3ds Max 2019 developer community

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The 3ds Max plugin developer ecosystem is critical to the success of 3ds Max users, as it enables specialized workflows for demanding use cases. With hundreds of 3ds Max developers registered in the Autodesk Developer Network program, and many more outside the program, the developer community is very active.
In order to react faster to your needs, the 3ds Max team is releasing product updates more often, delivering new capabilities, improvements, and quality enhancement on a regular basis. As such, the collaboration between Autodesk and the 3ds Max third party developer community is more crucial than ever to provide the best experience for our mutual users.
We are excited to announce that about 20 third party plugin developers have worked hard, in close collaboration with the 3ds Max product team and the ADN team, to make their plugins available as early as possible following 3ds Max release. As a result, more than 150 plugins are planned to be released the same week as 3ds Max 2019.
Third party developers planning to offer support for 3ds Max 2019 during the release week, in alphabetical order, descriptions provided by the developers:

BonesPro is a sophisticated, fast and optimized technology for organic skinning of characters and objects in Autodesk's 3ds Max. Create high quality skin meshes rapidly with easy-to-understand bone influences and vertex assignments, impressive real-time skin-deformations and special-effects.

 3d-io BonesPro 4.77
Flatiron is a texture baking plugin for Autodesk 3ds Max. It allows you to bake multiple objects or complete scenes into a single texture map. It also unwraps objects automatically to speed up your scene baking workflow and greatly improve texturing quality. Flatiron is the only software on the market that supports instant texture baking of multiple assets with V-Ray, Corona, Redshift, Mental Ray and FinalRender.

 3d-io Flatiron 2.33
Unwrella is an exact unwrapping plug-in for Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya. It is a one-click solution that automatically unwraps your 3D models with an ultra-precise pixel-to-model surface aspect ratio, and sorts uv-maps specifically for further production steps such as texturing.

 3d-io Unwrella 3.17
 UV-Packer for Autodesk 3ds Max automatically arranges the unwrapped charts of objects in an optimized manner to provide efficient usage of UV space. UV-Packer takes the surface area of the object into account and scales all charts to provide a uniform distribution of pixels over the mesh.

 3d-io UV-packer 2.10
Supported devices: SpaceMouse® Enterprise, SpacePilot® Pro, SpaceMouse® Pro Wireless, SpaceMouse® Pro, SpaceMouse® Wireless, SpaceMouse® Compact, SpaceNavigator® for Notebooks, SpaceNavigator®, CadMouse, CadMouse Wireless. 3Dconnexion® is the leading provider of award-winning devices for 3D design and visualization professionals. 3Dconnexion® products provide a more intuitive and natural way to interact with computer-generated 3D content and support today´s most popular and powerful mechanical engineering, media and entertainment and architectural CAD applications.

 3D Connexion driver 3DxWare 10.5.6
Used in combination with Substance Designer, the Substance plugin for 3ds Max gives users the ability to easily create physically based materials by opening and tweaking Substance files. 

 Allegorithmic Substance in 3dsMax

RPC Plug-ins provide the ability to place, edit, create, and render all types of RPC People, Trees, Cars and Object content. Delivered through ArchVision Dashboard and AVAIL. you may download RPC Plug-ins for Autodesk products including demo versions for supported applications from trials.archvision.com. Supported applications include: Autodesk® Revit®, Autodesk® AutoCAD®, Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design.

Archvision RPC Plug-in version 21

The distributable NWC file exporter enables project teams using Navisworks software to generate whole-project models for simulation and analysis. Team members can generate the optimized NWC file directly from design applications without the need for a licensed seat of Navisworks. The NWC exporter works with a range of products, including AutoCAD and Revit software-based products, as well as 3ds Max, Bentley MicroStation and Graphisoft ArchiCAD software. The NWC file format supports transfer of both object geometry and associated metadata.

Autodesk Naviswork 2019 NWC Export Utility

Shotgun’s integration with 3dsMax has been updated for Max 2019. With this integration you can have access to the tracking and collaboration features of Shotgun directly in Max.

Autodesk Shotgun Integration 1.1.6

It is a well known secret within the Visual Effects industry, that 3ds Max and thinkingParticles combined, serves up a killer application to beat any other visual effects production pipeline out there in the market. Nothing compares in quality, speed and return of investment when you go for a 3ds Max and thinkingParticles VFX pipeline. Continuous updates and free enhancements empower our professional vfx artists to stay at the cutting edge of competition. thinkingParticles 6 latest release Drop 6 packs in even greater flexibility, memory efficient and the power of All Purpose Fields for Procedural Volume Effects. A complete visual effects package offering state-of-the-art tools in every possible areas of visual effects.

Cebas thinkingParticles™ 6 

finalRender is the new breed of physically-based spectral wavelength light simulation software for 3ds Max users, offering unique algorithms and approaches to light simulation not found in any other renderer for 3ds Max at a very affordable rate with an option for network rendering in one license. trueHybrid means that it does no longer matter if you create photo real images on a CPU, on a GPU, or both at the same time. finalRender for 3ds Max is the perfect choice for 3d artists and studios alike wanting the maximum in image quality and photo-realism, working on cebas few-buttons-rule flexibility without deep learning curves, when setting up complex scenes for rendering.

