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!

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Boxcutter 711 Release Notes

Before installing Boxcutter update Blender. Blender 2.8 must be current.

Less than a month ago 710 was released. We’re back again with a slew of enhancements for those trips to boxCity. It is with great pride I announce the release of

Boxcutter BetaScythe : 711

 

Normally Boxcutter has a cool name to signify an era of developmental endeavors but this one is BetaScythe so it has no name. What I mean to say is we’re just getting started. The name will come.

Releasing this finally allows us to next add widgets, drawing, points, better edit mode, and all the visual flair that users need and I miss designing or trying to(with collaboration). The next goals after this are more ambitious than ever before and we aim only to be the best. Boxcutter 711 was a 24/7 endeavor and we cannot wait to impress you now and in the future. HOPS is already going slightly in that direction with it’s new active tools but we plan to enhance them both as we get better acquainted with 2.8s new systems.

 

 

 

Support

99% of support issues involve updating Blender.

  • the rest is putting the folder in the right location. C:\Users\YOUR USER\AppData\Roaming\Blender Foundation\Blender\2.80\scripts\addons
  • closing / reopening blender
  • loading factory defaults then enabling Boxcutter from a default install

Initially I wanted to add the new features to the previous log.

Introduction

However many things have changed so lets have a reintroduction to Boxcutter 711.

After installation and enabling the add-on it you will be ready to begin.

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New Features Of 711

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  • Boolshape sstatus for Hard OPS connection
    Boolshapes will now have support for the Hard Ops Q menu. The link for Hard Ops is intended to be in the background so no checkbox needed.
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  • Edit Mode Live Support
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    Edit mode live is still new to Boxcutter so boolean rules apply.
  • Live Blue Box w/selection support (F to flip selection)
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  • Purple Box Initial Reimplementation (Z toggles to purple box / T adjusts thickness)
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    Also works in edit mode.
  • Icons
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  • Redesigned Topbar
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  • Redesigned Behavior Panel
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  • Ctrl + D Shape Submenu Panel (only when boxcutter is active)
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  • Speed Optimizations
    compare it to 710!
  • Bevel / Solidify / Array rememberance
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    • Auto jump to last parameters when initialized.
  • Cutter Autohiding (cutters will be re-hidden on next cut)
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  • Modifier removal with key double press during draw (ex b>>b or t>>t or v>>v)
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  • Edit mode shift to Live
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  • Quad Corners Toggle For Bevel
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    There you should be able to see quad bevel listed.
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  • Neutral Grey Box (allows for make box when nothing is selected and drawn on the ground floor)
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    It goes without saying that many bugs were also squashed.

 

Post Release Updates

Boxcutter has been updated 19 times since this announcement to ensure the most seamless experience.

Part of our live update process is following up on release to ensure minimal errors and squashing buts proactively and doing live silent updates for the first 72 hours.

Post release updates. Boxcutter has received updates since this update on (2-18). We are committed to ensuring all users can work without error.

  • Fix for ngon.
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  • Fallback orientation system implemented to ensure smooth experience
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  • Toggle for Alt + W orientation toggling between cursor and surface
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  • Quick Execute (Auto Lazercut)
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  • Link to user discord / documentation via help button.
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    Ctrl + click to go to the documentation. (this page)

    Boxcutter 711.5 update (2/22)

  • Mirror (inherent) press 1 2 3 or use the button for mirror.
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  • BC gizmo resets multiple objects for axis clicked with ctrl + shift
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  • Auto parent checkbox
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  • Tthick red to purple transition fix.
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More Videos

 

 

 

 

 

For new users a proper introduction would be in order.

Getting Started

Boxcutter can be started 1 of 3 ways.

  • press Alt + W

  • click the Boxcutter icon in the T-Panel

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Basic Usage

Once active Boxcutter can be used to draw on the mesh to cut using LMB by default.

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Click drag to make a 2d shape then drag down to extrude depth. LMB to apply or TAB to drop the shape and use any of the other following options.

  • H – Hide Shape (wire display)
  • B – Bevel (scroll wheel for segments)
  • V – Array (x and y for axis with F to flip to – or + )
  • T – Solidify (add thickness to the shape during draw.
  • E – Extrude / O – Offset (fine adjustment of top or bottom of shape)

You are also able to press the following to change the shape outcome on the fly.

