3ds Max Mayhem

Topics of interest to people using and extending 3ds Max by Christopher Diggins.

Curvature to Vertex Color Modifier using Max Creation Graph
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Curvature to Vertex Color Modifier using Max Creation Graph

Posted 20 April 2015 3:29 am by Christopher Diggins on 3ds Max Mayhem

Software: Autodesk 3ds Max ,

Industry: Games , Film, TV and VFX , Design Visualization ,

In this blog post I share an MCG tool for computing curvature and storing it in the vertex color channel. I also share a couple of fun little tools: one for coloring grey-scale vertex colors and another for smoothing the vertex colors. I also discuss the TriMesh, data channels, mapping channels, and vertex colors.

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Max Creation Graph (MCG) Sample Pack for 3ds Max 2016
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Max Creation Graph (MCG) Sample Pack for 3ds Max 2016

Posted 17 April 2015 3:59 am by Christopher Diggins on 3ds Max Mayhem

Software: Autodesk 3ds Max ,

Industry: Games , Film, TV and VFX , Design Visualization ,

Now that 3ds Max 2016 is available for download the team and I have uploaded a set of sample MCG tools to play with and learn from.

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Introducing Max Creation Graphs
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Introducing Max Creation Graphs

Posted 13 April 2015 1:07 am by Christopher Diggins on 3ds Max Mayhem

Software: Autodesk 3ds Max ,

Industry: Games , Film, TV and VFX , Design Visualization ,

Introducing the Max Creation Graph (MCG) editor in 3ds Max 2016.

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PyQt UI in 3ds Max 2014 Extension
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PyQt UI in 3ds Max 2014 Extension

Posted 11 December 2013 7:47 pm by Christopher Diggins on 3ds Max Mayhem

Software: Autodesk 3ds Max ,

Industry: Games , Film, TV and VFX , Design Visualization ,

Since Python arrived with the 3ds Max 2014 extension one of the most popular requests is how to create UI using PyQt or PySide that works well with 3ds Max. In this blog post I'm going to share some techniques for creating a PyQt UI in 3ds Max that is properly parented to the 3ds Max window and handles shortcut keys in text editors.

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The 3ds Max Gunslinger and yes I read your Crash Error Reports (CER's)
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The 3ds Max Gunslinger and yes I read your Crash Error Reports (CER's)

Posted 27 October 2013 4:41 pm by Christopher Diggins on 3ds Max Mayhem

Software: Autodesk 3ds Max ,

Industry: Games , Film, TV and VFX , Design Visualization ,

This year we had our first ever gunslinger event for 3ds Max. This was an opportunity for members of the development team (developers, QA, design, and leadership) to meet a cross-section of 3ds Max users and discuss their ideas, questions, and concerns. One thing they wanted to know was how the development tool chooses what to work on. One of the a key influences on the work we do are CERs.

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ADN DevDays Conference in Las Vegas at AU and a New 3ds Max SDK Blog
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ADN DevDays Conference in Las Vegas at AU and a New 3ds Max SDK Blog

Posted 17 October 2013 6:40 pm by Christopher Diggins on 3ds Max Mayhem

Software: Autodesk 3ds Max ,

Industry: Games , Film, TV and VFX , Design Visualization ,

Good news from the Autodesk Developer Network for our M&E developer customers. ADN will be hosting a DevDays M&E conference where I will talk about the new Python API in 3ds Max and Kevin Vandecar has launched a new blog for 3ds Max SDK users.

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M&E Scripting and SDK Channel on YouTube
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M&E Scripting and SDK Channel on YouTube

Posted 12 October 2013 12:16 pm by Christopher Diggins on 3ds Max Mayhem

Software: Autodesk 3ds Max , Autodesk Maya , Autodesk MotionBuilder , Autodesk Softimage , Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite ,

Industry: Games , Film, TV and VFX , Design Visualization ,

Our video learning team have officially launched a scripting and SDK learning channel on YouTube.

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Autodesk Exchange Apps Portathon is happening on September 13th.
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Autodesk Exchange Apps Portathon is happening on September 13th.

Posted 10 September 2013 5:29 pm by Christopher Diggins on 3ds Max Mayhem

Software: Autodesk 3ds Max , Autodesk Maya , Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite ,

Industry: Games , Film, TV and VFX , Creative Finishing , Professional Video , Design Visualization ,

The Autodesk Exchange Apps Portathon is happening on September 13th. There is still time to register and potentially receive US$100 per plug-in or script published on the app-exchange (up to $500)!

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3ds Max and Stage Automation
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3ds Max and Stage Automation

Posted 6 May 2013 2:47 pm by Christopher Diggins on 3ds Max Mayhem

Software: Autodesk 3ds Max ,

Industry: Games ,

Stage automation plays an important role in live entertainment events from music shows to Cirque du Soleil. What may come as a surprise is that thanks to a plug-in from Stage Technologies 3ds Max is playing an increasingly important role in designing, simulating, and visualizing live event automation.

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3ds Max and Flash Working Together
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3ds Max and Flash Working Together

Posted 23 April 2013 1:04 am by Christopher Diggins on 3ds Max Mayhem

Software: Autodesk 3ds Max ,

Industry: Games ,

Using 3ds Max and Flash to create 3D content for the web and mobile devices.

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