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  03 March 2013
That is just SO AWESOME! I have been looking for that one for years! So much that I finally ended up not using separators in my custom toolbars.
I love to customize my workspace. Most people do. To everyone, a piece of advice that has worked for me great:
Do not use hotkeys. Why? Just because they constantly make you change your sight from the screen to the keyboard and viceversa. That constant change of light intensity going into your eyes slightly damages them, and when you grow old you get a lot of sight problems.
Instead of hotkeys i started populating my quads with custom options. And guess what? Now my eyes are seldom tired, even after loooooooooooooong sesions of work, and I am far more efficient. I just anchor my fingers on the Shift, Ctrl and Alt keys of the left side of my keyboard in a way that I never need to look at them (I have been practicing for a while to achieve this but now it has became a second nature and feels so natural) because after all... Who can get rid of those keys anyway? But I never look at them.
I even have a Delete button around so I do not need to hit the Del key! Boy, that's nerdy
  05 May 2013
If 3ds Max 2013 change language automaticaly, you will fix it by:
- Run (Windows + R), type: regedit
- Go to that path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Autodesk\3dsMax\15.0
on the right window you will find CurrentLanguage, right click and choose modify and change value data to ENU
  11 November 2013
Originally Posted by kilaD: Don't execute this in the listener.
showclass "*.*"

lol thank you... I just did!! haha
  11 November 2013
Fast scene cleanup

To delete ALL cameras and lights, maybe out of stock model scene.
just type in the script mini listener:
delete cameras
delete lights

you can try it with any object category like helpers, shapes
  12 December 2013
assign target weld to 'x' key
if you are a 3dsmax user, try out edge extrusion method over box modeling. much easier for me.
script controllers used instead of wire parameters. (solid and less confusing to me)
"A jug fills drop by drop."

  01 January 2014
[3dsMax] - speed up saving

To speed up long saving and clean the file with unnecessary entries in Maxscript editor you need to write (after each item Enter) :

1. gc()
2. freescenebitmaps()
3. clearUndoBuffer()
4. while (numNoteTRacks TrackViewNodes.Max_MotionClip_Manager > 0) do deleteNoteTrack TrackViewNodes.Max_MotionClip_Manager (getNoteTrack TrackViewNodes.Max_MotionClip_Manager 1)
  01 January 2014
Enabling the VRay VFB Render History


this feature is very useful, but it's not fully developed - enabling the render history is done at your own risk (they may be errors or bugs):

1. Click on Start
2. Right click on the Computer text and select Properties
3. Click the Advanced System Settings text on the left
4. Click on the Environment Variables button
5. Under System click the New button
6. Create a new variable called VRAY_VFB_HISTORY and set the value to 1
7. Click OK and close the windows
8. Start 3ds Max
  01 January 2014
Changing the selection type

To change the selection type from one type to another you should hold ctrl and click on the selection type
  01 January 2014
Originally Posted by mirkuz87: To change the selection type from one type to another you should hold ctrl and click on the selection type

Can you please elaborate this a little more? I dont get it.
  02 February 2014
Originally Posted by Haider of Sweden: Can you please elaborate this a little more? I dont get it.

For example when you select some polygons - instead of mouse right clicking and choosing "convert to vertex" - you can simply hold ctrl and click "vertex" on editable poly selection tab - the same result.
  02 February 2014
Changing the texture quality on viewport background

Usually when you add a texture to viewport background (by alt +B ) quality is horrible (even when the texture has high resolution)
To get the preferred resolution you should:

* open asset tracking window (shit +t)
* click on scene file > bitmap performance and memory
* enable proxy system > yes
* click on the bitmap which is interesting for us > bitmap performance and memory > global settings > downscale map to full
  02 February 2014
Originally Posted by Haider of Sweden: Notice to the tips below:
- Change the category name to something you like.
- Change the icons to something else if you like
- The script names aren't always smart - so change it if you like

Also, please note that I am not the author of the scripts. I might have altered some from their original state.

Autobackup on-off toggle
It indicates whether or not Autobackup is on. When you restart Max, it falls back to the default setting you set.
I use to set it to ON, but sometimes, during tests or so, and especially on heavy scenes I simply want to turn it off.

Wish: A timer that tells you to turn it back on after X amount of time.

macroScript AutoBackToggle
 	toolTip:"AutoBackup Toggle"
 	on isChecked do (autoBackup.enabled)
 	on execute do 
 	if autoBackup.enabled == true then 
 		autoBackup.enabled = false 
 		messageBox "Autobackup disabled." title:"Autobackup State" beep:false
 		autoBackup.enabled = true
 		messageBox "Autobackup enabled." title:"Autobackup State" beep:false

When I work on larger scene this tool reminds me when is the time to save file
Looking in the right side. [bgaTools]
  02 February 2014
Removing viewport distortion

Sometimes when we are changing viewports between camera to perspective we're getting some distortion in viewport which is very annoying.
To remove this just click on desired view on navigation cube.
  02 February 2014
Zoom in/out when we change the center of rotation

When we are changing center of rotation in viewport (for example after clicking new object) - zoom in/out by scrolling can "lock" in viewport . We can zooming without problems by hold right alt + scroll button.
  02 February 2014
Reverse selection

To reverse the selection we can simply use this shortcut: Ctrl + I.
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