  • X – Slice
  • Z – Inset
  • J – Join
  • A – Make
  • K – Knife

During the shape drawing and locked state of a shape all the hotkeys are available for modifying and perfecting the shape during operation. The buttons up top, the D menu and the Ctrl + D are also at your disposal for fine adjustment / modification even during operation.

When the shape is paused or locked you are able to double click to apply or RMB to cancel.

Boxcutter can be used in object or edit mode.

There are 3 shapes to get started with.

  • Box
  • Circle
  • Ngon

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These are able to be setup at the top of the screen before and during operation however this is also a D pie menu.

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Also for faster adjustments and even parameters connected to the operation at hand there is the ctrl + D popup.

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Advanced Usage

Alt + W starts Boxcutter however it should also be known alt +W also toggles orientation from cursor grid to surface.

When rotating the cursor grid it is important to note that to rotate the grid you can drag a rotate gizmo then press R to start the operation.

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There is a checkbox next to NonDestructive/Destructive behavior toggle for applying modifiers.

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Edit mode is now possible with all cutters. Holding shift to keep it live in edit mode is also possible now.

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It’s best to show this in action. Even the new inset (purple) is in edit mode.

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Fun Things to Try

Model out a curved shape and try purple box on it! Its fun for making spaceships! Of course with Hard Ops (alt + X) mirror do not use bisect (creates a hole) use modifier.

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Inset is perfect for curved surfaces due to how it works. Even though it’s the most unused / unloved box we intend to to make it better than ever.

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Circle with bevel is also legendary and this is before we revisit the circle to really show you something you never expected.

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Its fun to get crazy with however we do see a growing need for pre-emptive snapping and face locking shapes and also the ability to relocate them.

Using Hard Ops is is possible to get circles to be more controllable. Our goal is to of course make Boxcutter fully capable of solving all of it’s own problems.

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Press H during draw for wire view!

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In this image using mirroring was in optimal due to the shape so using the 2 mirror tool in Hard Ops was the optimal solution.

 

Boxcutter UI In Detail

Topbar

The topbar is one way to access the many options of Boxcutter and customizing the behavior to your liking.

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Initial Cut Mode

  • Cut – Red
  • Slice – Yellow
  • Inset – Purple
  • Join – Green
  • Knife – Blue
  • Grey – Make

Shape Types

  •  Box
  • Circle
  •  Ngon

Modifier Types

  • Array
  • Bevel
  • Solidify

Orientation Modes

  • Object
  • Surface (default)
  • World

Destructive / Non Destructive Toggle w/ Apply Modifier Checkbox

Behavior Panel w/Pause Play button for instant cut or delayed feedback

 

Workspace

The workspace area has been reworked into a temporary help of sorts. This is intended to help new users get acquainted quicker with boxcutter in the meantime until a proper internal help system is implemented.

To show how the workspace looks in action.

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Behavior Panel

The first time you access the behavior panel it will be noticeably thinner.

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However, expanded we can see the actual scope of the types of behaviors that matter to us and how custom the experience of boxcutter can be.

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The first new to 711 feature listed is wires only. Which reduces the opacity of shaped drawn and will draw only wires which can be useful for colorless situations.

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Behavior Panel

  • Active Only (cuts only the active mesh in a multi mesh selection situation)
  • Quick Execute (uses lazercut for every cut removing the extrude process from drawing)
  • Apply Slices (when using yellow box slices will have the intersect modifier applied making them easier to deal with)
  • Auto Smooth (sets auto-smooth on the mesh and the cutter to ensure proper shading result)
  • Preserve Non-D (allows for edit mode cutting with automatic toggle to non destructive for edit mode)
  • Shift to active (when shift is used to keep the shape after a cut the shape will be selected for quick placement or adjustment)
  • Simple Trace (recommended for high poly unmodified cutting. Allows for speed but doesnt take modifiers into account so surface draw can be inaccurate)
  • Sort Modifiers (sorts modifiers automatically to ensure stack remains stable and mesh is optimal)

Shape

  • Offset (determines offset from surface before draw)
  • Lazorcut Limit (determines minimal extrusion for lazorcut to be activated)
  • Circle Verts
  • Inset Thickness (initial thickness for the purple inset box)
  • Array Count
  • Solidify Thickness (initial thickness for solidify modifier)
  • Bevel Width (initial bevel amount for bevel modifier)
  • Bevel Segments (initial bevel segments for bevel modifier)
  • Quad Bevel (bevels using alternate system that reduces poles and gives cleaner result with bevel)
  • Straight Corner Flow (straitens out the edges for bevel corners to prevent distortion)

