Script: Paint Pot by David Mackenzie



  • For those of you who are now on Corona I have added the ability to create a Corona materials along with V-Ray and Standard Materials. I do not have a lot experience using Corona so if you run into any trouble please let me know. Version 1.2
  • The Europeans have called and I have answered, I have updated the download below with a new version that includes the RAL paint codes. I also made a another minor change, when you create a material using one the buttons the new material will be named <Brand> - <Paint Name>. You can download the script at the bottom of the page. I am considering including the Pantone library, if I get some interest I will do it. Version 1.1

As a lot of you know, working in visualisation it is not uncommon to be given a very specific design scheme for a project you are working on. Often schemes will include paint codes which is great because you know exactly what you need instead of an architect or designer trying to articulate that exact feature colour...

Unless you have swatches right in front of you with the RGB colour to go with the paint code you will normally look it up online but to be honest, after a while it gets a bit tedious searching through different brands website's looking for the correct RGB colour value for a paint(s). So I created a Paint Pot, which includes a database of around 15000 commonly used paints in Australia (where I live and work). I am not sure if the brands of paints that we use here in Australia are used in the other parts of the world, so Americans and Europeans may not find this tool particularly useful.

The tool itself pretty straight forward, just start typing in a paint code or paint name and you are away. Check out the screencap below to get an idea. Once you have found the paint you like click on it to see a swatch and the RGB values. You can also create a very basic V-Ray material for you as well.


You can download the script here.

If you would like to add the script to a menu copy the script to your /3dsmax/scripts directory and run the code below:

macroScript DANDG_Paint_Pot category:"Daves Tools" tooltip:"Paint Pot" buttontext:"Paint Pot" silentErrors:False ( on execute do ( -- run script local scriptfile = "\\dg_paintPot_public v1.2.mse" if (doesFileExist scriptfile) then( filein ((getdir #scripts) + scriptfile) )else( messageBox ("Could not find script file: " + ((getdir #scripts) + scriptfile)) ) ) )

If you have any other paints you would like added to it and can supply me the paint codes, names and values or a website link I will happily add them to the tool.

As usual if you are using the tool, PLEASE let me know as I am interest where these scripts end up!



The Winner is Spring Cove! by David Mackenzie


I am very pleased to announce that the work by Our Agency and Our Vision completed on Spring Cove was recently recognised by UDIA NSW with an Award for Excellence in Marketing. It's always good to know that the work we do is appreciated and even better when it has been recognised by our peers and industry at large. Check out the website here, below is one of the films we created for the project.

It was great when Anthony Denman from Our Agency (who received the award on stage) took time to acknowledge Our Visions work and specifically my work during his acceptance speech with "Dave Mackenzie and Our Vision who re-invented the category". </end shameless plug>

I should also acknowledge UDIA for putting on a great night along with our fantastic client group Oakstand and Denwol Group.

Now just to make sure we win again next year! Challenge Accepted!

Infocenter WHAT?? by David Mackenzie


No Infocenter!  

I hate the infocenter in max. I also hate the big "M" button they added when they removed the file menu (this file menu can at least be easily add back). I can understand Autodesk changing/adding these things as they decrease the learning curve for new users which is great as the more accessible Max is to new  users the better.

But none the less, people like myself that have been beating max in to doing what we want for many years no might not always appreciate these small "enhancements". If it where up to me I imagine max would still look exactly the same as version 2009 before they added all UI tweaks.  So it was with much excitement when a collegue of mine at Ourvision flicked me a link to a script that removed it. As soon as I looked at the 4 or so lines of codes I realised this is something I should had have thought of a long time ago.

None the less if you like to remove the info center check out the script below:

 Close Infocenter

If you would also like to remove the buttons that are to the right of the big "M" button you can use this version below:

( controlshwnds=windows.getChildrenHWND #max; InfoCenter=for c in controlshwnds where c[5]=="InfoCenterHwndSource" collect c; QATWind=for c in controlshwnds where c[5]=="QATHwndSource" collect c; try(UIAccessor.CloseDialog InfoCenter[1][1])catch(); try(UIAccessor.CloseDialog QATWind[1][1])catch(); )


No Buttons!

Both of these scripts should be placed in your scripts/startup directory. I have not found away to turn off the big "M" yet, if anyone knows how to I would be very interested in hearing about it.