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Maxon Announces Plugin Contest Winners

(September 29, 2001)
MAXON Computer today announced the winners of its Ultimate Plugin Contest, which provided users the opportunity to win cash for top enhancements to MAXONs professional 3D packages CINEMA 4D XL and BodyPaint 3D. German developer Paul Everett took top honors for LightPro2, a utility for managing multiple light sets in CINEMA 4D XL. Everett was also awarded best expression for WormWalker, which causes objects to follow a target in a slinky fashion. Everett will receive a combined total of $2,500 (US) for his two wins.

Other category winners included Ben Johnson, Iván Felipe Alfaro Olaya, and thorn. Particle Trails, the top plugin by Ben Johnson, creates splines according to the path of particles as they interact with wind, gravity, and other forces within an entire particle system. Olayas FA-Layout GUI enhancement takes advantage of CINEMA 4Ds flexible GUI to provide customized layouts for modeling, animating and rendering. A BodyPaint 3D brush set by thorn provides 29 custom brushes, including many which take advantage of Wacoms Intuous Tablet. Each category winner will be awarded $1,000 (US) for his winning submission.

Ohio State Universitys John Phillips was awarded a special prize for his student submission, an enhanced coordinates dialog for CINEMA 4D that supports spherical, polar and cylindrical coordinate systems. Phillips will receive a CINEMA 4D Production Bundle for his excellent student submission.

Developers can create enhancements to CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D using C.O.F.F.E.E., MAXONs integrated cross-platform scripting language, or a special C++ SDK. GUI enhancements, including additional language support, as well as BodyPaint 3D brush sets can be made from within the program or with common text and image editing tools.

For more information on developing enhancements for CINEMA 4D XL or BodyPaint 3D visit Plugin Café (, MAXONs official plugin site.

CINEMA 4D is a fully integrated 3D-modeling, animation and rendering package for Macintosh and Windows. It is well known for its surprisingly fast and photorealistic-quality raytracer. For more information or to download a free demo version, please visit MAXON's web site at

BodyPaint 3D
BodyPaint 3D is an advanced 3D painting application for creating high-quality detailed textures. BodyPaint 3D seamlessly integrates into CINEMA 4D XL offering artists the unprecedented ability to add detail to surfaces at any point during the production process. It can also be used as a standalone application in combination with all popular 3D-software packages.

MAXON Computer
MAXON Computer is the developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions. Their award-winning products have been used extensively in the film, television, science, architecture, engineering and other industries. MAXON products have been used for and in Gladiator, Tomb Raider, the new Columbia-TriStar Film Logo, the On-Air Packages for Comedy Central, Discovery Channel Canada, Inspector Gadget, Small Soldiers, Blast From the Past, The Emmys on CBS, TiVO, NBC, DirecTV, CBS NFL, Mad TV, Smart House, J.A.G., The WB, Fox Kids, and many more. MAXON has offices in Newbury Park, CA and Friedrichsdorf, Germany.

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