GroundWiz is a plug-in for 3ds Max for making nature scenes with ease and precision.
GroundWiz consists of three main parts: GroundWiz Procedural Terrain Map, GroundWiz Planter and GroundWiz Variation Map for 3ds Max.
Currently GroundWiz supports 3ds Max 2015, 3ds Max 2014, 3ds Max 2013, 3ds Max 2012, 3ds Max 2011, 3ds Max 2010, 3ds Max 2009, and 3ds Max 2008.
GroundWiz Terrain Map, easy to use yet powerful procedural 3d terrain map for 3ds Max, will bring you much power and control for generating realistic terrain textures.
Furthermore, GroundWiz Planter, a mass placement and instancing tool, handles millions of objects in 3ds Max. It will help you merge vegetation, rocks and other nature elements and quickly create realistic interactive scenes of nature/landscape.
GroundWiz Variation Map will help you quickly add color variations to materials when creating big scenes with many objects like forests.
What GroundWiz does...
What GroundWiz Terrain Map, GroundWiz Planter, and GroundWiz Variation Map do is to facilitate your full use of 3ds Max in creating natural 3d environments. It is completely integrated with 3ds Max. It will give you control, power and flexibility to create and modify nature/landscape, using your own customized terrains and objects like trees, rocks, grass, houses or whatever objects you wish to use.
GroundWiz will help you create a realistic looking terrain texture on the terrain you create or the one imported into 3ds Max from real life via GroundWiz importer. On that terrain, GroundWiz Planter will help you create a nature scene while GroundWiz Variation Map will help you quickly add color variations to the nature scenes.
Usage / Tasks
GroundWiz can be used to create realistic terrain textures for mountains, forests, deserts, canyons, caves, cliffs, valleys, jungles, planets, gardens... or any shape of objects.
Also it will help you create a big scene of nature/landscape with a huge number of trees, rocks, bushes, shrubs, grass and so on. It can be used in cases where a huge number of objects need to be placed and rendered.
GroundWiz has been successfully used with the following renderers:
Default Scanline renderer | GroundWiz mental ray Shader | V-Ray | Brazil | FinalRender Stage-1
|reviewed in 3dcreative
Feb. 2006 - full ver 1.002
|reviewed in 3duser
Mar. 2006 - full ver 1.002
|included on CGMagazine CD
Mar. 2006 - Lite ver 1.002
|reviewed in 3D World (issue 78)
June 2006 - full ver 1.100
Currently 2 versions are available : GroundWiz Full & GroundWiz Lite version.
GroundWiz Full version
Fully functional version with all the features can be purchased online and immediately downloaded. For network rendering nodes, there is a special version of GroundWiz available that allows rendering but not modifying GroundWiz objects and comes at a much lower price. For details, please refer to buy page.
Price: $245 USD
This version of GroundWiz is free for personal non-commercial use for unlimited time. It is a fully functional version with the following limitations.
GroundWiz Terrain Map: Maximum 5 layers can be rendered at the same time. / Texture maps cannot be used with diffuse color, displacement map or extended channels. In those cases, RGB color can still be used. / mental ray renderer can render images with a maximum size of 800x600 pixels.
GroundWiz Planter: Maximum 2 different plants are allowed (no matter if one or two Planters are used). / Maximum 2 different LODs are allowed. / Detach as mesh and detach as instance features are missing. / When planting, collision avoidance options are not available.
GroundWiz Variation Map: Maximum 4 variation map slots can be used.
You are free to distribute this version in any way desired (for companies doing mass distribution or charging for it, please read the license agreement in the help file).
We believe this version is still very powerful and we encourage you to see online gallery where many of the images were created with it and to also check '.max' scene files that come with this version. (Download GroundWiz Lite free version.)
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