Boxcutter 71V Release Log

Boxcutter 71V is an update. As always docs are being updated.

First and foremost shoutout to AR and Proxe.

AR dropped the transformation system on us and Proxe was a major factor in it’s implementation. Also Proxe continued working tirelessly on things up to the final cut to ensure the result was of the highest level. As a result an astounding amount of bugs were resolved resulting in the most solid iteration of Boxcutter yet.

I wanted to lead this release with an overview first.

Shoutout to the users: they promote the tale. Keep on using #hardops and #boxcutter hashtags! It keeps us going!

Introduction

715 was rather major and we wanted 716 to be major too and on path as well. So for that reason I am pleased to announce 71..V.

I was hoping it would be interpreted as a transformative but also familiar since V is roman for 5. But also Vs look cool.

 

Shift + V – Viewport Menu

Shift + V will bring up the alignment submenu allowing for changing view system.

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Object is typically used for surface but view is more like traditional boxcutter. Now users can change this on the fly.

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Re-Origin System

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Next to shape on the top-bar are options for changing the origin that shapes (boxes) receive during cut.

Corner : default corner as origin.

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Face center: Utilizes the face center. My new favorite. I love having this as my new default.

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Bounding box center: Utilizes the origin center of the shape. Almost as useful as the above.

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Active element origin: utilizes the origin of the object being cut into as the origin. This one is unusual but also useful and essential in the right situation.

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The d-pie also contains options for rapid use when it comes to changing cutter origins on the fly.

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Internally we discuss alternative approaches to the D pie but for now origin options are located here.

 

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The n panel also contains options for origin but the D pie is where it is at.

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Transformation

I should have led with this. But I like theatrics. Translate, Scale and rotate are readded to Boxcutter as of 71V.  That is what I meant by 715 being “transformative”.

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During draw tab will pause the shape.

Translation (G)

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Pressing G will allow for translation.

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X / Y / Z to constrain to axis during translate

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Shift click dragging the offset dot will also translate the shape.

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Rotation (R)

During draw or pause pressing R will allow for rotation.

This changes things like reset array which is now shift R.

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During rotate X / Y / Z will affect axis which will also affect translation. We aim to improve support down the road and have an advanced support system to supplement.

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Rotation will also utilize the same axis as before last operation.

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The mini helper (ctrl + D) allows for angle rotation amount adjustment.

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Scale (S)

Scale will be based on the origin chosen and can also be constrained to a particular axis. All 3 in conjunction can be quite useful for getting shapes in line.

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Alt + D : Toggle Dots

Alt + D during pause will toggle dots off. Also dots will hide when ctrl is held.

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Viewport Hotkey Unlock and View Pie

View pie will allow tilda ~ to change the viewport inside of boxcutter to position the view. This also unlocks numpad 1, 3 and 7 for reuse in addition.

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Numpad period to focus will also work in pause mode making Boxcutter feel much more natural.

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Release… Lock

Release lock is intended to be a more stepped approach to drawing with boxcutter.

This behavior adds lazorcut lock which is related and is also connected to quick execute.

This is a typical draw. I draw the shape and jump to extrude and release LMB to cancel. While this is optimal for mouse use it is not as optimal for tablet or touch use.

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This is release lock by itself in action. Notice how it pauses after the first draw. Before extrude.

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Release lock is located in the topbar for rapid behavioral toggling.

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Notice that ctrl and shift clicking also toggles adjacent options related to this parameter. This can get confusing but as long as you know about the connected options it will make more sense.

 

Lazorcut Lock

Lazorcut lock is located in behaviors and is capable of pausing lazorcut automatically so the user can view and adjust the result prior to apply.

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The process of pausing lazorcut (cut through) allowed us to examine how well lazorcut worked and improve it for good resulting in a stronger release.

 

Quick Execute + Lazorcut Lock

Quick execute + Lazorcut lock results in a cut that goes through the form but pauses short of applying. This can make boxcutter behave quite interestingly and has become one of my favorite ways to cut.

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With lazorcut lock off Quick Execute behaves normally. This is due to the fact that with quick execute every cut jumps to lazorcut.

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Smart Apply / Apply Slices

Behaviorally I like to test behaviors in hardops prior to adding it to boxcutter. One workflow I was experimenting with was apply.

Apply slices will now apply all mods except for the last bevel and weighted normal. Similar to smart apply. This makes slices capable of being destructively managed while also speeding up performance by consolidating useless modifiers on slices.

Apply slices was supposed to do this but with the unique combinations of mods in use we needed a more streamlined solution.

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Recut (mod behavior)

Recut is a mod behavior for slice that gets back the mesh that was taken away via boolean activity.

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Knife Mark (mod behavior)

requires hardops

Quadremesher is able to utilize marked edges for retopo calculation. That gave me an idea. What if we could cut in edges for that retopo.

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I hope to show more on this in the future but surely there are other uses for cutting in “marked edges”.

Knife mark is locked to be single use for now. We find that new behaviors trick new comers.

Knife Material Fix

Knife has nuked materials for so long it was part of the tooltip. I am pleased to announce this is no longer an issue. Cut and no longer lose materials.

Blue box is meant to be silent but effective. Like a scythe.

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Autohide to Omit Solids

Custom cutter used to hide shapes in the marked collection with autohide. Not just cutters. This behavior was a nuisance and has now been resolved.

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Now users can use meshes as custom cutters without the other meshes that are solid being hidden. This should make custom feel much more natural for general use.

Hook Support

I can be a bit obsessive. I was obsessed with having hook support back. I love nothing more than cutting and adjusting (when blender is fast) on the fly. Special care was taken to make sure hook modifiers function as intended.

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Ngon Backspace Fix

The thing about me and bugs is I never ever let them go. To me a single bug can hold off a release because I care about the experience put forth.

Ngon had a bug where when backspace to undo a point was used. The shape would cease draw and be in paused state.

This bug was the worst. And it made ngon much more hard to use and undo on the fly. 

I am happy to say it has been resolved.

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Additional / Misc

Weld fix for small scale

Inset shift to live

Circle Scale Improvements

Mirror Improvements

Shape Options

Tool Test

 

In closing

AR set the stage for this release with transformation but Proxe was vigilant with the bugfixes and integration. I am always proud of seeing the team work together and grow over the course of an update. Proxe is one of my favorite people to work with and get coding advice from.

I don’t like to talk about the things that I can’t show but there is much to look forward to.

Someday everything will change. And I mean everything.

Your greatest complaints are kept close to my chest with best intentions on fixing them.

I can’t wait to help you.

So much is happening beneath the core but it will be coming out soon. I want everyone glad they are using our tools. While it seems like we “add and add” we also aim to slim and refine to keep things quick and accessible.

I remain grateful for the support of everyone using / recommend / loving our products. We truly aim to change the way cutting and hard surface is done and we can’t wait to show you what’s next…

#hopscutter also has a long playlist for those who need to learn.

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Hard Ops 00984.1 Neodymium Release

Release banner by Rachel.

My goal this year is to expand internally and externally in our endeavors. We are always searching for additional help with things so as our team grows so does our potential and possibilities. And because of your continual support we are able to release “(2.8) HOps 009841_Neodymium_” after barely just having an event not even a month ago. 2020 will be the year of hopstool but doesn’t mean we can tighten up the other areas that have become “legacy” and build a better strong hops with all we have learned.

