Maxscript 101 - Free Online Training

840 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?

Relink Bitmaps

500 votes

 2.11 Changelog:

  • Fixed bug where Relink Bitmaps wouldn't launch
  • Fixed bug with 'Search Max File Path' option
  • Resizable missing bitmaps window (finally)

2.10 Changelog:

  • Added support for FStorm Render - Bitmaps/Lights/Proxies, thanks to Nikita Gushchin!
  • Fixed the "$directory not recognized" error
  • [NEW] Option to automatically search the Max scene directory

2.09 Changelog:

  • CoronaBitmap / CoronaProxy / CoronaLight support added (this didn't get added to 2.08 even though I meant it to).
  • Changed the functionality of the read-only browse (because I didn't like how I did it last verison)
  • Fixed the stupid error with the "RemindMe=" bug that users experienced when they pressed "Remind Me in a week"
  • Octane render is still impossible for me to support at the moment, they handled filenames strangely.  Contact them if you want support added, my forum name on their forums is colinsenner.

2.08 Changelog:

  • Corona Render fully supported
  • Browse buttons are Read-only share friendly
  • Attempted to support Octane Render, but the way they are exposing their custom map types like Image_Texture are not in line with any other plugin I’ve seen, if you want Octane support, it’d be best to contact them on their forums or email directly to help me resolve the issue, they were unhelpful when I attempted to contact them to resolve this.  My forum name on Octane forums is colinsenner.

2.07 Changelog:

  • Point Cache files are now supported
  • Fixed ‘directory not recognized: $’ error
  • Long overdue change to the way missing bitmaps are displayed, they are now displayed filename first, as requested by 100s of you.  Sorry this took so long.

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.

Sweep Profile

562 votes

The new version of Sweep Profile PRO is released.

version 1.00.33 

  • Adds Spanish localization
  • Fixes some minor issues

version 1.00.28

  • Adds an ability to setup profile before rendering preview
  • Adds Simplified Chinese and French localizations
  • Fixes a bug with using plugin when 3Ds Max uses non-English localization
  • Fixes a bug with crashing when Corona Interactive rendering is running
  • Fixes other some issues

version 1.00.20

  • Adds an ability to rename profiles
  • Adds the ability to merge shape to the scene using the context menu
  • Move to directory and category "Kstudio"
  • Fixes an issue with correct display the maximized plugin window on some monitors

Sweep Profile - Plugin for quick and convenient applying profiles to shape with a modifier Sweep.
PRO version contains 37 prepared for using architectural profiles.

 

Project Manager

593 votes
3rd version of Project Manager gains a lot of new features for management 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, add materials to favorites.
 

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Project Manager version 3.12.17

  • Adds an ability to colorize Favorites
  • Adds an ability to display sub-folders in Favorites
  • Adds an ability to display assets from multiple selected Favorites
  • Adds an ability to sort Favorites alphabetically
  • Adds an ability to optimize database from the Preferences dialog
  • Speeds-up adding files to Favorites using drag&drop
  • Adds support to Corona 6
  • Opens the "Mass Rename" tool using F2 hotkey when multiply assets are selected
  • Fixes an issue with upgrading large databases to 3rd version
  • Fixes some issues with lighting and camera views in some cases when rendering previews for 3d models
  • Fixes an issue with dragging materials/textures to multi/sub-object materials in 3ds Max 2021
  • Fixes a bug with auto-updating
  • Some optimizations & speed improvements

Project Manager version 3.11.45

  • Adds an ability to convert and resize images
  • Adds support to VRay 5
  • Adds support to TX image format
  • Adds support to ambient occlusion map used with V-Ray and Corona when creating PBR materials from multiple textures
  • Speed-up opening Favorites folder
  • Speeds up opening the "Favorites" dialog
  • Speeds up adding files to Favorites using the "Favorites" dialog
  • Various other memory and speed optimizations
  • Fixes a minor issue with creating PBR materials from multiple textures.
  • Fixes an issue with saving the models selected from a scene as separate files when the "Save Assets" option is off
  • Fixes an issue with saving the materials from a scene to the material library when the "SaveCopy with Bitmaps" option is off.
  • Fixes a bug with opening Mass Rename Tool in versions 3.10.27-3.10.33.
  • Fixes an issue with searching by materials

 
 

Update History for all versions.

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

EffectsChannelSet

79 votes

Object ID and Material ID

  • Management the Material ID and Objects ID.
  • Assigning a wirecolor for objects.
  • Automated creation MultiMatteElement for V-Ray renderer.
  • Automated creation MatteRenderElement for Mental Ray renderer.
  • Automate the creation of CMasking_Mask for Corona Renderer.

EffectsChannel v1.64

  • Fixes an issue with assigning ID to sub-materials in the version 1.62

EffectsChannel v1.62

  • This version speed-up opening on complex scenes.
    The time of opening on a very big scene decreased from 16 sec to 0.094sec.

EffectsChannel v1.60

  • Adds support to Corona Renderer: Automate creation of CMasking_Mask.

Universal Material Converter

3 votes

This Universal Material Converter is an enhanced version of the old AMC script. It convert materials between renderengines. It converts from Autodesk Materials and also converts textures as much as possible when needed.
Currently supported renderengines are: MentalRay, V-Ray, iRay, Corona, Scanline, FStorm, ART, Arnold, Octane, Redshift (beta)
Coming up: Maxwellrender (maybe)

You will need at least have a demo version of the renderengines installed if you want to be able to support conversions.

Fracture Voronoi

290 votes

This script breaks any mesh while preserving its volume.

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.

 

For example, FilePathFinder is the only plugin that can display and relink Vray Lens effects, even with missing bitmaps. In addition, scenes may be archived and easily sent to render services such as RebusFarm.

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.


New Features & Fixes for FilePathFinder Pro

  • Adds support to ArchVision RPC. Display native preview.
  • Adds support to ".MC" files in Point Cache modifier
  • Adds an ability to rendering previews using Corona Frame Buffer. [Batch Render&Relink]
  • Drops support to 3ds Max 2013
  • The methods of generation preview for Substance and additional 3ds Max image formats (such as vrimg and etc.) was rewritten.
  • Move plugin to directory and category "Kstudio"
  • Fixes a bug with relinking scenes that contain IES files using Batch Render&Relink tool[Batch Render&Relink]
  • Fixes an issue with correct display the maximized plugin window on some monitors
  • Fixes an issue with the ability to refresh the listview using the F5 key
  • Fixes some minor issues with the interface
  • Fixes a bug with Asset Management scenes which contains Containers
  • Fixes other minor issues and performance improvements

Batch Camera Render

270 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.

1.16:

  • 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

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