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Organic skinning in 3ds Max

BonesPro is the ultimate tool for organic skinning in Autodesk 3ds Max! It is a sophisticated, fast and optimized technology for organic skinning of characters and objects. BonesPro allows you to create high-quality skin meshes rapidly with easy-to-understand bone influences and vertex assignments. Moreover, it creates impressive real-time skin-deformations and special-effects.


What is skinning and why is it difficult to master?

Skinning is the process of assigning the vertices of a mesh to an animated skeleton structure. The mesh should deform and follow the movements of the skeleton accurately, creating realistic-looking movements of organic shapes.

The skinning process is an important part of character creation. Not only does it requires artists to interrupt the more creative parts of their work and spend often significant amounts of time on rather technical and repetitive deformation set-ups. Especially for less technically inclined artists, the skinning task can quickly turn into a long and tedious journey through bone influence area tuning and deformation readjustments.

  • Speed: BonesPro delivers fast results through a quick assignment set-up and convenient adjustment options.
  • Quality: Meshes deform like elastic skin, avoid face clipping and don’t tear vertices too far apart from each other.
  • Flexibility: Hypodermic solid deformers can handle the most problematic areas in an animated mesh.
  • Teamwork: API access allows integration into existing pipelines. Teams can collaborate on scenes without having to supply everyone with licenses.
  • And Beyond: To put it another way, use BonesPro for many other animation effects.


Fast, elastic & deformable 3D skin

Quick set-up

BonesPro allows you to set up character skinning with a minimal amount of clicks. Instead of carefully adjusting the size of every bone, assign them to the mesh. They will receive a base set up that is already very precise and minimizes the number of additional adjustments that are needed.

Easy to understand

BonesPro leads to quality results with just a few steps:

  • assign bones to your mesh
  • specify exclusion groups
  • fine-tune deformation effects in demanding areas
  • optionally add advanced effects like ParaBones to add even more detail and realism to specific areas like shoulders, knees, and elbows

Fast calculation and real-time feedback

All tools in BonesPro execute fast and modifications can be observed instantly. The mesh, the bones, and the hypodermic deformers can quickly be shown or hidden whenever needed and visual aids help you to keep track of the details of your deformation set-up.

Comfortable bone adjustment

Bones attach the parts of the mesh that are closest to them while providing smooth transitions to parts of the mesh that belong to other bones. This default set-up can be efficiently modified with a few simple bone controls. You can adjust the importance of any bone or exclude it completely from deforming certain areas of your mesh. The changes to your character are immediately visible in real-time.

Hypodermic deformers

Skin implants and deformers

A big problem for artists is sharp bends in the skin, for example in the elbow region of a character. Polygons clip into each other, the tip of the elbow looks too rounded and has no clear bone protrusion against the skin.

For those situations, BonesPro offers you MetaBones and ParaBones. They give you the absolute freedom to tune skinning results, pad the mesh in specific areas, create skin blockers and emphasize bone structure under the skin. They are fully animateable, allowing artists to create astonishing deformations beneath the mesh. The skin will consider these objects as physical objects and stretch over them as real skin stretches over an elbow or knee.

Instead of adjusting countless cryptic settings you just take another mesh and push it against the skin. Fill critical areas of your character with stuffing to bring them into the right shape. Parabones even allows you to create entertaining special effects:  Create a mouse sneaking around under the carpet, pulsing veins or even a parasite moving under the skin.



MetaBones are lightweight spherical objects that can be used for basic mesh deformations. Elbows, knee caps, and finger joints can quickly be given a realistic form when bent by placing a few MetaBones under the skin to simulate a real bone pressing against the skin during movement.


ParaBones work similar to MetaBones but instead of a simple spherical shape, you can use any mesh you want and have the skin stretch over it. This gives you the freedom to implant anything imaginable into your characters. A ribcage pressing against the skin or emphasized shoulder paddings under the clothing.

Quality and fine-tuning

High-quality mesh deformations

BonesPro uses advanced blending calculations. This avoids ugly intersecting faces, exploding elbows or trails of unassigned vertices of fingers flying across the scene. Meshes stretch like elastic skin, bend smoothly over user-defined sub-dermal implants and additional options allow deformation effects like chest movement based on a character’s breathing to be added dynamically.

Visual aids for enhanced fine-tuning

You can at any time display a visual representation of the deformation forces in the viewport. Visibility of the mesh, bones and any hypodermic deformers can be quickly adjusted to ensure always an optimal overview of the components that you are currently working with.

Flexible vertex influence

In areas where the basic bone influences are not optimal you can easily override this setting completely or just partially to adjust the skinning result. Fine-tuning specific areas does not invalidate the automatic influences and you can at any time go back and re-adjust the total influence a bone has over the mesh.

Secondary motion effects

What are the secondary motion effects?

Frequently, skin looks lifeless when rigidly fixed to the bone structure. BonesPro includes visual oscillation and jiggling effects that provide additional realism to your mesh by allowing you to simulate breathing, trembling and body mass shifting. Just add the BoneJiggler modifier to any bone in your mesh and you have access to two kinds of secondary skin motion effects:


This option allows you to add a motion delay to specific bones in order to invoke the impression of higher mass in parts of the animated mesh.


This allows you to add movement independent motions to the bone, even when the skeleton is standing perfectly still. Add a rhythmical motion to the torso to simulate breathing or a very fast effect to make the character tremble.

Teamwork and workflow

BonesPro Proxy plug-in

We have created a compatible solution for all artists and studios working with external freelancers or third-party render farms. Plug-ins often cause problems when the scene files are opened on other computers where not all required plug-ins are installed. To solve this we have created a replacement BonesPro plug-in. Downloaded and this plugin and use it freely as a replacement for the normal version. It allows artists who don’t have a BonesPro license to open and work with scenes that include BonesPro skinned meshes. This enables one artist to use BonesPro to skin a character, while at the same time, another artist can later open the scene and work with that character. For example, one artist can animate it or edit materials without needing a BonesPro license.

