V-Ray 2.40.02 available for download

Chaosgroup has released a patch for the new VRay version we announced yesterday. The version is 2.40.02 and fixes the following issues:

  • VRayProxy: objects were in the wrong place when the "Scale" parameter was different from 1.0
  • VRayProxy: objects could crash if point cloud rendering was enabled
  • V-Ray RT GPU: skylight portals produced wrong intensity
  • VRayFur: the level of detail Start distance and Rate parameters were not shown in scene units

New VRay version released! (2.40.01)

In secret Chaosgroup has released a new VRay version 2.40.01 on Feb 06, 2013. Only the chaosgroup forum speaks about it...

Continue reading to see the complete changelog...


Grab it while it’s… cold??

Winter is coming closer and closer. It's time for snow - SnowFlowPro!
We worked hard to bring you THE snow plugin for 3D Studio Max. Create very realistic snow within minutes. Go and grab the demo version of SnowFlowPro to check out how timesaving it will be. Our demo now works with Autodesk 3D Studio Max (Design) 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 (x32/x64).

Have fun with SnowFlowPro!

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UAC problem (Windows 8) with Rebusfarm

The situation

Many of you may know Rebusfarm, the market leader of renderfarms. This weekend, we had a VRay animation to be done: full HD and with motionblur. You know what this means... rendertimes en masse!
Our hardware couldn't have handled that in this short amount of time and so a renderfarm had to be used.

What should I say... the software (Rebus Render Manager) is a nice thing. The plugin "Rebus Farminizer", which is integrated in 3D Studio Max, is also a great idea. It makes you feel like rendering directly on a serverfarm next door or in the cellar of your company. The money you spend rendering at Rebus is also fair enough. So much for the pros.

The problem

On the other hand I spent a whole Saturday morning until I got rid of an annoying error while using the "Smartcheck" feature of Rebus Farminizer (whose OK is needed to send a scene to the renderfarm). The message said I had to start 3D Studio Max with administrative rights to communicate with the Rebus Render Manager. "No problem!"... I thought. In fact it WAS a problem because it didn't work as expected. Running 3D Studio from my workstation's admin account didn't solve this error. My next try was to disable UAC, the User Account Control of Windows. There are tons of (video) tutorials that show you where to find these controls in Windows. After disabling it and rebooting, NOTHING had changed. The error was still there.

The solution

If you know what to do, it is a matter of seconds. You just have to completely disable UAC via Windows registry. For all those of you afraid to manually change something in the Windows registry, there are two files: one to disable UAC and one to enable UAC.

I hope this will help some 3D artists to prevent getting a headache while seeing the deadline running closer and closer towards you like I did.

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3d web portal on

Many of you may know This web portal delivers news about the graphical industry and especially the world of 3D design every day.

3dtotal now wants to create something really different: a strategic card battle game called "Prime Wars"! Yes, you heard right. On Aug 6, 2012 3dtotal this project launched on with the goal to collect $8,000 until Sep 5, 2012.

The cards have been designed with the help of over 50 top artists who created wonderful detailed characters.

Last but not least: here are some impressions of the card game. If you like this game and want to support it and even get your own copy of Prime Wars just pledge some dollars!



MightyTiles demo out now!

Go and get your demo version of MightyTiles on!

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MightyTiles plugin out now!

MightyTiles is finally available on MightyTiles is a plugin for 3D Studio Max version 2008 - 2012. It gives you the power of creating realistic looking high resolution tile-based textures like brick walls, tile floors, parquet, cobblestone pavements and many more. All you need is photos of single bricks, cobblestones, parquet, etc. Almost anything can be adjusted and modified by a high number of parameters that procedurally randomizes the look of every single tile for maximum realism of your high resolution tile-based texture. MightyTiles comes with not more or less than eight tile sets for your quick start.

MightyTiles is highly optimized in comparison to his predecessor and uses less memory by stitching the tiles together in one huge texture with almost an endless number of random customized tiles. Also new is that MightyTiles no longer makes use of mip-maps though its high resolution textures are created camera-dependent during the rendering process.

MightyTiles TileDesignerKeep the outline of your tiles and tile maps with the new MightyTiles 'TileDesigner'. The TileDesigner lets you create and edit your own tile sets. There are a lot more new features provided with the new MightyTiles - too many to write them down here. So check it out on your own on Stay alert: tile sets will be published soon, as well.


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3D Studio Max 2013 out now!

It's time for a new version of 3D Studio Max and other Autodesk products: 2013.
For all those lucky Autodesk subscription members out there it's time to start to download!

Not all subscription members get access to the download immediately so don't panic if you don't see a download, yet. (Like me... Cry )

See the new features here on

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SnowFlowPro – OUT NOW!

We are taking realistic snow generation in 3ds Max to a new level!

Besides adding new features and improving the look and usability of our site, we have spent the last months developing a completely new version of SnowFlow. Re-coded from scratch, it features highly decreased calculation times and improved quality of the generated snow. Depending on the complexity of the scene, the snow generation pro­cess can be around 100 times faster (no – that's not a typo!). Challenging scenes that would not have been possible to snow up with the old SnowFlow (at least not within reasonable time), even on high-end systems, will now be literally ready within a few minutes.

Like many of you requested, there is now a demo version available, so you can try out SnowFlow before buying it. For the first two months, there will be a special upgrade offer: If you already own one or more SnowFlow 1.8 licences, you can upgrade to SnowFlowPro for €65 only!
And if you purchased your previous version after December 01, 2011 (GMT+01:00), you can even get it for the fabulous price of €48 only!

Learn all about the exciting new features and get the demo.

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VRay 2.20.02 released

Only a short time after the release of SP2 for VRay (2.20.01) Chaosgroup released version 2.20.02 which fixes some bugs, for example an error in VRay Lens Effects which lets 3D Studio Max crash immediately after rendering.

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