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IT: scripts for 2009

Jamie Gwilliam advises on which scripts all 3ds Max users should have in their toolbox

Daylight Analysis
It’s a common question from those of using 3ds Max Design into the accuracy of the daylight analysis toolset (Exposure). So, 3ds Max Design has been independently validated for Daylight analysis calculations and its accuracy to realworld lighting - see attached document for the results
 
Isolate  
IsolatePolygons is a script that works much like the normal isolate function that allows you to hide all other objects whilst working on the selection. This script does the same, but on a polygon level.

Masks
RenderMask is a nifty script which will render a mask, for ease of compositing either for an image or animation. It will not affect materials, lights or renderer settings. A video tutorial by the author can be viewed here.

Meta
On some extremely large scenes a Revit 2009 file imported via FBX can take a noticeably longer time to open once saved into the file. This is due to the embedded metadata within the file. For example Revit category and type data. If this happens to you, then the current workaround is to purge or remove all of the custom attribute data. You can do this via running the attached script (clear.meta.data.ms).

Display
This link is for the new Philips range of 3d displays. The free plugin for the new Philips range of 3d displays  allows users to create 3d cameras for use with the displays. No special glasses are needed to view the content, unless you want to wear them of course. Philips’marketing description is: ‘Philips 3D Solutions offers the 3ds Max plug-in, which enables creation of 2D-plus-depth scenes in 3ds Max. The plug-in supports visualization of 3ds Max based interactive applications in ‘true’ 3D on autostereoscopic multi-view 3D displays. Artists benefit from enriching their existing legacy of applications in 3ds Max with a stunning 3D viewing experience on a Philips autostereoscopic display. The 3ds Max plug-in provides content creators full control over the viewing experience of their 3ds Max content on a Philips 3D display by controlling settings such as depth factor, offset, range and scaling. The 3ds Max plug-in is seamlessly integrated into the 3ds Max workflow empowering artists to start working with it right away.’

Youtube
Autodesk now has a Youtube channel



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