Posted Tue Aug 7, 2012 - by Paul Roberts
Extension released for 3DS Max 201326 Comments
(Updated) After the public outrage that followed Autodesk's extensions announcement, the company has reacted stating that it has "heard the concerns of customers" and has decided that current 3DS Max subscription customers who do not own the Creation Suite will also receive the Particle Flow Tools: Box #2 extension (with MassFX integration) no later than October 2012.
Autodesk has announced the release of a subscriber-only 3DS Max 2013 extension that expands the PFlow toolkit.
- MassFX mParticles - Create particle simulations that replicate real-world effects with the mParticles module for the MassFX system of simulation solvers. With Birth operators optimized for MassFX simulations, a preset flow for easier initial setup, and two easy-to-use modifiers that enable particles to affect standard mesh objects.
- Advanced Data Manipulation - Create customized, purpose-built Particle Flow tools with the versatile Advanced Data Manipulation toolset. It is now possible to combine up to 27 different suboperators to easily create their own event-driven Data Operators and save results as presets, or as standard actions in the Particle View depot
- Cache Disk and Cache Selective - The new Cache Disk operator offers the ability to precalculate and store Particle Flow simulations on the hard disk, separate from the 3DS Max scene file for faster iteration. The Cache Selective operator enables you to cache only certain types of Particle Flow data
The extensions are available to subscription customers and controversially mParticles and the data management toolset are available to Creation Suite customers only. More at Autodesk.