Often when dealing with complex effects it’s necessary to split those into smaller parts. Isn’t only better to render specific elements separately but also working with particular portion is a straight way to get work done more quickly.
Script below let you quickly turn off/on Particle Flow systems:
for o in objects where classOf o == PF_Source do
o.Enable_Particles = not o.Enable_Particles
This can be pretty usefull, when you want just quick turn off/on all particle flow systems. But what if you want manage not all PFlow systems at the time?
Problem was how to mark some PFlow system wich I don’t wanna work with and use this everytime when turning off/on specifically branch. My solution was to use 3dsmax user defined Object Properties (Right click –> Object Properties –> User Defined).
You can add this manually or by script below:
— Add PFlow State Exception to SELECTED PFLOW systems
for o in $ where classOf o == PF_Source do
setUserProp o “pf_State_Except” True
print (“Exception Added: ” + o.name)
Now our main MacroScript will look like:
macroScript pFlowstate category:”deko.lt” toolTip:”Turn On/Off PFlow” buttonText:”PFlow On/Off” Icon:#(“Particles”,6)
on isChecked return not pf_state
on execute do
for o in objects where classOf o == PF_Source and getUserProp o “pf_State_Except” == undefined do
o.Enable_Particles = pf_state
pf_state = not pf_state
*Tip: Try to add this as toolbar button, it can be checked, so you can always know what state is
In above archive there is also 3 additional macroscript to ADD exception, CLEAR exception and List/Select marked PFlow systems as exceptions. Just Drag&Drop those macros to 3dsmax and add to toolbar, menu or hotkey from deko.lt category.