Input

  • Drag Threshold (pixels of movement needed to begin draw) (connected to blender parameter)

Hard Ops optional (requires Hard Ops)

  • Material cut (allows for a specified material to be applied during slice)

Final Notes

AR and Proxe were legendary during this release fixing bugs and talking to me about Boxcutter 24/7. This update has been in the works since before 710 with many of the changes happening up until the period on this sentence. Even at 4:00AM we’re still up ranting about boxes and cutters and… doubles. Teamwork is the best part of collaboration and I look forward to many more box adventures with the team.

Shoutout to William Reynish for assistance on the icons. Also Campbell for sending us the much needed .blend file.

Anyone who emails me is a legend. I am grateful for any email and even the support issues are a pride in our ability to effectively resolve.

masterxeon1001@gmail.com if you have support issues.

Boxcutter 6.9.0 : Poly Dirk

This is the final-ish Boxcutter for Blender 2.79+.


It is recommended to update to the latest build via the buildbot. Users have reported issues with 2.79B. If you are having issues with 3d box crashing please try updating Blender. This has been found to resolve most of the issues.

The next update will be for 2.8.

Boxcutter has had a few small changes and improvements mainly bugfixes.

The D menu has been adjusted and a new workflow mode for Destructive and Non-Destructive is in the pie menu.

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Destructive

Behaves as classic in red box 2d/3d. Just cuts and is done.

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Yellow box is also connected to desctuctive / non destructive.

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Non-Destructive

Booleans are kept as modifiers if shift is not held.

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Yellow box also has a non-destructive counterpart.

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Grey Box Deselect

This one was requested by Jama.

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Grey box deselect will auto deselect the grey box allowing for rapid grey box creation.

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I can’t wait to see what is done with it.


Autosmooth

For those who use Boxcutter without Hard Ops >> SSharpen. Boxcutter now sets autosmooth for those who cut the greys. Just better shading.

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There are many additional bugfixes in addition to small enhancements.

  • NGON doubleclick error

  • HOPS not present error

  • dead boolean error resolved

  • boolean naming convention

  • low level boolean application

  • local mode fixes

  • 3d box improvements

  • hops integration matcut improvements

 

We hope you continue to enjoy Boxcutter and report any support issues to my email (masterxeon1001@gmail.com).

 

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Boxcutter 6.8.9 Interdimensional GhostScythe

Boxcutter continues…

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I know. We were just here talking about it.

This picture explains it all…

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So Proxe returned right after we finished the last update and wanted to try something we had on the wish list. 3d Shapes. I was like well sure why not.

So without further ado…

>Note: 3d is only supporting box at this moment. Circle and ngon will be next but we want to make their 3d counterparts different and more powerful so everything here is just phase 1.

>Obligatory: Update is the top file with the highest number.

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3d Box

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If you have issues with 3d box and want to revert to classic this option is available.

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How do I start 3d Boxcut!?

Ctrl + LMB Clicking and drawing on the surface will start 3d box.

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If you start drawing in 3d space 2d box will be drawn.

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Classic box has all the classics. Bevel and conversions. Right click the help for more info.

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Notice that the help updates dynamically showing information varying from 2d information to 3d information. In boxcutter there are many hotkeys for 3d which is still a work in progress.

Lets see what 3d boxcutter is like.

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3d Box In Depth Features

Local Mode 3d Box / Mirroring

In local mode you can take a shape for an adventure.

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3d box has it’s own mirroring mode. And as you see it will remember it as you work so it keeps the instances going.

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Edit Mode 3d Box (Tab)

If you press tab you can drop the shape. This is similar to 2d except for the addition of some dots.

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Edit mode goes much deeper so I recommend checking out the hotkeys in the help display since they explain all the functions. Right click to open it


Rotate 3d Box (R)

Rotate is connected to the D property angle. Also note the mirror persists if the user set it on a previous cut.

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Pressing X / Y or Z during rotate will make it rotate on another axis. This can sometimes have glitches so you have been warned.


Bevel / Solidify 3d Box (B) / (Q)

This feature was essential.

In 3d edit mode drag an edge to bevel. – and + keys to change segments.

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There is also a 2nd bevel (Q) that reaches all the way around.

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Array 3d Box (V)

Array is also present as an essential for 3d box.

