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Maxon Gives Away Plugins for Cinema 4D XL

Baker, dirtyNUTS available for download By Dave Nagel
Maxon Computer last week began giving away two free plugins to its current Cinema 4D XL users. The offer, part of a holiday promotion, allows users of the company's flagship 3D animation suite to download dirtyNUTS and Baker, both of which aid in the creation and control of textures. Both plugins were developed by bhodiNUT, the company that makes the Smells Like Almonds shader package.

Baker, as its name implies, is similar to other baking packages for 3D programs. It converts all of an object's texture, lighting and shadow properties into a single bitmap file. This helps make manipulation easier and rendering faster. It can also bake mathematical shaders and works with both Cinema 4D XL 7 and BodyPaint 3D. (Textures from BodyPaint 3D can be baked for use in Cinema 4D or other 3D packages.)

The dirtyNUTS plugin is used to "rough up" a scene. It allows users to place dirt, dust and snow (an similar elements) anywhere in a scene, including cracks and crevices.

The plugins are available for Macintosh and Windows via the official plugin download site for Cinema 4D XL, Plugin Cafe. Maxon has not said whether the offer will expire at any point. To download the plugins, visit For more information about the promotion, visit

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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