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PhysX plug-ins updated to version 3.0.1

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NVIDIA has released an updated 3.0.1 version of the PhysX DCC plug-ins for 3ds Max and Maya.

Update: New PhysX plug-ins 3.0.2 are available

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PhysX Plug-in 3.0.1 for 3ds Max: Release Notes

  • New Features
    • Upgrade to APEX 1.3.1, SDK 3.3.1
    • Add SDK 2.x back for mCloth and mParticles. Users can only simulate mCloth and mParticles in 2.x mode. And APEX will not be supported when 2.x mode. It means users cannot edit and simulate Clothing and Destruction assets when using 2.x.
  • Fixes
    • Fix: crash which happens when quiting 3ds Max with a biped Ragdoll scene.
    • Fix: bug that Clothing simulates wrong at first frame when system scale is not 1.
    • Fix: bug with APEX Debug Visualizer parameters.
    • Fix: bug that when LOD1 is default LOD, it may not allow to add another new LOD.
    • Fix: bug that Physical Mesh rollout could be too small when it is Custom type.
    • Fix: few bugs with Physical Mesh rollout of Clothing Modifier.
    • Fix: crash when loading .Rag files.
    • Fix: SDK warning message when it fails to output on unicode build because missing one virtual function.
    • Fix: Clothing Velocity control via Script.
    • Improve the simulation of dynamic ragdolls.
    • Make a switch to SDK 3 if creating APEX objects.
    • Support SkinMapActual for APEX Clothing visulaizer.
    • Improve sub-material handling based on Bug #9515: Getting multiple materials when coming back from PhysXLab to 3ds Max.
    • Make Destruction exports Tangent and Binormal with UE3 and APEX 1.3
    • Avoid extra scale (in PhysX Panel dialog) to be zero.
    • Improve debug render scale handling.

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April 11th, 2014 at 12:11 am

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PhysX plug-ins have received 3.0 update

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NVIDIA has released 3.0.0 version of the PhysX DCC plug-ins for 3ds Max and Maya with support for latest PhysX SDK 3.3.0 and APEX SDK 1.3

Update: PhysX plug-ins updated to version 3.0.1

However, in comparison to the major 1.x -> 2.x rewrite, round “3.0″ version number has not brought any significant changes to PhysX plug-ins – remaining 2.9.x digits were simply reserved for possible APEX 1.2.x branch updates.

And if you have missed latest additions to PhysX plug-ins, like introduction of the APEX Destruction authoring pipeline, you can check it here.

PhysX Plug-in 3.0 for 3ds Max: Release Notes

  • New Features
    • Using APEX 1.3.0, SDK 3.3.0 (SDK 2.8 is not supported any more).
    • Deprecated UI for SDK 2x.
    • Avoid generating multiple materials when they are with the same parameters.
    • Destruction: Behavior Groups Management.
  • Fixes
    • Fix: Wrong volume calculation issue in Rigid body.
    • Make exporter dialog from File -> Export also support .Apx and .Apb.
    • Fix: TetherStiffness range. Set tetherStiffness to 1.0 – relax just as ClothingTool uses 1.0 – mTetherStretchiness.
    • Fix: 2 UI updating issue introduced in CL 9122.
    • Fix: Hammer icon.
    • Some fixes for debug render in fast viewer.
    • Fix: Apex render after rewind scene in ccViewer.
    • Fix: Menu bug with Forces part.
    • Fix: Kinematic animation in fast viewer for non-integer start frame.
    • Sort bone list by name, improve bone indices in clothing asset.
    • Fix: After painting on lod, lod node will fail to restore previous shading mode.
    • Fix: LOD crash bug – switching lod during simulation crashes max.
    • Fix: Wrong exporter file name like “C:\export\nc.PxProj.PXPROJ”.
    • Fix: Fast viewer for precision sensitive Domino sample case.
    • Fix: InitialSwing issue with SnailGames’ sample.