Cebas finalRender™  

finalToon comes deeply integrated into 3ds max with perfect support of its native features. By adding finalToon as a standard 3ds Max Render Effect, interactive rendering updates are possible without the need to re-render the whole scene over and over again. finalToon supports many 3ds Max renderers, as long as they are 100% 3ds Max SDK conform they can be used to create Non Photo Realistic renderings with finalToon. However, the best solution for the creative artists is a combination of finalToon and finalRender, to multiply your studio’s creative possibilities.

Cebas finalToon™  

From architecture and design to visual effects in film and television, V-Ray is the most widely used rendering solution in the world. Whether used to showcase products at IKEA or bring the “Game of Thrones” dragons to life, V-Ray has helped artists and designers visualize their best work for over 20 years, pushing the boundaries of imagery, animation, and virtual reality. In 2017, V-Ray was honored with an Academy Award for helping to facilitate the “widespread adoption of fully ray-traced rendering [in] motion pictures.”

Chaos Group V-Ray 3.6  

Corona Renderer from Render Legion a.s. is a high-performance (un)biased photorealistic renderer, available for Autodesk 3ds Max 2013 to 2019. It delivers predictable, reliable, and physically plausible results with no compromises in quality. Render Legion a.s. became part of Chaos Group in August 2017 and specialize in developing easy to use, powerful and affordable software for 3D computer graphics and visual effects. Our technology helps artists and designers create photoreal imagery and animation for design, television, and feature films.

Chaos Group - Render Legion Corona
VUE xStream offers professional CG artists a complete toolset for creating, rendering and exporting exceptionally rich and realistic natural environments in 3ds Max. Create and edit beautifully detailed natural environments using your application's standard manipulators.

E-on Software VUE xStream 2016 R5
Ultimate hair, fur, and feathers solution for 3ds Max.

Ephere Ornatrix V5 - Ornatrix V6 BETA
Simulation made easy. Using NVidia Flex technology quickly simulate fluids, soft and hard bodies directly inside 3ds Max.

Ephere Lucid V1

Visualize and manage 3ds Max scenes with ease and comfort. Zookeeper opens new workflows never possible with standard 3ds Max UI.

Ephere Zookeeper V2

GrowFX is a system for creating and animating plants.

Exlevel GrowFX 1.9 - GrowFX MultiMap

FStormRender is a new GPU powered, unbiased render with good performance / quality trade. It is very simple, fast and realistic with convenient materials and light sources.


Forest Pack is the world’s most popular scattering plugin for 3ds Max®. It provides a complete solution for creating vast areas of objects, from trees and plants to buildings, crowds, aggregates, ground-cover, rocks and more. If you can model it, Forest Pack can scatter it. Countless studios rely on Forest Pack ’s production-tested algorithms and native shaders to render scenes with virtually unlimited numbers of objects and polygons, all without putting a strain on computer resources. Simulate natural distribution patterns and get the most out of your assets using advanced mapping and randomisation tools, or fine-tune your scatters with granular control over every aspect of the plugin. Forest Pack 6 adds support for 3ds Max 2019 and Arnold plus a host of new features to extend the power of the plugin with new effects tools, distribution modes, support for PFlow, manage libraries, and more while making it even easier to use.

Itoo Software Forest Pack Pro 6.0 and Forest Pack Lite 6.0

One of the most popular scattering plug-ins for 3ds Max developed since 2007. Big list of supported rendering engines with SDK provided for adding any others.

iCube R&D Group MultiScatter 1.073
MadCar is a plug-in for quick rigging of wheeled vehicles and their animations by simulating the control. MadCar supports any number of wheels, and with any of their mutual arrangements including motorcycles. Any number of trailers is also

iCube R&D Group MadCar 3.036
Creates car traffic flow for urban visualisations, populate city with thousands of cars, buses and trucks, It has flexible road system with parking, bus stops, traffic lights, bridges and complicated roundabouts, dynamics calculation makes driving on complicated surfaces more realistic, and the AI system helps cars to operate independently.

iCube R&D Group CityTraffic 2.030
Helps to generate topographically accurate terrains from topographical data or a set of splines as well as lay roads.

iCube R&D Group SplineLand 1.046
VRayPattern is a 3d procedural texture which allows you periodically multiply geometry without extra memory consumption, which is fundamentally different from the technologies that are used in scattering plug-ins.

iCube R&D Group VRayPattern 1.080

RailClone is the world’s most powerful artist-friendly parametric modelling plugin for 3ds Max®. Its unique array-based approach to asset creation is fast, efficient, and easy-to-learn. Use the convenient node-based editor to create rules that combine, sequence, transform, deform, slice, bevel, and distribute instanced geometry or proxies. Create variation by randomising objects, UV mapping, and material IDs. Render huge objects made from thousands of highly detailed parts using native geometry shaders. In addition to support for 3ds Max 2019, the latest release adds compatibility with Arnold enabling users to render flexible procedural objects with huge polycounts using Max’s free built-in renderer. With RailClone, creating sophisticated parametric models has never been simpler.