 

As 2.8 goes on we want to refine existing systems and continuing consolidating / removing things no longer needed. We hope everyone has been able to hang in there and continues to be patient as we add and calibrate new members to the team and our workflows / ideals. Also I want to expand on accessibility and the offerings it could have for workflow and user ease of use and functionality.

Without further ado. I announce the release of Hard Ops 984.1 Neodymium.

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Installation Issues? Clean those prefs.

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Dice

Dice was a Pro3 level task. And I gave it to Bonjorno7. The result is Dice. Dice is the crown jewel of this release alongside twist360 which will assist heavily with deforming boolean meshes. This version was intended to be a spin on loopcut for meshes needing dicing. In the future we hope to dice in more paths than just straight.

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When it comes to dice H will display help with has option for axis.

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Dice also works good with Bezier Mesh Shaper.

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As we progress we aim to spin this off at some point and possibly give it an entire path. The art of deformation is something that has always interested us and this is just a part of the puzzle.

 

Twist360

Been so long since we talked about this tool. The original version was hacked together by me so seeing a remake done by bonjoro was refreshing. This time the origin is managed by a 2nd displace while offering the versatility needed while maintaining a perfect center for calculation.

Modifying twist 360 requires twist 360. Using array or displace to affect things will not perform the proper steps to maintain a perfect center so this modal was made for that purpose.

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With twist 360 interior faces must also be taken into consideration.

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Twist spawns with the mods disabled related in render. This allows for these to bypass sort (for now) and allow you to boxcut / boolean without issues. For rendering you will need to re-enable them.

Even as I type I want dice to twist360 in the same operation with a mirror level interaction for interior face removal. But that may be in the future plans. At this time I am curious for insight from users as to additional uses we could be using dice for. Creativity sometimes spawns ideas that previously would have been inconceivable.

 

Step

Step was previously a “Weight” thing. There was no non-destructive version.

And step was intended to hide mesh in edit mode, apply bevel / boolean, and add bevel. This was highly destructive and was no longer as needed in 2.8 so we were preparing to let it go. However I wanted to give it one last try and now step in the angle workflow is support of the non destructive workflow.

All it does is add an additional bevel at half the amount of the previous bevel. This helps it flow together and is easier on users than just not existing.

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Even with this in place this is just fixing a hole in the workflow and still doesn’t even need to exist. Stepping is possible in hopstool and even bevel itself.

 

Direct Shift (shift + Q pie only atm)

Boolshift was revisited this version by AR and has been enhanced in the Q menus. I am proud to say that you can now shift a cutter directly into another state if needed. I still dream of this being possible in hopstool but this is the first step.

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Of course you can still use modal shift in the Q menu to shift to any state and theres still things I want to do with this as well.

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Boolshift is also on Ctrl + shift + B

Smart Apply Improvements

Smart apply is intended to be what csharpen was on the apply side but not associated with csharpen. My goal is to have it work without UI or even options.

Until they are needed.

But for the most part smart apply will apply all mods except:

  • last mirror (if more than 1 present)
  • last bevel (if more than 1 present)
  • weighted normal

This will allow you to completely apply shapes to be done with hopstool if needed but keep the last bevel since it adds more geo than needed and can be useful to toggle off for optimizations.

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By being able to do this quickly shapes can easily be dice and twisted and handle differently in an all new way.

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Blank Material V3 (alt + M)

Blank material has also received an expansion.

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Users now can cut glass and emission as well.

Emission utilizes pulsing to create pulsing materials. This is intended to be used with greyscale off allowing colors to be vibrant and unique.

Drivers are being utilized for pulse so be aware that Blender can be unusual with processing them.

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Menu Changes

Menus are always in state of refinement.

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  • last version there were too many options under mod.
  • meshtools was slimmed out last version to make room
  • cleanup

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Notice custom modifier modals have been moved to meshtools and mark receiving an S in front to make it even faster to execute.

 

Hopstool improvements

I want 2020 to be year of hopstool. And I plan to enhance hopstool with each update to get it to the level I know it could be. Hopstool is ARs vision, so I would like to play off of his ideas for now before I begin adding layers and systems to it.

Dot Text

Dots will now display text on hover. Text size can be increased in the behavior panel.

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D Helper

D inside of hopstool will activate a special helper.

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In the future we’ll be coming back to adjust the hotkey since I still love my DecalMachine.

Smart Shapes

Smart shapes have also received small changes to ensure they will work with boxcutter out of the box.

Sorting should be the least of a users worries but if the sorting gives issues just bypass it with render visibility and it should behave correctly.

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Array (hopstool)

This whole section is about hopstool but because we got multiple arrays, I have to be specific. While moving an object in hops presssing 1 will reset the object back to 1 to allow quick stacking of array parts. xsv3CQGicf.gif

In Closing

New members is always an exciting time. I am glad and so so greatful for all who continue to support us and our dreams. It is thanks to hops that I could probably stop working but due to the uncertaintly of the climate I am not yet convinced to. Also resumes always need new ticks. I can’t wait to show why I needed dice in a hurry but it’s gonna be good. Also by the time I can talk about it we’ll be onto something else exciting.

I hope everyone enjoys this latest release and reports bugs / issues to us.

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Hard Ops 00984 Update Log

With every release we try to change up things a little based off of criticism and feedback. Hardships faced while modelling are something I take especially hard and find myself devoting a bit of thought and energy towards seeking solutions. We never want to present ourselves as the best or the default way to do something. We feel we are explorers. Seeking the next level in modelling. Our tool has been our best attempt to automate some of the most repetitive aspects of our workflow to make creation more entertaining. It is always the art itself that tells the tale of success or failure.

With that aside I am pleased to announce the release of Hard Ops 00984: Thulium

I was gonna name it Bonjornium like the Proxium release but we’ll see what comes next.

 

Joining us on the team this release is bonjorno7. Proxe was more in a supervisory role this release with AR leading and me throwing as many wrenches as possible into things. Without further ado let’s get into it!

 

Preferences have shown to be problematic with this release via human test trials. If you encounter installation issues preferences will more than likely need to be cleaned.

 

 

With features I’ll start chill and sharpen up…

 

Sharpen

Sharpen takes the place of ssharp/csharp/clear sharps.

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Click – sharpen (mark sharps)

Ctrl – apply modifiers

Shift – resharp

Ctrl + shift – Csharp + Bwidth classic.

Classic ssharp / csharp exists in the operations submenu in the meantime but sharpen will be the main operator going forward.

I set my alt to clear sharps. I love it.

For those missing the classic cut, apply and bevel system of classic hops can map sharpen to behave as classic.

Otherwise bevel will handle bevel and sharpen will be handle sharpening. As a result csharpen is now faster than ever.

Sharpen is customizable in preferences however the tool tip may not reflect those changes. I like to have classic csharp as my fallback for everything and unmark sharps under my alt.

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The jump to bwidth toggle will make new csharp also jump to bwidth after operation.

Meet “Mark”

Mark is intended to be your all in one bevel / weight edit / bevel tool. In a way we just extended on set ssharp but I became addicted to this quite fast. Shout-out to any Marks out there reading this.

Edit mode operations have been consolidated into a smart tool named “mark”.

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Mark is generally used for marking edges. Just like Set Ssharp used to.

Ctrl click will create a bevel similar to bevel.

