Supported versions of 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design

Supports 32bit and 64bit versions where available.

  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
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

  • Mental Ray is supported in version 2012 - 2017 only.
  • V-Ray and V-Ray RT supported versions are 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5 and 3.6.
  • Thea Render 1.3 and onwards
  • Corona Renderer 1.x
  • Maxwell 3.x
  • Octane 1.x and 2.x
  • Arion
  • Moskito Render 1.x
  • Redshift  2.x

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.

Feature Compatibility 

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

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

Unsupported features are marked with a ? and highlighted in red

  Standard V-Ray V-Ray RT 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

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