Supported versions of 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design

Supports 32bit and 64bit versions where available.

  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
3ds Max

3ds Max Design

 = 3ds Max Design not available.

Mental Ray compatibility in Max 2017 and 2018

From 3ds Max 2017 Mental Ray was an optional installation. Forest Pack for Max 2017 still has many dependencies on the Mental Ray libraries and is required by our plug-ins to operate correctly. Please make sure that Mental Ray is installed for 3DS Max 2017, even if you don't intend to use it to avoid errors.

From 3ds Max 2018 Mental Ray is no longer included, and for technical reason we have had to temporarily suspend support.

Supported Renderers

Forest Pack supports native instancing in the renderers and versions listed below

  • Arnold 5.1 and above is supported from 3ds Max 2018 onwards. Please make sure the MaxToA plugin is up to date. You can download the most recent version from the Solid Angle website.
  • Mental Ray is supported in version 2012 - 2017 only.
  • V-Ray and V-Ray RT supported versions are 2.5 or greater for V-Ray 2, and 3.3 or greater for V-Ray 3, and V-Ray Next and V-Ray GPU
  • Thea Render 1.3 and onwards
  • Corona Renderer 1.x, 2
  • Maxwell 3.x
  • Octane 1.x and 2.x
  • Arion
  • Moskito Render 1.x
  • Redshift  2.x

Billboard Library compatibility

The 2D Billboard library is only supported by Scanline, Mental Ray and V-Ray.

Built in Library support

Not all libraries have materials available for all the renderers. To see which renderers have partial library support, please check the compatibility matrix shown below. To see which renderers are supported by each library item, please see the online library browser.

Billboard Library compatibility

To use Forest Color and Forest Edge maps with Arnold, you will need to turn on Legacy 3ds Max Map support in Render Settings->System.

Feature Compatibility

Fully compatible features are marked with a ? and highlighted in green

Unsupported features are marked with a ? and highlighted in red



V-Ray RT


Arnold Mental Ray Corona Thea Octane Maxwell Moskito Arion Redshift 2.x FStorm
Native instancing

Create instances using Forest  Tools

Forest Colour






Forest Material

Material > Random Tint





Edge mode

Material Optimiser

Points-cloud display

Parametric areas

Distribute using maps

Automatic clustering

Frustum culling and falloff

Randomise and control transforms

Manual edit mode

Scatter animated geometry

Randomise and control animated geometry

Forest Effects

Library Browser

Presets with compatible materials





2D Billboards Library

* = Similar effects may be possible using the renderers own shaders.

Billboard Library compatibility

The 2D Billboard library is only supported by Scanline, Mental Ray and V-Ray.

Feature Compatibility For renderers not mentioned in the above list it is still possible to use Forest Pack using Forest Tools to convert scattered objects to standard Max instances.

Due to technical limitations, feature support varies between renderers. The table below illustrates the compatibility of RailClone's key features with each render engine.