Forest Pack

The Scattering tool for 3ds Max

WHAT IS FOREST PACK?

Forest Pack is the world’s most popular scattering plugin for 3ds Max®. It provides a complete solution for creating vast areas of objects, from trees and plants to buildings, crowds, aggregates, ground-cover, rocks and more. If you can model it, Forest Pack can scatter it.

Countless studios rely on Forest Pack ’s production-tested algorithms and native shaders to render scenes with virtually unlimited numbers of objects and polygons, all without putting a strain on computer resources.

Simulate natural distribution patterns and get the most out of your assets using advanced mapping and randomisation tools, or fine-tune your scatters with granular control over every aspect of the plugin.

CREATE WITHOUT RESTRICTIONS USING FOREST PACK AND TAKE YOUR RENDERS TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

WHAT'S NEW

FOREST PACK 6: EVERYDAY SIMPLICITY, POWER WHEN YOU NEED IT

Max 2019 and Arnold Support

Forest Pack 6 adds compatibility with 3ds Max 2019 including support for Arnold, Autodesk’s powerful new built-in renderer.

V-Ray improvements and Next support

Render with the latest versions of V-Ray, enjoy improved stability when using IPR mode, and faster proxy loading times.

UI Improvements

Simplify the interface for speedy everyday use, or unhide advanced features when you need them to release the full potential of the plugin.

PFlow Support

Scatter items on static or animated particles while retaining Forest Pack’s best-in-class randomisation and instancing capabilities.

Interactive Distribution Along Splines

Scatter along splines with Forest Pack 6’s new fully interactive path mode. With controls for spacing, offset, path following and randomisation.

Interactive Marker Placement

Attach items to markers, matching their position, rotation and scale. Editing the marker automatically and instantly updates Forest Pack.

Effects Improvements: Multiple Effects

Use as many effects as you need simultaneously, including any of the 30 new effects added to the built-in library.

Effects Improvements: Maps and Falloff Curves

Use maps to control nearly any aspect of a scatter using Forest Effects and add falloff curves to manipulate any editable parameter.

Select all dependencies

Select all of a Forest objects dependencies with a single click including geometry, areas, surfaces, splines, objects and more.

New Tree Library

Quickly populate scenes using Forest Pack 6’s free high-quality starter collection of trees and plants, including 11 new species.

New Grass Library

Create realistic grass and ground cover using the new and improved lawn and weed library. Build up layers and customise grass exactly how you want it.

Update Manager

Get new and updated content and install it to your library browser the moment it is released with Forest Pack 6’s new update manager.

EVERYDAY SIMPLICITY - POWER WHEN YOU NEED IT

version 6.0 available now!

KEY FEATURES

SCATTERING PERFECTED

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FAST

Forest Pack is fully multi-threaded and highly optimized for speed and efficiency. A typical scene can effortlessly use over 100.000 objects each with 1 million polys, and render in just a few minutes.

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INTERACTIVE

Points-Cloud display mode faithfully previews scattered objects in the viewports as they will appear in the render. Amazingly fast, this mode allows you to move and edit items in real-time, while maintaining an accurate preview of your scenes.

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PARAMETRIC AREAS

From the moment you pick a scatter area Forest Pack is fully parametric. With no destructive editing you make design decisions at any time, and see the results in the viewport instantly.

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NATURAL

Recreate the limitless variation found in nature with the ability to randomise distribution, objects, transforms, animation, bitmaps and tints. Mimic natural growth patterns using the innovative Clusters feature.

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PRECISE

Maps Control when you need it. Drive parameters using maps and expressions or use Tree Editor mode to scatter along splines, on markers or even edit and place individual objects.

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READY TO USE

Use Forest Pack’s built-in Library Browser to select and assign plants with a single click. Over 100 models are included in Forest Pack Pro, or you can create your own presets and share them effortlessly with colleagues.

FREE LIBRARY WITH MORE THAN 100 TREES, SHRUBS AND GROUND COVER PRESETS INCLUDED

WHERE

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ARCHITECTURAL VISUALIZATION

Forest Pack offers unprecedented power, speed, and flexibility to create landscapes that look great and render fast. Create scenes that can be viewed from any angle and minimise the need for time-consuming post-production.

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VISUAL EFFECTS

Forest Pack has unrivalled animation features. Use animated meshes and proxies then randomise their time offset, or drive playback using maps to provide even more ways to create jaw-dropping VFX for film, animation, TV, and motion graphics projects.