Shift click will activate Bevel Weight which can be utilized for weight workflows. (nothing in angle)

Mark is an all in one tool for marking sharp edges and manually beveling using modifiers in edit mode.

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Mirror /  Array Consolidation

Mirror / Array (active tools) have been unified as far as menu entries are concerned.

LMB – mirror

CTRL – array

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Mirror has shown to be much more popular than array in most contexts but as array gets better it will be re-integrated.

 

Bevel / Edge Manager Consolidation

Many of the classic hops utilities have been consolidated.

Bevel helper / Edge manager has been merged into one tool with many former not needed options being removed.

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LMB – bevel helper

Ctrl – Bevel Divide

Alt – Bevel Multiply

LMB + shift – Edge Manager

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Many of these existed as standalone but are no longer needed to dense up the menus. I want to keep them for auxiliary needs.

 

Modifier Multi Scroll

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LMB – boolscroll

shift – modifier scroll

Ctrl – toggle modifiers

Alt – apply modifiers

Ctrl + shift – modifier scroll

The process of handing bool shapes, modifier scrolling and appling modifiers has all been combined into one tool. None of the tools this is replacing are being eliminated. The goal was just to make room for the future.

 

Curve Res Added To Q Menu

When it comes to deformation curves are your friend. However the res option was missing from the Q menu which helps for improving the smoothness.

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Curve Res added to Q menu

This will come in handy for the things we’ll be getting into later.

We endeavor to do more activity with curves in the future as well as support them in hopstool.

Interior Bevel Support

Pressing 1 during bevel will flip the profile inward creating an interior bevel. This can be useful for level blocking and in cases requiring an inverted profile.

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Enter Bonj

Edit Mode Slice / Inset / Outset / Knife

Our goal with each tool is to maintain parity to the first thing BonJ wanted to fix was edit mode not having knife, slice, and inset.

Inset is especially nice in edit mode thanks to care and love applied to the creation process.

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Object Mode Inset / Outset / Knife

Inset can be toggled into outset via the F9 panel that comes up with the operator. Outset is less impressive but also a thing. Coming to boxcutter in the near future.

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Knife is capable of both project and knife project.

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Why add these to HOps? Aren’t they in BC?

When it comes to tools like knife and inset. I found it key to have them in hops for a couple of reasons.

I was asking for inset for the last couple of releases. There should be no utility cutter in one tool and not the other. Except extract. It’s connected to custom cutter so that would better be left to boxcutter. Also make box is just a box. So Blender does it better than us. And qblocker better than that.

Having inset in hops allows me to work with it more precisely and break apart the workflow and analyze the steps taking place in a way not present in Boxcutter which is just… too fast. The care taken to make sort capable of ignoring bevel sort on F6 is something that is more useful than anticipated. I was worried inset was overscoping in endeavor but as I use I find myself proud of the amazing work Bonj did for a first try. Sort and bevel bypass are supported on the fly and the mod can even be adjusted in the stack for getting just the right level of bevel back.

 

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Knife in boxcutter also works differently and as a result the hops counterpart will not nuke materials and behave better than the knife in boxcutter. Also in boxcutter I have struggled to get both knife project and knife 3d to be both interchangeable and vocal in its presentation of it. Now that it is in hops we have precision control and the knife we always wanted. I am adamant about knowing and controlling what operation is being done.

 

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knife not nuking materials. I just need that right now.

I know in hops we can expand them in interesting ways and then take what we learn and apply it to BC. To keep it efficient.

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HOPs Dot Infinity Ring

I begged to let this stay for release. When I first saw this I knew. The gauntlet is almost complete.

While in hops tool the bool dots have been turned into a ring. In the future I hope for shift support and a text sidebar. It almost made it but I wanted you guys to see this ring.

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Interactive Boolean (ctrl + shift + B)

Interactive boolean was a tough one to sort. With initial tests testers revealed they did not like additional clicks to confirm. I did not want to leave it out so it has it’s own hotkey.

Shared with ctrl + shift + B >> Bevel helper.

Interactive boolean requires no introduction.

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Scrolling toggles shapes / X toggles shapes.

Bool Shift

The naming for this went through some itterations. But shifting made since the most. Even Bonj liked it. This tool brings back classic rebool but multiple levels better. When I first saw this tool I was afraid. Afraid of it’s power…

Boolshift is alternative in ctrl + shift + B with a boolshape selected.

Boolshift is also in the bool shape Q menu.

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This tool is serious. Users can now shift a bool from one state into another without issue. The F6 panel has options for sort bypassing and bevels if applicable.

 

Boolean Sort Bypass

Holding ctrl while using boolean will use sort bypass.

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This makes it easier than ever to step up bevels to another level. Above you can see boxcutter which currently has no sort bypass and hops comparatively with it.

 

In the event sort is perma-locked it can be fixed in prefs.

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Bevel Improvements

 

Half Bevel

Half bevel will set the current bevel to half of the last parameter and end the operation. When racking bevels you generally have to idea how big they are however by pressing X bevel will drop with half res ensuring the next cut looks great.

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2d Bevel Removed / Consolidated Into Bevel

2d Bevel was my attempt at modifying the older bwidth to handle 2d shapes. It has been handed off to classic bevel now. A special use case was added for planes.

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A – Aayy

A has been added to bevel for dealing with angle. However in general use it bounces between 30 and 60 but it can also utilize autosmooth angle for catching hard to catch areas. This is something I wanted quite a bit and should make lives easier. Got a problem during bevel? A.

During modelling sometimes I will set the autosmooth low to catch wedges. When a bevel was added it was always at 30 or 60 degrees which resulted in less than optimal results. When utilized correctly bevel can be used to catch autosmooth with angle being set to 30 or 60 then while retaining the lower bevel.

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L >> Limit Method

L to change limit was also added.

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Array support for plane

Array always was strange with planes on the Z axis which makes it hard to use as a dicer. This has been resolved so that everyone can dice away.

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I have long wanted to dice in Blender so this brings my dream a step closer. Someday we hope to dice in the form of a dedicated tool.

Knife is useful for a plethora of reasons.

 

Sort V3

Proxe always has something to add in a release.

Sort V3 has been added which will be getting a focused video. Now Boxcutter, Kitops and now HardOps are on the same page with sorting. This ideally should allow these tools to deal with modifiers more intelligently.

Sort settings can be found in the ctrl + ~ settings.

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Sort also has settings for ignoring vgroup and only vert bevels which I am adamant about “not sorting”. These have shown to be disastrous in action and result in workflow issues.

Sort can be turned off altogether but sort bypass is also a theme in this release.

Sort also only sorts the last level of a modifier. If there are two mirror modifiers in the stack only the last one will be managed when enabled.

Sort bypassing can be given to a modifier by disabling either show in render or show in edit mode. Since we cannot add properties to modifiers this is the only way to give a modifier a flag for bypass at this time. This also affects scroll and can lead to instability so keep that in mind. But the good news is you can prevent modifiers from being modified period.

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Can now be used to bypass sort.

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Sort Bypassing

 

Weighted Normal Multi Sort

This idea was based on a support issue with the cylinoid tutorial. When users struggle I take it to heart and send complaints straight up the chain (1 link).

When using weighed sort you can select everything and it will put a weighed sort on the object.

If the weighted sort is misplaced it will be removed and re-added properly.

If it is not present it will add one.

This makes WN a lot more versatile and capable of being the finishing stroke on a model or assisting with shading when things get rough.

