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Michael Dunnam releases XMD ToolBox 2.0 for ZBrush

Thursday, May 27th, 2021 | Posted by Jim Thacker

Originally posted on 17 July 2017. Scroll down for news of the 2.0 release.

Environment artist and ZBrush custom brush creator Michael Dunnam has officially released XMD ToolBox, a new add-on for browsing and filtering ZBrush brushes, alphas and UI layouts.

As well as making it easier to locate individual assets, the plugin enables users to overcome ZBrush’s internal limit of 300 brushes, only loading brush sets on demand.

Search and filter your ZBrush brushes, alphas and UI layouts more efficiently
According to Dunnam, XMD ToolBox’s “number one purpose is to overcome the ZBrush brush limit”, making it possible to use more than 300 brushes within the software by loading and unloading brushes on demand.

The plugin is also intended to make the process of navigating large brush libraries quicker and more reliable, adding new search and filtering functions.

Brushes can be filtered by type, and alphas by bit depth and resolution; or you can assign custom tags. It is also possible to name UI layouts and to add descriptions to brushes or alphas from within the interface.

The ToolBox comes with a range of readymade colour schemes, and can be set to Mini mode to reduce screen space used.


Updated 26 May 2021: Michael Dunnam has released XMD ToolBox 2.0.

The update makes it possible to manage a wider range of ZBrush resources through the add-on, now including alphas, MatCaps, LightCaps, projects, tools, FiberMesh fibers and textures.

As with brushes, other assets can be assigned custom descriptions, and filtered by categories and tags.

In addition, the UI has been updated, performance improved, and macOS support has been added to the formerly Windows-only add-on. It’s back to being a paid product, although version 1.0 is still available free.

Pricing and availability
XMD ToolBox 2.0 is available for ZBrush 4R8+ on Windows and macOS. A perpetual licence costs $19, or it is available as part of subscriptions to Michael Dunnam’s XMD Source website, which start at $5/month.

The original version, XMD ToolBox 1.0, is still available to download for free.

Read more about XMD ToolBox 2.0 on the XMD Source website

Read a full list of features in XMD ToolBox in the online documentation

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