iToo Software has released an update to Forest Pack, its vegetation system for 3ds Max. The plugin enables users to scatter millions of billboards or meshes across a surface while keeping render times manageable.
Extended support for third-party renderers
Forest Pack 4 adds support for the full gamut of third-party 3ds Max render engines. The plugin now supports Maxwell Render, V-Ray RT, Arion, Octane Render and Thea Render natively.
Other new features include support for groups within Custom Objects, enabling users to scatter groups of plants – for example, mixtures of grass and flowers – preserving their composition.
The point cloud display gets a new, more realistic shading mode; there is support for custom Look At targets independent of the camera; and new options to control Density and Scale falloff by slope.
There have also been a number of changes to the built-in Library Browser and Tree Editor: you can find a full list on the iToo Software website.
Try the Lite version for free
Forest Pack 4 Pro is available now. Prices start at €180 (around $240). The Lite version of the plugin, which offers a restricted set of features, is free.
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