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Lazer Surface Cut (name pending)

This is basically a 2d cut on a 3d surface. Without depth it is supposed to cut through the form.

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Lazer also cuts to depth with alt. It takes some practice but its there similar to 2d. The goal was to expand on the base.

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Shift to live (shift on release)

This one is underrated. If you hold shift when you click or double click to apply the cube the boolean is kept live and the mesh is left behind.

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This can allow me to prepare for what i want to do.

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Precut the area with edit mode classic blue box. And then modify the boolshape to be more interesting with thickness with HOPS and some edit mode work.

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The possibilities are endless.


Union Boxes (J)

Last minute addition. Pressing J will turn a box green making it a union box.

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In closing. There are probably things I am missing but as we progressed it became apparent we couldn’t let this wait. We had to have users cutting in 3d immediately. So prepare you minds for whats to follow but this is the beginning of something much bigger.

Other bugs were fixed and I’m sure if something essential is missed I’ll update the page.

Box was just the start. I hope everyone enjoys!


Credits to proxe and AR who gave up their whole summer to work with and talk about boxes. They are truly legends and the collaboration with them has changed every aspect of how I model.

Yes we know 2.8 is a thing. When it’s time we’ll pounce and it’ll be great.

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As with all updates glitches are expected and bugs. We hope to resolve them and ease the experience to even greater heights as this goes on. I thank everyone who supported this product and continues to share it’s news and word of mouth. The users keep the tools alive and I cannot stress that enough. As long as Boxcutter has fans we have ambitions to improve the workflow.

A few gifs from AR.

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I was on CGC!

BoxCutter 6.8.8 GhostScythe

Boxcutter has received an update as part of our continuation of the 2.79 series.

It is with great pleasure that I release Boxcutter 688: GhostScythe. There were quite a few new additions and refinements to classic ones.

Even with 2.8 on the horizon it is our goal to continue as normal until the future of Blender is ready and stable. With modifiers present we are on our way but there are still some missing items.

Without further ado let’s begin.

The top file on the market is the latest. The top file is always the latest. The files below are always legacy support going back a couple of versions.

It is also worth noting that Buildbot appears to no longer have Carve present as a boolean solution. As a result the hard mode Bmesh may be the only algorithm going forward. But Carve will be missed.

RedFrost has been a new member of the team this release. AR continues to be the shadow boxmaster enigma. RF is special because he does my ideas even if they make no sense. AR is special because he’ll make an idea make sense and take it so far I don’t even recognize the core. Hard Ops / Boxcutter is nothing without the team so rest assured they were compensated for their efforts and continued contributions.


Installation

same as always.

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Shift Mod Live

While drawing a box if you hold shift the box will be kept live. This is essential for situations where you want to cut but decide mid cut you want to keep it live.

Try it out! Hold shift while drawing a red box. It will remain live, allowing you to edit it after the fact.

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 Multi Object Cut

This was a big feature addition and one that really adds to the BC experience. With multiple objects selected you can now cut them with Boxcutter.

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Also slicing is supported.

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Now Boxcutter can live up to its name and Slice and Dice with multiple objects.


Edit Mode Cutting

Now edit mode supports all cutters instead of just blue.

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In edit mode if you press X , Z or A the type of box will be changed.

This is another feature I am very excited about and am happy to announce is a part of Boxcutter. So cut anytime… anyplace.

*some conditions apply

Circle: Center Cut

While drawing a circle the center can be toggled to spawn at the 3d cursor with D.

This is useful for times where the circle has to be in the perfect center with 3d cursor precision.

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This feature was a personal long time request of mine and am glad to finally have it in Boxcutter.


Custom Depth: V1

Too long have we been restrained by the 3d cursor when cutting to depth. How would you like a constant depth?

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Cut depth is in the D menu and will allow you to use the 3d cursor differently than before.

In the old version cutting to depth was done by using the cursor as the depth indication.

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The previous mode is still viable and usable however cut depth changes the approach a bit. The goal was constant cutting without realigning the 3d cursor.

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Help System Improvements

Thanks to CGcookie our help system has improved. As a fan of retopo I always had my eye on their help and wanted to try something dynamic with it in BC.

Right clicking the help box closes it. The help box is also a good indicator of BC being activated.

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RMB was used to prevent from accidentally moving the 3d cursor. This might be toggle-able in the next version.

You are also able to fine tune the corner and padding.

