After my review of the excellent SplineSPREAD by plugin developer Frank Willeke I knew I was in for another treat and I wasn´t disappointed.
The first thing to make clear is this is not a MoGraph replacement. While the SurfaceSPREAD object can do quite a few things that a MoGraph cloner object can do there are many things that it can´t do. The plugin with its various objects is targeted at Landscape creation and the cloning of objects on to those landscapes and for that purpose it is superb.
The plugin is made even better by the support of Release 11.5 Render Instances as Render Instances allow huge numbers of clones to be rendered without receiving Out Of Memory errors. The plugin also supports V-Ray proxies which are similar to C4D´s Render Instances.
Like the excellent SplineSPREAD plugin the SurfaceSPREAD plugin shares a number of the performance enhancements that made that plugin so good. I just wish MAXON would use some of these performance enhancements in MoGraph.
This plugin is very powerful and because of this power you can´t sit down and pick it all up in 5 minutes. It does take time and I think I have a way to go to best utilizing the plugin. The documentation is comprehensive and generally explains all options well.
I have no hesitation in recommending this plugin ~ 3DKiwi
Review by 3DKiwi / Nigel Doyle