Help file (not a combination of keys)
Open a single instance of the CHM file
Pass the selected word to the Index tab.

Finally with the help of a "lost" little utility, I got it working (mostly) as it used to be.

What do you need?

1. The CHM file
2. The little utility "KeyHH.exe"

You can download the CHM files from the following links:

3ds Max 2012

3ds Max 2014 Extension Release – Introducing Python!

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There's a new Autodesk GetCOREInterface blog that focuses on customization and programming 3ds Max. Kevin Vandecar has written a blog post introducing Python in 3ds Max 2014 Extension.

3dsMax Monday Movie #65: MaxScript Basics

26 votes

Text copied from author (Bluesummers) website - http://www.mrbluesummers.com ... Click the tutorial link below for more details and video transcription.

3dsMax Monday Movie #66: MaxScript Rollouts

22 votes

Text copied from author (Bluesummers) website - http://www.mrbluesummers.com ... Click the tutorial link below for more details and video transcription.

"This week I’ve got a great episode that goes into how you can create floating dialog windows for your MaxScripts. I’ll even go into how you can create a “Random Selection” utility in MaxScript. Hope you enjoy it!"

A few notes about code optimization

47 votes

The base idea of this topic is to say to all coders - always to research, because this is the only way to get rid of any myths. Each myth may hinder your future development and may leave a wrong impression in us for the MaxScript language at all.


BackBurner monitor undocumented cmd switches

67 votes

In case you run multiple backburner managers (e.g. on notebook at several places or using local manager and manager in office) it is good idea to have icons for automatic connecting monitor to the different manager hosts.

I've found two working command line parameters for monitor.exe:

monitor -a
monitor -mservername

First one turns "Auto connect" on. Second one sets manager hostname and connects to it. (Note: There is no space between -m and hostname or ip)

Be gamma correct!

41 votes

gamma corrected color checker

Gamma correction is one of those buzz words that are really easy in
terms of theory and math but confusing in how they are applied in
practice. As a consequence, it is largely ignored by many graphics
practicioners. This illustrated 10 page article is my attempt at
clarifying gamma correction in the context of 3D CGI by answering most
of the typical questions: "What is gamma? Why do we have it? When should I perform gamma correction? And what happens if I just ignore it?"

Bézier curves (Spanish with English commentary)

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In these videos, you will learn how to create a Bézier curve in MAXScript and ton know all it´s mathematical details.

Bokeh in 3dsmax with particle flow and maxscript

24 votes

Note from admin - I just ran across this great tutorial showing how to use maxscript and pflow to render fast, simulate dof based on camera focus.


This script will define particle’s scale and transparency depends on camera’s focus. Now you can animate the geometry or the camera and render the particles with scanline. Don’t forget to cache all the particles for viewport/render using the Cache operator.

This setup renders pretty fast as opposed to mental ray’s or vray’s honest dof. And we have fast bokeh effect with the ability to inceract with scene geometry.

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