Archviz artist Bertrand Benoit has published an impressive collection of renders set in an enclosed garden as well some notes on how they were created including information on how the trees were modelled by mixing photogrammetry with GrowFX, using Dabarti Capture for leaf scans, creating ivy and climbing plants with GrowFX and more. See all the images and more on Bertrand's blog.
John Martini has released a new tool that allows the user to quickly integrate existing models into meshes. Features include real-time updates, the ability to conform to curved surfaces, customizable folder structure for brush organization, packaged and shareable brush assets, auto thumbnail generation and brush publishing, retaining of the edge flow, transformation options and more. The plugin costs $15 and can be bought on Joker Martini's website.
(Updated) Version 1.01 is now available with the ability to rotate, a Free Borders mode that replaces any faces with any assets with no topology restriction, the ability to mirror and scales assets after they have been inserted, improved orientation, face statistics and improved UI and help files.
Clovis Gay's MeshInsert is a new tool inspired by Modo's Polystein that replaces selected faces with a mesh from the built-in asset library. Features include the ability to create and share your own assets, a visual library, filtering based on face selection, deforming assets to match the curvature on the target mesh, height adaptation, weld and blend to maintain edge flow and more. Mesh Insert costs 30€. Find out more about this new tool on Kinematic Lab's website.
Dave Baker has now recompiled most of the freeware plugins hosted on Maxplugins.de for 3DS Max 2018 . Dave carries out this formidable task annually in his spare time, so feel free to visit Maxplugins.de to see what's available, and donate to help support the continuation of an invaluable resource.
John Martini has released Extended Objects Bundle, a collection of 25 plugins designed to simplify the creation of motion graphics and infographics. The plugins are grouped into 4 categories: icons for arrows, checks, crosses and more; infographics for various graphs, networks, EQ simulators, and progress bars; lines to create solid, dashed and tech lines that can be animated in various ways; and finally patterns for distributing 2D and 3D geometry in grids and on spheres. Find out more on John Martini's website.
Changsoo Eun has released a free MCG that can reorganise the data structure of a mesh, reordering its vertices by matching their positions on a second model in either world space, object space, or UV space. More on Changsoo Eun's website.
E-on Software has announced that the upcoming pre-release versions of Carbon Scatter and Cloud Factory Ozone will be the last. The company explains the decision was made to "focus on the company's core technologies and ensure better customer support and user experience on [...] VUE and PlantFactory". The final 2017 releases have the following new features: