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About 3ds max & RA2 (the modder's basic knowledge)
« on: February 14, 2010, 10:04:12 AM »
Holy crap, I thought it was well known already.

YOU CAN MOD RA2 WITH ANY (>4.2) VERSION OF 3DSMAX. INCLUDING THE NEWEST VERSIONS.


Yes, that's right. There are two methods for using 3ds max to mod RA2:
  • The OFFICIAL version uses Gabriel's GMF Exporter, it's VERY EASY, it does not require messing around with ASCII GMF files, but it works only for version 4-5. It is very, very easy to use (and very well integrated with 3dsm), but not only do you need to find both a version of max between 4.2 and 5.1, but also the Havok Exporter (not Reactor that comes with 5.0 and up). Even more annoying is the fact that those version are BROKEN on anything newer than Windows XP SP1. There are currently no tutorials available, but anyone familiar with Havok can use it (after reading tips on the RA2 exporter page).
  • The UNOFFICIAL version uses dummee's MaxScript exporter. It's HARD to use, and requires some knowledge around ASCII GMF Files, but it works on ANY VERSION OF 3DSMAX. What the script does is allow you to export manually the "building blocks" of components, like display and collision meshes, attachment points, lights and it's up to you to stich them together into an ASCII GMF File and then compile them using a compiler, either dummee's (or a version by FireBeetle that fixes advanced materias) or mine. The procedure is explained on my wiki tutorial.
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Re: About 3ds max & RA2 (the modder's basic knowledge)
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2010, 10:57:43 AM »
Set in place, Serge.  All yours...
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Re: About 3ds max & RA2 (the modder's basic knowledge)
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2010, 04:06:30 PM »
Wow, that is a good find once again Serge. I quess everyone has been just too stuck in the loop to not be able to even try the other options out.

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Re: About 3ds max & RA2 (the modder's basic knowledge)
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2010, 04:12:19 PM »
yay! Now to d/l 3DS max...

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Re: About 3ds max & RA2 (the modder's basic knowledge)
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2010, 06:48:48 AM »
nice work serge... after everything I went through to get the older version lol at least it seems to be easier


I still owe you big time for teaching me how to export... one and a half hours of your time was very generous to give up  :mrgreen:
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Re: About 3ds max & RA2 (the modder's basic knowledge)
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2010, 01:13:27 PM »
You know if there's an exporter for version 8?


It would save me  a lot of time .

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Re: About 3ds max & RA2 (the modder's basic knowledge)
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2011, 10:10:58 AM »
Can somebody upload Dumee's export script for max? Link on RA2 wiki is empty =(

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Re: About 3ds max & RA2 (the modder's basic knowledge)
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2011, 11:10:51 AM »
It is on the front page under tools.

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Re: About 3ds max & RA2 (the modder's basic knowledge)
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2011, 11:13:11 AM »
Oh, I didn't see it, thanks =)

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Re: About 3ds max & RA2 (the modder's basic knowledge)
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2011, 04:46:38 AM »
It won't let me open the links on the wiki...
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Re: About 3ds max & RA2 (the modder's basic knowledge)
« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2011, 11:53:50 AM »
What links?

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Re: About 3ds max & RA2 (the modder's basic knowledge)
« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2011, 04:05:08 AM »
for dummees stuff, i have a version where you have to do it the hard way
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Re: About 3ds max & RA2 (the modder's basic knowledge)
« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2011, 09:15:59 AM »
Link works fine for me, it'll be your computer/internet.

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Re: About 3ds max & RA2 (the modder's basic knowledge)
« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2011, 09:17:03 AM »
What's the export script called under tools on first page, see if i can get it from there
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Re: About 3ds max & RA2 (the modder's basic knowledge)
« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2013, 11:05:53 AM »
Sorry to seem dozy but I cant track down a version of 3DS Max that incoperates the GMF exporter, does anyone have a link or know of a safe source to download it?

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Re: About 3ds max & RA2 (the modder's basic knowledge)
« Reply #15 on: December 18, 2013, 05:41:21 PM »
Sorry to seem dozy but I cant track down a version of 3DS Max that incoperates the GMF exporter, does anyone have a link or know of a safe source to download it?

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Re: About 3ds max & RA2 (the modder's basic knowledge)
« Reply #16 on: December 22, 2013, 04:09:24 PM »
I previously used Piratebay religiously (is it even wise to admit this a public forum?) but Sky broadband have now blocked all torrenting sites, hence why I'm asking for an alternative.

Sorry it seems I'm being awkward, it just seems to be bad luck I guess. I cant stand being one of those members who has promise new content for the game and not produced it. To show evidence that i am producing something I have created 3ds models already using Sketchup Pro, there's just this hurdle to overcome.

https://gametechmods.com/forums/index.php?topic=15064.0

If anyone does know of an alternative source or are willing to reupload the program after downloading it themselves then that would help a great deal.

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Re: About 3ds max & RA2 (the modder's basic knowledge)
« Reply #17 on: December 22, 2013, 05:00:56 PM »
One word: HideMyAss
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Re: About 3ds max & RA2 (the modder's basic knowledge)
« Reply #18 on: December 27, 2013, 12:59:53 PM »
Hello I've created shells and components using SketchUp Pro and saved them as 3ds files, I opened them in 3ds Max 8, used RBCollection1 to create attachment points and exported them as FBX then converted them using Leadwerks FBX2GMF converter but this doesn't work.

I know that the GabrielMax plugin doesn't work for my version of 3ds Max but I cannot find a viable version If anyone either has 3DS 4.2 to 5.1 and they're willing to send it to me that would be brilliant, I'm assuming that I would have better luck using them rather than the later versions. If not then can someone please advise me how to get this damn thing working.




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Re: About 3ds max & RA2 (the modder's basic knowledge)
« Reply #19 on: December 28, 2013, 07:35:27 PM »
Leadwerk's FBX2GMF was neither created for nor compatible with RA2. Even with 3DS Max 4.2 or 5.1, you would still need a rough understanding of Gabriel Interactive's GMF format (just enough to do what was suggested in Serge's tutorial).