Makoto Chiba has posted an interesting thread on CG Society testing the waters (pun intended) for a new PIC/FLIP/APIC based Fluid simulation tool named Aquarius. The software was original developed as an in-house solution by MagicPictures Inc., but according to the thread, it could soon be released for sale to the wider community. Screen shots show the application running in 3DS Max, but Makoto has mentioned that it is Python-based so any DCC can be used by creating a connector plugin. Simulations are compatible with a number of renderers as Aquarius is able to export data in prt, Alembic and VDB formats. You can read more about the tool on the R&D section of MagicPictures' website, and find more up date information and see videos on the CGSociety forum.
WTools3D has released an updated to LWCAD for 3DS Max and Cinema 4D, its cross platform version of the popular suite of architectural modelling tools originally released for Lightwave 3D. The new version adds 3 new UVW mapping tools that enable users to quickly apply and randomise mapping, and 5 tools for cutting or slicing geometry Find out more and see a video of the new UVW tools in action on WTools3D's website.
Cebas has released FinalRender 4, with a completely overhauled core that uses spectral wavelength simulation to recreate optical effects they claim are impossible for ray-trace based renderers. New features include:(more...)
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.