Small Feature Requests

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This forum is about all the little annoying quirks and problems in 3ds Max that you might have gotten used to over the years but that might benefit from a second look.

Remember, keep these ideas to tweaks of the workflow rather than large, sweeping changes to the tools. Try to imagine how much effort a programmer has to go into in order to implement your suggestion. Anything requiring major UI changes or new UI dialogs will need to go in another forum.

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Small Annoying Things
This forum is about all the little annoying quirks and problems in 3ds Max that you might have gotten used to over the years but that really should be fixed.
Remember, keep these ideas to tweaks of the workflow rather than large, sweeping changes to the tools. Try to imagine how much effort a programmer has to go into in order to implement your suggestion. Anything requiring major UI changes or new UI dialogs will need to go in another forum.

SDK/Scripting Enhancements
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Describe a small opportunities in 3ds Max that annoys you in your daily work. Please give the steps that show it and describe clearly how you'd prefer it to work. Please include a description!

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  1. Duplicate Material Name Apply to All fix

    When merging a scene with duplicate material names, you can choose to 'Apply to all duplicates'.

    However, this does not work!
    This is just insane.

    Autodesk, please fix.

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  2. A 'home button' for the viewports

    Many times while using 3ds max, I fin myself with a viewport or two that is completely lost. I can't see the grid, I can't see anything. So how can we fix this? Simple - just an option in the right click menu to reset the view. Thanks for reading, and I hope you vote for this!

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  3. SME: Ability to save "Groups" of Material Libraries

    If you have a multitude of libraries in the Slate Material Editor organized hierarchically under groups it can be really inconvenient saving and loading them individually, instead it would help a lot if we could save/load hierarchies of libraries and groups as a whole in one go.

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  4. The new Layer Explorer (2015) should have better way to move objects to different layer. Dragging is incredibly inefficient.

    I often deal with importing a model created by someone else in another program. My workflow involves a very organized layer structure, but often the models I'm importing do not have any kind of layer structure. So I must select the objects and move them into my layer structure; keeping in mind these are scenes with a large amount of objects. With this new "dragging" feature in the 2015 Layer explorer, this process is EXTREMELY slow. I literally have to sit and watch thousands of objects scroll by as I wait until the explorer goes through the objects in that…

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  5. Make UI Load/Save folder location sensible (by having ONE location)

    This is how 3ds max 2015 currently works.

    Load custom UI scheme:
    c:\Program Files\Autodesk\3ds Max 2014\en-US\UI\

    Save custom UI scheme:
    c:\Users\Henrik\AppData\Local\Autodesk\3dsMax\2015 - 64bit\ENU\en-US\UI\Workspaces\usersave\

    My suggestions:

    1. Please make the Load/Save folder the same.
    2. Consider making that root folder <3ds max>/UI/
    3. Any chance of getting a "Migrate from earlier max version" button? Getting previous settings like hotkeys up and running on a new max version always seems like a dirty copy/overwrite job with a fear of destroying new toolbars, etc. in the new UI.

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  6. Hair and Fur, regular distribution please and correct the randomness

    Can we, please have a uniform generation mode like in hairfarm and ornatrix for the hair instead of the default random (which is only good for grass) and also, the random scale is broken, you need to check the images link below to understand well what I mean.

    http://i.imgur.com/e0E33l6.jpg

    and there

    http://i.imgur.com/7TbCl7h.jpg

    Let me know if you can do it please, with those little changes, I will be able to do super realistic haircut :)

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  7. The main button window menus dissapear

    When you press the big button in the top left corner, the menus appear briefly and then dissapear and i cant click open or import or export. I have to race with the cursor to do it. And this happens in e 4th consecutive version of 3ds max.

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  8. "key set filter" update

    more detailed setup possibility for "key set filter"

    a dialog where you can add tracks, on which you can (you want) create keys

    add tracks explicitly, and save this setups as named selection sets

    a dialog which then will display all saved selection sets, and a check box in front of them,_ and by checking on check box will mean that key will be created on the "named selection sets" tracks, when you will click on "set keys" button

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  9. Composite map should use full material editor height

    Add a Composite map to any map slot. Click the + button to add additional layers. When I reach a total of 6 layers a scroll bar appears on the right. Just below the six layers is a huge grey area of unused screen estate inside the material editor. This is silly.

