Animation & 3D Must Have Tools

DfgDfg Admin
edited November 2011 in Life
I am pretty much interested in working with 3D, I do work on Animation but I have a long way to go. In this thread I will list tutorials, plugins, downloads and generally anything that I can find related to this field. This does include Rendering and other important bits.
Maxwell Render 2.6

Maxwell Render™ is a recognized standard in architectural visualization, product design, interior design, film/animation production, engineering and other markets that require the best render quality. The technology behind Maxwell Render™ enables users to create materials, set lights and cameras, and render 3D scenes, all in a stunningly realistic and intuitive way, resulting in images that are indistinguishable from photographs. If you want to read the story behind Maxwell Render™

What's new in 2.6
  • NEW! Hair rendering: Introducing a new procedural primitive for rendering hair- compatible with the most popular hair systems (Shave & Haircut, Maya Hair, Max Hair, Ornatrix, Cinema Hair).
  • NEW! Particle rendering: New procedural primitive for particles- compatible with the most popular particle systems (RealFlow particles, Maya particles, 3dsMax).
  • NEW!Support for Vector displacement.
  • NEW!Much faster motion blur.
  • NEW! Referenced MXS files: It is now possible to load references of MXS files in your main scene file, which are added only at render time, dramatically reducing export times especially for animations, and reducing scene transfer times when network rendering.
  • NEW!Support for referenced materials has been added.
  • NEW! scripting: Maxwell Render SDK now includes a standalone python editor and scripting examples.
  • IMPROVED! Displacement: A new, faster displacement algorithm
  • IMPROVED! Big improvements in image processing, filtering and aliasing which enhances overall quality of the render.
  • NEW! Advanced integration with RealFlow- allowing you to handle RealFlow output and generate particles and meshes in render time.
  • NEW! Customer support centre for everything from tutorials and tips, to scenes and scripts



  • DfgDfg Admin
    edited November 2011
    Mootools 3D Photo Browser for 3D Users_including Polygon

    3D Photo Browser for 3D Users is a browser for your 3D, photo, video and audio files. This is a fast and powerful media manager to browse thousands of files thanks to its thumbnails window. You’ll find user friendly features to display, organize and edit your 3D and images files. You’ll get the most complete tool to document and find your files on your computer or your local network.

    3D Photo Browser recognizes more than 60 images and videos files format, many 3D files format and most of the audio files format:

    3ds (3D Studio file)
    Obj (Wavefront file)
    Max (3ds Max through a provided plugin)
    Xsi (Softimage through Crosswalk)
    Skp (Sketchup, 3D Photo Browser 32 bits version only)
    Dae (Collada)
    Mb, Ma (Maya, through a provided plugin)
    Stl (Stereolithography)
    Lwo, Lws (Lightwave)
    X (Direct X files)
    Dxf, Wrl, Ply
    Jpeg, png, gif, psd, tiff, bmp (more than 60 popular image formats)
    Digital camera raw formats
    Mp3, wav (audio files)
    Browse your folders in a wink

    Display in the same window the files located in several folders: this is very useful to take a glance at your whole scenes or photos library.

    Browse scenes stored in your ZIP archives without decompressing them.

    Display your files the way you want:

    Small thumbnails to browse thousand of files in a split second.
    A customizable display mode to view the information you need such the width and height of your images, the number of faces of your 3D files or the title and the length of your MP3 files.
    For your comfort and a better navigation, 3D Photo Browser fits all your needs by:

    Sorting the files at your convenience (name, picture-taking date, user-defined)
    Filtering the files as you want (I.e. display only images or 3D files or *.jpg and *.html files starting by A)
    Grouping files together using logical criteria.
    3D Photo Browser rotates automatically your digital camera pictures and also handles renaming and deleting files that share a given name but have different extensions (i.e. example.jpg image and example.wav sound).

    3D Photo Browser includes extra tools such a folder tree size view (ideal for cleaning your hard disk), an uppercase/lowercase filename conversion, a file splitter for your large files…

    View, modify and edit your photos and 3D files

    Open your 3D files in the built-in OpenGL viewer.

    You display the scene using one of the many rendering mode and select the best point of view for creating the scene thumbnail. You clearly see the scene hierarchy and the materials. You’ll find the tools you’ll need every day:

    Scene conversion from/to many file formats
    Textures or vertex colors display
    Mesh subdivision display and conversion (patch)
    Unify or flip normals
    Merge near or confused points
    Mesh optimization using Polygon Cruncher (license including Polygon Cruncher)
    Slides show
    Edit material and display a complete report about objects
    Open your images or your videos in the built-in viewer.

    You clearly view the layers of your images (I.e. alpha channel) and can use one of the many available tools:

    Crop & resize
    Image conversion from/to many file formats
    Horizontal or vertical image’s axis alignment
    Colors adjustment
    Image bending
    Slides show
    You can also play your videos in full screen and extract images from your favorites movies.

    3D Photo Browser also plays your audio files and allows MP3 tags edition (album, track, length...).

    Optimize your 3D scenes with Polygon Cruncher

    Polygon Cruncher for 3D Photo Browser allows optimizing any one of the 3D files recognized by 3D Photo Browser.

    Polygon Cruncher for 3D Photo Browser reduces the number of polygons of your objects without changing their appearance. You keep all details even at high optimization ratio. You also keep texture information and vertex colors.

