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2.7 PhysX plug-in for Maya is also available

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Following the release of 2.7 PhysX plug-in for 3ds Max, NVIDIA has also uploaded new 2.70.1028.1400 plug-in for Maya (2009 – 2012).

Update [22.11.2011]: Maya PhysX plug-in was updated to version 2.70.1109.2230, that includes various bugfixes and minor updates.

UPDATE: 2.71 PhysX plug-in for Maya is released

2.7 PhysX plug-in for Maya – Release Notes:

  • General: New unified exporter
  • General: Improved PhysX shelf GUI
  • General: Support for PhysX 3.1
  • General: Support for APEX Clothing 1.1
  • General: Compatibility with other plug-ins that use PhysX directly (e.g. Thinking Particles)
  • General: Scene validation
  • Rigid Bodies: Copy/paste multiple physical meshes
  • Rigid Body: Kinematic to Dynamic Switching
  • Rigid Bodies: Ragdoll improved mass distribution
  • APEX Clothing: Support for latch to nearest regions
  • APEX Clothing: Support for Graphical LoD and Contact Layers
  • APEX Clothing: improved custom physical mesh handling

2.7 PhysX plug-in for Maya is available at Developer Support Center. You can find it under following path:

[Online Support] -> [Downloads] -> [APEX DCC Clothing Plugins] -> [Maya 2.7.X (beta)]

If you are experiencing trouble with registration of PhysX Developer account, please refer to our registration guide.

Written by Zogrim

November 1st, 2011 at 11:28 pm

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2.7 PhysX plug-in for 3ds Max comes with SDK 3.1 support

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Next major release of DCC PhysX plug-in for 3ds Max has arrived.

New 2.70.1028.1400 PhysX plug-in for 3ds Max (2009 – 2012, 32- and 64-bit) just have landed on download page at Developer Support Center.

Update: 2.7 PhysX plug-in for Maya is also available

UPDATE: 2.71 PhysX plug-in for 3ds Max is released

Additionally, updated 2.61.1028.0930 PhysX plug-in was released for 3ds Max - it includes minor bug-fixes for 2.61 version.

2.7 PhysX plug-in for 3ds Max – New Features Overview:

  • General: Additional PhysX SDK 3.1 solver

Plug-in now features two different simulation engines – PhysX SDK 2.8.4 and new PhysX SDK 3.1, with an option to switch between them seemlesly, without necessity to restart 3ds Max.

Providing same simulation quality as SDK 2.8.4, SDK 3.1 solver is noticeably faster, especially in specific scenes which contain composite meshes with complex concave geometry.

As a test, we’ve measured a time that is needed to simulate 200 frames of “Chainmail” scene (430+ composite rigid bodies), in a viewport. As you can see, in this case SDK 3.1 solver is ~40% faster.

Notes: #1 APEX Clothing is not yet supported by SDK 3.1 engine.

#2 Current SDK 3.1 implementation has limited contact buffer, so it is not recommended to use it with large number of objects.

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Written by Zogrim

November 1st, 2011 at 9:02 pm

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How to switch PhysX plug-ins to PhysX SDK 3.0 mode

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Current developer (and probably future public) builds of DCC PhysX plug-ins have interesting feature – you can switch your simulation engine and feature set between two different PhysX SDK versions – SDK 2.8 (as in all previous plug-ins) and new SDK 3.0

However, in latest 2.61 PhysX plug-in for 3ds Max you can already enable PhysX SDK 3.0 mode, as suggested by opethism and further explained by Blake:

All you need is to add npx.UsePhysXPlugin(2) line to px_globals.ms file,

located at “\3ds Max 2012\stdplugs\stdscripts\(PhysX)“.

Final code should look like this:

fn PxInitializePlugin =
(
try ( nvpx.InitializePhysX listener )
catch ( format nvpxText.TXT_GLOBALS_WARN_NO_DLM; )
– create toolbar
nvpx.UsePhysXPlugin(2)
nvpx.CreateToolbar()
)

In this mode, one particular feature will be very usefull for PhysX developers – ability to export your scene in RepX format, currently only one serialization format supported in PhysX SDK 3.

