New DesignToolBox demo videos

Many users where asking for more descriptive and not speeded up videos showing the use of the toolset. The recently uploaded playlist on the youtube channel contains individual videos for each tool available.

Published new Script: Panel Cuts

Tool for creating panel cuts reports. Useful for furniture or kitchen cabinets design.

Features

  • Material finish, part type, description, grain orientation properties.
  • Sheet use report.
  • Export a .csv file with Part quantity, dimensions, finish, grain direction, part and description values. It can be exported later in spreadsheet or cut optimization software.

Install notes

  1. Copy scripts, usericons and usermacros to 3ds Max user folder. Normally located at: C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Autodesk\3dsMax\20XX – 64bit\ENU.
  2. Restart Max if opened.
  3. Add the macro to a toolbar. It can be found under the category “HAG tools”.

Help / user guide

please visit GitHub page for online documentation.

version 2.0 release and ribbon UI not working

If you’re having problems with the ribbon buttons not working after installing the new version, please reset it to default.

Right Click on an empty area of the ribbon > Ribbon configuration > Reset to default.

I know this is somewhat inconvenient, but there is no easy workaround I’m aware of.

DesignToolBox version 2.0 out soon

Originally started as an incremental version (1.95) intended to fix reported problemas and include some minor requested functionallity, turned out in a major revision.

Also, expect some new demostration videos to better understand how the tools work.

List of priority fixes and new features:

New Tools:

  • unFreeze by selection added.
  • Continued measure distance (chained measure tape).

General Changes:

  • General stability improvements and fixes.
  • Fixed “Lock” tool:
    • Lock Object Scale wasn’t working propperly.
    • Fixed overall behavior when some locks were already been set.
  • reDimension:
    • ¬†Added Orthogonal tracking.
    • Fixed incorrect results in scaled objects.
  • Reference Scale tool:
    • Added keep proportions option.
    • Added Xform modifier mode.
    • Added Orthogonal tracking.
    • Enhaced behavior on certain situations, less incorrect results.
  • Measure Tool: Now the tape is drawed until the next measure.
  • Area measure: Added orthogonal tracking.
  • Divide tool: more responsive segments set.
    • Added keyboard imput mode instead of mouse movement.
    • Added Orthogonal tracking.
  • MultiMap : Previous extra tools (fit, center and reset UVW Gizmo…) can now be used as a separate tool.
  • Move Around: Added clone object option.
  • Improved “put assets in line” with a options dialog.
  • Improved viewports perfomance of refGuides tools.

UI Improvements:

  • Overall Tooltips, information and ease of use tweaks
  • Redesigned “move Around” UI in an attemp to make it more useable and straightfoward.

DesignToolBox version 1.86

  • Fixed an error when pressing ESCAPE usign Replicator/Eyedropper tools.
  • User request feature: Added Orthogonal mode to Measure distance tool:
    • Pressing SHIFT when tracking distance wil restrict to XYZ axes, on current active grid coordinates.
    • Pressing CONTROL on Orthogonal mode will lock the tracking to the current axis