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:
Itoo Software has released a significant update to its parametric modeling plugin for 3DS Max. New features include: RailClone Color allows to randomize textures and tint maps, various UI improvements, Macros allow to create and share new nodes by creating sub-graphs, apply and align styles to multiple closed splines in a single click with clipping improvements, update multiple RailClone objects in large scenes by linking Styles, new libraries for roofing and cladding, support for 3DS Max 2018 and V-Ray 3.6, etc. RailClone 3 is priced at 200€, a free lite version is available for download. More on Itoo Software's website.
Vojtěch Čada has released Spline Control, a useful and free Maxscript created to address some frustrations with Spline IK and create spline controls suitable for animation. Read more about the script and download it from ScriptSpot.
WTools3D lite edition of LWCAD for 3DS Max and Cinema 4D is now out of beta. Previously released for 3DS Max under the name FuturArch, LWCAD is a cross platform version of the popular suite of architectural modelling tools originally released for Lightwave 3D. The lite edition features a subset of the tools found in the LightWave edition including boolean primitives, walls, windows and doors, roofs, shingles and more. More tools will be ported to the multi-platform version as development continues. Find out more on WTools3D's website.
Christophe Blattmann has released Fast Architecture 2.0, a scripted tool for 3DS Max to create procedural buildings. The geometry plugin has controls for columns, windows, frames, balconies, roof, base and more. Each element is automatically assigned material IDs for the easy allocation of materials. Fast Architecture costs $25 and a free limited trial version is also available. Find out more on Christophe Blattmann's website.
SmartRefs, a new external reference plugin for 3DS max, is now available in beta. The plugin allow users to modify and animate referenced objects, similar to the way that references work in Maya. The developers list several advantages over XRef, including:(more...)
Vizpark, the site that offers 3D models and tools for architectural visualization, has published the results of a survey related to the use of VR, AR and real-time engines by its customers. More on Vizpark's website.