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TeaCup - Free Online Asset Sharing for MAX


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TeaCup is a free online asset sharing platform for 3D Studio MAX, that is fully integrated with the program. It allows 3D Studio to connect to an online database giving you the ability to upload and download materials and objects directly from/to your scene very easily. The objective is to create a common pool of resources where everyone can contribute and everyone can benefit. Think Google Warehouse, but directly inside MAX.





It works like any of the dozens of webpages with downloadable content, but by being a part of the program it makes the process infinitely more streamlined. Once you've found a result you want, just double clicking it can import it into your scene, and uploading it's just a matter of selecting what you want to upload, everything else is taken care of automatically. Plus on this version we've added several "community tools" like a ratings and comments system.





After the installation has been completed, the first step will be to register an account from the Configuration panel. Once this is done you will get a confirmation email in the email you used for registration. After that you are all set. There are basically 4 sections in the TeaCup panel:


SEARCH OPTIONS: At the top of the panel you will see all the controls used for searching the database. You can filter the results depending on your needs.


SEARCH RESULTS: The big white box will display the search results after a search has been started. From here you can select any item and either apply it to your scene. Right clicking an item reveals some extra options.


INFO PANEL: The bottom section displays info on the selected item in the search results. Using the buttons on the bottom right you can see the general info, the item details, or the comments and rating for the chosen item.


NEWS & RANKING: The section on the left can be used to see the latest info on TeaCup, check the ranking, see the latest uploads, check your download history or quickly see the assets you have uploaded.





On this page you will find the TeaCup installer inside a rar file, after downloading and executing it, all you have to do is follow the instructions (make sure you choose the 3d Studio folder!). Once this is done, run 3d Studio and go to Customize>Customize User Interface. Now find the TeaCup category, and either add a button to a toolbar (in the Toolbars tab) or to create a keyboard shortcut (on the Keyboard tab). All done!





Yes, TeaCup is still growing, so not everything is done. For instance sharing Meshes is not done yet. And you might find some bugs or things that just don't work like you'd expect. Feel free to comment here or email us at mbrunetta@gmail.com if that happens. And also, if you use the tool, make sure you share as much as you can!







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Any material supported by max should work. There's already several finalRender and a few Vray mats in there. I'm sure mental ray and brazil mats should work fine. Not so sure what would happen with Maxwell and Fry yet...

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Thanks for sharing, but I get an error message when I hit the search button. It is a "runtime" error.


Oops...got it to work. I didnt finish setting up the account properly.


Yhea, I still need to do some proper work with the error messages, right now they require a bit of guesswork =p.


wow cool stuff I will try this btw will it work in vray sp1 4 max 2009 design


Yap, it should work fine with any Max version after Max 9 SP1.

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Nice looking script and great idea Marco


Which sites/ip's does it access for the information? I'm getting a 401 Unauthorized when trying to retrieve the 'top materials'


(But i'm also behind a pretty restrictive proxy/firewall, so thats probably why)


Thanks! =D

You have registered and clicked the link in the confirmation email, right? TeaCup uses Google's App Engine, the ip is http://maxmatmanager.appspot.com


If you keep having problems feel fry to drop me a line at my email.




great idea, and nicely executed. any kind of quality control though?


This is a bit of a work in progress right now, since we've JUST added the ranking and comments system. The idea is to try to have a self-moderating database, where the users can vote on the best/worst materials and this in turn can be used by the database to find the best matches. Right now you can vote, but other than the Top Materials list, it has little effect. I'm planning to have the search results display their ranking and comment count directly on the preview image for the next version.

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  • 2 months later...

Version 0.45 has been released.




This release of TeaCup is aimed at polishing up the interface and "completing" the material sharing system with a few features that where missing on the last release.

Most notably you will see that the info panel at the bottom has been polished up: now it will display the description and comments together on the same box, and it's now easier to vote and comment.

It's also now possible to edit and delete uploaded materials. Be right clicking an item on the search results, or the My Uploads list, you can enter the edit window and modify or remove the material from the database.

Finally you will also see that search results now have two small numbers on the edges. The one in the top left is the material's rating, while the one on the bottom left displays the amount of times the material has been downloaded.


GET IT AT SCRIPTSPOT: http://www.scriptspot.com/3ds-max/scripts/teacup

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