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    FSX 3ds Max-PP3d SDK making LODs?

    I was able to make a file in which LOD switching works correctly. I still have a problem with my main project but I'm making progress. Thanks.
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    FSX 3ds Max-PP3d SDK making LODs?

    With the TestX.max sample File that comes with the SDK I can add, remove and change the LODs to my heart's content. In the Interactive LOD Window, a method for viewing the LOD switching as it would theoretically appear in the simulation, things work perfectly. However, when I start with a...
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    FSXA More LOD madness - 3dsmax

    Thanks I'm afraid linking to a root is not something I have done before and making a dummy animation is not yet in my skill set either. I'll likely figure it out. The model I'm working with has an animated door. Is there a difficulty with that and a dummy animation? Any additional...
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    FSXA More LOD madness - 3dsmax

    New Questoin about LODs, using 3DS Max My knowledge of LODs goes about as far as knowing what they are. A new question: I'm using 3ds max as well. I will be making LODs first time. All I know to try is the "Populate the LODs" function of the PP3D SDK Export and LOD Tool. Does this...
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    FSX CAT and 3DS Max?

    Thanks again. I'll be giving it a try.
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    FSX CAT and 3DS Max?

    If made into a FS9 MDL with Model Converter X, will CAT work with a 3DS Max animation? Thanks.
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    3ds Max and Prepar3d

    I have taken several objects from 3ds to FSX now and you're absolutely right, the lighting objects don't export. That I have allot to learn is an understatement. The article in Computer Pilot says the Lockheed license is for all applications other than pure consumer home-entertainment. It...
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    3ds Max and Prepar3d

    Thanks for going easy on me. I have found nothing on the difference of designing for PP3D. If designing for both is so similar that's very good news and explains why this is a none topic. I guess the drawcall issue is why you tend to see only one texture sheet on even very complex models like...
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    3ds Max and Prepar3d

    Prepar3d vs FSX So far, it looks to me like the basic modeling is unchanged for PP3D. The major advancements are in lighting and texturing. If I'm right, using 3ds Max for PP3D, you can place and control light sources. So you won't have a day and night texture set. Instead, you'll have one set...
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    3ds Max and Prepar3d

    Learning Scenery Design I have a real world aviation background and no prior digital art experience. I enjoy downloading airports from AVSIM and seeing what others have done. To experience other peoples work and think they may have based it a really the world is just cool. I also like that...
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    3ds Max and Prepar3d

    Starting the discussion. I'm going to call myself a of digital art student. I'm learning 3ds Max and Photoshop and most recently, I'm working with 3ds Max and the Prepar3D SDK to make objects for FSX. I am investing the effort in 3ds max because of its popularity with video game developers...
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    Speculation on P3D, Flight and the Price of Coffee

    Hi: A little education please. I do not understand the situation necessitated this thread? What is the problem? What is EULA? I'm completely unclear on what can and cannot be discussed and why. I would like to start a discussion of the relative merits of PP3D and FSX with regard to...
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    FSX PP3D Game-pack Plug-ins Installation for 3dsMax 2012 in Windows 7 x64

    The cost is astronomical. I was hoping some might be gravitating toward 3DS given its popularity in other applications. As to the sale of content, It is not today's concern. I have a great deal to learn and right now this is somewhere between a hobby, a art project and a academic exercise. I'm...
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    FSX PP3D Game-pack Plug-ins Installation for 3dsMax 2012 in Windows 7 x64

    I need to experiment allot more but I did get the OilRig test file from 3DS Max into one of my projects. It showed up complete with animation. Do the 3DS Attach Tool Effects work in FSX or only in PP3D? What I'm thinking is that for FSX I've had to make fs9 objects in order to have...
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    FSX PP3D Game-pack Plug-ins Installation for 3dsMax 2012 in Windows 7 x64

    Thanks. I think, I have it installed properly. I did not know the x32 version was needed. Now the fun starts! I intend to use 3DS MAX for more than just flight simulator but I'm really curious how many people here are using 3DS MAX? There does not seem to be allot of discussion about...
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