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  08 August 2012
Object Properties 2.0 (Beta)

[Find the last post by me on this thread for the latest version]

It's always annoyed me that the Object Properties window is modal (locks out the rest of the max interface), someone mentioned in one the various 3dsmax rant threads that it annoys the hell out of them, and I thought, hang on that can't be too difficult to re-make.

So I've written a new one in maxscript! This is non-modal, so you can change your selection with it open and see your changes in real-time.



I'm planning on adding some extended features and some more useful features. I'm welcoming suggestions of what you'd like to see added in. It's very handy as allows you to animate visibility without having to constantly open and close the dialog.

I've added in all the tabs you'd expected as well as the VRay Object Properties tab and a very useful Maxscript tab which tells you everything about all the properties to do with that object, modifier, material, interfaces etc.

It's being used in production and has no known major bugs....
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  08 August 2012
Dave - you are a genius.

Does this mean that it's possible to animate the visibility track of an object and *actually* move the time slider?

Will scratch my head and see if I can think of anything to add but in the meantime, great job!
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  08 August 2012
Originally Posted by AJ: Dave - you are a genius.

Does this mean that it's possible to animate the visibility track of an object and *actually* move the time slider?

Will scratch my head and see if I can think of anything to add but in the meantime, great job!


Yep, haven't added in the visibility animation tracks yet, but hoping to removing the faff of having to deal with the different controllers for on/off animation and variable visibility. I'll make it automatic.
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  08 August 2012
Looks like a great idea
 
  08 August 2012
Fantastic idea! It really annoys me being a locked window.

Being a vray user, I never use the adv. lighting or mental ray tab either.

Something else that annoys me, every time I launch object props, it defaults to the 'User Defined Properties', which I never use anyway and have to tab over to 'General'.
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  08 August 2012
Originally Posted by Charkins: Fantastic idea! It really annoys me being a locked window.

Being a vray user, I never use the adv. lighting or mental ray tab either.

Something else that annoys me, every time I launch object props, it defaults to the 'User Defined Properties', which I never use anyway and have to tab over to 'General'.


Yep that happens to me, which is annoying, mine won't do this of course
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  08 August 2012
Originally Posted by AJ: Dave - you are a genius.


x100

Originally Posted by AJ: Does this mean that it's possible to animate the visibility track of an object and *actually* move the time slider?


x10000000

This is AMAZING. Such a simple thing, but I would use it all the time if it were easily accessed like this!

The only thing I can think of is an option to not have "show frozen objects in gray" selected by default...when I freeze stuff, I like to still see texture/transparency/etc. on it.
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  08 August 2012
CAT bug fixed.
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Last edited by DaveWortley : 08 August 2012 at 09:33 PM.
 
  08 August 2012
A new version with a few little bug fixes and the ability to search in the maxscript tab.

Any other feature requests?
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Last edited by DaveWortley : 09 September 2012 at 09:48 AM.
 
  09 September 2012
Bug with VrayBlentMtl and MultisubMaterials on the maxscript tab fixed. (Thanks JohnVK)
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  08 August 2012
Oh look a maxscript file to test....

Version 0.3 ready for viewing.... still beta at the moment.... but it's usable and if you're animating visibility, very useful!

Open it up and take a look at the instructions and then go test it... make it break please! Then tell me what you did....

Written and tested in max 2011 should work in future and previous versions as long as they didn't add/remove many extra buttons.
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Last edited by DaveWortley : 08 August 2012 at 09:03 AM.
 
  08 August 2012
Awesome. Just post problems here as we find them? I came across one immediately.

Any time I select something else in the scene with OP2 open, I get:
'MAXScript Callback script Exception' -- Unknown property: "UpdateSel" in undefined

That's in Max 2013 PU4
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  08 August 2012
Originally Posted by Charkins: Awesome. Just post problems here as we find them? I came across one immediately.

Any time I select something else in the scene with OP2 open, I get:
'MAXScript Callback script Exception' -- Unknown property: "UpdateSel" in undefined

That's in Max 2013 PU4


D'oh! Scope issue... fixed now, re-download it from the link above, and to think I just wrote a whole long blog post on how exciting (huh?) scopes are.

http://davewortley.wordpress.com/20...topped-working/
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  08 August 2012
Some more, pretty trivial things, really... So far hasn't crashed on me.

- Name field doesn't change object name
- Materialname doesn't update when material applied, changed, removed.
- Visibility slider doesn't seem to update unless I toggle some other boxes (hide, freeze, etc)
- Vertices/Faces field is empty
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  08 August 2012
Originally Posted by Charkins: - Visibility slider doesn't seem to update unless I toggle some other boxes (hide, freeze, etc)


Can you clarify that please?
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