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  12 December 2011
PowerPreview: High-Quality Nitrous Preview Tool

I just wanted to inform you that i just released V0.50a (Beta 4) of my PowerPreview script on ScriptSpot.

It has come a long way since i posted the "proof of concept" version here in a thread somewhere.

Here is a list of some features, for people never heard about PowerPreview :

* Create previews/snapshots of the Nitrous Viewport in the highest quality Nitrous can produce
* Create previews and viewport snapshots up to 5k*5k pixel size ( even on lowres desktops),
* Enable experimental Nitrous options ( like realtime reflection ) in the viewport
* Realtime Nitrous parameter tweaking
* Gives back live feedback during preview creation


For download please visit the scriptspot page
PowerPreview on Scriptspot

Feedback etc.. welcome,
Please post in this thread or on Scriptspot for issues, rants and feature requests

Here's a screenshot of the interface and a viewport showing the sample Troll
Notice the Troll's reflection in the chrome sphere...

Screenshot Fullres Version


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Last edited by spacefrog : 12 December 2011 at 04:33 PM.
  12 December 2011
Great! And many thanks for making the freely available.
I still need to swtich to Nitrous for my daily work and the dynamic reflections are very cool. How do you enable them? Is this a hidden per-object switch or do you need to enable them somewhere in a material and if yes, do they work with 3rd party materials or mray materials only?

The preview image you posted on scriptspot (the one of the car) looks awesome!
  12 December 2011
Oh dang.. this looks like a must have.
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  12 December 2011
Awesome!! I was just wishing for this hte other day. I'm excited to check it out!
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  12 December 2011
Thanks for the kind words !!

Just posted a new version on scriptspot ( V0.50b Beta 4 )
This mainly fixed a stupid installer bug which caused to do..... nothing... meaning install did not start. Except if you got a PowerPreview version installed already ;-)

@pokoy: reflections in the viewport...

Environment reflections are always enabled in Nitrous ( you can't even switch them off)
They work under the following conditions
Quote: ---> Show "Realistic Materials with Map" is activated

---> There is something to reflect:
"Environment Background" has to be checked in the viewport background options and "Show Background" is enabled.
Or "Use Environment Background Color" is enabled in the Viewport Configuration settings.
The first option overrides the second one

---> Mental Ray materials are showing reflections in the viewport

---> Standard Materials work too when you have a raytrace map in the reflection slot

---> Raytrace Material do NOT work ! ( material display can't be switched to hardware )

This is for plain environment reflection

Via Maxscript you have access to an additional ".DynamicReflectionEnabled" options in the Viewportsettings interface. Using that you can have dynamic reflections between objects. It's a bit buggy, and tends to fail from time to time ( at least on my graphics hardware - which is quite old) , but it works.
Propably it is more stable on newer gfyx hardware with plenty of video RAM . ( i got only 512 MB )

Here are two screens, ony with simply environment reflection , the other one including dynamic reflection
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PowerPreview: High Quality Nitrous Previews for 3ds Max 2012|2013|2014

[ Free Download (ScriptSpot) ]

Home of The Frogs | Online Portfolio

Last edited by spacefrog : 12 December 2011 at 09:50 AM.
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