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Written by Zogrim

December 11th, 2013 at 1:23 am

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New 2.91 PhysX plug-in is featuring APEX Destruction support

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New PhysX DCC plug-ins for 3ds Max and Maya are now available for public download.

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Both 2.91 plug-ins contain usuall set of bug-fixes and minor improvements, however, 3ds Max version also presents some interesting new features.

One of them is the integrated APEX Destruction module authoring pipeline (previously only available via PhysXLab), which allows artists to create, tweak and test destructible assets right inside 3ds Max.

Another one is so-called Simulation Sets – basically, an advanced collision filtering feature, which works for rigid bodies and cloth objects.

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Written by Zogrim

September 3rd, 2013 at 10:40 am

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2.89 PhysX plug-ins are available

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Updated PhysX plug-ins2.89.00313 for 3ds Max and Maya – are now available for download.

Update [7/17/2013]: Plug-ins version 2.89.00705 for 3ds Max and Maya released. Please see the Release Notes below.

Update #2: 2.91 PhysX plug-ins are available

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Apart from PhysX SDK 3.2.3 and APEX 1.2.3 support, only several minor bug-fixes are included in this release.

2.89.00313 PhysX plug-in for 3ds Max: Release Notes

  • New Features
    • Updated PhysX 2.8.5 and 3.2.3
    • Updated APEX 1.2.3
  • Fixes
    • Fix GPU Simulation Disabled bug when choosing HW mode.
    • Fix qs tangent space issue.

2.89.00705 Update Release Notes

  • New Features
    • Support 3ds Max 2014.
    • Exporting material names when exporting PhysX scene.
    • Support making dummies as constraint directly via toolbar or menu.

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Written by Zogrim

April 11th, 2013 at 2:31 am

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3ds Max 2014 further improves MassFX with mParticles module

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Since 2012 version, Autodesk 3ds Max uses MassFX, PhysX SDK based simulation system, as default physics simulation solution.

New 3ds Max 2014 (and 3ds Max Design 2014) release adds a new MassFX mParticles module to a two existing ones, mRigids and mCloth. Also relaying on PhysX SDK engine, mParticles module is a powerfull and fully controllable particle simulation system.

Previously, mParticles module was know as standlone plug-in – Orbaz Particle Flow Tools: Box #2.

Written by Zogrim

March 26th, 2013 at 11:21 pm

New 2.88 PhysX plug-ins for 3ds Max and Maya

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Updated versions of PhysX plug-ins for 3ds Max and Maya, 2.88.00227 and 2.88.00222 respectively, are now available for download.

Update: 2.89 PhysX plug-ins released

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The release supports latest APEX 1.2.2 and PhysX SDK 3.2.2 and also includes several critical bug-fixes.

2.88.00227 PhysX plug-in for 3ds Max: Release Notes

  • New Features
    • Updated PhysX 2.8.5 and 3.2.2
    • Updated APEX 1.2.2
    • Make 3.x SDK as default.
    • Support exporting without prompt dialog.
    • Rigid Body: expose script support for clothing type shape, radius bone and type.
  • Fixes
    • Fix for the crash when 3ds Max Loading if mParticles installed. Also fix the crash when opening a file with mCloth/mParticles content.
    • Fix a bug, if a scene contains a ragdoll, and open the viewer, max will crash when exit.
    • Fix clothing baking script issue, making pxBakeClothing() work.
    • Fix capsule collision with clothing in 3x mode.
    • Fix the bug ‘Pick Ragdoll Shapes’ dialog doesn’t work under 2.8.
    • Fix material and submesh parsing issue for a specific user.
    • Fix the bug save the num of ContactAgent with a size_t value.
    • Fix on a crash defect in weld algorithm.
    • Fix the Bug translating the mesh of a ragdoll in an old file will have doubled translation.
    • Fix Global scaling support.
    • Fix a bug 1745-8317534: Projection mode is not exported correctly to the RepX XML format.
    • Fix Bug #7190: PhysX 3.x connect sphere issue disable in Max 2009 SP1.
    • Fix Bug #7192: Backstop forces See-through mode.
    • Fix Bug #5747: Script error when using “Pick source object” on original object.
    • Fix Bug #5869: Color of rigid body does not differ for kinematic/dynamic ragdoll.
    • Fix Bug #7199: button missing from Root translation dialog.

