This area for list of Plugins commonly used by 3ds Max artists.  This is not meant to be an all encompassing list of every plugin available for 3ds Max but rather a starting point for artists to find current plugin solutions.  For an exhaustive list we would refer you to visit maxplugins.de


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Plugin Name: Craft Director Studio
Developer: Craft Animation
Website: http://www.craftanimations.com/products/craft-director-studio

Description:

Craft Director Studio, which streamline animation production times by nearly 90 percent, saving the user both time and money.
Based on cutting-edge research in autonomous control systems, Craft Director Studio extends creative possibilities by eliminating the time-consuming tasks of keyframing, scripting and rigging. Users gain the experience of a new era of animation with an opportunity to create natural motion paths on-the-fly, optionally with the use of an input device, gaining instant gratification through highly realistic interactive real-time animation.
The system itself is free to use and download but if you like to use the more advanced add-ons like for example the Craft 4-Wheeler Extended you need to buy an activation key.

Plugin Name: Deadline
Developer: Thinkbox Software
Website: http://deadline.thinkboxsoftware.com/?_ga=1.94348831.326001886.1475629725

Description:

Deadline is a hassle-free administration and compute management toolkit for Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX based render farms.

It offers a world of flexibility and a wide-range of management options for render farms and compute clusters of all sizes, and supports over 70 different content creation applications out of the box.

Deadline’s unique architecture removes the need for a centralized manager application by using a highly-scalable database and basic file sharing to manage the farm. As long as your Database and File Server are running, Deadline is running.

Plugin Name: Dreamscape
Developer: SitniSati
Website: http://www.afterworks.com/DreamScape/Overview.asp

Description:

DreamScape is sophisticated set of 3DS MAX plug-ins for creating and rendering realistic landscapes, seascapes, skies, clouds, outdoor lighting and more. In contrast to other terrain creation tools for 3DS MAX, DreamScape Terra uses new rendering technologies that occupy much less of your computers memory (RAM) making it possible to render large detailed terrains on even a modest system. An intuitive and friendly user interface will allow you to easily tweak terrain properties, interactively paint elevation, and even to apply erosion effects. We have created an API for those who would like to create custom filters for terrain processing and modification. DreamScape’s Terra also allows importing standard DEM, SDTS and Terragen files. The possibilities are unlimited.

Plugin Name: Forest Pack
Developer: iToo Software
Website: https://www.itoosoft.com/forestpack.php

Description:

Forest Pack is the world’s most popular scattering plugin for 3ds Max®. It provides a complete solution for creating vast areas of objects, from trees and plants to buildings, crowds, aggregates, ground-cover, rocks and more. If you can model it, Forest Pack can scatter it.

Plugin Name: Frost
Developer: Thinkbox Software
Website: http://www.thinkboxsoftware.com/frost/

Description:

FROST is a compound geometry object for 3ds Max that can be used to generate a single mesh from particles, vertex clouds, object positions, point data files or a combination thereof using various iso-surface and geometry cloning techniques.

Plugin Name: FumeFX
Developer: SitniSati
Website: http://www.afterworks.com/FumeFX/Overview.asp

Description:

FumeFX is a fluid dynamics engine designed for simulation and rendering of realistic fire, smoke, explosion and other gaseous phenomena. It’s versatility, robustness and intuitive workflow makes it a perfect solution for the most demanding tasks in the computer graphics industry. The core engine allows user to interfere with simulation computation at the lowest level.

Plugin Name: Krakatoa
Developer: Thinkbox Software
Website: http://www.thinkboxsoftware.com/kmx-overview/

Description:

KRAKATOA™ MX is Thinkbox Software’s production-proven Volumetric Particle Rendering, Manipulation and Management Toolkit for Autodesk 3ds Max.
It provides a pipeline for acquiring, caching, transforming, modifying, deforming, culling, shading and rendering vast quantities of particles at unprecedented speed to represent natural phenomena like dust, smoke, silt, ocean surface foam, plasma and even solid objects. Krakatoa™ integrates well with Particle Flow, the flexible 3ds Max built-in Event-Driven Particle System, and provides data exchange capabilities for sharing particles with other 3D and simulation applications.

Plugin Name: Labyrinth
Developer: Joker Martini
Website: http://www.jokermartini.com/product/labyrinth/

Description:

Labyrinth is a spline plugin for 3ds Max which allows users to create splines on any given object in 3ds Max. The knots which make up Labyrinth are automatically attached to the object’s their generated on. This feature gives users the ability to easily produce stunning effects. This video gives a general overview of the controls for the tool as well as various ways to use the tool in production. More videos to come soon. Below are time-stamps you can use to quickly navigate through the video to see specific effects.

