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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?

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!

Outliner

753 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.

10 Year Anniversary Celebration

626 votes

10 years... What a ride! During the past decade artists & developers - people just like yourself - have come to this site to find tools that will make their lives easier. I've been honored to get to know many of you, to learn from your techniques and see thousands of artists find the tool they needed. I think one of the things that has amazed me the most over the years is how cross cultural ScriptSpot has become. This isn't just a site that people in Hollywood use, or for that matter a site that people in North America use.

Project Manager

594 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.
 

Project Manager version 3.12.68

  • Adds support to mapping source for V-Ray PBR materials
  • Adds an ability to export files to vrscene (menu "Export to:" => vrscene )
  • Adds an ability to replace a selected file with a model from the scene
  • Displays a list of modifiers linked to a material
  • Adds an ability to filter Favorite folders
  • Adds the default Corona material library to the treeview
  • Adds the default V-Ray material library to the treeview
  • Adds an ability to merge models to the active layer (Look for this feature in Preferences, Miscellaneous tab)
  • Adds an ability to specify the texture class to be used with HDRI (Look for this feature in Preferences, Miscellaneous tab)
  • Adds an ability to move Favorites to top level
  • Adds an ability to store/restore the size of Favorites panel
  • Fixes an issue with Auto install feature in Project Manager version 3 (silent mode installation)
  • Fixes an issue with rendering of previews for scenes with xRef objects
  • Fixes an issue with resizing images [Convert Images tool]
  • Fixes an issue with F8 hotkey for assigning materials
  • Fixes an issue with deleting files from Catalogs that display files from subdirectories
  • Fixes a bug with Advanced File Renamer tool
  • Fixes an issue with displaying the exclude merging list in 3ds Max 2021
  • Fixes an issue in 3ds Max 2021 with displaying the list of object classes excluded from merging
  • Fixes an issue with setting up a default renderer in the Render Preferences dialog box
  • Fixes an issue with renaming scene materials
  • Fixes a bug with opening the Render Thumbnail Preferences dialog in 3ds Max 2018 and older versions
  • Fixes an issue arising when monitor screen DPI uses a scale of more than 100%
  • Fixes some interface issues

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

 
 

Update History for all versions.

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

Max Hotbox

586 votes

 

This script is in open beta phase, available for public.

Who creates the best interface for the users? The users theirselves! This tool is inspired by the Maya Hotbox. It is not ment to be a tool collection on its own, its idea is to provide ways to you for accessing and organizing functionality. Build your own interface, customize your workflow to your needs.

SolidRocks

568 votes

SolidRocks V2.3 is out !!  Support for V-Ray NEXT (update 2.1) and  MAX 2013-2020 ! Rebus Farm/RANCH Computing interoperability

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.

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.

 

RappaTools v1.92

558 votes

RappaTools3 and RappaTools2 available... see new website: http://remusjuncu.com/rappatools/

See RappaTools3 PlayTime 02 Here  and RappaTools3 PlayTime 03 Here !

RTTassist

538 votes

 

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