Boxcutter 719 – Seax Release Log

Boxcutter has been through quite an adventure and while the new feature list is short, I felt a moment of reflection was needed to get everyone up to speed on Boxcutter as it is now.

Boxcutter, like Hard Ops has many nestled threads and interconnected paths of tasking to dictate the next level and provide adequate functionality for every step. One of the paths is the “Classic” path which encompasses the legacy feature of old boxcutter that still has not been remade in the 2.8 era.

This release is kicked off by the return of a fan favorite legacy feature finally up for remake in this generation. With formalities aside I am happy to announce the release of Boxcutter 719 “Saex”.

A release log was prepared to kick off this event.

Installation is the same as always.

Boxhelper Default

The Boxhelper is now default. To those unfamiliar a video was prepared.

Ngon Points V1

Ngon points was one of the most popular classic features of the past that is now brought back into the current time. Anytime during ngon pause or tab will show points allowing for translation.

Translation was the focus of this V1 of ngon dots.

Lasso point were also omitted from this round due to unique rules.

Bevelling points will come at a later time. It was just too much to crunch on for this round.

In the video above it can be observed that last point is supported but it also supports grid both dynamic and static.

Deleting points is also on the list of things todo. For the goals envisioned ngon will need a special edit mode. But for now the goal of translation is the purpose of this release.

Bevel Management

Bevel management refers to how we behave with multiple bevel mods in boxcutter in this case. Previously the segments would be rather random and not able to be respected between uses. This drove me nuts and I am happy to say it is much more logical.

It’s small but I just needed a little sanity with bevel and multi use to reduce keypress overhead.

Multi-Scene Improvements

Collections required a degree of improvement to work better with multi scene workflows. With this update it is now possible all around to work with multiple scenes without issue.

Sort Overrides

If I were asked what is sort, I’d reply it is the nanny state for modifier management. As with any system of automation it can turn against it’s human masters. For that reason we wanted to add overrides to sort.

Overrides in this context apply to the modifier name and prefixing it with a character.

Space – Ignore (will not be moved by sort)

Underscore ‘_’ – Stop (will not affect any modifiers past that point)

This is an advanced topic however is essential to all who work with modifiers. Sometimes when working you want to freeze or lock a stack from edit and this is that.

Sort depth also plays a role in overriding sort.

The goal of sort is to have something powerful, effective, and behind the scenes assisting with modifier management. Eventually it won’t even require awareness due to just doing what is needed but sort is there for you if you need it and can be disabled with ease.

Ortho View Align

This option allows for view align to be predominant in orthographic.

Autosmooth Adjustments

Make, Knife and Extract will no longer adjust autosmooth on the target.

This makes boxcutter a little more reasonable in cases where it is not needed like subdivision conversion.

It became apparent through casual use that having auto-smooth set by knife operations is not only illogical its not what Blender would do for sure. Extraction is a non-cut operation and thus should not affect the target at all at any time and make is just a make based on the surface of the target so adjusting it’s autosmooth was unnecessary.

I probably should have realized it then.

Now autosmooth never has to be off for me.

In Closing P1

And with that the Boxcutter 719 event kicks off. However before closing I’d like to recap some of the buildup to this moment worthy of the release log so will be included now.

I hope everyone enjoys the latest update. We continue to put our all into it. I am forever grateful to the team for the continued efforts despite life, despite setbacks. It is in adversity that the true us arises.

Boxhelper Default (continued)

The initial pie was made on the inception of Boxcutter. Over time our needs have grown as have our need to present additional items to the user for a fluid workflow. The boxhelper was made to facillitate those needs and is now default in Boxcutter.

For users attached to the pie an option exists to go back to the classic style as well.

Static Grid – Shift + K

Static grid is the alternative of the dynamic grid in boxcutter. It also has a few extras that the classic grid does not. For example, shift + K will knife project the grid into the mesh allowing for quick grid cutting if needed. As of 718_12 it has the ability to cut individual faces.

