14 3ds max plugins that you should check out

Ivy generator

This is a plugin “grows” ivy on 3d objects. Just place the seed next to the model, click “grow ivy” and let it do the job. If you need it not to grow around some 3d models in your scene, just freeze them. The interface is very simple and intuitive, so you won’t have any trouble finding your way around it. Check out the official page for more details.
http://www.guruware.at/main/

Rayfire

RayFire Tool gives you the ability to fragment, destroy, demolish, wreck, break down, wreak havoc, blow up, burst, detonate, explode, shoot and do other similar things you have always dreamed of to do in Max.
http://www.mirvadim.com/

Vray scatter

VRayScatter let VRay to generate huge amount of objects in array. You can create huge forest areas, cities and much more.
http://www.rendering.ru/index.php/plugins/vrayscatter/

Autograss

A plugin that enables you to create photorealistic grass instantly. There are 11 presets of most commonly met types of grass, so you don’t even need to model anything.
http://www.happy-digital.com/autograss/

RealFlow

This is most probably the best tool for creating dynamic fluids and soft bodies.   It has been used in films like Lord of the Rings 3, Lost, Ice age 2 and many more well known productions.
http://www.realflow.com/index.htm

SolidRocks

This plugin optimizes the vray settings for “faster rendering times and higher quality”.
If you are like me and always feel the need to tweak everything that you can control, than SolidRocks is probably not an option. However, if there are times when you just want to hit render and get it over with, than you should probably check it out.
http://solidrocks.subburb.com/

Madcar

A wonderful plugin that helps you rig and animate a 4 wheel vehicle in 3ds max.
http://www.rendering.ru/index.php/plugins-gallery/madcar/

Ozone 4.0

Using this plugin you can create realistic procedural skies, choosing from up to 100 sky presets and up to 100 cloud shapes.
http://www.e-onsoftware.com/products/ozone/ozone_4.0/

GroundWiz

A plugin that creates terrain maps and scatters objects all over it.
http://www.gugila.com/index.html

FumeFX

A plugin that helps you create spectacular effects such as fire or smoke.
http://www.afterworks.com/FumeFX.asp

Thinking Particles

A rule-based particle systems plugin developed by cebas
http://cebas.com/products/products.php?UD=10-7888-35-788&PID=15

Roof designer

As you can guess from the title, this plugin creates roofs with just a few clicks.
You can see a more detailed review in the previous post (creating roofs in 3ds max) or check out the plugin homepage here:
http://www.batzal.com/index.php

Simcloth
One of the most efficient and easy to use free cloth simulator plugin.
http://www.spot3d.com/simcloth/download.html

Ocean Waves
A plugin that generates dynamic ocean surfaces.
http://charles.hollemeersch.net/Projects/24/oceanwaves

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14 Comments
  1. Mate says:

    Thank you 3D rendering, very nice list. I love autograss and Ivy. Didn{t know about Rayfire and thinking particles, they look very helpfull too.

  2. pep says:

    Those all are not plugins, but think they are useful, so let me add “Cebas PSD Manager”, “Mat Manager by M. Brunetta”, “Light Lister for Vray”, “VRay ambient occlusion 2.0″, “Advance Painter” and the recent “Motiva SOAP”.

    Useful list/post!!

  3. Thanks for the comments guys!
    I really enjoy the fact that you have added to your contribution to the list. Thank you pep!

  4. Y.Mahashook Rahman says:

    I like to know more details and rates of VRay rendering softwre. Kindly supply me the details. Thanking you

  5. Vray renderer is probably the most used rendering engine in the architectural visualization field.
    You can find all the details you need on the official website: http://www.chaosgroup.com

  6. pep says:

    Hi again Alex, do you know Forest Pack?¿ i am in doubts between this and VrayScatter and would appreciate very much your experienced advise!!

    best regards

  7. Hello pep,

    I haven’t used forest pack myself, but I have heard only good things about it. In order to get a better idea about it you may want to download “forest lite” which is free.

    Sorry I can’t help more.

    Regards,
    Alex

  8. pep says:

    Ok thanks!!, i think Forest has a little more options and right now the viewport refreshing is faster, but both programs are very nice yes

    Cheers

  9. Superb list , thanks mate

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