Other than that, most simulation features are seems to be working (except for Viewer tool), but stability is not quaranteed.

Written by Zogrim

September 12th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

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New 2.61 PhysX plug-in released, supports 3ds Max 2012

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After multiple delays and postponements, NVIDIA has finally released updated version of PhysX plug-in for 3ds Max2.61.0906.0900

Update [20.09.2011]: updated PhysX plug-in 2.61.0916.1330 for 3ds Max is available (supports 3ds Max 2009-2012). This version includes bug fixes for several problems one may encounter, like crashes while using APEX Clothing functionality in 3ds Max 2012.

Update #2: 2.7 PhysX plug-in for 3ds Max released

New major 2.7 version of the PhysX plug-in is still in development, so this minor 2.6+ release is supposed to resolve compability issues with RayFire, and also add support for 3ds Max 2012. In this case, plug-in installs above default MassFX simulation tool, replacing it and providing additional features, like support for APEX Clothing (and if you’ll uninstall PhysX plug-in, MassFX will be restored).

No information yet on other fixes (since Release Notes are missing), but we were promised to recieve soon.

PhysX plug-in 2.61 for 3ds Max (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 – 32-and 64-bit versions) and 3ds Max Design (2010, 2011, 2012 – 32-and 64-bit versions) is available for download at Developer Support Center.

You can find it in following section: [Online Support] -> [Downloads] -> [APEX] -> [APEX DCC Clothing Plugins].

If you are experiencing trouble with registration of PhysX Developer account, please refer to our registration guide.

Update [20.09.2011]: In addition, new PhysX plug-in 2.61.0916.1700 for Maya was also released.

You can download 2.61 PhysX plug-in for Maya (Maya 2009 – 2012, 32-and 64-bit versions) at Developer Support Center.

Written by Zogrim

September 9th, 2011 at 4:07 am

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PhysX plug-in 2.6 for 3ds Max also updated

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NVIDIA PhysX plug-in for 3ds Max was updated to version 2.60.0413.1900

Update: PhysX plug-in 2.61 released

Release Notes:

Issues Fixed (Present in Previous Releases)

  • [#5771] Corrupted Paint Channel when loading some older assets
  • [#5770] Compression settings are reset to default
  • [#5769] Ragdoll on CAT rig doesn’t save/load properly
  • [#5667] Previewer crashes on some CAT files
  • [#5761] Cannot save paint channel for some assets

Updated PhysX plug-in for 3ds Max is available for download at Developer Support Center. You can find it in following section: [Online Support] -> [Downloads] -> [APEX] -> [APEX DCC Clothing Plugins]

If you are experiencing trouble with registration of PhysX Developer account, please refer to our registration guide.

Written by Zogrim

April 15th, 2011 at 9:40 pm

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PhysX plug-in 2.6 for Maya updated

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NVIDIA has updated DCC PhysX plug-in for Maya to version 2.60.0412.2200

Release Notes:

New Features

  • APEX Clothing: External Preview window with APEX debug capabilities

Issue Fixed (Present in Previous Releases)

  • [#5779] Crash when loading/applying clothing to some asset files

Updated PhysX plug-in for Maya is available for download at Developer Support Center. You can find it in following section: [Online Support] -> [Downloads] -> [APEX] -> [APEX DCC Clothing Plugins]

If you are experiencing trouble with registration of PhysX Developer account, please refer to our registration guide.

In addition, separate installers for Maya 2012 (x32 and x64-bit) are now also provided.

Written by Zogrim

April 14th, 2011 at 8:12 am

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So whats new in 2.60 version of PhysX plug-in for 3ds Max and Maya

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Ongoing (and prolonged) release of NVIDIA APEX framework has not only brought us PhysXLab (authoring tool for APEX Destruction and APEX Particles), but also new versions of PhysX plug-ins for Autodesk 3ds Max, 3ds Max Design and Maya (plug-ins were uploaded just several hours ago).