This also optimizes render farm administration. This doesn’t burden render-only machines with license management or complicated setups. Particularly,  having the BonesPro Proxy available in a local or network plug-in directory is all it takes to render any animation that uses BonesPro skinning.

Workflow and production pipelines

Integrate BonesPro into existing workflows and production pipelines. Access the modifier and its data through MAXScript or c++. This allows you, for example, to export the final weight data of skinned meshes into a real-time game engine.

An integrated converter for the standard Skin modifier simplifies pipeline integration in a lot of cases. Instead of having to use custom exporters to transfer the BonesPro results into other software, BoneSPro users can convert their work to the Skin modifier with a simple button press to take advantage of existing functionality for Skin like using the FBX format or directly exporting to game engines that support Skin, etc.

3D Studio MAX Compatibility

  • 3ds Max 2024
  • 3ds Max 2023
  • 3ds Max 2022
  • 3ds Max 2021
  • 3ds Max 2020
  • 3ds Max 2019
  • 3ds Max 2018
  • 3ds Max 2017
  • 3ds Max 2016
  • 3ds Max 2015


  • Microsoft Windows with 3ds Max 2010 (or later)
  • Microsoft .NET 2.0 installed
  • Microsoft DirectX 9.0c

What’s new in BonesPro 4.84?

  • Full support for Autodesk 3ds Max 2024

What’s new in BonesPro 4.83?

  • Fix issues where visualization was not correctly updated after changes through MAXScript.
  • Add support for the X-Ray mode visualization to the mirror tool gizmos.

What’s new in BonesPro 4.82

  • Full support for Autodesk 3ds Max 2023
  • Added Bones overlay for better user interaction while picking bones

What’s new in BonesPro 4.81?

  • Full support for Autodesk 3ds Max 2022
  • (Fixed) crashes with Parabone simulation.
  • (Fixed) Splie vertices lost during BonesPro skinning.

What’s new in BonesPro 4.8?

The latest update of BonesPro comes in parallel to the annual release of Autodesk 3ds Max 2021.
BonesPro has been improved and made ready for production with the latest 3ds Max version.

All registered customers can download free updates from:

The recent update of BonesPro 4.80 includes:

  • Full support for Autodesk 3ds Max 2020
  • Cumulative improvements and fixes.

What’s new in BonesPro 4.79?

  • Full support for Autodesk 3ds Max 2020
  • Fix color blending for visualization if textures are displayed in viewport.
  • A few improvements for MAXScript where data wasn’t always updated immediately.

What’s new in BonesPro 4.77?

  • Full support for Autodesk 3ds Max 2019
  • Greatly improved precision of Dual Quaternion calculations
  • Fixed an issue where the bone limit was not applied correctly in some cases
  • Fixed incorrect application of deformers below BonesPro in the stack when using splines
  • ‘Skin Import’: Dual-Quaternion weights from Skin modifier are now imported to BonesPro

What’s new in BonesPro 4.74?

  • Full 3ds Max 2018 support!
  • Fixed an issue where the bone limit was not applied correctly in some cases
  • Fixed incorrect application of deformers below BonesPro in the stack when using splines
  • ‘Skin Import’: Dual-Quaternion weights from Skin modifier are now imported to BonesPro

What’s new in BonesPro 4.73?

  • Added support for Autodesk 3ds Max 2017
  • Added replace bone option

What’s New in BonesPro 4.71.00?

  • Added support for Autodesk 3ds Max 2016.
  • The mirror tool now fully supports dual-quaternion blend weights and mirrors them together with the other vertex data.
  • Improved accuracy for spline-based deformations. This also fixes the problem where bent meshes lost volume at some rotation angles.
  • Spline deformations now work more accurately and update the deformation instantly in combination with other deformers below BonesPro on the stack.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused windows like the ‘Move Bones’ dialog to be placed at inaccessible locations (ie a no longer connected secondary screen).
  • The performance of the BonesPro MAXScript interface has been improved for various calls. This includes a fix where execution could become extremely slow in rare cases.
  • The BonesPro C++ Interface has been extended with support for dual-quaternion weights. It also received a bug fix for cases where requested data wasn’t returned correctly. These changes also affected the layout of the bonespro.h include file and existing clients need minor adjustments to work with this version of BonesPro. Please check the documentation for the interface in the manual for details.
  • The performance of the BonesPro C++ interface has been improved for various calls.

What’s new in BonesPro 4.64 dual quaternion release:

Among various fixes and improvements, the optimal skinning plugin for Autodesk 3ds Max, BonesPro, has now received support for the popular dual quaternion blending. This alternative skin blend method now allows 3ds Max riggers and animators to enjoy a faster rigging setup with preserved object volumes in all 3 transformation modes at no extra costs.

  • Added support for dual quaternion skin blending.
  • Quaternion Skin painting tools.
  • Fixed 2 issues with vertex selection and manipulation in certain Editable Poly objects.
  • Improved handling of MetaBone objects in Max 2015 (this includes a fix where Metabones were ignored for certain skinned meshes in Max 2015).
  • Minor user interface performance improvements.

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What’s new in version 4.6.3?

  • Settings of the selected bones can now be copied to other bones by shift-clicking on them.
  • Influence visualization now shows influences when more than one bone is selected at the same time.
  • A fix where bones were assigned incorrectly in a rare case.

What is new in version 4.6.2?

  • Support for Autodesk 3ds Max 2015
  • Optimized vertex painting tool
  • Stability improvements and fixes
  • New simplified web manageable licensing

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