    You see the scene as long as you optimize it in order to choose the best simplification level. You can also batch optimize scenes stored in a folder and automatically decline them at various levels of details.

    Polygon Cruncher uses an exceptional algorithm, which gives incomparable results, really better than what you can get with optimizer provided with 3DS Max or Lightwave.

    Polygon Cruncher is really simple to use. This multi-awarded software is used by most of the 3D and video game companies.

    Look at Polygon Cruncher main page to get more information
    Look at optimization samples page
    Look at the tutorial on Polygon Cruncher to get information on the way to open Polygon Cruncher in 3D Photo Browser

    Process a set of files using batch processing

    Automate the tasks you perform regularly and process a set of files in a wink.

    You wish to convert a set of images to JPEG quality 60? To create images from your 3D scenes? Clean scenes you get from the web?

    Select a predefined macro or create your a macro command that matches your needs.

    Make screen captures or record your screen

    Capture still images on the fly or record your screen using the screen capture feature. Select the area or the window to shoot and let’s go! All your actions are recorded in the select video format (I.e. Divx).

    The screen capture tool is one of the most powerful of the market: capture a window or a defined area, magnifier to assist with pixel-by-pixel cropping, capture preview, application live-state mode enable you to communicate visually with your entourage.

    Organize your files efficiently

    To organize your files you must first know them! 3D Photo Browser gathers information contained in your files:

    EXIF tags for digital photos (giving a precious information on the picture-taking condition)
    Faces and points number, materials for 3D files
    MP3 tags for audio files.
    You can also document each file using keywords or one of the many available information fields (author, legend...).

    Customize the main window by selecting the information you want to display.

    This information can be printed in a contact sheet, displayed in a slides show, used to perform a targeted search, or imported/exported from/to an external database.

    Win flexibility and save your time using albums

    The album feature allows you to gather files located in different folders into a single catalog. Your files are not duplicated unnecessarily as an album only contains references to them.

    Once your album created you can perform any operation such editing file information, printing a contact sheet or batch processing its content…

    The albums are the ideal solution to organize the same files in different contexts, without creating copies of your files or modifying their organization.

    Advanced search

    Nothing is easier than to gather in a same album the images of your computer (or your network) taken between July and August 2003, having "holidays" as keyword and whose width is larger than 1000 pixels! 3D Photo Browser does it for you instantaneously using the search feature.

    Save the search result then perform any operation such editing file information, printing a contact sheet or batch processing its content…

    Moreover: you can search on your local network! You have many files spread over several computers? The folder repository feature is your solution: finding your files, whatever their location in the network becomes a play of child.

    Share your favorites memories

    Import files from external devices...

    Use the importation features to acquire images from your digital camera (WIA) or your scanner (TWAIN).

    ...or your CDRom

    You are looking for an image or a 3D files stored in one of your many CDROM?

    Each time you browse a CDROM, 3D Photo Browser creates a catalog on your hard disk containing files thumbnails and some extra information. Once created, you can view and search in these catalogs and save your time: no needs to insert any CDROM in your drive!

    Print your files as you wish

    Printing several files on a page

    Nothing is easier than to print a contact sheet of your images and 3D scenes.

    The catalog printing module enables you to edit and preview accurately your parameters by giving you a perfect control on the page setting: font sizes and colors, header and footnote, number of images printed on each page… A specific text can be added to each printed image such a title, a description or the file’s size.

    You get very personal printings by including background images and playing on their opacity. Then you can save your page setting in predefined templates for a later use.

    Printing a single file

    You can also print a single image or a single 3D scene using the printing feature included in each viewer. You control the image position and its size on the paper…

    In each printing module, you’ll save your paper thanks to the print preview.

    "Child birth", "The 80 years of Grandpa", "Guess what I saw this weekend? "...

    You’ll enjoy to share these precious memories with your friends using one of the following tools:

    A slides show:
    Project your favorites photos or 3D meshes in full screen. Slides appear smoothly using fade in-out transition. Each slides might be annotated at your choice with a title, a description or file's information.
    An executable slides show:
    Create a compact and independent application, which contains your slides show. Associate sound to slides, add texts and present your documents in a really pleasant way.
    A personal email to your best friend:
    Convert your images or your 3D scenes automatically and reduce mail’s size using the Send email feature. Original files are not modified; temporarily files are created then deleted once the mail has been sent.
    An Internet slides show:
    Export your images or your 3D scenes to the web, using the HTML exportation feature. Select one of the HTML templates then 3D Photo Browser takes care of all. If the preset templates are not appropriate to you, edit your own templates. Specific html tags allow the creation of advanced templates, which can include frames or Javascript code.
    And so much more…

    3D Photo Browser for 3D Users offers a wide range of advanced features, increasing the choice every day thanks to the regular updates. Rename a set of files, manage favorites, create AVI or GIF from an image sequence: there is no limit. No other software gives you so much daily services!

    modo 501
    Go beyond the traditional 3D workflow to an immersive creative experience.

    modo delivers the next evolution of 3D modeling, painting and rendering in a single integrated and accelerated package for the Mac and PC. And now, modo is a true end-to-end solution that includes true 3D sculpting tools, animation and network rendering! More than just features, modo is a truly elegant integration of technology, raw horsepower and refined workflow.

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