Maxscript 101 - Free Online Training

842 votes

 

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!

Call for Python tutorials

866 votes

I've been seeing a lot of discussion about using Python with 3ds Max for quite a while now... I'd love to get some resources up describing Python - 3ds Max integration / workflow / processes. If you've got or would write a beginner tutorial or even an advanced tutorial, please share it with the community!

Some questions to get the ball rolling... What is Python? How does it compare to MAXScript? Why should someone use Python? Is Python best for end users or developers? How do you create a simple "hello world" Python script?

SolidRocks

569 votes

SolidRocks V2.4 is out !!  Support for V-Ray 6 (hotfix 2) and  MAX 2013-2023 ! 

SolidRocks adjusts and optimise all needed Vray parameters to reach the best rendertime/quality ratio.

Learn Vray progressively, see in realtime changes made by SolidRocks when you change resolution/quality.

SolidRocks includes new tools for both VrayMasters and Beginners:

FilePathFinder Pro & Light versions

410 votes

Using the FilePathFinder you can be sure that you have complete control over external links into your scenes.

Asset tracking features include support for XREF files and easy linking with external files.

Using the FilePathFinder (and Batch Render&Relink), you can search for missing assets and relink external files.

In addition, files that are linked to selected objects are displayed in Interactive Mode, and bitmap textures can be toggled and placed within the Material Editor.

Also with this tool, you can easily make an archive a 3ds Max scene.

Note that FilePathFinder supports the highest number of asset types of any plug-in.

 

The Batch Render&Relink tool helps manage your asset files into the 3D model and material libraries in Batch Mode.

BR&R is capable of rendering thumbnails for 3D models, materials, and IES photometric files.

Batch Mode makes for an easy way to gather and compile many assets at once.


The new version of FilePathFinder is released with support to 3ds Max 2022

and many new features that simplify managing scene assets

FilePathFinder Pro version 4.00.83

  • Extremely speeds-up collection files on batch relink [Batch Render&Relink]
  • Fixes some minor issues with the Converting Images tool
  • Fixes a bug with opening the plugin on scenes that contained Anima objects
  • Fixes an issue with applying an activation key

 

FilePathFinder Pro version 4.00.76

  • Adds support to batch archive 3ds MAX files and Material libraries with assets [Batch Render&Relink]
  • Adds support to paths longer than 256 characters
  • Adds an ability to convert images to TX format [Convert Images tool]
  • Some optimizations and speed improvements
  • Fixes an issue with renaming links on xRef scenes using Advanced Asset Renamer
  • Fixes a bug on relinking and collecting assets
  • Fixes an issue with relinking paths longer than 256 characters
  • Fixes an issue with refreshing assets after relinking in version 4.00.26
  • Allows to setup desired view for studios without a camera [Batch Render&Relink]
  • Fixes an issue with relinking OSLMap
  • Fixes an issue with slow opening right-menu in some scenes
  • Fixes a bug setting path for links contained illegal characters

 

FilePathFinder Pro version 4.00.00

  • Adds support to 3ds Max 2022
  • Adds an ability to convert and resize images [PRO version]
  • Ability to mass-rename links ( menu Tools => Mass Rename Tool )

Batch Render&Relink [PRO version]

  • Adds the "Fast mode" for relinking 3ds Max files and material libraries in the batch mode
  • Adds an ability to Find & Replace part of paths in batch mode
  • Adds an ability to specify output filename on rendering previews for models
  • Setup multiple custom studios for rendering 3d models and material libraries
  • Adds an ability to specify pivot point on rendering preview for models
  • Adds a new BatchModes to 'Batch Render&Relink' API - #RelinkPreSave, #RelinkPostSave

Relink Bitmaps

501 votes

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.

Features:

[*] 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

Relink Bitmaps webpage:

https://colinsenner.com/relink-bitmaps/

Supported Max versions: Max 2018+
(Older versions should work, but are not supported moving forward)

Outliner

754 votes

 The Outliner 2.0 is a fast and easy to use scene management tool. It has a wide range of features, including selecting, hiding, freezing, linking and grouping objects in the "Hierarchy Mode". In the "Layer Mode" you can organize your scene by dragging&dropping objects from one layer to the other. What's more, the Outliner offers support for nested layers, to manage scenes more efficiently. The interface is nimble enough to keep it open constantly.

Batch Camera Render

272 votes

This script aims to replace standard 3dsmax's Batch Render and imitates Houdini Output Node workflow. Using it you can specify rendering parameters - frame size, frame number, output path - directly to camera object, so every camera in scene 'knows' what it intended to render. Additional functionality is Lighting Assignment - you can specify which light will be turn on or off for selected camera during the rendering.

