iToo Software releases Forest Pack 7: See The Light!
Forest Pack 7 is out now with an impressive lineup of features and updates that cements its reputation as the most flexible scattering tool on the market.
Cádiz (Spain). March 3, 2021.- iToo Software is proud to announce Forest Pack 7, the latest version of its industry standard scattering plugin for 3ds Max.
For this release iToo focused on expanding Forest Pack 7’s versatility starting with the ability to scatter lights using any of Forest Pack’s powerful distribution modes and randomisation tools.
The new version also adds real-time support with a new beta exporter for Unity alongside support for Chaos Vantage and Unreal Engine via Datasmith. Corona users can now benefit from Forest Pack’s invaluable animation modes and the library browser has been completely rewritten to make finding and adding assets a pleasure.
Talking of assets, colour matching assets when they come from different sources just got much easier thanks to new tools that allow users to quickly tweak the hue saturation and value of entire scatters, and even limit the affected colours based on their hue.
In addition to new features, Forest Pack 7 also adds new content. Two completely new libraries are included, bringing the total number to 15 collections, comprising over 430 individual presets and assets. As always, these libraries are included free of charge, in fact. buying the libraries separately would almost certainly cost several times the price of the plugin.
Below is a summary of Forest Pack 7’s headline features:
Scatter hundreds or thousands of lights and other non-geometric objects. Corona users can even use Forest Colour to randomise light tint and use Corona’s lightmix features to edit colour and intensity in post-production.
New beta Unity plugin
Export Forest Pack objects to Unity using a new early-access plugin that takes advantage of Unity’s Hybrid Rendering technology for efficient real-time instancing.
Supported by Unreal and Chaos Vantage
Make the jump to real-time and export scatters to Unreal Engine or Chaos Vantage in just a few clicks.
Completely Rewritten Library Browser
The library browser has been rewritten from the ground up. Add 100s of objects selected from a scene and automatically build matlibs and generate thumbnails.
Colour Correct Entire Scatters
Gone are the days of fiddling with complex multi sub object materials, now you can colour correct entire scatters from a single simplified interface.
Randomise Animation Samples in Corona
Scatter animated objects in Corona including the ability to sample and randomise animated geometry or control playback using maps.
New Tree Stumps Library
Bring your renders to life with 40 high-quality photoscanned tree stumps plus optimised presets for quickly populating large areas.
New Hedges Library
Add hedges using a new library of 89 assets. 10 species are included in five heights ranging from 0.5m to 2.5m, plus bonus topiary presets for hedges of any shape.
Improved Reference Mode
Make the most of reference mode with the ability to add multiple items per triangle, randomise their position and filter by material ID.
Forest Colour works outside Forest Pack
Use Forest Colour to randomise maps and tint on items instantiated using Forest Tools, or even on non-Forest objects.
Create scatters more efficiently than ever before with new creation methods and faster ways to add source objects to the items list.
Navigate the interface more quickly with ‘Solo Mode’, use simplified and improved camera culling, easily optimise and modify materials and much more.
For a detailed overview, visit the Forest Pack 7 page on the iToo Software website. A full changelog of all the features, fixes and improvements can be found in the documentation.
This release is part of the company’s developing program for 2021, which will also include an update for RailClone, plus regular releases of libraries and content.
Forest Pack 7 is available to download now for users with an active maintenance plan. Forest Pack 7 Lite is also now available which includes all of the new features mentioned
About iToo Software:
Founded in 1999 in Cádiz, southern Spain, iToosoft is a 3D software developing company, and creators of Forest Pack and RailClone, top ranked plugins for Autodesk 3ds Max with a wide range of applications in Archviz, VFX and games.
About Forest Pack:
Forest Pack is the world’s most popular scattering plugin for 3ds Max. Capable of rendering nearly limitless geometry, it provides a complete solution for creating vast areas of objects, from trees and plants to buildings, crowds, aggregates, ground-cover, rocks and more.