Custom Auto-Proportion 1:1 Mode

Custom once played by the rules of box which I had issues with. Box requires 2 maneuvers before extrude while I felt custom should be 1 gesture period. Including extrude / lazorcut (cut through).

Auto proportions can be enabled in the Boxhelper or in the behavior panel.

If desired one can still draw with box behaviors and flexibilities.

The goal is to ensure that when a custom cutter is used, the proper proportions can be had without hotkeys and depth be provided automatically. Resulting in a 1:1:1 cut.

Even Ngon supports 1:1 behavior.

Autoflip X/Y

If a shape is pulled over itself, it should flip. That is all there is to it.

Easier said than done but now it is a thing.

Dimensional Recall

1:1:1 recall. Just like with custom I need to recall shapes in the same form they were made.

Reverse Bevel Recall

Reverse bevels are easy to make but not so easy to recall. A long road was walked to get to this moment but my eyes remained on the prize. To recall a reverse bevel shape without flipping, unintended normal correction or deviated from the initial shape.

Ctrl + R – Rotate By 90°

Shift + ~ will rotate a shape inside which is useful when keeping the bounds but sometimes you need to flat out rotate the entire shape. That is where ctrl + R comes in.

Inset RECUT Return

I am well aware of the difficulty with inset. For that reason a playlist was made.

Recut is a way to base an inset off of the initial unmodified mesh. This expands the usability quite a bit and is needed for the success of Inset. I am happy to announce it is back greater than ever.

Box Grid (cut) Backface

I want grid to align. However I also wanted grid to cut. With our grid cutter is became apparent without backface the separations wouldn’t behave properly.

A small thing but essential to Boxcutters grid cut.

Someday I wanna cut grids.

Perfect Wedge

When it comes to wedge it needed a method to make perfect wedges. By holding ctrl on extrude it will jump to the proper wedge amount to remove the guesswork.

Wedge is just handy when needing to make surface differentials. Any shape can be wedged from circle to lasso. Just press W.

BC_transformer (Improved Clone)

The bc_transformer is now capable of duplicating more shapes than ever including radial arrays!

Circle (P)

To reverse bevel a circle a new circle had to be made.

There is much to this circle compared to the previous which explains why it is the new default circle.

Sound Effects Forward / Back Buttons

Sound effects can now be forwarded or reversed to previous sfx allowing for user to try and experience them more fluidly.

Extraction Fade

Extraction needed a force feedback to indicate the action used. Extraction fade aims to fill that hole.

Dynamic Grid V3

“Don’t get me started on grid”

The dynamic grid remake was quite the undertaking. In retrospect, It was an adventure but repairing a central pillar is never an easy task. I applaud the work of proxe and loof towards getting this to come out in the form desired. For those requiring something more classic there is static grid.

In closing P2

Alot has happened with Boxcutter to this point and we are nowhere near done. There sits a couple of things that await deployment but the question is how to fit it together cohesively leaving the most minimal of holes. I hope everyone enjoys this latest version and if you are interested in the progress up to now, a playlist has been prepared on the topic.

Free Stuff worth checking out

I wanted to make a post just linking some of the artists who are giving away fantastic things worth checking out.

Free Kitbash Set
https://gumroad.com/adrianrutkowski#

Painting
https://gumroad.com/grazeart#
https://gumroad.com/marceldomke#
https://gumroad.com/maciejkuciara#

HDRI Enviros
https://gumroad.com/mroz#

Labels And Stickers
https://gumroad.com/kharactar#

How To Texture
https://gumroad.com/tvidotto#

Reference Images
https://gumroad.com/prorefs#

Other Freebies
https://gumroad.com/tonikoro#

I’m sure there’s many many more missing here I could be listing but those were the ones I liked and was most grateful for. Feel free to make a donation and support them. They are all free so there’s no reason to not download them all!

edit: i forgot to add myself! I got some freebies too!

https://gumroad.com/masterxeon1001

EDIT: Moar freebies!

https://gumroad.com/claudiosetti#

https://gumroad.com/l/3d-female-posed-free#

https://gumroad.com/l/josieHead#

https://gumroad.com/l/cnupb

https://gumroad.com/jeffreyianwilson#

 

Final Update Before Drop

HPrompt1

So for this post I wanted to share a sneak peek of the near final upper body before final refinements and then texturing.