1.18:

  • Support for 3ds max 2023 Update fixed

1.17:

  • Corona and Vray Sun inside Daylight System fixed (thanks to busseynova for reporting)

1.16:

  • CoronaSun supported inside Daylight System

1.15:

  • Don't Save Render Elements Checkbox (Thanks to antomor)
  • Limited support for camera objects in xref scene files (Only root objects in first level xrefs. Cameras in nested xrefs not supported)

1.13 Bugfix:

  • Deadline submission should work now

1.12 New Feature:

  • Deadline support.
    Very basic imlementation, it allows you to submit your jobs on a deadline server. Enter deadline repository address and check "Use Deadline" checkbox. Other checkbox doesn't matter in this case ("Net render", "Show Submit Dialog").
    Probably it requires Deadline 3ds max Submitter installed. I didn't have a chance to check it on a clean machine.

1.11 Features and fixes:

  • State sets support added
  • "projectname" keyword added which resolves to project's folder name
  • other fixes and improvements

1.10.3b Fixes:

  • Crash when vray ir/lcache maps are set to auto-save
  • Region render was not set properly during the rendering

This is major update of the script, so it may not be as stable as before. Backup scenes or cameras at least before running this version. More information can be found here - 1.10b Multiple presets for each camera

Previous updates:

1.10.2b Fixes:

  • Problems with render elements paths
  • Copy/paste of render region settings
  • Properly convert render region values when change resolution

New features:

  • Multiple presets for each camera
  • New keyword %presetname% to support multiple presets
  • Distributed rendering checkbox added to vray common settings
  • Bugfix - Net render not starting after cancelling during local rendering.
  • Improved performance with scenes with lots of cameras
  • Added support of Vray RT as a production renderer
  • Added support of using MFRender script to render scenes through BatchCamera script.
  • Bugfix - Error was popping up sometimes during drag-n-drop
  • Bugfix - Render elements didn't render in certain conditions
  • Bugfix - Pre-render/post-render scripts didn't work on network rendering
  • Bugfix - Select All and Toggle All buttons didn't work properly

Here are some details: http://usakhelo.github.io/batchcam/batchcam-1.9.20.html

Project Manager

594 votes
3rd version of Project Manager gains a lot of new features to manage 3D Assets. 
There is most unique from them – the ability to assign custom previews to materials, associate files with materials, and create a gallery of files associated with any type of assets including materials. 
You can also write a description for material and, of course, assign categories to materials.
 

Project Manager version 3.18.34

  • Adds the ability to open MatLibs and Max files in the Max Material Browser (Max 2021+)
  • Improves preview thumbnail search using fuzzy mode in the Auto-Assign Preview tool
  • Fixes an issue with saving selected objects in Max 2014
  • Fixes some minor issues with the Asset View dialog
  • Fixes an issue that sometimes occurred when working with Slate Material Editor
  • Fixes an issue with applying an activation key
  • Fixes a bug with opening a plugin in scenes containing Anima objects
  • Fixes some minor issues with renaming materials 

Project Manager version 3.18.16

  • Better default settings for creating PBR materials from images and Substance SBSAR files
  • Adds support to CoronaPhysicalMtl for creating PBR materials from images and Substance SBSAR files
  • Adds an ability to customize masks for creating PBR materials from images
  • Adds an ability to flexibly customize PBR materials created from images
  • Adds an ability to bulk-change texture size for the created PBR materials
  • Adds an ability to change texture size for the created Substance map
  • Adds an ability to reuse categories from a replaced material to the new one in the material library
  • Fixes some minor issues with the Converting Images tool
  • Fixes an issue with converting models to Final Render proxies in 3ds Max 2022 and above
  • Fixes a bug with opening VRMAT library files

 

Update History for all versions.

Models 3D Models Browser
Materials Materials Browser
 
Textures Textures Browser
IES IES Photometric Browser
Asset Files Asset Tracking

Sweep Profile

562 votes

The new version of Sweep Profile PRO is released.

version 1.01.12

  • Fixes an issue with changing interpolation for section and path
  • Fixes some minor issues with rendering previews
  • Fixes an issue with applying an activation key

version 1.01.00

  • Adds an ability to use selected edges from Editable Poly
  • Fixes an issue with using in 3Ds Max 2022

Sweep Profile - Plugin for quick and convenient applying profiles to shape with a modifier Sweep.

PRO version contains 37 prepared for using architectural profiles.

 

DarkScintilla: Maxscript Editor dark scheme

42 votes

A dark color scheme for the Maxscript Editor, inspired by dark schemes available for other IDEs

As i was doing more and more max scripting lately, the urge to do something with the eye hurting Maxscript Editor colors escalated. So i sat down today and had a walkthrough on the various options Scintilla (Maxscript Editors core) provides.

 

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