There are many other plugins available from Joker Martini on his website

Plugin Name: Ornatrix
Developer: Ephere
Website: https://ephere.com/plugins/autodesk/max/ornatrix/

Description:

One of the best Hair, Fur and Feathers plugins for 3ds Max

Plugin Name: Phoenix
Developer: Chaos Group
Website: https://www.chaosgroup.com/phoenix-fd/3ds-max

Description:

Phoenix FD is an all-in one solution for fluid dynamics. Simulate fire, smoke, liquids, ocean waves, splashes, spray, mist and more. Built for 3D artists who want to create dynamic FX using quick presets, fast setup and intuitive controls. Preview and render interactively in the viewport. Adjust simulations on the fly. Create all types of physically-based fluid effects with fast, flexible controls for rendering, retiming and refining simulations. Integrated seamlessly into 3ds Max and optimized to render with V-Ray. Compatible with top industry tools such as Alembic, Krakatoa, Stoke MX and OpenVDB.

Plugin Name: RailClone
Developer: iToo Software
Website: https://www.itoosoft.com/railclone.php

Description:

RailClone is the world’s most powerful artist-friendly parametric modelling plugin for 3ds Max®. Its unique array-based approach to asset creation is fast, efficient, and easy-to-learn. Use the convenient node-based editor to create rules that combine, sequence, transform, deform, slice, bevel, and distribute instanced geometry or proxies. Create variation by randomising objects, UV mapping, and material IDs. Render huge objects made from thousands of highly detailed parts using native geometry shaders.

Plugin Name: Stoke
Developer: Thinkbox Software
Website: http://www.thinkboxsoftware.com/stoke/

Description:

An easy to use Particle Simulator for 3ds Max designed to simplify and accelerate the creation of high volume particle clouds driven by Velocity Fields (originally available as Stoke MX 1.0). Supported Velocity Field sources include FumeFX simulations and Stoke Velocity Fields, other particle animations fromParticle Flow, Thinking Particles or external particle file sequences in PRT or RealFlow BIN formats, 3ds Max Force SpaceWarps etc.
A set for poweful Field Manipulation tools enabling the creation and simulation of new Fields including Velocity Fields, the loading and saving of Field data using industry standard formats, the editing of existing fields and the integration of Field data with 3ds Max sub-systems like Particle Flow, MassFX, mCloth, Hair&Fur, Materials, most renderers, and more.
The complete Genome toolset including added support for Stoke Field-related query operations, as well as new Loop nodes for iterative operations over vertices and faces.

Plugin Name: Thinking Particles
Developer: Cebas Visual Technology
Website: https://www.cebas.com/?pid=productinfo&prd_id=187

Description:

thinkingParticles™ is one of cebas’ flagship plugins widely known for its fully procedural and physically accurate, real world destruction and special effects simulations in the movie industry.
Countless blockbuster movies and projects have depended on thinkingParticles’ limitless ability to portray advanced physics-based particle effects that are simply mind-blowing!
Now with the advent of Subscription Drop 4, fully procedural fluid dynamics goes into amazing Viscoelastic effects with soft body simulations.

Plugin Name: V-Ray
Developer: Chaos Group
Website: https://www.chaosgroup.com/vray/3ds-max

Description:

V-Ray comes with all the lighting, shading, and rendering tools you need to create professional, photoreal imagery and animation. Built to handle your biggest projects and your toughest scenes. Render anything and everything with V-Ray. Spend less time waiting and more time being creative. Deliver your best work and never miss a deadline. Work the way you want – without interruption. V-Ray’s seamless 3ds Max integration keeps your workflow fluid and smooth. Independent artists and top studios choose V-Ray every day to create world-class designs and visual effects.

Plugin Name: Xmesh
Developer: Thinkbox Software
Website: http://xmesh.thinkboxsoftware.com

Description:

XMesh™ is the new best friend to any artist burdened with slow or unworkable 3D assets, or faced with the need to transfer data between creative applications and maintain file functionality. From animators to architects, anyone working with large files in Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Autodesk® Maya® or The Foundry® NUKE® will benefit from adding XMesh™ to their pipeline.

Plugin Name: Zookeeper
Developer: Ephere
Website: https://ephere.com/plugins/autodesk/max/zookeeper/

Description:

Scene management tool for working on huge scene files with thousands of objects