PFlow Baker

77 votes
Version: 
0.71
Date Updated: 
06/03/2010
Author Name: 
Ofer Zelichover

Bakes particle flow particles into meshes and/or helpers.

NOTE: This script bakes only the viewport particles, so in order to get the amout of particles set in your system, set the viewport count to 100%.

 

Version: 0.71 (2010-06-02 17:25:44)     Compatibility:MAX 9,MAX 2008,MAX 2009,MAX 2010,MAX 2011    

  • Changed the way the particles are baked into point cache. It is now much faster using this method.
Additional Info: 

Version Requirement: 
3ds Max 9

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Ofer Zelichover's picture

The point cache option bakes

The point cache option bakes the animated mesh to point cache instead of as vertex animation. The main advantage of this is that the file size is not bloated like with vertex animation.
But the animated mesh option is only useful when the geometry of the particles is animated. If the geometry doesn't change, and only the transformation of the particles change, you shouldn't use the animated mesh option as it is way slower.

W DIGITAL's picture

whats the advantage of the

whats the advantage of the point cache function? i never saw that...

does that mean it can animate all particles as one object and save to point cache??????

polyx's picture

Great!

This is one of the best scripts ever man, thank you so much for it!

hotdoggyurkeyam's picture

error

Keep getting an error after done baking that says:

Unknown property: "bakedTransObj" in undefined.

Using Max 2010 64 bit. Any ideas?

Augusto Lombardi's picture

BTW great tool!

BTW great tool!

Augusto Lombardi's picture

Hi, really great script but

Hi, really great script but it miss one important feature, it doesen't bake the material of particles!! in the case of big shape particles the material is fundamental and in the case of multi sub materials assigned to particles it's impossible to manual reassign to the baked ojbects the same material from the original particle stream!!

TiMi's picture

I've converted your script to

I've converted your script to macroscript. Hope you don't mind?
It is convinient for users.

http://rapidshare.com/files/386017129/PFlowBaker-v0_61.mcr

Just drag & drop macroscript in max viewport and under "customize user interface"-"Category" find "Ofer Zelichover"

Ofer Zelichover's picture

That's because this is no a

That's because this is no a macroscript.
You can run it using the Maxscript > Run Script menu option.
Or if you'd like to make it into a macroscript, open the script in the script editor, select all of it and drag it onto a toolbar. That will automatically make a new macroscript out of it.

Cheers,
o

TiMi's picture

Usually I'm "installing" this

Usually I'm "installing" this kind of script with drag & drop in max viewport, and after that I can see button for scripts in Customize User Interface, but for this script I can't see the button?

Fraine7's picture

Excellent script, should

Excellent script, should definitely be part of Max's built in tools, thank you for this!

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