UPDATE: NVIDIA APEX 1.0 Beta released

Since many developers and VFX artists are waiting for this plug-ins, we decided to provide detailed overview of new features and changes in this versions. New PhysX plug-ins v. 2.60 for 3ds Max and Maya are available for download via Developer Support Center.

If you are experiencing trouble with registration of PhysX Developer account, please refer to our registration guide.

PhysX plug-in for 3ds Max v. 2.60.0314.1641

[supports 3ds Max (2009, 2010, 2011) and 3ds Max Design (2010, 2011), 32-bit and 64-bit versions]

Update: PhysX plug-in for 3ds Max updated

2.60 version of PhysX plug-ins seems to be used as basis for new MassFX unified dynamics system, included in upcoming 3ds Max 2012, as it resembles same interface and basic feature list. However, 2.60 PhysX plug-in supports APEX Clothing, while MassFX does not.

Lets take a view on new features, in comparison to previous 2.40 version of PhysX plug-in:

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Written by Zogrim

March 17th, 2011 at 12:08 am

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PhysX based simulation system in Autodesk XBR will be called MassFX

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We already mentioned plans of Autodesk to replace Reactor (using Havok) physics engine in next versions of 3ds Max with a new and probably better one, based on PhysX SDK.

Update: New MassFX sneak-peek video

Recently released “sneak peek” video gives us a short glimpse on this simulation system, and reveals its name – MassFX.

As you may notice, MassFX resembles general design of standart PhysX plug-in from NVIDIA, but also includes some long-anticipated features, like substeps control, for example.

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Written by Zogrim

February 25th, 2011 at 9:38 pm

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APEX Clothing authoring workflow in details

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One of the main features of NVIDIA APEX framework is not only complexity or quality of simulation, but artist-focused authoring pipeline, that allows easy creation of physical content without significant programmer involvement.

Update: PhysX plug-ins for Max and Maya with APEX Clothing features are available.

Update #5: New complete set of official APEX Clothing tutorials.

Authoring process in promising APEX Clothing module (you can remember its debut in Mafia II title) goes through DCC plug-ins for 3ds Max and Maya.

Following tutorials (available previously for plug-in beta users) are giving perfect overview of clothing authoring process, basic capabilities and features, using 3ds Max plug-in as an example.

Tutorial I – Waving flag

APEX Clothing tutorial - 1

Tutorial II – Physically simulated Cape

APEX Clothing tutorial - 2

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Written by Zogrim

January 15th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

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Autodesk Subscription Pack for 3ds Max 2011 includes 2.40 PhysX plug-in

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Now, when Subscription Advantage Pack for 3ds Max 2011 and 3ds Max Design 2011 was released, we can verify that it includes updated version of PhysX plug-in, designated as 2.40.0808.2140, avaialble in 32- and 64-bit variants and based on PhysX SDK 2.8.3.17.

Update: How to achieve quality simulation with PhysX plug-in for 3ds Max

Update #2: New PhysX plug-n v. 2.60 released

3ds Max PhysX plug-in v2.40

Unfortunately, APEX Clothing tools are in not included in this version of the plug-in.

Note: To use this plug-in with RayFire Tool, you need to update RayFire to version 1.51.02

For those of you, who still can’t decide if new PhysX plug-in is worth the update, here are full Release Notes we took from documentation:

v2.40.0625, 2010-June-25

Issues Fixed (Present in Previous Releases)

  • [#5023] Rotating collision shape on biped does not maintain position in space
  • [#4936] Resetting a project does not reset PhysX global settings
  • [#5022] Capsule’s shape is altered incorrectly when height or radius is modified
  • [#5061] Loading a project from 2010 with constraint fails to load in Max2011
  • [#5098] Constraint Swing Y and Swing Z reversed in UI

New Known Issues

  • [#5107] Baking rigid bodies attached to constraints yields incorrect results
  • [#5152] Baking to keyframes offsets values when Start Frame is not 0
  • [#5153] Initial Spin speed not in degrees per second

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Written by Zogrim

September 30th, 2010 at 1:43 pm

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