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Month May 2011

New Populate version 0.82

Populate 0.82 is out now, please get it from the download section. I fixed a few bugs and performance issues.
A changelog with details about the update is on the download page. In case you already installed Populate, there is no need to uninstall the previous version, just run the new installer!

Populate:Panels – Mutations: Populate/Skip Material ID

Using a target objects Material ID property is an easy way to manage distribution for multiple panel types.

Watch the video to see how it works:

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Populate:Panels – Mutations: Populate/Skip Face Selection

The Selected Faces mutation scans the target surface modifier stack for face selection. You can either populate or skip those faces.

Watch the video to see how it works:

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Populate:Panels – Mutations: Populate/Skip Nth Face

With the Populate/Skip mutation you can limit paneling to odd/even faces, or create regular gaps. This gets interesting with multiple panel elements on the same target surface. To create a checkerboard pattern, just set the first panel to populate every 2nd target face, while the other panel skips it.

Watch the video to see how it works:

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Public beta released!

Today the public beta of Populate has finally been released!

You can get it from the download section. If there is any issue, or you need assistance, please leave a comment below.

I have created a Flickr group pool, please share your Populate renders here:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/populate-3dsmax/pool/