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AEC

Forest Pack fits perfectly into interactive design processes. Scatters are fully parametric so making changes is fast and easy - which means less time spent updating scenes, and more time spent designing.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

THE ULTIMATE SCATTERING TOOL FOR 3DS MAX

Forest Pack includes all the features you need to create perfect scatters, every time. The fully integrated solution uses a familiar UI and workflow to create almost unlimited geometry with complete control over every detail. That’s not all, use Forest Maps to randomise maps and add tints, quickly populate a scene using our included library presets or create your own, and use Forest Tools to convert scatters to max instances or XML data for use in large pipelines. With its power, unrivalled features list, ease-of-use, and premium support. Forest Pack will change the way you render.

SUPPORTED AREAS

Forest Pack fits into existing pipelines with the widest support of any plugin for defining a scatter area, including splines, surfaces, PFlow objects, markers, objects, and paint areas. You can even even exclude objects using another Forest Pack area to create sophisticated and layered interdependencies.

DISTRIBUTION PATTERNS

Use one of the 35+ built in distribution patterns of create your own custom patterns using procedural maps or images. Group together plants into naturalistic growth patterns automatically, or use a custom colour maps. Use fast collision detection to prevent objects from overlapping and see the results in real time.

ITEM EDITOR MODE

Refine compositions using the manual editor mode by modifying individual scattered items without any loss of rendering efficiency. Select or create single or groups of objects, swap models, rotate or translate to get the perfect render. Convert scatters to native instances to make the scene easier to share or for export to other applications.

ANIMATION

Scatter animated objects while retaining significant memory efficiency. Sync animations or use one of 3 powerful modes to randomise animation and control the offset or set the current frame using maps. If these options don’t suit your needs you can even create your own custom animation modes using Forest Effects!

RENDER WITHOUT LIMITS

Forget about polygon counts and running out of memory. Forest Pack’s intelligent instancing technology enables nearly limitless geometry with minimal overhead. Viewport previews are fast and interactive thanks to the point-cloud.display mode.

SUPPORTED GEOMETRY

If you can model it, you can scatter it. Forest Pack can use nearly any geometry object including groups, proxies, parametric tools like RailClone and GrowFX, animated geometry and much more.

LIBRARY AND PRESETS

Set up scatters in an instant by importing geometry using Forest Pack’s built-in library browser. Import individual models and build your own scatter or import entire pre-built presets. You can even use many libraries from popular 3rd party vendors.

LICENSING

A Pro license gives you access to the full range of features, a comprehensive library, and free unlimited render nodes. For the duration of your maintenance subscription you are also entitled to premium technical support and upgrades.

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AN EXCLUSIVE RANGE OF HIGH QUALITY TREE AND FOLIAGE MODELS TO BE FULLY INTEGRATED WITH FOREST PACK

WHAT´S INCLUDED

A PRO LICENSE OF FOREST PACK INCLUDES

Plugins compatible with 3ds Max 2012 - 2019

Comprehensive library of 3D models and presets

Integration with many leading 3rd party libraries

Forest Pack comes in 3 versions

Forest Pack
LITE

FREE

Forest Pack
PRO 1 YEAR

220€

Forest Pack
PRO 3 YEAR

320€

Forest Pack
LITE

FREE

  • Free to use, even commercially use
  • Limited scatter a maximum of 3 source objects
  • Limited using up to 4 flat areas.
  • Limited subset of presets.
  • Forest effects
  • Not include Creation Tools, Forest Tools, or user editable libraries
  • Not prioritised technical support

Forest Pack
PRO 1 YEAR

220€

  • Unlimited scatter source objects
  • Unlimited using up areas, with advanced features for surfaces
  • More than 100 library items of billboard trees and shrubs, 3d Trees and Shrubs, ground cover presets
  • Include ability to edit libraries and add your own objects and textures
  • Include Creation Tools, Forest Tools.
  • Advanced importing/exporting tools.
  • Forest effects, with load, edit and share effects
  • You will also receive one year of prioritised technical support, early access to beta versions, and regular updates.

Forest Pack
PRO 3 YEAR

320€

  • Unlimited scatter source objects
  • Unlimited using up areas, with advanced features for surfaces
  • More than 100 library items of billboard trees and shrubs, 3d Trees and Shrubs, ground cover presets
  • Include ability to edit libraries and add your own objects and textures
  • Include Creation Tools, Forest Tools.
  • Advanced importing/exporting tools.
  • Forest effects, with load, edit and share effects
  • You will also receive three years of prioritised technical support, early access to beta versions, and regular updates.
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AN EXCLUSIVE RANGE OF HIGH QUALITY TREE AND FOLIAGE MODELS
TO BE FULLY INTEGRATED WITH FOREST PACK

Partners Products

We supply quality plant models and presets from leading vendors for use with Forest Pack Pro.