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Control crowds by painting maps with ScatterFX

Friday, August 19th, 2011 | Posted by Jim Thacker

André ‘AK3D’ Kutscherauer has released a versatile new scattering script for 3ds Max that enables artists to use bitmap images to control the distribution of objects across a surface – or even the animation states of a crowd.

The ScatterFX promo runs through a range of possible uses for the tool – illustrations, personal artwork, distributing trees for architectural scenes – before getting to the really interesting section: controlling characters.

The video shows the script at work creating instant crowds of Biped characters across a surface, whose pose or animation state is dictated by the colour of the underlying map.

Besides the range of potential uses, it looks a lot of fun to play with. ScatterFX costs €49.90 (around $70).

Read a full feature list at the ScatterFX website

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