Oormi has released MaxMounts Pro, a new displacement based MaxScript tool for creating mountains and terrain directly in 3DS Max. Features include the ability to create mountains in a couple of clicks, options to create valleys and rivers, built-in materials, the ability to use custom maps and much more. The script costs $8.95 and can be purchased from the Autodesk App store.
Paul Fuller has released Volume Cutter, a new script that enables you to fragment geometry with detailed cuts that avoid the now recognisable voronoi pattern. Volume Cutter costs $34, although currently there is a $10 discount, and is distributed via Effective TDs. This is a new software agnostic site aimed at FX TDs created by Goran Pavles, Manuel Tausch, and Eloi Andaluz.
PolyTools3D has released a new tool to help visualise and edit smoothing groups. It enables users to assign different preview colours to smoothing groups as well as the ability to quickly identify hard, shared and open edges. PolySmoother costs $45. Find out more on PolyTools3D's website.
In a surprise move, Chaos Group has announced at the 2017 D2 Conference that they have acquired Render Legion. Corona Renderer will continue to be developed as a separate product, maintaining the same personnel.
Technology and IPs will be shared between the two popular renderers. According to the announcement this has already started to happen, revealing that V-Ray's DMC sampler is responsible for the 2x speed increases seen in Corona 1.6 hotfix 2. Short-term plans also include the inclusion of VFX features in Corona 1.7 which were co-developed with Chaos Group, and compatibility between assets so that materials, proxies, lights etc. will work in either engine.
CG Pack has released a script to convert animation to keys with support for transforms, linked animations, constraints, point cache, hair and fur, and particle flow. The script costs $2 for the MSE or $10 for the source code. Find out more on CG Pack's website.
Solid Angle has announced that Arnold is now free for educational institutions who can apply for licenses by visiting the Autodesk Education Portal. Students have access to Arnold in their free educational licenses of Max and Maya, but can also apply for licenses via their institution for Arnold versions that support Cinema 4D, Houdini and Katana. Also announced are Arnold packs which bundle 5 annual subscriptions for half the price. Read the announcement on Solid Angle's website.