It is for the film I was so lucky as to be given an opportunity to be a part of.
https://www.facebook.com/HiraethTheFilm
HiraethWIP3
And the previous sneak…

Of course the final versions will be narrated.

I did a unique type of UVing that worked around the materials that I set up during modelling. I found this to be slightly easier but we will know during the UVing and texturing phase. Also for UVing I have a tutorial that explains my workflow in depth.

I am going to be releasing the full course soon to gumroad which is a direct sequel to my last tutorial course for DPS on using Zbrush/Substance Painter/Blender. This course hopefully will expand on that knowledge and demonstrate my workflow in creating a character that in my opinion is superior to the first in both modelling and execution. I have also been honored to get advice from professionals on design aspect and how to effectively showcase the character even under all of that armor.

LateNightPainting

So recently I discovered this software called Paintstorm that is just amazing. The behavior of paint style behavior on each and every pixel that the brush touches is inspiring and intuitive. I am not a concept artist by any means but the acquisition of this fine program is just the kick I needed to move forward. I definitely recommend going to their site and picking it up!

http://www.paintstormstudio.com/

AJren12

In other news. I have been so lucky as to get mentoring from Anthony Jones on design and art in general. He has taught me so much in a limited time that its staggering so I’ve been hard at work on refining and pushing my style to the next level. At this same time I have also expanded my software collection even more and am even becoming more familiar with fusion 360. It’s definitely a learning adventure finding out how real parts are made. I did this helmet as a test to get better at overlap and making more unique designs. I plan to release the timelapse soon on YouTube after narration but I am already digging the look before refinement.

AJren1

So while I’m yammering on I am also giving away stuff over at my Patreon if you’re interested in supporting me more closely on my journey as an artist. But for the people that are in support I am working night and day to give them inside access, materials, clothes, mech parts, models, etc. So also check that out if you’re interested.

http://www.patreon.com/masterxeon1001

I would like to thank everyone for their continued support. It’s the people that keep me going with this endeavor even as working day and night makes my body hurt haha. But seriously I’ve been hitting the PC extra hard this month so I’ve been quiet these last couple of days but I can’t wait to drop gold on my patrons and silver on my community.

I have also been doing some studies in Substance Designer to get more acquainted and fast but something I have been enjoying lately is Unreal Engine and sbar support.

By installing this plugin for substance support in Unreal you can import just sbars and deal with textures without linearzationi ssues or graph tomfoolery. I have just fallen in love with this since it just goes to show how important substance designer is in one’s pipeline. For another reason to use substance designer let this man explain it.

Really I think this is the future. Having 4-8 maps per asset and multiplied across characters can be a tedius thing to deal with and manage and this workflow is the future in my opinion and is worth a look. Allegorithmic is even having a sale right now for 40% off! So at least try the demo. Its complicated because its awesome.

Also for my patrons I am working on some sbars to throw up as well based off of stylized textures I have been admiring. One of my pastimes is taking classic textures and converting them to full PBR. So patrons, expect this little sbar soon to test in UE, Maya, Marmoset, and Unity! Still getting the grasp on making that epic mold that substance designer is known for making but that’s all for tonight!
substanceTest1

Ugh… I’m still here. Hahah just kidding! The fabulous Skin Vibes has come up with the most marvelous of theme songs for “The Servant” (details coming soon) but I am always impressed with this man’s work. He’s also a Blender user so thats always a plus too!