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Exporting with the Augment plugin

The Augment plugin for 3DS Max works with:
– 3DS Max 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012
– V-Ray and Mental Ray renderers

3DS Max plugin new features:

    • Exports reflective materials so that they reflect the real environment in Augment.
    • Exports animations whether they are baked or not.
    • Now exports models in Collada instead of Obj in order to handle more material properties.
    • Brings a lot of enhancements and bug fixes to the baking process to offer the best quality.

Installing the 3DS Max plugin:
– Download the plugin.
– Watch this tutorial to install it : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtDXTtItS3Q

Exporting with the 3DS Max plugin:

In some cases, in order to run the plugin, you will need to select:

– Scripting > Open “Run Script” > MZP-file

Managing transparencies
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu6dyuoAczI

Managing lighting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsDuMGR7apM

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Exporting manually with 3DS Max:

To export and animated model from 3DS Max, export it manually in Collada:

1. In 3DS Max, open the 3D model view.

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2. Then go to “File” > “Export” >Export non native file formats.

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3. Then select”Autodesk Collada” or OBJ-Exporter.

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4. Finally, find and zip the dae. file and textures (or the obj file and the material) and upload the .zip file onto Augment manager.

Read the article “Adding a 3D model manually” to find out how to upload the model manually.

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Reducing the polygon count

3DS Max offers tools to automatically reduce the number of polygons.

The following show the steps to follow to reduce polygons using Batch ProOptimizer:

1. Open your 3D model in the viewport and display the number of polygons by selecting the “Utilities” tools on the left hand side menu then More..> Polygon Counter> Count Polygons.

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2. The polygon count will be displayed in the active window.

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3. To reduce the polygon count, go to Utilities >More…> Batch ProOptimizer and select the files, the directory and the optimisation, then click ok.

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4. 3DS Max will generate one or more files depending of the optimisations selected and the reduced polygon count will display in the active view.

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