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RayFire 1.44 update available .
RayFire Tool gives you the ability to shoot, destroy, demolish, wreck, break down, wreak havoc, blow up, burst, detonate, explode and do other similar things you have always dreamed of to do in Max.

RayFire 1.44 Tool feature list:

  • NVidia PhysX Rigid Body support via RayFire user interface. Only 32 bit 3ds Max version. This means that You still can use RayFire with PhysX engine support on 64 bit PC, but only with 32 bit 3ds Max. Also pay attention that RayFireTool uses software PhysX engine, which means that You can use PhysX engine with any video card.
  • NVidia PhysX Influence. Allows You to affect on objects in sumulation by forces, spacewarps and mouse cursor. Animatable Time Scale property allows You to create Bullet Time effect in a seconds.
  • Interactive Demolition System for NVidia PhysX engine. Creates dynamic simulation and demolishes objects accordingly to their material and collision strength. Each fragment can demolish further with proper amount of collision strength.
  • Fragmentation. Allows you to fragment geometry objects.
  • Explosion. Allows you to realistically explode objects.
  • Reactor Rigid Body support via RayFire user interface.
  • Reactor Hit, Displace, and Holes Impact dformations for shooting.
  • Instant Action. Allows you to shoot and explode without gun, manually defining all impact spots on impact object.
  • Various effects for shooting, such as Impact flash, Muzzle Flash, Particle Debris, Geometry Debris, Fragmented Debris from Holes, Smoke, Sparks, Blood, Decals, Bullets and any Custom objects which you can define by yourself.
  • Interactive Layer Manager. Allows you to interactively change properties in the already created effects, select, hide\unhide, freeze\unfreeze and delete any created layer or effect.
  • Automatic update system.

More info & Download here : http://www.mirvadim.com

ShaderMap Pro is an application for creating and converting rendering maps for use in computer graphics. It creates displacement (height), normal, ambient occlusion, specular, and dudv maps from diffuse, displacement, or normal maps. ShaderMap Pro makes this process fast and easy by providing a simple and powerful user interface.


ShaderMap Pro Features
Fully tested in Windows® XP and Vista (x86 and x64)

* Convert Diffuse Maps to: Displacement (Height), Normal, Ambient Occlusion, Specular, and Dudv.
* Convert Displacement Maps to: Normal, Ambient Occlusion, Specular, and Dudv.
* Convert Normal Maps to: Displacement, Modified Normal, Ambient Occlusion, Specular, and Dudv.
* Preview Maps using Normal and Parallax shaders in real-time.
* Apply maps to custom 3d models.
* Export command lines for CL version.
* Batch process large numbers of maps.
* Control output directories for each map.
* Create seamless maps from tileable textures.


ShaderMap Pro Requirements
Minimum Computer Environment:

* Windows® XP or Vista (x86 or x64)
* 512 MB RAM
* Video card that supports OpenGL 1.4 or DirectX 9c
* 1.5 GHz CPU

Recommended Computer Environment:

* Windows® XP or Vista (x86 or x64)
* 2 GB RAM
* Video card that supports OpenGL 2.0 and DirectX 9c
* 2.0 GHz CPU

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View more info & Download a feature limited here -> Demo of ShaderMap Pro.

Autodesk SketchBook Pro Designed for use with tablet PCs or digitized pen tablets, Autodesk® SketchBook® Pro painting and drawing software is your digital sketchpad. It is easy to use with fast, reactive drawing and productivity-enhancing tools that help you express your ideas freely and boost production. Use it in any design process where pen and paper would traditionally be used, including:

* Product concept design and ideation
* Illustrations
* Character studies
* Set and level designs
* Storyboarding
* Annotation and review

Paint User Interface
The user interface is easy to learn for new users and fast and efficient for experts. Customizable marking menus give one-flick access to key tools like colors and brushes. Intuitive on-demand controls zoom, pan and rotate the canvas. Straight-edge and ellipse templates capture perfect strokes. Floating tools change your brush size as you work—without opening the brush editor.

Brush Customization
Create nontraditional brushes to add texture to an image, enhancing the creative drawing process beyond what is possible with pen and paper. Create and save your own brushes, erasers, airbrushes, or smear brushes. Vary the size, transparency, roundness, slant, and stamp spacing. You can also specify your own image as the brush stamp to create custom texture brushes.

Drawing Annotations
Quickly load and view images and digital photographs. Use brushes to mark up and add comments.

Email Integration
Integrated email lets you instantly send sketches and annotations to colleagues and clients. New email messages are created automatically in your default email program with the current image attached.

