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Graphics Modelling Tools/Tips, unite!

Post by Galaxy613 » Tue, 29. Mar 05, 04:02

I recently got my hands on 3DS Max 6 and I remembed: "Hey, this can export ships to X2! Sw33t!" So I went on this quest to find the tools for 3DS6 sense I knew they were out there... firstly I checked the 'famous' "Scripting / Modding Tutorials and Resources (10/12/04)" sticky to find links to tutorials and etc. What I found was a good amount of things to GET ships into the game, but no links to any Importers(that I recently discovered) or Exporters.

Then I found someone point to a post on this "ShadowTek" forum made by some russian. And I found a link to a directory with two files in it, one that said "x2v0_03d.rar" and"x2v0_04.rar". So I tryed both of them, but only the "3d" one worked.

After setting it up and extracting files from the \v\ folders in the 01-04.dats and extracting all the texture files. I got the Xenon cockpit/body rendered in 3DSMax6! I was really happy. But I thought they said that it could export to... so I downloaded the number "4" one, and lucky it worked this time.

Total, searching the forums and skimming posts took me about 1-2 hours when it should've just been a click away from the "Scripting / Modding Tutorials and Resources (10/12/04)" sticky. And theres TONS of helpfull graphic moding stuff thats NOT listed there. I say we make a speical post JUST for graphic modding and have it linked to, in "Scripting / Modding Tutorials and Resources (10/12/04)"

Sooo....


File/Tools
3DS Max 5 - (Part of the ModKit 1.4)
3DS Max 6 - (x2v0_04.rar)
3DS Max 5+ & GMax 1.2 - 3RD PARTY - BOD Import/Export Plugin (CHECK THIS OUT)
(The Thread)
Made by: DoubleShadow (Can import/export for 3DSMax 5 or great PLUS GMax 1.2!)

BOD Viewer - (BODviewer1.2.rar)
Made by: Ur Quan and Dimaxx (Thus the program has a only Russian interface)

XPatcher 0.9b - (x2patch09b.zip)
Made by: StoneD

Tutorials/Posts
3rd Party Importer-Exporter post (On the ShadowTek forums)
Author: RA the Russian.
Deals with:
3rd Party tools made by RA the Russian.
For 3DSMax 5+.

3rd Party Importer post
Author: Doubleshadow
Deals with:
Importing Bodies and Scene files. Follow the Readme inside the ZIP.
For 3DSMax 5+.

Importing 3D MAX Objects into X2 - The Threat.
Author: Various(Including TsarOfCows and DeadlyDa, and Commander Jamie)
Deals with:
Creating and Correcting ships.
Mainly for 3DS Max 6.

Modeling Tips for X2
Author: QuantaCat & Konflict
Deals with:
The basics.
Mainly for 3DS Max 5, but has good theory for both.

Understanding the Scene file. (READ THROUGH THE WHOLE THREAD!)
Author: EarthPilot
Dealies with:
How to use a basic text editor to make new ship designs.
How to fix up oddly exported scenes from 3DSMax.

List of 3D-bodies - complete (actual X2-Version (1.4))
Author: EarthPilot
Deals with:
A list of all the part files to use in scenes.

(In German) List of parts used by ships
Author: EarthPilot
Deals with:
Finding out what ship used what part so you can make a copy or etc.

Speical Tutorials
How to make your own homemade X2 Ship designs
Author: Commander Jamie
Deals with:
Creating original ship designs.

Exporting from 3dMax, getting .bod's to act like cockpits
Author: DeadlyDa
Deals with:
Advanced ship cockpit editing/making.
Both 3DS Max 5 & 6.
Last edited by Galaxy613 on Sun, 7. Aug 05, 21:02, edited 8 times in total.
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Post by AdmiralTigerclaw » Tue, 29. Mar 05, 04:28

You realize, that by putting 'Crazy Americans' in that poll, it just BEGS to be clicked, reguardless of actual oppinion?

