Max 2016 Display Issue


#1

Just fired up the 2016 and am having a problem with opacity. Below is a standard start scene I use that has a plane with a radial gradient applied as a cutout (Arch/Design Material). In 2015 no problems but 2016 won’t display the gradient opacity.

Running a Nvidia Quardro k5000. Tried updating the driver to no effect. Other computers have the same issue.

Is there a new feature included in 2016 I need to disable?


#2

Checked a few other machines at work with different video cards and having the same issue.

Nvidia Quadro 5000, K5000 & K5200 running on Windows 7 are all unable to display gradient transparency in the viewports. The material editor previews the materials fine and things render fine but using gradients as a cutout or transparency won’t show in the viewports in Shaded or Realistic.

However!
If I check the Materials/Realistic Materials with Maps option in the viewport menu the gradient transparency works! This however is not a good fix. It is also strange that the Realistic viewing mode doesn’t work if the materials are set at the default of Shaded w/ Maps.


#3

They did some work on improving Nitrous transparency handling, and this is a little side effect to it.
In order to get the gradient alpha/cutout properly displayed u must have a non zero value for transparency (if using Arch&Design material) or a non 100% opacity (like in the case of Standard material). This basically switches the algorithm used under the hood.


#4

That fixes it! Well if you think about it it makes total sense. Scientifically speaking the only thing capable of being 100% transparent is the Government…

Nothing to see here folks, move along.


#5

I think I’m having the same issue as OP. I’m also using 3DS MAX 2016 atm. and see as there seems to be a solution as said by moulder6 I cant figure out how to use.

I´m not sure where I need to set the values mentioned for the opacity!
If I change the Values in the Material nothing happens.

Also I believe I’m using Standard materials, which if i’m not missunderstanding the post from moulder6 shouldn’t even have the problem.

help plz