I am excited to show this in use in the future but this is a large step up but our issues with WN extend inherently into mirror and bevel where these tools also will add new mods while dealing with WN specifically to avoid shading hardships even at intermediate steps in working.

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Lazy support for mod modals extend to all modals. Lazy meaning if you select a light or empty, we’ll keep going. An error wont stop ya.

Radial Array w/ 3d Cursor Displacement change

When using radial array w/ 3d cursor the displacement would make the mesh offset undesirably. This is no longer the case. Also verbiage about launching into displace is removed as well. We’ll be revisiting this in the future.

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Area Light Q Options

I find myself exiting fullscreen to make area lights custom rectangles. Now that option is in the Q menu. Small thing but I’m glad it is there.

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Random Material V2

Random material has been made more random. Also material consolidation has been added to the Alt + M menu when multiple objects are selected.

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Random material can be unstable w/ multiple objects so make sure to save!

Late Parent (level1)

When we call something level1 it means it is an experimental feature. As we work with it more and more we hope to evolve it to the highest level it can be. Use with caution.

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An alternative version exists that requires selecting the boolshapes and the parent but that would be just traditional parenting. Even as I write about it I think about how this could be more useful.

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Reset Axis Cursor

Reset axis had a bug w/ 3d cursor that was driving me nuts. It has been resolved.

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To_Box wip

To_box just converts a selection to a box. I hope to expand on this more in the future.

Sometimes people just want a box.

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Smooth / Laplacian Mod support

I was adamant about using smooth after a recent experience where it came in handy for modelling a weapon. The default modal just smooths. Just like the modifier. But the shift mode creates a vertex group that does the following:

  • omit marked edges
  • omit edges of manifold nature (ie mirror junction)

This results in a smart smooth that helps maintain form while smoothing everything in between. This can come in handy for modelling using sub-d and booleans at the same time. I hope to show its uses in depth in the future. But I am very excited it made it into the release.

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Metaball Support to helper

Meta ball support has been added to ctrl + ~. I have been playing with metaballs lately.

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Old Options

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I love this comic. It’s da truth haha.

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I am against deleting old code since it serves as an educational journey when looking over the solutions we solved and how efficiently it was done. I also like comparing old and new itterations. Nothing was removed this version but the menus received a heavy cleaning. (not deleting pizza ops AR).

Csharp and Ssharp has been consolidated into sharpen along with clear sharps which is no longer present since sharpen handles it. Clean mesh is a classic and beloved so I don’t want to get rid of it. In the next update I will more than likely add a legacy panel w/ classic behaviors for users to add  to favorites if desired. Step is more of a behavior but I want to bring that back in a different way. In fact the half bevel with X was my idea to expand on the step idea. To box was added at the last second by

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Meshtools also received a good cleaning. I left the classic scrolls in mod scroll / toggle but really those have been mixed into the mod toggle tools that are unified.

The goal was to clean things up to make room for new ideas that we’re facing for 2.8.  HOPstool is its own little micro universe but hops outside has a world to grow within now.

Export options are more prominent to ensure exporting isn’t a problem.

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Settings has been cleaned up quite a bit too. Helper/ Assistant is the goto place for the classic hops utilities that I can’t live without on commercial work. Edge exponent has been mixed into bevel / edge manager so that users can double / halven their bevels on the fly.

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Interactive boolean is the highlight of this release. I want to give it an edit mode hotkey as well but it will take some pondering. Have fun shifting booleans! Edit mode had a rough landing so for a term we’ll be letting interactive modal take over the edit mode hotkeys. Have fun!

 

Boxcutter

Was also supposed to be part of boxxmas this year. We’ll have to see.

Mirco-update offering auto-scale improvements to make lazorcut accucut more accurate every time.

(2.8)BoxCutter 715_12 out now.

 

In Closing

Our goal this release was simplicity. We wanted to make it easier than ever to jump in and have fun. Even though boxcutter aims for the same goal via drawing I also like setting up insets and slices via going through things slowly and procedural. We lost rebool several releases back and now I am happy to say slice is now back in action fully performing the goals needed. I hope everyone enjoys Interactive Boolean / Inset etc. It is bonjorno7’s first update with us and he picked the time we were reassembling what hops was to become.

So many items on the cutting room floor but we’ll be right back…

I am always grateful to you the user for reading this and for the team for their continued tolerance of my 24/7 insanity. QD gang.

*some director cuts were made of final release w/ hotfixes surely to follow this post when the team is done caroling.

 

 

 

Boxcutter 715 Update Log

Update image by Ryuurui.

Ad by Nick Sho Ito / Audio by RemoteHorst

Every release is an adventure. This one was no exception. I am proud to announce the release of Boxcutter 715: Utility Knife

This release was a doozy. Things were being perfected even unto the final minute but this update has been in the works since the last time we met. With this update we wanted to tackle the number one request ever.

Snapping.

Again.

This time we come back with a grid. The grid people wanted. So without further ado lets jump into it.

Starting with the topbar things have changed slightly. For this demo I am using the latest Blender 2.82. Boxcutter works with 2.80, 2.81 and 2.82.

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Proxe

 

Gridfinite Grid

Proxe has once again outdone himself on this release. The released version of grid is the 3rd iteration with the first 2 not being adequate enough for release. AR also remains integral and made the initial prototype.

This grid is infinite. Users can press ctrl during boxcutter to grab a face vector and go to work. There is even a fade and color change system to make it visually pleasing.

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Infinite Grid

The previous system utilizing dots would only go so far.

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Older Dot system

Also the previous dot system wasn’t made for snapping. Just initial orientation. dEnY8Ux9ig.gif

Thanks to this drawing with precision is faster and more capable than ever.

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And without limits.

The new grid system will be taking over all alignment systems in the future going forward as it is further refined. Our initial release isn’t perfect but serves as a demo of what we are aiming to go for. As with as systems as it gets perfected it will be right at home and an integral part of the boxcutter workflow.

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Try grabbing a face vector and doing an offset cut!
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Grid works great with repeat shape.
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(2.8)Boxcutter715_5 adds grid scale

 

Surface Align

Surface align is a work in progress. When object is active the grid will attempt to orient to the surface for snapping via the grid. In the event of directional inaccuracy simply drawing without grid is more optimal.

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View Align

View align uses the classic systems from previous releases. Grid has not been integrated yet but will in the future. View align works in perspective and orthographic.

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Cursor

I am excited to say cursor has been improved dramatically. In this update the cursor can be used for grid positioning and orientation however I hope to create support tools for assisting with getting the perfect cursor alignment.

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When it comes to using grid with cursor. Aligning the 3d cursor to an edge can be useful.

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Then use cursor as alignment. This can come in handy for hard to reach areas.

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World

Last but not least the fallback of fallbacks received the same updates. Now with grid the world is better positioned for level design and make box work.

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Grid Performance

Having a grid that is infinite means that a larger grid size is not needed due to the grid generating as you move. However adding more units than 10 can result in some heavy performance and is not recommended for slower PCs.

Even I don’t go past 10.

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Some of the lower configs look quite interesting.

2 gives us an idea for a future tool. And 0 is no grid at all and can be interesting to use as well. We may add a preset panel in a future release.

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Grid Color

Grid is typically grey but in the examples I have grid color checked which makes the grid the same color as the cutter in use. This should be more useful for helping visually know what is about to happen.

