Automatic Installation (Recommended) 

The best way to install Ornatrix 3dsmax is to download the MSI installer and use it configure and perform an automatic installation.


Silent/Batch Installation 

As of Version 4, Ornatrix uses MSI packages for deployment and installation.

Use the /quiet or /qn options with msiexec to perform a silent install.
  • Properties with name MAX_PATH_20XX can be used to specify the desired install locations for various 3dsmax versions.
  • Properties with name ENABLE_MAX_20XX can be used to disable installing Ornatrix for specific 3dsmax version. By default all 3dsmax versions present on the computer will be targeted, so one needs to exclude the versions not to target.

For example, this command installs Ornatrix for 3dsmax 2016 but not for 3dsmax 2014 with no UI and no reboot, with a log:

msiexec /i c:\path\to\ornatrix.setup.msi /quiet /qn /norestart /l*v c:\path\to\install.log MAX_PATH_2016="C:\Program Files\Autodesk\3ds Max 2016" ENABLE_MAX_2014=0


Manual Archive Installation 

In addition to automatic (recommended) install and batch install options, Ornatrix 3dsmax files can be deployed manually by downloading a compressed 7-Zip archive. The download is available alongside the MSI automated installers on the downloads page.

To install, unzip the archive using 7-Zip and follow the instructions in Readme.txt file. If installing on a workstation, you will need to set up licensing manually.


Installing a Floating License Server 

Floating license server allows you to store multiple licenses on the same computer (server). Workstations can connect to this license server via its IP or network address to obtain licenses temporarily and release them when they are no longer in use. This permits an arbitrary number of workstations to share licenses between them.


All Licenses Unassigned 

To install a floating license server please make sure that all of your licenses are unassigned for the product in question. If you never installed the license server for current product you do not need to worry about this.

  1. Go to the downloads page and look under the version which you are trying to install.
  2. Find the "Unassigned Licenses" text and check if all of your licenses are yet unassigned (the numbers should be equal). If that's true, you are ready to proceed.

If the number of unassigned licenses is less than the total number, please contact us for instructions on how to reset your current hardware locks.


Install License Server 

  1. Click on the link for you operating system under "Install license server only" and download the installer program to your license server computer.
  2. Run the downloaded .EXE file. It needs administrator rights, so if UAC is enabled you'll be asked for authorization.

Specify the Network Address of the License Server 


Using Text File 

By default the license server will be searched at localhost ( IP) address, thus assuming that you installed it on the same computer as Ornatrix. If it cannot be found at this address you will be presented with a dialog to enter a different IP or network name. Once you successfully connect to a license server, the IP (or network name) of the license server will be stored in the following file:

You can modify the address within this file to change the location of the license server. Alternatively, you can delete it and upon the next start of Ornatrix you will be prompted to add a different address.

You can also modify the location where this .txt file is stored by setting the directory path in ORNATRIX3DSMAX_LICENSE_SERVER_IP_PATH environment variable.


Using Environment Variable 

You can manually specify the IP or network name of the license server in an environment variable with name ORNATRIX3DSMAX_LICENSE_SERVER_IP.


Installation Directories 

Ornatrix 3dsmax is installed into the /plugins directory of 3dsmax. Additional UI and configuration files are installed into a central UI and plugcfg directories which were configured by 3dsmax. Groom files are copied into a groom directory specified during installation.



Use the Programs and Features dialog to locate the Ornatrix for 3dsmax entry. Use the uninstall option to uninstall Ornatrix 3dsmax.


Uninstalling the License Server 

Uninstalling Ornatrix will leave the Ephere license server on your computer. It is a separate process which isn't linked to any host and can be reused for future installations. However, if you choose to uninstall it you can do it by following these OS-specific steps here .


Installing different Ornatrix versions on same computer 

While it isn't possible to have two different Ornatrix versions within same 3dsmax installation, it is possible to have two different Ornatrix versions in two different 3dsmax installations. For example, if you have 3dsmax 2019 installed and have Ornatrix V6 installed inside it you can also install Ornatrix V5 in 3dsmax 2018 on the same computer.

This cannot be done using the executable (.msi) installer. Instead you need to download the manual .7z archive containing all Ornatrix files and use the Readme.txt file to place all files into correct places manually.

Please note that some versions of Ornatrix provide assets and grooms which are not compatible with previous versions.

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