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Maxscript 101 - Free Online Training

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The creator of Maxscript (John Wainwright) has made his previously commercial training DVD available for free on Vimeo! It's broken up into easy to watch chunks and even though it's a bit dated it remains one of the best introductions to MAXScript available.

A sincere thanks from the ScriptSpot community to John Wainwright for releasing his incredibly valuable training series for free and to our very own "Garp" for putting in the time to get the video split into sections & uploaded. Thanks!

MAXScript Cheat Sheet

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This is a fantastic 2 page reference (written by Markus Boos) for those starting out with MAXScript! 

From the site description:

Ever try exploring the power of MAXSCRIPT? If it seems too confusing to attempt, try this 2-page cheat sheet that covers most of the major concepts in one easy to read reference, courtesy of MAXSCRIPT guru Markus Boos (one of 20 authors of the 3DATS 3ds Max Advanced to Expert book)

Free Video Tutorials!

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GavinB from CGTalk has generously provided the following free maxscript video tutorials. You'll need the TechSmith codec in order to view the videos... View the original cgtalk discussion thread here...

Tutorial #001 - Superflow

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Mindflow Solutions Tutorial #001 - Superflow

Software: 3ds Max

Learn how to initialize the Superflow algorithm and make use of the Superflow script!

Topics discussed:
- Parent-Child Hierarchy
- 1-Point-Pivot
- Superflow Algorithm
- Linear Harmonics
- Using Superflow Script 1.0
- Array Creation
- Trajectory->Spline->Mesh Creation

Length: 28 minutes

Download Superflow Script v1.0: scriptspot.com/​3ds-max/​scripts/​superflow-script

Tutorial #002 - Parametric Superflow

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Mindflow Solutions Tutorial #002 - Parametric Superflow

Software: 3ds Max

Learn how to use the Parametric Array script by Ali Torabi as a Superflow controller!

Topics discussed:
- Parametric Array / Script by Ali Torabi
- 1-Dimensional Linear Controller
- Superflow Control
- 1-Point-Pivot
- Linear Harmonics
- Trajectory->Spline->Mesh Creation
- Animation Setup
- Object Parameter Control
- Advanced Array Structures

Length: 29 minutes

Script Installation in 3ds max

75 votes

Additional help (external link): Macro installation (MAXScript) on Tech-Artists.org


BackBurner monitor undocumented cmd switches

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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)

Lets Play With Array

62 votes

A simple MaxScript tutorial that I wrote to help on question posted into the ScriptSpot forum. Of course, I written it in PDF file and also to facilitate the readers, in manner what allow to read it without bound the context to the forum topic. I was try as well to make it simple for the novice coders. I hope you learn something from it.

Best Regards,


Clear out the dead wood from the layer manager

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Clear out the dead wood from the layer manager

Occasionally, you end up with a load of layers in your scene that are no use to anybody, serve no function to society, and end up taking valuable space like an unwanted uncle at a wedding.

Creating a Custom Parametric Object with MAXScript

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Quoted from article:

"It’s one thing to create simple scripts with MAXScript to display a rollout and perform a few tasks. But if you find yourself creating the same type of object over and over again, you might want to take a crack at creating your own parametric object.

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