This can be turned off under display in the behavior panel.

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The whole focus of this release was grid and we hope users enjoy it. I received requests for it in every language and more times than anything else. We hope to expand on this in the future and maybe do a whole release catered towards precision working. So as always we welcome any ideas you throw out there. Along with requests, complains and support issues. I am truly grateful to all who have supported us and we endeavor to continue to provide a AAA experience.

But this isn’t over yet.

This is 715.

Sort V3

Sort was one of the first big changes we attempted in 2.8 and with this release I am proud to announce sort V2. This time latest sort behavior extends to all sorted modifiers and is even on by default!

The new sort should only sort the final iteration of a modifier solving many of the holdups that would come with non destructive cutting.

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Sort V1 – sorted mods but didn’t discriminate on bevels and sorted them all

Sort V2 – sorted mods but had support for only moving the last bevel

Sort V3 – allows final sorting on all listed modifiers

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A rough overview on sort.

The main buttons determine where the boolean is placed in the stack. Checking these boxes ensures the boolean is placed before / after depending on context.

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The sub-buttons are about “last sort”. Enabling one will ensure we only sort the last version of the modifier in the modifier stack. This keeps things fluid when working right.

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Bevel is the main sort focus. And mirror.

When bevel is enabled there are options for ignoring only v-group bevels and  vertex bevels. This is because these mods have been deemed to never be worth moving around in the stack and must be omitted. The goal of sort is to be streamlined and allow for consistent working without interruption.

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Vgroup sorting and why solidify sort is worth disabling.

The drop-down on the end is for determining final sort or single instance sort. For example when working on a non destructive model with multiple bevels and mirrors, users now are able to choose which mods only sort on the last iteration. This ensures the above stack remains solid and unchanged.

Sorting options should only be on relative to your project.

Having them all on by default will cause serious workflow issues with mods being shifted in an unwanted manor. Even something like solidify is best used sparingly deepening on the result.

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Solidify sort

Read the tooltips to understand more about sort. In fact a little basic testing will show what we are going for with it.

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Sort V3 will be coming to hardOps / kitops at a later time.

 

Keep Modifiers

Keep modifiers determines what modifiers are kept live on cutters. This is below sort in the modifier panel.

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If keep spin is on. Circle cutters remain non-destructive.

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Quick Execute Improvements

Quick execute simply bypasses the extrude operation after draw.

In conjunction with depth and snapping quick execute can be used to quickly block things out with precision.

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Delete Cutters On Apply

At the top of boxcutter is the apply button.

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When applying booleans the associated cutters are also now deleted.

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In destructive mode cutters will no longer be created.

If you select a cutter and click apply only that one will be applied on the main mesh and cutter deleted.

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Error Improvements

This one is strange to explain but in short we deal with errors differently now. This should result in a more stable experience and less issues with dots being stuck on screen or grid overlap.

Also this resolves the issue with blue box in local mode. We hope. However local can be quite unusual at this time.

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In Closing

With any big systems change we expect bugs and issues. In the event you are having install issues contact us.

Welcome to all new users who get in on this Black Friday / Cyber Monday event. I hope to do an updated boxcutter crash course in the near future. Before that, I have to update the docs. 715 is intended to be an extended release meaning that much of the content planned for this term will have to be dropped in stages. But I am excited for what comes next.

Grid opens so many more possibilities than just a grid.

Proxeis a legend. He was working on this until the final ad on this page. I work for him. Since joining us he continues to keep us moving without stopping. AR has been a part since the beginning and without him there is no HOPScutter. I am honored by the chance to team with such brilliance and doubly honored by the work operatives continue to put out! I am the weakest link of the chain but I am held up by those who has helped me. In our community we hope to help others find their way as well. Thank you all for your support.

  • jerry / masterxeon1001

PS. post release proxeis still working. I already said to call it a day. He’s a machine.

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Specials!

Boxcutter 714: Fadeblade

It is with great pleasure that we release Boxcutter 714: Fadeblade. This brings a few changes to the way things work as well as additional functionality. Without further ado let’s go over what is new.

 

Docs have been updated.

Installation

 

Help icon in topbar

Now the help icon is in the topbar to make accessing the documentation easier. As users ask questions we hope to expand on it to automate the learning process of hopscutter.

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Fade V1

Shapes now have the ability to fade into view and fade out of view. This has resulted in a much more graceful experience. This was the most time consuming portion of 714. Great care was taken to improve stability in order to support this system.

Fade times are in milliseconds. Set to low numbers to disable.

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Fade adds shape afterfade for lazorcut, greybox, and repeat.

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Fade can be adjusted via behavior panel or prefs.

Extraction Hide

Previously extractions would remain in user view. That has now been resolved making for a smoother experience. Also the shading of extractions have been improved making them better for use with kitops.

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Behavior Panel >> Display Additional Options

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In the behavior panel fade options were added from prefs for changing fade options on the fly. Also simple topbar was added for simplifying the topbar while working if preferred.

 

Accucut

Accucut is a new system extending lazorcut’s accuracy.

When using lazorcut in the previous versions it always overshot.

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The new version makes it closer to the dimensions of the mesh.

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Dots Edit Mode

Dots are back in Boxcutter 714.

When drawing a shape users can tab to live. During live dots exist for Extrude, Offset, Draw and Bevel.

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Click the shape to apply.

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The draw dot utilizes shift, ctrl and alt draw for fine adjustment of the draw being uniform, center, or corner.

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Dots extend to the other shapes in varying degrees.

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With circle the diameter and bevel can be changed.

Rounded Snap Dots

Dots for snapping are more rounded. Resulting in a nicer appearance.

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Radial Array

Pressing V goes into array. Pressing V twice launches radial array.

The radial array can be shifted to live for movement and fine modification.

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Since radial array is live and uses modifiers it starts at 3 at this time. In the future we plan to extend on the functionality of this tool and give it a proper start operation.

Array supports all shapes and modes.

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Knife Box Display

I am a big fan of knife box however without wire showing it’s potential is misunderstood.

Now wires will show when knife is in use. Allowing you to see what is being cut and how the underlying geometry is being affected.

On completion wires will be turned back off.

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Edit Mode Circle No Tris

I am particular about circle not having interior points. Now in edit mode circle no longer leaves center points.

Keep in mind you can not only cut in edit mode but radial array in edit mode and not to mention being able to shift to live from edit mode to object mode and still modify the asset.

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In closing

I am excited for the next horizon for Boxcutter. So much almost made it but had to be cut for time on this release. Alot of things planned for next time so don’t count us out just yet. We even wanna show you one last thing to try.

Set the fade out time to any of these numbers.

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I hope everyone enjoys this latest release. We can’t wait to see you guys fading real slow.

Hard Ops 00983 Update Log

I am pleased to announce the release of Hard Ops 00983 : Curium.

Also docs are being updated.

Banner image by the legendary AR – creator of hopsTool

Thanks Adam Krol for his work with the icons of hopsTool in such short notice.

Shoutout to Sir Charles for the release ad vid. Also on short notice.

This release brings more stability and improvements to the table so without further ado lets dive into whats new.

Updating / Installation

Returning customers.

Blendermarket / Gumroad / Installation / Topbar

Boxcutter also received a small update to ensure cross compatibility.

N Panel

The N panel has been updated with the mini helper and accompanying functions to make HOPS more accessible.

