Requirements

Supported versions of 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design

Our plugins support the following 3ds Max 64 bit versions. 


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3ds Max Design




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* = 3ds Max Design not available.

Supported Renderers

RailClone supports native instancing in the renderers and versions listed below

Mental Ray support in Max 2017 and 2018

From 3ds Max 2017 Mental Ray was an optional installation. RailClone 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, as a consequence RailClone's native instancing features are not supported for Mental Ray in Max 2018.

  • 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 3.7 or greater for V-Ray 3, V-Ray Next and V-Ray GPU update 1.1 or above
  • Thea Render 1.3 and onwards.
  • Corona Renderer 1 and onwards.
  • Redshift 2.6.24 or above

For unsupported renderers it is still possible to use RailClone using RailClone Tools to convert the 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 and highlighted in green

Supported in Arnold by enabling Legacy 3DS Max Map Support are marked with a * and highlighted in green

Partially supported features are marked with a  * and highlighted in yellow. These can be enabled by turning off the instancing engine.

Unsupported features are marked with a  and highlighted in red




StandardV-RayV-Ray RT/GPU
ArnoldMental RayCoronaTheaOctaneMaxwellMoskitoArionRedshiftFStorm
Native Instancing






Create Instances using RailClone Tools

Automatic UVW Mapping

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Debug Mode



RailClone Colour

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Generators
L1S

A2S

Base Objects
Segment

Spline

Surface

Parameters
Numeric

Constant

Random

Operators
Material

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Conditional

Randomise

Sequence

Selector

Compose

Reverse

Transform

Mirror

Arithmetic

UVW XForm

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Macros

Notes

License Manager

For network licenses, you will need to install the license manager on a networked PC. The license manager has the following OS requirements:

Microsoft® Windows:

  • Windows 10 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows 8/8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)

Microsoft Windows Server:

  • Windows Server 2016 (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2012 (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)