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Plugin News  –  July 2020

Wednesday 15 July 2020 - 11:43


Site News: MAX Plugins.de is 20 years old today!

On the 12th of July 2000, MAX Plugins.de went online after a month or so of getting everything set up. You can see the news page for July 2000 here. Back then we were on Max 3, and there were 382 plugins in the database. Today we are on the 23rd version of Max and the database contains a total of 4,957 free plugins, 257 mental ray shaders, and 793 commercial plugins.

The year 2000 seems to have been a good one for Max sites, because both MaxUnderground and ScriptSpot also started in that year. The site is still getting a fair amount of visitors, and up to July 1st, the site has had 35,355,017 pageviews. Even Max 1 is still generating traffic: last month the Max 1 page had 1425 pageviews and 153 downloads! :o)

I had a big plan to completely re-design everything a few years ago, but to be honest real life is always getting in the way and I just didn't have the time to do it. Other than regularly updating the code behind it all to prevent the script kiddies from breaking anything, I won't be investing any more time in the way the site looks.

I'd like to say a big thank you to the few people who have actually helped to support the site financially, and special thanks go to Marco for the huge amount of help over the last 15 years(!) in tracking down news to post. Without his help there wouldn't have been an awful lot of news posted.

I've got no idea how long the site will go on for, hopefully as long as Max is still around. I never thought it would last 20 years, so let's just wait and see! All the best, Dave

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v10.1.8.5 are:
- Adds the ability for SEP House Cleaning functionality to run on EC2 instances using IAM Roles
- Adds a Health Check API and additional alarms to the Deadline RCS
- Upgrades various Python dependencies used by Deadline via the pythonsync folder in the Repository
- Upgrades the Python for .NET dependency from v1.0.0 to v2.4.0
- AWS Portal now uses AWS managed IAM policies
- Changes the IAM permissions required on your AWS Portal IAM User
- Changes how AWS Portal creates IAM resources in your account
- Changes when the Asset Server S3 bucket is created in your AWS account
- Removes the 'Choose Bucket' and 'Fix Policies' buttons from the Asset Server Settings dialog
- Adds a new AMI for Max 2021 with support for both V-Ray and Arnold
- Replaces the IAM policies in the documentation with AWS managed IAM policies
- New IAM policies restrict the IAM Role names that you can use for your Spot Fleet instances
- Before running the Spot Event Plugin, you must now create an IAM Role for the Resource Tracker
- Enhances UserAgent messaging in the Resource Tracker's Lambda script(s)
- You must now create an IAM Role in your AWS Account prior to using the Resource Tracker
- Fixes a bug in SubmitMaxToDeadline with IFLs where Python errors were not being caught properly
- Adds support for Clarisse 4
- Adds support for Clarisse BUiLDER
- Adds support for Nuke 12.1
- Adds support for Octane 2018 and 2019

Deadline is available for Max 2010 to 2021 and costs $48 per node per year. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v1.0.3.0 are:
- Adds support for Max 2021
- Extends the trial period to 45 days
- Fixes a license failure in some cases requiring reopening of the scene

ReDeform is available for Max 2016 to 2021 and costs $20. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v3.10.37 are:
- Adds support for VRay 5
- Vray Bitmap is now used as the default texture type
- Fixes a bug with opening the 'Mass Rename Tool' in versions 3.10.27-3.10.33
- Fixes an issue with searching in materials
- Fixes some minor issues

Project Manager is available for Max 2014 to 2021 and costs $60. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Modelling

Changes for v0.75 are:
- Adds support for Max 2021
- Ivy growth is now multi-threaded
- You can now create multiple ivy's in the same session
- Adds a new leaves algorithm
- Adds support for custom leaf meshes
- Several bug-fixes and GUI tweaks

Gtools Ivy is available for Max 2018 to 2021 and costs $15. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.21.2 are:
- Adds support for V-Ray 5
- V-Ray IPR is now supported from V-Ray 4.3 and V-Ray 5
- Fixes a Desipher text error when auto-login is unchecked
- In Forensic, the Illumi compass is no longer counted as an unused helper
- Disperse can now export as proxies (ProxSi + VRay + Corona)
- Scatter can now export as proxies (ProxSi + VRay + Corona)
- SiClone can now export as proxies (ProxSi + VRay + Corona)
- SiClone can now export as single objects

SiNi Software is available for Max 2015 to 2021 and costs £180 per year. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Animation

Changes for v4.0.3 are:
- Improves application compatibility in environments that use very long file paths (+256 chars)
- Improves scene loading times in Max and Cinema4D
- Fixes an issue where assets displayed as bounding boxes were incorrectly exported in T-pose
- Fixes a Max issue where mesh normals could be wrong when rendering animations using render nodes
- Fixes a Max issue with 4D model normals displaying incorrectly in the UV seams when using V-Ray
- Fixes a stability issue in Max with Octane and 4D characters
- Fixes a C4D issue where the alive connection would lock any animated cameras in the C4D scene
- Fixes material conflicts in C4D when multiple shaders were applied to the same mesh selection tags
- Fixes an issue where UE4 could crash when importing an asset that was already in the scene
- Fixes a UE4 issue with packages including 4D models made in UE 4.25

Anima is available for Max 2013 to 2021 and costs €279. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v2020.1 - 10.12 are:
- Updates core to Octane render 2020.1.3
- Adds volumetric spotlights
- Adds a universal camera
- Fixes the RTX enable option not being saved as a global setting
- Fixes the RTX enable option not updating when changed from the Octane device setting window
- Fixes Camera and Light target position not being set correctly when turning on target mode
- Fixes octane light instances when changing vectron mode while rendering in viewport
- Fixes export of some animated textures (3d transform, projection, displacement, etc)
- Fixes Kernel pixel grouping settings
- Set unique names to object layer nodes for render pass CryptoObjectNode

OctaneRender is available for Max 2013 to 2021 and costs €699 per year. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Materials

Changes for v2.3.4 are:
- Adds a workflow option for the PBR (Spec/Gloss) shader for Max 2021
- Adds a workflow option for the PBR (Metal/Rough) shader for Max 2021
- Workflow scripts no longer fail when moving nodes between different views in the SME
- Setting a relative path in the asset tracker will now work
- If an output that a workflow script expects is missing, it is now logged to the console
- Adds an About dialog containing information about the plugin, along with used libraries
- The About dialog has a 'Copy to Clipboard' button allowing diagnostic information to be saved

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v1.2 are:
- Adds a new user interface
- Adds a 'Keep Multi Materials' function so Multi/Sub-Object Material geometry is not affected

miauu's Manage Links is available for Max 2009 to 2021 and costs €17.

Site News: Calling all freeware plugin developers

If you are a plugin developer with source code for plugins that you don't develop anymore, it would be great if you could get in touch with me. I would be glad to recompile as many old plugins as possible to stop them from disappearing for ever. Just mail me to let me know what sort of stuff you've got.

On a side note, this is how the Messiah:studio plugins got recompiled for Max 9 to 2012, as well as all of the Sisyphus plugins, so it's worth sending stuff my way :o)


Site News: News Archives

The news from previous months can be accessed by clicking on the 'Plugin news archive' link in the menu.