Also to be more persistent than the mini helper which can be problematic at this time.

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Its can be nice to have a modifier panel that can go away with the N panel.

This will be key for later and keeping up with modifiers in fullscreen. I tend to keep an eye on my stack to ensure modifier placement is optimal for my needs.

Circular Array

Circular array was a popular request so it has been added. It has a couple of different ways to use.

First there is just simple circular array.

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Then there is 3d cursor circular array which was intended for assistance with things like Boxcutter.

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The 3rd state will not use the 3d cursor and will launch the user into displace allowing for quick positioning.

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At this time adjustment is done via array and displace modifier modals. This will be streamlined in the future but for now our next feature will have to do.

hopsTool

Introducing hopsTool, the first active tool of Hard Ops. This is the first part of a new system that we have been working on. AR put an immense amount of work into this tool and I am immensely proud of what he and Proxe has accomplished.

Final ordering of modifiers may differ in final version.

Hotkey: Alt + Shift + W

Also can switch on alt + W if latest boxcutter is installed and alt + W hotkey is turned off.

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Toggle option for hotkey in boxcutter. Disabling this will lets alt +W switch BC and HOPS

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When activated a topbar will appear up top.

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Below is a breakdown on what these options mean.

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Display – chooses which dots will show during ctrl in this state

Shapes – hShapes or modifier generated shapes that serve as a starting points.

Modifiers – modifiers can be added to the shape and controlled in the 3d view using gizmo dots.

Misc – just mirror for now.

You are also able to make the topbar list smaller via lists in the behavior panel.

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To showcase the idea of the tool in action.

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We understand there being some limitations with how the instructions are conveyed and are working on ways to improve it but in the meantime I can only say the more time you spend in it the more fun it becomes.

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The dots showing up on ctrl in this example are used to adjust various screw, solidify and bevel modifiers. When bevels are present they stick out of the corners with subsequent levels racking up more corner dots. This should make tweaking multiple levels of bevels easier and more intuitive.

These dots are only showing during hopsTool. Exit the tool to get out of it.

Like boxcutter / hopsTool can be exited with W or choosing any other active tool.

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With hops tool procedural creation should be fun and enjoyable.

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So the reason some mods have multiple buttons is due to operational differences with the system we aim to create. Someday they will work as intended and put the dots in the right places for the goals we aim for.

Even more interestingly you can ctrl + click a dot to adjust the specific mod or to fine tune properties using the mod itself.

The final cherry of this release would have been tool-tips but the tool-tip timer doesn’t update until the mouse is moved so a workaround system will have to be found.

When changing values on mods rapidly crashes can occur. There are know issues and limitations with the tool that we aspire to improve upon in the future. Also save frequently.

 

Boolean Dots

hDots also support booleans. This should make the boolean process a little easier and more intuitive.

With 2 object selected you should see 3 new dots.

Cut / Union / Slice

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Boolshapes also get their own dot which is where things get really busy.

Fade distance can be adjusted if needed and booldots can be turned off if they are getting in the way.

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This should come in handy for recalling specific boolshapes to modify.

 

hDot Tips

Perfect dots for your setup

Of course dots have a behavior panel for fine tuning behaviors.

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In this prop you can adjust the scale and offset depending on monitor. You can also change the colors in preferences.

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Ctrl + shift clicking dots allow for alternative modification.

Bevel dot adjusts the width but ctrl + shift allows for segment adjust.

The info text up top lets users know whats being adjusted.

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On screw ctrl + shift left click dragging adjusts the steps in screw.

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Simple deform also gets dots for making large adjustments on the fly.

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When using hops tool w/ boxcutter and racking bevels the ctrl + add mod behavior adds a mod at 60 degrees which is smoother for going to box city.

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The n panel can display your mod stack so get in there and look at the mods.

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If you get confused about how a shape is constructed just mod scroll it.

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Try starting off with a vert!

A vert can be a fun time for getting started and experimenting with non destructive shape creation. It’s also fun getting creative with decimate and mirror to create dynamic base shapes.

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In Closing

Various bugs with scrolling and slash has also been resolved. We tried to make this release more stable than previous to set the foundation for what is to come.

The initial rough versions of new tools are always rough but I am eager for what this system will become. I like to imagine dots as placeholders for future plans of sliders and rounded icons that lets users know what mod is being affected. When this system was first added it was quite rough. After many passes by each of us it is now ready for this first release.

We hope you enjoy Hard Ops 00983.

I hope everyone is playing Astral Chain.

Boxcutter 713 Release Notes

It is with great pleasure I announce the release of Boxcutter 713. This version brings a new mode to the table and a slew of new improvements.

 

Shoutout to the following,

AR – even away he’s a part of the team.

Proxe – legend.

Ford / Grumble – Unity creator – Final Mix on Ad1

Feral / Tom – Ads for 713  Saw this tweet and sent him a message.

Holderr – musician for official ad

 

Support

First things first make sure Blender 2.8 is up to date.

Assistance with install can be found here.   How to update was detailed here.

Topbar

 

What’s New?

 

N Panel

Boxcutter can be started with clicking activate Boxcutter.

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There was also some cleanup to make it more presentable and remove duplicate options.

In addition the help is also here so it is more accessible than before.

 

Slim Topbar

The topbar now has an option for a slimmer version. This can be more useful for mice users versus pens.

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Extraction V1

Extraction has been added to Boxcutter however at this time it only takes boolean cut areas. This means if the area does not have a live boolean it will not be taken.

Here I cut a few circles in using dots to center subsequent circles in the face center.

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Extractor can be switched to with Y during draw.

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After an extraction the custom shape is then the extracted mesh. This allows for rapid use after extraction.

flip shape vertical – shift + F

rotate shape – R or ~ during draw

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Ngon Cyclic

NOTE: Ngon cyclic does not support bevel yet. A special system will have to be made expanding on it.

Pressing C during Ngons toggles cyclic which can be used for creating imprint lines.

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To best explain how to use cyclic.

When in (C)cyclic mode you can double click the last point which will make the line darker. From here lazercut is active and the user can press T to add thickness to the shape.We hope to expand on its uses in the future.

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Classic Blue Box

If you draw the blue box in 2d which means not starting on the mesh you are able to use classic blue box from 79′. Classic blue box will cut into a surface and never create an interior face. The 3d version of blue box is still showing occasional issues that will be fixed in a  future release.

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Blue box also has received an additional capability. Since knife project works with any type of edgework, with custom shape Blue box can cut custom geometry into other forms!

I have long wanted to cut grids into forms for deformation and now with Boxcutter it is easier than ever.

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Array Improvements

When users complain about array we take it to heart. Too long has users pressed V and lost their arrays.

Press R during array to reset position and also to rotate the axis.

We have a more permanent solution planned but it will take a moment to execute.

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Array getting out of hand? Just press R during array to get it back under control.

Multidirectional multi grid array coming soon.

Mirror Improvements

Mirror has also received an improvement.

To mirror on X press 1 during draw. To flip the mirror press 1 again. To remove mirror press 1 again.

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Bevel To Chamfer

If you bring the bevel in to 0 it will be changed to a chamfer and so forth.

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Remesh sort

This one is odd but kinda fun.If you enable remesh under sort boxcutter will place bevels below. Now you can work in all quads… kinda. Multiple restrictions apply!