You can view more info and download trial version here :

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Create stunning 3D models in less time with Autodesk 3ds Max 2010 software.This full-featured 3D modeling, animation, and rendering solution is used to produce top-selling games and award-winning film and video content. It’s the tool of choice for quickly generating realistic characters, seamless CG effects, jaw-dropping games, or top-quality
film and television content. Enhanced toolsets let you create your 3D environment the way you want, manage complex scenes, and take advantage of improved software interoperability and pipeline-integration support.

Leaders in the game development, television, film, and digital
publishing industries will want to explore this latest release of
the best-in-class 3D modeling software.


What’s New

The award-winning Autodesk® 3ds Max® software is the tool of choice for leaders in the game development, television, film, and digital publishing industries who want a comprehensive 3D modeling, animation, and rendering solution right out of the box.


Now, Autodesk 3ds Max 2010 builds on this success with powerful new toolsets to help you shape your worlds the way you want, manage complex scenes with ease, and take advantage of unprecedented support for software interoperability and pipeline integration.

You can view more info : http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/index?siteID=123112&id=7658360


PixPlant 2 is a smart 3D texturing tool that creates high quality normal, displacement, specular maps and seamless textures from plain photos.
Based on photos, PixPlant adds an unlimited choice of realistic materials for your projects: just pick an interesting photo, run PixPlant and get a perfect seamless 3D texture.
Benefits for 3D visualization, architecture and games:


* Quickly create unique seamless 3D textures, horizontally and/or vertically tiled.
* Based on real-life photos, PixPlant generates realistic textures without the complication of procedural texture generation tools.
* Generate and fine tune normal, displacement and specular maps for highly realistic 3D texturing.

You can view More info & Download free demo here enjoy ^^

http://www.pixplant.com/


RayFire Tool gives you the ability to shoot, destroy, demolish, wreck, break down, wreak havoc, blow up, burst, detonate, explode and do other similar things you have always dreamed of to do in Max.

RayFire Tool 1.43 feature list:

  • NVidia PhysX Rigid Body support via RayFire user interface. Only 32 bit 3ds Max version. This means that You still can use RayFire with PhysX engine support on 64 bit PC, but only with 32 bit 3ds Max. Also pay attention that RayFireTool uses software PhysX engine, which means that You can use PhysX engine with any video card.
  • NVidia PhysX Influence. Allows You to affect on objects in sumulation by forces, spacewarps and mouse cursor. Animatable Time Scale property allows You to create Bullet Time effect in a seconds.
  • Interactive Demolition System for NVidia PhysX engine. Creates dynamic simulation and demolishes objects accordingly to their material and collision strength. Each fragment can demolish further with proper amount of collision strength.
  • Fragmentation. Allows you to fragment geometry objects.
  • Explosion. Allows you to realistically explode objects.
  • Reactor Rigid Body support via RayFire user interface.
  • Reactor Hit, Displace, and Holes Impact dformations for shooting.
  • Instant Action. Allows you to shoot and explode without gun, manually defining all impact spots on impact object.
  • Various effects for shooting, such as Impact flash, Muzzle Flash, Particle Debris, Geometry Debris, Fragmented Debris from Holes, Smoke, Sparks, Blood, Decals, Bullets and any Custom objects which you can define by yourself.
  • Interactive Layer Manager. Allows you to interactively change properties in the already created effects, select, hide\unhide, freeze\unfreeze and delete any created layer or effect.
  • Automatic update system.

More info & Download here : http://www.mirvadim.com


Very cool trailer of Planet 51 movie and Behind the scenes.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, New Line Cinema has acquired Ilion Animation Studios’ $60 million feature from Handmade Films International.

‘Planet 51’ is a funny reverse alien invasion story centered on the little green people with antennas who inhabit Planet 51, and who live in fear of being invaded by beings from another planet.


When astronaut Captain Charles “Chuck” Baker lands his spaceship, thinking that nobody lives there, the inhabitants’ paranoia is unleashed and the real adventure begins. Befriended by a young resident, the astronaut has to avoid capture in order to recover his spaceship and return home.


The film is written by Joe Stillman (Shrek, Shrek 2), produced by Ignacio Perez Dolset, directed by Jorge Blanco and co-directed by Javier Abad and Marcos Martinez, who worked with Blanco on the worldwide best-selling video game “Commandos”.


‘Planet 51’ is currently in production and due for completion in mid-March 2009.

Trailer

Behind the scenes 1

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A complete character animation system plug-in for Autodesk 3ds Max. CAT offers artists in the film, post-production, and games industries an environment to produce better animations faster.