    Please make the Composite map use the entire vertical space and only add the scroll bar when needed.

    I'm still on max 2014 - so if this have been fixed in 2015, please let me know.

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  10. key based animation playback

    play animation only for existing keys, like when you use step keys, but it easier to have a button for doing it, and not change your key transition animation, by changing key type into step key

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  11. Biped - copy/paste "range"

    You can copy/paste a posture, pose, and a track, but when choosing track, you should be able to copy only the selected keys in the timeline, if any keys are selected. And when you press paste, it will paste the selected keys from the frame you are in.

    You might think, why not just select a bunch of keys, and just shift-drag them in the timeline? well, using the copy/paste buttons, you can suddenly paste a bunch of keys into another bipeds tracks.

    Suddenly you can also save track selections, and actually be able to paste them into another animation,…

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  12. Space Align tool revamping

    Space Align tool needs to be seriously reinnovated, the current Space Align tool is good for simple things however even then it fails to work properly under certain circumstances. It either makes 3DS Max work work really slowly (unresponsive) and sometimes it won't give desired results no matter how hard you tweak it. Even when resetting transform and adjust pivots correctly it still behaves unexpectedly. Space Align should be given more power and modularity as Rail Clone. Rail Clone is an extremely useful tool and very powerful however it's a very expensive tool not everyone can afford. 3DS Max should…

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  13. Vray sun (and lights) should appear as perfect as mental ray lights in Nitrous (real time-saver)

    Precise shadows of mental ray sun with Nitrous are a real time saver to discuss about a scene lightning. It would be great to have the equivalent for Vray

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  14. Automatically determine cursor location for scroll wheel

    As in having the program notice when the mouse pointer is over the Command Panel and having the ability to scroll through the different available options of the panel, rather than having to click on the control panel to scroll. I feel that this would increase the ease of use and increase the ease of user workflow.

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  15. Autosave when switching to another app

    Many times after going back to max window, autosave start after first click and freeze max for a while especially on huge scenes.

    Idea is to 3DS Max will detect that you switching to different app (ie. look for references, PS or just facebook...) and run autosave in this time. That could save some time an nerves ,)

    4 votes
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  16. Crease Set Modifier: "Get Stack Selection" button

    Crease set modifier should have an option for getting the selection from the stack so we are not limited to the selection methods available in it.

    PS:I wish you'd create a universal Selection system like the Group Op/system in Houdini, would be so useful.

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  17. Thumbnails in .max files

    Please improve .max's thumbnails. Max should write in .max files viewport's thumbnail in 256x256 pixels - Windows explorer "Extra Large Icon" size. That allow us easy find what .max file contains.

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  18. DirectX Shaders should work like other Materials in Slate and allow the map nodes to be input with bitmaps and other controllers.

    So this has annoyed me for a few years now. You cannot drag a bitmap node in Slate to a texture map in a DirectX Shader material. You should be able to input any type of relevant node into the target property of a DX shader.

    Instead of dragging a Bitmap output to the DirectX texture buttons or Inputs, you have to open your bitmap, right-click the bitmap path, click copy, go back to your DirectX Shader, find the texture button again, right-click it and hit paste.

    This is inefficient.

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  19. Sound levels drop after frame 100 in ProSound

    When loading a sound into ProSound, the first 100 frames play back louder than the remaining frames. Moving the sound start frame to 100 is a workaround, as is keyframing the sound level to double at frame 100, but obviously neither are optimal.

    This has been an issue from at least 2010 through 2014, though I have yet to try 2015 to see if the problem persists.

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  20. Disable attaching of frozen objects (2015)

    In version 2015 it is possible to attach frozen objects and splines. This wasn't possible in previous versions. This is not a good workflow and I don't understand why it was changed and here is why.

    For example I work with imported dwg drawings which I group and freeze so I can work from them, snap on them, etc. But now when I need to attach something I can accidentally attach the frozen plans to my newly created objects. They are frozen for a reason after all, I do not want to interact with them in any way except for…

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