Installation

* Copy the submitToMuster.ms on a folder you like
* Select MAXScript → Run Script from the main menu, then select the submitToMuster.ms file from the file selector
* Alternatively, check your 3D Studio Max manual on how to bind a script directly to a toolbar item or a menu item

Usage

The Submit to Muster plugin for 3D Studio Max allows you to send a job directly from the Max interface.
The following options groups are available:

  • Dispatcher details:
    • Muster installation path: The path to the installation folder of Muster 9
    • Dispatcher address: The IP address or host name of the Dispatcher service
    • Dispatcher port: The network port for Dispatcher management connections
    • Login: Your dispatcher account login
    • Password: Your dispatcher account password
    • Use templates cache: Upon submission, use cached files instead of downloading and synchronising them with the Dispatcher. If you're sure your templates are up-to-date, the submission will be faster
    • Fetch pools: Manually fetches pools from the Dispatcher to have them available in the pools fields
  • Job's details:
    • Job name: The name of the job
    • Job content directory: Specified the Max content directory for your current project
    • Job department: Specifies the department custom string
    • Job project: Specifies the project custom string
    • Continue on error: Continues the render even if errors and generated
    • File shadow copy: Copies the .max file on each render node locally for faster renderings
  • Job's animation and still frame:
    • Start frame: Your animation start frame
    • End frame: Your animation end frame
    • By frame: Your animation by frame
    • Packet size: The size of the Muster chunks generated
    • Width: The image width of the image slicing render
    • Height: The image height of the image slicing render
    • Ratio: The image ratio of the image slicing render
    • AS Overlap: Antialiasing overlap for the image slicing render
    • Image slicing output folder: The output folder for slices and final image file for image slicing renders
    • Slices and image output format: The file format for the rendering of image slices and the final assembled image
  • Job's options:
    • Max template version: Specifies a template version for multi frame renders
    • Max slicing template version: Specifies a template version for image slicing renders
    • Pools: Job's target pool(s)
    • Excluded Pools: Job's excluded pool(s)
    • Priority: The job priority
    • Parent ID: The ID of the job parent folder
    • Depend from: Depends from specified IDs
    • Maximum instances: Maximum number of instances to use for the job
    • Max template ID: The ID of the Max template
    • Max slicing template ID: The ID of the Max image slicing template
    • Submit paused: Submits the job in paused status
  • Log and buttons:
    • Submission log view: Displays the output from mrtool submission
    • Close dialog after submission: If checked, the dialog is closed after the submission
    • Clear: Clears the submission output text view
    • Defaults: Resets values to defaults
    • Render Dlg: Opens the Max render dialog
    • Console: Opens Muster Console
    • Submit: Submit the job as a multi frame job
    • Image: Submit the job as an image slicing job

You can simply fill in the fields and click the Submit or **Image* buttons to have a job sent to the Dispatcher.