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Plugin News  –  July 2022

Thursday 07 July 2022 - 03:01


Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v1.0.28 are:
- Adds a feature to ignore visible emitters through reflecting or transmitting dielectrics
- Fixes a bug where the tone operator was not applied to the preview
- Fixes a crash if caustics were used with an importance greater than 1

Dali Renderer is available for Max 2018 to 2023 and costs $150 per year. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Renderers

Changes for v3.5.04 are:
- Fixes a potential Max crash when logging missing scene resources at render time
- Fixes a Maya issue where orphaned OSL shader output attributes weren't deleted after a recompile
- A warning is issued if a Maya shader connection can't be represented by an RS shader connection
- Motion vector units and scale are now supported for meshes in Maya
- Fixes a Maya crash when motion vectors/velocity based motion blur is used
- Extensions can now register to use any node types in Maya
- An extra Beauty AOV is output when Global AOV is set to Remainder with no listed lights groups
- Fixes a Maya issue when the redshiftOptions.imageFilePrefix attribute is locked
- Fixes a C4D issue where aborting a bake in progess was not possible
- Fixes a C4D issue where curves produced by some third-party generators would not be extracted
- Fixes a C4D RenderView issue where some settings were reset when the window reopened
- Fixes a C4D RSFile parameters issue in R26 where long filenames overflowed the attribute manager
- Fixes a C4D Nodes issue where constant Value connections to file / ramp parameters were ignored
- Fixes a Houdini problem with the OCIO 1.x configs color correction in the viewport IPR
- Fixes a Houdini problem in the strands while rendering Z axis lines including multiple points
- Fixes a Houdini problem with custom AOVs and the RS State node
- Fixes a Houdini crash while trying to use string attributes as mesh vertex data
- Fixes a Houdini crash from VOP subnets/hdas if linked directly to the Redshift output node
- Fixes a Houdini problem between the Proxy Output SOP and the Output SOP
- Updates the GUI of all the Houdini RS VOP nodes to use collapsible tabs (H19.0 only)
- Updates the GUI of the OSL VOP node to include all source parameters inside a collapsible tab
- Adds automatic switching to Redshift Instances in Houdini if there are material overrides
- Adds Houdini support for the Output SOP bypass flag
- Updates the top menu docs and forum links for Houdini
- Exposes the MPlay monitor option in the Redshift LOP HDA
- Fixes a Hydra problem with strands rendering
- Fixes a Hydra problem with custom AOVs and the RS State node
- Adds Hydra support for single value primvars
- Adds Hydra support for double type primvars
- Adds Hydra support for UV map names with the format 'uv2', 'uv3', 'uv4', etc
- Fixes a global Hydra problem in multi-step motion blur data sampling
- Adds proper Hydra support for instance multi-step rotation motion blur
- Adds Hydra support for crop/overscan using the DataWindowNDC parameters
- Adds Hydra support for tile rendering
- Redshift LOP HDAs have been updated to create the main 'color' AOV automatically in Hydra
- Fixes a Katana problem with strands rendering
- Fixes a Katana problem with custom AOVs and the RS State node
- Fixes a Blender issue in IPR mode when selection cahnges in enumerators aren't detect as change
- Fixes a Blender limitation in AOV structures with a long paths in filenames
- Fixes a Blender error when cleaning the dictionary that store the changed objects in IPR mode
- Improves Blender performance in IPR update when objects only have transformation changes
- Fixes a Blender bug when updating lights in IPR mode
- Adds an 'Info' icon to the Blender Color Management panel on how to configure OCIO environment
- Fixes various RT memory leaks
- Fixes an RT hair bug that would cause random crashes
- Fixes RT GPU crashes in the curvature, AO and round corners shaders
- Fixes an RT bug where objects that had 'Receive Shadows' OFF blocked dome light reflections
- Adds bokeh to RT depth of field
- Fixes an issue where RT texture sampling was very coarse for secondary rays
- Adds a blackbody emission option to the volume shader
- Fixes an issue where non latin characters would prevent all compute devices from being detected
- Fixes a bug that could cause non-linear 8-bit OCIO color space textures to render too dark
- Fixes a memory-leak issue in the OSL compiler
- Fixes a rare bug that could cause a shader memory assert between rendering shaderballs

Redshift is available for Max 2015 to 2023 and costs $264 per year. A demo version is available here.

Plugin Update: Utilities

Changes for v2.5 are:
- Fixes compatibility issues with Max 2023

Mirza Link Manager is available for Max 2012 to 2023 and costs €89 per year.

Site News: Calling all freeware plugin developers

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