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HOPS Back Bevel for BC

Usually BC has something HOPS wants but this time HardOPS is prepared for Boxcutter.

As of (2.8) HOps 0098_1 Californium_33 if you select a face and use Bevel in object mode (ctrl + click) it will flip the normal allowing for a nice back bevel.

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In the future this will be inherent in Boxcutter for use on the fly.

In closing

There were also a few additional quality of life improvements and bugfixes not worth mentioning but we still have a road ahead. We are grateful to all who report bugs and post art to keep us motivated!

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Boxcutter 712 Release Notes

It is with great pleasure that I announce the release of Boxcutter 712.

As Blender 2.8 evolves further. Daily breakage has become a thing and with that we strongly recommend updating 2.8 before installing Boxcutter 712. We work around the clock to keep the tools working while also working towards their enhancement.

Renders by Chipp (aka BigBoss) using the Definitely EEVEE Materials System for KitOps

Update Info

same applies to any add-on like HardOps or KitOps

First things first. Update Blender 2.8. Next download the latest Boxcutter / HOPScutter package with the latest zip which is already in the market.

  • 94% of support issues involve needing to update 2.8.
  • 3% involve installing the add-on via copying the folder in the zip to the addon folder. Make sure to delete the old folder before copying over.
    C:\Users\YOUR USER\AppData\Roaming\Blender Foundation\Blender\2.80\scripts\addons
  • 2% involves using an older version of Boxcutter with a new Blender which causes a ” no attribute ‘tool mode’ ” error. Update Boxcutter / HOPScutter via the market.
If you updated Blender and the tools stopped working, update the tools as well. Update Boxcutter / HOPScutter via the market.

Blendermarket

Logging into BlenderMarket using the top right dropdown and choosing orders will allow you to download the latest update.

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If orders aren’t showing up under your account it is recommended to write the admins using the chat bubble on the side. Only the admins are able to resolve this issue.

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Chat Bubble

Gumroad

Logging in via the button in the top right and accessing the sales page will allow you to view the product and download the latest update.

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Boxcutter / HOPScutter

If logged into Gumroad you should see view product instead which will take you to the product download.

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Installation

Place the folder from the zip in the local add-on directory.

C:\Users\YOUR USER\AppData\Roaming\Blender Foundation\Blender\2.80\scripts\addons

Also remove any previous boxcutter folder before replacing it with the new one.

INSTALL FROM FILE CAN HAVE ISSUES IF THE FOLDER IS THERE ALREADY. PLACE THE ZIP IN THE SPECIFIED FOLDER TO ENSURE IT WORKS WITHOUT ISSUE. OR ENSURE THE FOLDER ISNT THERE AND USE INSTALL FROM FILE.

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Placing the contents of the zip in the addon location

The next level of support involves deleting the /config which makes Blender open as new. If you have issues with the previous steps or are moving over custom configurations this can cause issues if the properties have existed for multiple itterations of 2.8. From time to time removing the config allows for clean installation and quick startup.

Email

For support issues you can email me at masterxeon1001@gmail.com

However, I will also have you update Blender 2.8.

Also the help icon in Boxcutter takes you to the discord which I recommend for all users looking for a community to connect to.

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Previous documentation going more in depth with basics.

What’s New?

Shape Recollection V1

When drawing a box or circle you can recall previous cutters in the cutter collection with alt + MMB or the C key.

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Shape recall only works with Box, and circle. Ngon will have a special solution for recall.

Shape recall is still a work in progress and could possibly throw an error until it is further refined. This is still an experimental feature.

Rotate 90 during draw

Pressing R or ~ (tilda) will rotate the recalled shape (alt + scroll) 90 degrees.

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Snapping V1

Snapping has been a heavily requested feature. Now it is present in the topbar, D pie and the Ctrl + D (box-helper).

When snapping is active dots will appear when Ctrl is held.

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There are 5 snapping systems to choose from with one additional being tied to an orientation system.

  • increment
  • vertex
  • edge midpoint
  • face center
  • viewport
  • grid floor (with world orientation)

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Proxe also took great care to ensure the dots fade out into the distance. He’s a gem like that.

Snapping also works with active only. This is something I wanted personally however in the future we plan to add simple trace support as well.

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The custom grid can even be snapped to.

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In future updates we aim to expand the functionality and make it even more versatile.

Custom Cutter

Custom cutters is the biggest part of this release next to snapping. I am super excited to show what is next.

When no custom cutter is set the cutter will cut the Boxcutter logo. This can be useful for branding or just showing your Boxcutter spirit.

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Any object can be a custom cutter.

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This has made for some interesting cutters.

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Users are also able to make a mesh a custom cutter by pressing C during custom cutter.

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In the most recent update a parameter to flip the Join shape for custom has been added.

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Shift + F will also flip the shape vertical during draw.

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This is located in the ctrl + D helper at this time. (only when join is the active tool)

Self Cutting

If you mark the cube as the cutter and keep cutting it will exponentially change. This accident has led to some interesting results and is something I love trying daily.

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Draw Changes

If you press and hold Alt during draw you can draw using center rectangle.

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If you press and hold shift you will force it to constrain to a box shape.

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Pressing both alt and shift will force it into a center draw.

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These behaviors might be a departure from previous releases so we had options to toggle these options as well. They can be found in the snap options.

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Also at the bottom of the behavior panel.

Auto-hide cutter toggle

For users who do not want their boolshapes to be hidden on subsequent drawings can choose to have them remain.

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Ngon Backspace

We are well aware of the amount of work needed to get Ngon back to where it was but a classic feature has been re-added. Backspace points.

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Mod Sort Level 2

Modifier sorting is our goal for the 2.8 era of tools. With modifier sort level 2 now the sorting will behave properly when multiple bevel modifiers are in place on objects.

Special care was taken to make sure it supports the bevel mod properly as well as added a few additional modifiers to sort.

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This means that if you have deep levels of bevels you can work on the lowest level. In the future we hope to allow users to choose a level and even promote boolshapes up and down levels.

Cutter UVs

Cutters now have UVs for situations where uvs are needing to be transferred. This is still a wip and we hope to expand it in the future.

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Initial Custom Hotkey

The alt + W hotkey can be remapped. We plan to add full support for the keymap in the future as it becomes more concrete and the systems are more complete.

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Edge Data Preservation

A user reported a strange issue to us that showed us boxcutter contained an issue with edge marked data that HOPS did not.

Previously boxcutter removed edge data and now that has been fixed.

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Videos

Wrapping up a release always means… videos.

In Closing

DECAL MACHINE IS OUT FOR 2.8!!!!! *dies*

We hope you enjoy the latest update. We have more to come and even more to go back over with refinement and behavioral fine tuning. I look eager to user input of feature request improvements and to see what custom cutters you come up with for Boxcutter!

Hopscutter is a 24 hour operation but also we enjoy the work we do and the results users show! We hope to keep you cutting as long as possible!

Hard Ops 0098 Release Notes

I am always excited when it comes time to announce a new release. And this one is no exception. It is with great pleasure that I announce the release of

Hard Ops 0098 : Californium

As usual Proxe and AR were monumental in this release and I am forever indebted to them for their endless tolerance of me and my madness. This 2.8 era has had us working tirelessly on release after release but in a way it’s the best moment of our developmental era because the avenues of exploration are wide open.

Without further ado lets go over some of the changes!