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*some users have been reporting issues with this so a bugfixed has been pushed as the file at the top Boxcutter 0688 (zip). So this should be resolved.

Right Click Logo Snapping

Being able to toggle snapping without the D menu was an objective for touchscreens.

Right clicking the BC logo will turn it red. When the logo is red snapping is enabled. Hopefully in the future it will expand to cycle between grid and custom snapping but this was a final touch that was requested.

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Orthographic Jump while Cutting

There is a pref that will make boxcutter jump into orthographic while cutting. This is useful for situations where numpads aren’t available and perspective cutting is not desired.

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Notice that for every cut the view is jumped into ortho. Making it much more predictable. This drove me crazy when using Boxcutter on a laptop.


Hotkey / Color Coding Tab

Boxcutter now has a hotkey tab. In addition to hotkeys there are also UI prefs for color coding your cutting workflow.

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This has become a common trend with our tools.

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Also you can set a color for any alternate shape.

The defaults are as follows.

Red – cut (normal)

Yellow – slice (X)

Gray – null box (no selection / can also be toggled with A)

Blue – Edit Mode Knife (edit mode)

Purple – thickness slice (Z)


Region Respect

Alt + W starts Boxcutter. However now it loads up in the correct 3d view.

alt + ctrl + Q – quad view.

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Boxcutter 6.6 Update Notes

THIS VERSION IS COMPATIBLE WITH VERSION 2.79 and UP!

Boxcutter continues to grow and this version holds up to the tradition of incremental evolution. I am pleased to announce the release of Boxcutter 6.6: Polyslash.

If it first doesn’t work close and reopen Blender. This tends to resolve issues with enabling or smaller issues. Also with our tools please remove the previous folder and replace it with the new one provided.

The latest update has forced us to update a little sooner than planned but we have much more planned for the little cutter we know as Boxcutter.

Starting Boxcutter

This one is classic but it’s Alt + W.

The border is how I tend to know it is operational.

It can be closed with escape.

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When the border is gone. I know it is closed.

To get familiar with the basics of boxcutter I recommend the getting started video.

AR has been a large part of this version as he is with all versions and the latest HOPS. Proxe also continues to play a large role and is a dedicated operative.

With that aside lets get started with what’s new.

Purple Boxcut

This is a feature that is part of the Hard Ops connection.

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If you are drawing a box and press Z it will turn purple and will behave as a solidification. This is best shown in action.

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This feature is still in development and can have issues with unapplied scaling. Modifiers and other otherworldly circumstances that visit operatives in the night.

After the initial draw I am using the Q menu option tThick to add thickness.

 

Edit Mode Boxcut

This is a personal favorite of mine and hope it can be expanded even more for more versatility but the initial implementation offers quite a bit for edit mode that was not available previously.

With the blue border up just tab into edit mode to project cut.

Currently this does not work to depth with alt as edit mode would work.

D opens a pie menu with options for cut through projection. In edit mode.

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This does not support slice or any of the more advanced object level functions.

 

Hotkey Changes

Boxcutter has additional features and hotkeys added to make it more functional than ever.

Lets first go over some changes to Boxcutter Pie menu for object mode.

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The mirror area is especially worth going over.

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You can now mirror based off of

  • origin – of the object (this is how mirror traditionally behaved)
  • cursor – NEW – this will allow you to mirror across the cursor to allow for more unique designs

The mirror has also been rebuilt to handle mirroring on a 2d system instead of 3d making things simpler for users. This way X will always be X.

The cursor mirroring is worth testing for yourselves.

Also notice how I use apply boolean to give the boxes a chance to be modifier before the booleans are applied via HOPS|Csharp.

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While drawing you can press

1 – X mirror

2 – Y mirror

That is shown in the following example. It is worth noting that to disable it in the pie menu you must hold shift depending on setup.

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R – rotate

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S – scale

This one is available if you use the tab to edit behavior.

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Hold shift while moving points in BC edit mode will snap to the x or y axis and w will swap which 2d axis it is snapping to.

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Final Notes

As usual I am sure I am missing other features new to this version but also as usual I leave this to you the users to find as well. There are numerous fixes and other small adjustments for stability and flexibility.

2.79  was a harder transition than the last few updates of Blender. With 2.8 around the corner we are expecting even more API changes. Any support issues can be sent to my email or wherever you choose to notify me.

I am grateful to all who have used and support us and our experiments.