Using PolyBoost                                      

After installing PolyBoost there will be a lot of shortcuts available for using PolyBoost. These can be  placed either on a quadmenu for quick access or as a shortcut on a keyboard key. You do this by going into the customize menu in max. The shortcuts can then be found under the category "PolyBoost". The most important of these shortcuts is the one named PolyBoost, which brings up the main PolyBoost interface. It is good to have that shortcut easily available, since this interface is what you are often going to work with when using the various PolyBoost tools. You can also start up this interface by running the file PolyBoost.mse from Maxscript/Run script... in the max menus. Many of the tools can be managed completely through shortcuts, but some tools require a interface in order to be useful.

The helpfile for PolyBoost can be found in the folder "Help" located in the "PolyBoost" folder in the scripts directory. This helpfile can also be opened by pressing the Help button in the "Other" section of the main PolyBoost interface. Tips about what each tool does can also be had when hovering over a button in the interface for a short while.

The Interface

Starting up the PolyBoost interface for the first time will give you an interface like below. The buttons with images at the top toggles different rollouts on and off. Toggling a rollout on will add it to the bottom of the interface, so this way you can choose which order you want to have the rollouts by opening and closing rollout in the order you want. To switch between single rollouts you can hold Ctrl when clicking a button. All other rollout than the one picked will then be closed. Each one of the rollouts and its tools are described in this reference in the "The Tools" section. The smaller buttons with arrow images on the sides are used to dock and undock the interface to the left and right sides. To dock to the left side as an example press the left arrow button and to undock press the left arrow button once again.

If a button in the interface has this  symbol it means that button will open up a separate window.

Below is what the different buttons at the top of the interface stand for and the rollout they correspond to:

Options

Pressing the "Options" button in the "Other" rollout of PolyBoost brings up the dialog below.

Interface settings:

Save current setup as default: Saves the current rollout setup, dialog position and docking state. These settings are then used when PolyBoost is first initialized on 3ds max startup.

Remove custom settings: Removes all custom settings made by the user. PolyBoost will then open up the way it did when first installed.

Autolaunch PolyBoost on startup: If this checkbox is checked the PolyBoost interface will automatically be opened when 3ds max is started.

Updates:

Check for updates...: When this button is pressed an internet page will be checked for updates to PolyBoost. If there is a newer version or update available a window will appear from where you can choose to automatically download and install the new update.

Check for updates on startup: If this checkbox is checked there will be a check for new updates to PolyBoost each time 3ds max is started and if there is a newer version or update available a window will appear from where you can choose to automatically download and install the new update. This way you can keep PolyBoost updated with the latest additions and fixes. Unchecking this checkbox will skip these checks at startup.

Videos

For some visual demonstrations about working with PolyBoost visit the PolyBoost website at www.polyboost.com and go into the Video section. There you can download various video clips showing features of PolyBoost.


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