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Written by Zogrim

March 1st, 2013 at 12:34 pm

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2.87 PhysX plug-ins for 3ds Max and Maya released

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NVIDIA has released an updated set of PhysX plug-ins for 3ds Max and Maya, versioned as 2.87.01125.

Update: 2.88 PhysX plug-ins are available.

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New plug-ins are offering support for latest APEX 1.2.1 and PhysX SDK 3.2.1 releases, and also are incorporating a massive amount of bug-fixes.

2.87.01125 PhysX plug-in for 3ds Max: Release Notes

  • New Features
    • Updated PhysX 2.8.x and 3.2.1
    • Updated APEX 1.2.1
  • Fixes
    • Regenerate does not work on selected nodes.
    • Bone fins create collision shapes on RB ragdoll/RB creation.
    • Fast Previewer doesn’t simulate for LOD 1.
    • Convex cooking bugs with default cooking library which generates best hull. Convex vertex limit is now disabled.
    • Statistics is not refreshed after creating new clothing.
    • Contact report not working with PhysX engine 3.2.
    • CoreDump uses wrong file name.
    • Crashes on file load.
    • Script bug with 3ds Max 2009, related to FBX version check.
    • L2N does not save-load properly.
    • Fix CCD bug. Release NXU Persistent Memory, including CCD skeleton etc.
    • Fix 3dsMax repx unit export problem.
    • Fix Global scaling support.

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December 1st, 2012 at 12:10 am

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3ds Max 2013: new features of MassFX in review

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Autodesk and NVIDIA continue their effort to create the universal physics simulation system for 3ds Max package – it is known as MassFX.

What has changed in new MassFX version, that comes with 3ds Max 2013, in comparison to the first release? We have tried to answer this question in our review.

One of the main new features of MassFX 2013 is the addition of mCloth – cloth simulation module, which was co-developed with Autodesk. Despite the rumors, mCloth uses PhysX 2.8.4 cloth solver for underlying physical calculations.

In comparison to APEX Clothing tools in PhysX plug-ins, mCloth is clearly oriented on VFX area: “one click” set up (no need to skin the mesh and apply movement constraints, as for APEX), full collisions with MassFX rigid bodies with two-way interaction, vertex group operations (like pin or attach to object), support for dynamic and kinematic cloth, ability to bake the simulation in keyframes.

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Written by Zogrim

April 17th, 2012 at 4:53 am

Autodesk has announced 3ds Max 2013

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Autodesk has officially presented 3ds Max 2013 and 3ds Max Design 2013 – popular 3D modelling, rendering and animation packages.

Among other changes and improvements, MassFX, PhysX SDK based physics simulation solution, was upgraded with a number of new features.

Artists can now enjoy a more integrated and accurate dynamic toolset, thanks to a wide range of enhancements and additions to the MassFX unified system of simulation solvers.

Highlights are a new mCloth module that features tearable fabric and support for dynamic ragdoll hierarchies. In addition, improved constraints, better handling of pivot points, and enhanced UI readability help improve overall workflow.

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March 28th, 2012 at 10:47 am

MassFX 2013 Sneak Peek: Bearing Machine

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Autodesk has presented another video, showcasing some of the new features of MassFXPhysX SDK based physics simulation system, that is replacing Reactor engine since 3ds Max 2012.

You can observe the process of mCloth object creation (and also it’s settings and interaction with rigid bodies), better support for concave meshes and updated interface.

It was also mentioned previously, that MassFX 2013 will also support standart forces, like PBomb and Vortex.

Written by Zogrim

March 6th, 2012 at 8:53 am

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