CAT makes it easy to create any kind of character rig. Build custom rigs lightning-quick, or use presets to create everything from humans and horses, to lizards and dragons, to spiders, crabs, and creepy-crawlies of all kinds. Include as many spines, heads, bones, fingers and toes as you want. CAT even supports highly complex rigs like centipedes, which are impossible to create using standard 3ds Max tools!
Quick and Easy Character Animation


Animating with CAT is easy. In just a few clicks, you can create walk cycles using CAT’s procedural animation tools and drive your character by attaching it to a path. The CAT rig automatically calculates foot placement, even on undulating terrain! Test and tweak ’til your heart’s content—CAT will display the results instantly!
High Quality – Unmatched Flexibility


CAT makes it easy to achieve high quality character animation quickly, reliably, and repeatably. Animation layering and clip editing allow you to create clips and reuse animations non-destructively. You can blend between distinct animations or add additional detail and secondary motion without sacrificing the base animation. Intuitive procedural systems like the CAT spine let you animate extremely complex character movements in a matter of clicks.
Incredible Realism

The all new CATMuscle adds incredible realism to your character animations by simulating muscle movements under the skin!

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Download trial version of this plugin and more info here :

http://www.softimage.com/products/cat/

The Next Generation of Modeling. Power NURBS [PRO].

Power NURBS unique hybrid approach fuses the next generation NURBS surface construction technology with the industry’s leading Solids Modeling technology bringing an unparalleled modeling experience to the 3ds Max Platform.

Power NURBS modeling environment is designed to provide artist intuitive access to complex advanced modeling tools allowing you to expand your creative potential beyond the polygon world.


Quickly sketch out your idea with our free form NURBS curve network. Easily, blend or sweep your curves into complex interconnected organic shapes. Intuitively re-sculpt your form on the fly while changes automatically propagate through your model. Produce complex surface detail by drawing and projecting curves onto your model. Cutaway, intersect, join or Boolean surfaces and solids without having to clean up polygon errors. Feel the joy of selecting any edge or set of edges and applying numerous fillet combinations that work and with our resolution independent meshing technology. Never worry about poly count again. Sound too good to be true? Think again. It’s all here in Power NURBS, so stop imagining and truly experience the next generation of modeling.

Power Translators Pro

– Do you need to import IGES, STEP, SAT, or Rhino files into Max?
– Are you sick and tired of poor quality Polygon translation?
– Tired of dealing with mesh smoothing issues and reversed faces?
– Need to change the resolution of your mesh without re-translating?
Translate NURBS Not Polygons!


Power Translators are built from the ground up to solve today’s difficult problems of importing quality CAD data into 3ds max. The Plug-in has been battle hardened in the most demanding productions at some of the best Max visualization rendering facilities in the World. The 3ds professionals spoke and we listened and together we developed the most advanced, best integrated, highest quality Max CAD translator on the market today. We guarantee it.

Have you ever had to re-create a CAD model inside of MAX/VIZ? Power Translators is the answer to get those CAD models and assemblies into MAX or VIZ with the push of a button. Power Translators reads IGES, STEP, SAT, and Rhino and creates a Power NURBS surface/solid within Max to represent the precise geometry defined in these files. It can then create a mesh at render time to a specified user defined tolerance relative to the size of the object in the image. For example, a tolerance of 2 or 3 pixels will produce an extremely high quality image with very smooth edges that do not have polygonal artifacts. The Power NURBS surface/solid introduced by Power Translators can have materials applied at the sub-object level and is able to utilize most MAX Meshmodifiers (twist, UV Map, etc.).

Power Translators could easily pay for itself on a single project in time savings alone!

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You can download Demo,tutorial, and more infomation here :

http://www.npowersoftware.com/nurbs/pnoverview.htm

Enjoy !

GroundWiz is a plug-in for 3ds Max/VIZ for making nature scenes with ease and precision.

GroundWiz Terrain Map, easy to use yet powerful procedural 3d terrain map for 3ds Max/VIZ, will bring you much power and control for generating realistic terrain textures. Furthermore, GroundWiz Planter, a mass placement and instancing tool, handles millions of objects in 3ds Max/VIZ. It will help you merge vegetation, rocks and other nature elements and quickly create realistic interactive scenes of nature/landscape. GroundWiz Variation Map will help you quickly add color variations to materials when creating big scenes with many objects like forests.


What GroundWiz does…

What GroundWiz Terrain Map, GroundWiz Planter, and GroundWiz Variation Map do is to facilitate your full use of 3ds Max/VIZ in creating natural 3d environments. It is completely integrated with 3ds Max/VIZ. It will give you control, power and flexibility to create and modify nature/landscape, using your own customized terrains and objects like trees, rocks, grass, houses or whatever objects you wish to use.


GroundWiz will help you create a realistic looking terrain texture on the terrain you create or the one imported into 3ds Max/VIZ from real life via GroundWiz importer. On that terrain, GroundWiz Planter will help you create a nature scene while GroundWiz Variation Map will help you quickly add color variations to the nature scenes.

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You can download GroundWiz Lite free version and more infomation here

http://www.gugila.com/products.html


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