I’m normally don’t get so worked up about a beta release, but iToo Software has been very busy adding features and fine tuning Forest Pack Pro and it shows in the new 3.7.1b release. The introduction of multiple areas, real-time feedback, painting and better spline & overall control make it even stronger landscaping solution then ever before (and you can do much more than just landscaping with it as you know).
Lasse, from studio xoio is sharing their experience working with Exlevels GrowFX plugin for 3ds Max as a tool for creating custom 3d Foliage models. This article will offer you an introduction of GrowFX so that you can better understand the concept of using it and set you on the right path for creating your own growth 3d models.
Itoo Software, the makers of Forest Pro, just released yet another great plugin – RailClone! It is a 3DS Max plugin for parametric modelling based on custom geometry parts, definable by the user, and a set of construction rules. This concept of modelling lets you build complex and realistic structures for Architectural Visualization, Civil Engineering and Interior Design. I had the chance to take it for a spin during the beta and though I did not create any remarkable images to show here, I found it very easy to learn and the added library of common parts allowed to start using it right out the box.
Materialwerk has just released BRIX, a new tool for 3ds Max & Maya that offers a solution to working with tiled materials (planks, bricks, tiles, mosaics, stone cladding and more). Bertrand Benoit posted a very informative article about his first steps with BRIX you really should take a look at. You can also see some of Bertrand’s tests below.
[added July 9th, 2010]