Mantapro

by Imagination Strikes Studios in Scripts and Addons

What is MantaPro?

MantaPro is an addon for Blender that completely redefines the fluid simulation workflow. It puts all the settings for the domain, flow, and effector objects in one place.


Redefinition 

MantaPro redefines the workflow so that instead of worrying about which objects are selected or which editor you need, everything is accessible in the 3D viewport.


Speed, Power, and Flexibility

MantaPro is designed to speed up our workflow while offering every feature of Blender’s fluid simulation and the flexibility of the rest of Blender.


Compatibility

MantaPro is compatible with all previously made fluid simulations (as long as they are using the Mantaflow solver, Blender’s default (2.82+)).


Who is this for?

MantaPro is for anyone, from beginner artists to professional artists and hobbyists. Even if you already use blender fluid simulation, MantaPro is for you.


Why do I need this?

Fluid simulation can be hard. They are often time-consuming and difficult to get just right. MantaPro is designed to speed up the fluid simulation workflow. MantaPro also makes it easy to troubleshoot misbehaving simulations.

 

How do I use it?

After installation, go to the MantaPro panel. Then use either the quick setup to build off a preset or add a domain. After choosing either a quick setup or a domain, a popup will appear and ask whether you are making a gas or liquid simulation. Now it is time to get started customizing and making your simulation the best that it can be.


Benefits 

  • Always active simulation 

Say goodbye to the days of constantly selecting the domain, flows, or effectors just to make a small adjustment. With MantaPro they are always selected so you always have access to every setting.

  • One panel, every setting

MantaPro moves and reorganizes all the settings into one panel in the 3D viewport. No other editors are needed.

  • Easy learning

A simplified User Interface makes it easy to learn the basics.

  • Clear replay cache

After adding a new flow, effector, or just changing a setting, the replay cache needs to be cleared. Normally you would need to change a domain setting and set the current frame to the simulation's start frame. Now just press one button.

  • Liquid Particle tools

Add and adjust spray, foam, and bubble particles quickly and easily.

  • Paint fire and smoke on objects

Start painting in one click for more artistic freedom.

  • Fire and smoke texture tools

Quickly and easily set up a texture for fire and smoke distribution and animate it with one click.


Features

  • Always operates in the context of an active domain, flow, and effector.
  • The ability to clear replay cache using one button

(Shortcut: Ctrl+R)

  • Every setting in one panel
  • Full and Simplified User Interfaces
  • Default properties for new simulations
  • Move cache

Easily move your baked cache to a different location without losing it

  • The ability to Toggle and display bounds

After you start working, you may find a need to see through your Liquid domain or see the actual size of the domain.

  • Toggle bounds

Shows an overlay of the domain’s actual size

  • Display bounds

Sets the domain object’s display type to bounds for previewing baked liquid data

  • Advanced Liquid Particle tools
  • Ability to sync particles to the simulation
  • Ability to quick toggle particle visibility
  • Ability to adjusts particle size
  • Ability to link and unlink particle size
  • Ability to have custom particle objects
  • You can paint fire and smoke on objects
  • Fire and smoke texture tools
  • Automatically setup texture in one click
  • Automatically animates texture offset using drivers
  • Gives access to almost all the texture setting without leaving the 3D viewport
  • Flow and effector display options
  • Ability to set the display type
  • Ability to Disable in renders
  • Ability to set transparent material
  • Fire and smoke material
  • Edit your fire or smoke material in the 3D viewport
  • Flame+
  • More advanced flame material
  • Multi Color
  • Allows for multi-color smoke


LTS

MantaPro will be supporting the official Blender LTS with bugfixes and backports where possible.


Roadmap

  • Force field support
  • Control fire or smoke painting using objects
  • Adjust particle scale on custom particles
  • Water material panel
  • Better and Eevee optimized materials
  • UI improvements
  • Blender UI mode
  • More default settings
  • Explode tools
  • Custom quick setup presets support


Potential future updates

  • OpenVDB simulation library


Support

We are always looking for ways to improve MantaPro. If you have any ideas or would like to report a bug, please contact us through the blender market.


Release Notes

(4-19-2021) - v1.0.2 - Fixed issue with the move cache tool on Linux

                               - Fixed issue using the Simple Tabs addon

(4-17-2021) - v1.0.1 - Quick Fix installation on Linux

(4-14-2021) – v1.0 – Initial release


LTS Release Notes

(4-19-2021) - 283_v1.0.2 - Fixed issue with the move cache tool on Linux

                                       - Fixed issue using the Simple Tabs addon

(4-17-2021) - 283_v1.0.1 - Quick Fix installation on Linux

(4-14-2021) – 283_v1.0 – Initial release