Bevel Helper

Pressing ctrl + shift + B brings up the bevel helper. This is a helper designed for making bevel management easier.

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In the helper you can adjust every bevel present on a model.

As you can see the presets / full properties are also available.

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We hope users find it useful in controlling the multiple levels of bevels you are able to create on the fly!

 

Menu / Icon Update

Menus have been updated to be more clear and visible and welcoming to new users.

All options should have icons now.

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Redesigned (shift + Q) Pie Menu

The pie menu has been redesigned for support of what comes next.

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KitOps Popup Update

The kitops popup can now allow for sort modifiers to be turned off. This is essential for non destructive workflows. Sorting will mess up all the work you have done.

Here you can see sorting making inserting a mess.

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Without sorting I am able to continue working non destructively without sorting making the stack turn inside out which can be a nightmare if you have 60+ mods!

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KitOps is currently the official insert management system of HardOps and we plan to expand on this immensely in the future.

 

Extended Modifier Support

More modifiers are now supported via modal for usage when modelling procedurally.

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Many additional operators and modals have been added for quick addition while modelling. Ctrl + clicking functionality for adding has also been added to make stacking modifiers more fun than ever!

This is our first level of implementation but we plan to add a progression system for predictable procedural workflows assisting with hard surface modelling. Smart apply is useful for moving onward to csharp / cstep type workflows as well.

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HOPS Helper Redesign (ctrl + ~)

The HOPS helper was recreated with 2.8 in mind. Now the hops helper supports any object and will provide options making your life easier if the properties window is out of sight due to working fullscreen.

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An immense amount of work went into the helper and we hope you find the improvements to your liking. There are still a few bugs to iron out and behaviors to refine but this should provide even more functionality to a classic and bring it into the 2.8 era.

 

Grease Pencil Support

In addition to having the helper fully support materials and modifiers for grease pencil we also added a couple of new operators.

In the Q menu the following have been added.

Copy / Move – just makes a copy and moves the object during draw. Comes in handy for making quick variants in a row.

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Surface Offset – allows for drawing on the surfaces of objects easier.

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Mirror Gizmo – everyone’s favorite mirror tool has gotten support for grease pencil as well. Press alt + X to mirror. (symmetry not supported yet)

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Modifier Scroll

When working non-destructively you will need a scroll to show everyone how you started from something simple like a plane.

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Curve Taper Cancel

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If you use Q on a curve you can taper it. But right clicking will now return it to a neutral state in case you don’t want bevel depth.

Collection Fixes

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Boolean objects will be put in a collection called “Cutters” similar to boxcutter.

Machine Bevel Fix

Machin3 is also a continued auxiliary source of awesomeness when we least expect it.

BoolScroll / Object Scroll

Boolscroll is back and better than ever. Previously it had compatibility issues that took it out for a few releases.

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Object Scroll – allows for cycling of boolean shapes that remain live on a model via boolean modifier object fields.

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Cycle Booleans – allows for cycling of each boolean modifier present on a model individually. It also support restacking certain modifiers.

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Additive Scroll – allows for replay of boolean history on a model using the modifier stack.

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Toggle Modifiers

There are now options to toggle all the modifiers on an object off an on. This is in multiple locations to ease user experience. It can be enjoyable taking an object down to it’s simplest form and make modifications.

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Cstep Improvements

We have began to make improvements for the cstep workflow in 2.8 and now have non destructive support.

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In order to truly be able to work in non-destructive alot of systems had to be rethought so we plan to further refine this aspect in future releases as well as provide systems to transition into destructive workflows for complete control and finishing.

 

Smart Apply

Smart apply was an idea I had for making it easier to apply models and move on with different workflows and export. Right now it’s simple but we hope to improve it immensely in the future and make it the one stop shop for applying modifiers and converting to mesh within Hard Ops.

If the mesh is csharp: it applies only booleans.

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If the mesh is undefined: it converts it to mesh.

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Our goal with this release was to free users to explore other workflows outside of Csharp/Ssharp and dissect it for themselves and literally go off the reservation.

Sometimes in Csharp you just wanna apply booleans and with smart apply that is now possible with csharpening.

OnScreen UI Improvements

We intend to unveil a new drawing system down the line for the 2.8 era but in the meantime the drawing has been updated with options to allow users to make text more legible. There has also been an accent added to allow individuality.

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CSlash Improvements

Cslash has received improvements from boxcutter’s yellow box. It should not only be faster but support non destructive workflows better.

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Bwidth Modifications

Pressing 1 during bwidth will change autosmooth from 60 to 30 which can be helpful for addressing shading issues. We plan to expand this in the future with a shading subsystem that takes over during all modals to ensure smooth shading all throughout the process.

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Bwidth Multiple Bevel Support

To support the nondestructive aims of this release Bwidth has been improved to support multiple bevels at once.

Shift scroll to change through bevel levels if multiple ones exist.

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This is our first implementation but we do plan to improve this in the future to be more visually conveying of relevant information.

 

Helper Border Toggle

If you want the helper to have an OK button or the bevel helper which can help it stay on screen there is a toggle in prefs for it.

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In Closing

We hope that this release of Hard Ops opens new avenues for users to explore. I can’t wait to show how we intend for all this to work in conjunction with Boxcutter. I am sure I missed a few features but I was eager to get this release out before we dove into the next endeavor.

I have been making so many non destructive assets lately that I forget about csharp sometimes but we plan to bring all this together and even make a more expansive add modifier system for users to keep working without UI.

HOPS is back and this time we’re going all out! I can’t wait to see you next time!

KitOps 1.11 Update Notes

KitOps 1.11 Release

 

KitOps is a separate product than HardOps and Boxcutter meaning it’s system of management differs from that of tools similar resulting in changes being the most deliberate and thoroughly discussed.

Inserts were something near and dear to Hard Ops but at the time of inception I did mention a better system would eventually take that slack allowing HOPS to slim and refocus.

Without further ado lets discuss the latest updates!

To break the ice with KitOps in 2.8 I did a video about dynamic radial arrays. The perfect way to start off inserts in 2.8.

 

Features / Improvements

Insert Material Improvements – previously in KitOps when multiple inserts were brought in many duplicates were made making the material panel rapidly increase. This has been fixed and now should perform better.

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Thumbnail Rendering Improvements – when rendering thumbnails for complex driven inserts sometimes the transition system would have issues. This has been resolved now adjusting inserts for beauty shots should be easier than ever.

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Sort Modifiers – this is courtesy of Boxcutter Sort modifiers was essential for working with bevel, mirror, array, solidify, and simple deform. This has now been added to the KitOps preferences for situations where modifier control is needed.

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There has been improvements behind the scenes of kitops as well to prepare it for a brighter future in 2.8 for importing assets of all types.  Hence the improvements.

It should even support dynamic insert thumbnail creation better!

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Classic Inserts

For users of Hard Ops who miss the classic inserts they are available to download along with a test of the radial insert from the above video.

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Classic Inserts Link

HardOps Support

Hard Ops has an option for kitops in the main menu which will bring a popup into the 3d view for assistance with usage. We hope to expand KitOps via hops into something more useful for user’s needs.

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About KitOps

KitOps has both a free and paid variant.

KitOps free is an asset loader system. It does not support user created inserts. It does however support kpacks made and sold by users.

KitOps pro allows for user created inserts in addition to providing insert specific enhancements such as placement /scaling assistance and inherent mirroring support.

Support

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