Itoo Software RailClone Pro 3.2 and RailClone Lite 3.2

Laubwerk Player is a loader for intelligent plant models bundled in lines of content packages Plants Kit Freebie and Plants Kit 1-12.

Laubwerk Player 1.0.26
The site was originally just a link collection with a news page, but when 3ds Max 9 came out, David Baker started contacting programmers who had written plugins for 3ds Max but had stopped updating them. Some of them gave the source code, and David started recompiling them for the latest versions of 3ds Max. At the last count he’s keeping about 170 plugins alive and up-to-date. David don't get paid for doing this, but there is a donate button on the site for people who want to show their gratitude.

120 plugins: BlurBeta, CoolPicker, Grass-O-Matic, Footools, Peter Watje's plugins

Imports CAD files (STEP, IGES, SAT, Rhino) into 3ds Max.

 nPowerSoftware Power Translators 15

nPowerSoftware Power Translators Pro 15
Imports CAD files (STEP, IGES, SAT, Rhino, SOLIDWORKS) into 3ds Max, and contains extension tools for cleanup, repair and creation of CAD geometry inside of 3ds Max.

nPowerSoftware Power Translators Pro 15

Imports native CAD files (SOLIDWORKS, Inventor, Pro/E, UG, Catia, etc.) into 3ds Max.

nPowerSoftware Power Translators Universal 15
Provides CAD type modeling (fillets, Booleans, shelling, offset, blending, etc.) inside of 3ds Max.

nPowerSoftware Power NURBS Pro 15

Converts SubD models into CAD formats (to export to CAD systems).

nPowerSoftware Power SubD-NURBS 15
Converts scanned mesh geometry into CAD formats (to export to CAD systems).

nPowerSoftware Power ScanToNURBS 15

Imports Rhino files into 3ds Max.

nPowerSoftware Power RhinoToMax 15

OctaneRender is the world’s first and fastest GPU-accelerated, unbiased, physically correct renderer.

Otoy Octane Render 3.08
Wall Worm is a 3ds Max plugin developer specializing in developing tools for game design and pipeline optimization. The Wall Worm Model Tools, which have been the premier toolset for the Source Engine for nearly a decade, have been used by thousands of professionals and hobbyists to bring their creative visions to life.

Wall Worm

Third party developers planning to offer support for 3ds Max 2019 in the following weeks after the release, in alphabetical order, descriptions provided by the developers:

ANIMA 3 Archviz population tool allows architects, designers and 3D professionals to bring hundreds of realistic 3D characters into their scenes with ease. ANIMA supports all the major rendering engines such as V-Ray, Corona, FStorm, Redshift, Arnold, Octane, Maxwell, Mental Ray, Thea and Iray. PHOTOREAL CROWDS at the click of a button! RAMPS, STAIRS, Escalators, moving walkways! ADAPTIVE PLACEMENT on irregular terrain. CHARACTERS THAT stand, sit, cheer and more! YOUR OWN CHARACTERS and motions. The future of artist-friendly crowd animation is anima.

Unleash the full power of Iray directly within your 3ds Max workflow. Iray for 3ds Max offers a seamless integration within the 3ds Max interface with a deep exposure of Iray technology.

Maxwell | 3ds Max offers seamless integration, allowing you to work comfortably within the 3ds Max interface. This product has been specifically designed for rendering in 3ds Max with a simple yet comprehensive Maxwell toolbar. It brings you advanced Maxwell Render technology in a simple, self-contained package.

Next Limit Maxwell 4.2.0
PSOFT Pencil+ 4 for 3ds Max is a non-photorealistic rendering plugin which can reproduce the appearance of pen-and-ink and color pencils drawings as well as animation cels.

 PSOFT Pencil+ 4
RFConnect | 3ds Max makes it possible to exchange data between RealFlow and 3ds Max – you can export objects, particles and meshes from 3ds Max to RealFlow and vice versa.

Next Limit RFConnect

FumeFX is a powerful fluid dynamics plugin-in for Autodesk 3ds max, designed for simulation and rendering of realistic fire, smoke, explosions and other gaseous phenomena. Unrivalled in its ability to capture the subtlety and complexity of fluid gas behavior it is favored among visual effects artists, game developers, visualization professionals and everyone else who demand the utmost in realism. FumeFX has become an integral part of major studio production pipelines. It has been used to create visual effects for many blockbuster, including productions such as Dr. Strange, Thor, Roland Emmerich's 2012, Hugo, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Priest, Skyline, Suckerpunch, Spiderman 3, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Superman Returns, Iron Man just to name a few.

 Sitni Sati FumeFX 5.0

Thinkbox Deadline is a hassle-free administration and management toolkit for compute-intensive rendering for Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX, with the flexibility to handle workloads that are on-premises, hybrid, or cloud-based, and supports over 80 different content creation applications out of the box.

 Thinkbox Deadline 10

We expect to see more developers supporting 3ds Max 2019 very soon — if you are a 3ds Max plugin developer and wish to be part of the movement, please contact Laurent Gibert, 3ds Max Product Manager.
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