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Post by milling_hordesman » Tue, 29. Mar 05, 04:35

well dang, i'd like to help you, but i completely forget what links i followed to get what. all i really use nowadays is the vbods list.

of course, i do support what you're doing. it was darned near impossible for me to find everything i needed and figure out how to put them together.
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Post by Amon RAy (RAider.EG) » Tue, 29. Mar 05, 07:56

yep, good work! :wink:
I recommend you to add a link to X2Patch09b programm - the one I used for unpacking cat\dat and decompressing pbd to bods\txt for importing.
(but as I know - compressing works not so good and for packing mods better use an original egosoft utilityes)

also there is a 3dmax plugin for importing bodys, made by same man - his nickname is altor - that made a maxsripts x2v0_04 and x2v0_03. Plugin works faster, but can only import and have a bug: the 3dsmax6 crashes to desktop when you try to import body 944 from \v.
I`ll search a link for this plugins for you - there is two versions - for max5 and max6.

and about BODviewer1.2 - this one made by russians: Ur Quan and Dimaxx (I think you must add a credits ;)...and for Altor too). now work is temporary freeze, but in future version they want to add scene-viewing feature.
Dimaxx also an autor of a good MapEditor programm and programm ObjModder - for fast editing of some characteristics of ships\wares\factories\weapons\shields\rockets such as price\hull and etc.

and other very important thing - please, find here on egosoft forum a topic "understanding a scene-file", made by ShadowX(or Earhpilot?...I forgot which one... :oops: ) - there is Must Know information for everyone, who wants to make gfx modding for X2.
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Post by Galaxy613 » Tue, 29. Mar 05, 16:20

Ok, I updated the top post.
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Post by Burianek » Wed, 30. Mar 05, 04:40

linked from tutorials sticky, thanks for the effort. The only thing stopping the tutorials link from being flawless is the people to write / collate the content :)
Let me know if you want it called something different than 'index of gfx modding tutorials and tools'
Oh, and if you make sure to link all of the gfx modding threads that are already linked in the tutorial thread in your first post here, I'll remove them from the main thread and just keep your link to keep things organized. (unless some of them are of a different topic and you'd rather the links stayed in the main post) Just let me know. Thanks for the help!
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Post by Galaxy613 » Wed, 30. Mar 05, 05:03

Thx Burianek, ^-^. I think I got everything under the title "Graphics / Meshes / Modeling for X2" in the main post in mine. Maybe once I find out how to export models from 3DS Max myself I can make a tutorial on useing the Altor MaxScript. :D
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Post by Burianek » Sat, 2. Apr 05, 03:28

Hey do me a favor if you don't mind and remove the poll from your first post. (as long as you don't need it anymore)
It's a bit disconcerting when you're trying to look up tutorial type information to immediately be confronted with a poll.
(most moderators hate polls anyway, it's something to do with abuse in a past life or something) :)
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Post by TSM » Sat, 2. Apr 05, 13:50

CKarl you can get the bod file list on an excel doc I got mine off DeadlyDa if people want it though it would need hosting not sure if it is already :?
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Post by DeadlyDa » Sun, 3. Apr 05, 10:31

CKarl you can get the bod file list on an excel doc...
Here is the link, if you need it. It is in several other places on this site, including the thread on "Understanding the scene file".

http://www.flatrock.org.nz/wolf/images/ ... e_list.zip

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Post by Galaxy613 » Sun, 3. Apr 05, 14:38

Burianek wrote:Hey do me a favor if you don't mind and remove the poll from your first post. (as long as you don't need it anymore)
It's a bit disconcerting when you're trying to look up tutorial type information to immediately be confronted with a poll.
(most moderators hate polls anyway, it's something to do with abuse in a past life or something) :)
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Post by Burianek » Sun, 3. Apr 05, 21:11

done™ :)
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Post by DAVEDUNNO » Tue, 11. Jul 06, 05:12

out of all the forums i have read, all the games i have played i have to say, you've made finding the right tutorials and instructions for scripting the easyest out of them all, so i'd like to say Thanks!!!!

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Post by ReeverDrak » Sat, 28. Mar 09, 01:27

hay, why is subsoap down?? where can i find your files now????
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Post by EliteM3 » Sat, 31. Jul 10, 16:06

3DS Max 6 - (x2v0_04.rar)
But this site is now attacked by someone, I can't get in there.

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