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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 12:30 pm    Post subject: 3ds Max Plugin FAQ Reply with quote

Installing Plugins

NEW! As of 21 June, 2016 - IMVU has released an installer for the 3ds Max plugins. The installer can also, optionally, install sample files and more.
Click here to go to the topic on the new Installer

Update! As of 26 October, 2015 - IMVU has released new exporters that work with most all versions of 3ds Max up through 3ds Max 2016.
Click here to go to the download page for exporters

(Click here to see the forum thread regarding exporters)

Manual Installation (copying files from install package)
Some versions of the exporter provided by imvu do not contain an installer (EXE). Instead, you will have to manually copy two files. It's not difficult but will require Admin privileges under windows. (Most people are likely signed in as an Admin in windows already.)

Unzip the package you download from imvu and look for two files - a file with extension DLL and another with extension DLE.

The DLL file should go in your main 3ds max folder. Depending on your version of Windows (64bit or 32bit) and what version of Max you installed it might be one of the following folders:
Code:

        C:\Program Files\Autodesk\3ds Max 2016\
        or
        C:\Program Files (x86)\Autodesk\3ds Max 2016\
        (Of course, change the "2016" to your version of max)


The DLE file should go in a "plugins" folder just under the main 3ds max folder. For example:
Code:

        C:\Program Files\Autodesk\3ds Max 2016\plugins\
        or
        C:\Program Files (x86)\Autodesk\3ds Max 2016\plugins\


If you had 3ds Max open while copying the files, just close and re-open Max. No reboot of your computer is required.

To verify the exporter is installed:
As 3ds max opens there should be no error messages. Once 3ds max is open, choose:
Code:

    File->Export

and look at the available file types. If you see a few choices starting with "Cal3D..." then things are probably working. If not, please post later in this thread along with some screenshots showing what your export window shows (or any errors you got while starting max) and we'll try to help.

General Troubleshooting

Got CFL Checksum error while submitting:
This is an issue with Vista. Details to fix are on a forum thread.


Getting error "Failed to Initialize" while launching Max
If you're SURE you have the DLE and DLL files in the right spot (especially on Max Cool, then try to install the following package of support DLLs from Microsoft:
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86)

Getting (another) error while launching Max
Uninstall and reinstall the official IMVU exporter.

If you want to manually check - look in your 3ds max main install folder and look for a "cal3d" or "imvu" DLL file. Look in the "Plugins" subfolder for a similarly named DLE file.
Depending on your version of Windows this folder might be:
C:\Program Files\Autodesk\3ds Max 2016\
or
C:\Program Files (x86)\Autodesk\3ds Max 2016\

(Of course, the number 2016 would match your version of Max).

What about the WorldViz version of the Cal3d plugin? What about other Cal3D plugins?
At this point there's no need to use any other exporters other than the offical IMVU plugin. The exporters made for other applications may work and produce files similar to those used by IMVU, but will likely be in a somewhat different format - making them useless for IMVU. There is/was a converter to help with this process but that should be considered obsolete.

-ner


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 10:34 pm    Post subject: Good information Reply with quote

WOW! great mate. If you need any help from my side please let me know.
I have working on 3ds Max for last 12 years. I might be of your help if you need.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got version 9... Sad

Was wondering why it didn't work... Lol, now I know.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to have 3ds max 7 but have recently been given the 2009 version..

Is there any way I can get an exporter for that ?

Would be really appreciated if someone knows if one is now available out there somewhere that works with IMVU as I got no way to get 3ds max 7 again & have to pretty much use the 2009 version..

Thanks..

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Axxo7k wrote:
I used to have 3ds max 7 but have recently been given the 2009 version..

Is there any way I can get an exporter for that ?

Would be really appreciated if someone knows if one is now available out there somewhere that works with IMVU as I got no way to get 3ds max 7 again & have to pretty much use the 2009 version..

Thanks..

Kay!


hmmm using company resources? =D
2009 version might not be available soon since it'll mean ner has to upgrade his version. he's providing this service for free essentially.

btw ner, you got access to sdk for 2009?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What if you get max after installing previewer? Do you need to reinstall previewer?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 5:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

THe plugin doesn't work on my 3dsmax. I'm using 3dsmax 7 and the old previewer. Any help?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@Axxo7k & Eterna:
I don't have any access to Max 2009 and unlikely my current employer will be purchasing it. If someone has a copy of Max 2009 (and not the slimmed down "Design" version or a trial), I'd look into sharing the sourcecode for the plugin. If anyone is waiting on me, it may be awhile - if ever.

@velc0n:
If you want to install (or re-install) the plugin at anytime, just copy the 2 files. Instructions are provided for Max 8, Max 9 and Max 2008. If you need it for Max 7 just reinstall the previewer - that's the easiest way. If you look at the section "Manual Copy For Max 8" then you'll see which two files you need and where to copy them.

@Dotbie:
The plugin gets installed when you install the previewer. I'd suggest installing the previewer again - that's the easiest way to get the files where you want. It should "just work" if the files are copied to the right place. If you're still having trouble, just let us know what the problem is. For example, do you get errors when starting max? Maybe you just don't see the file type in the Export dialog? Maybe you export, but things aren't working? I'm a horrible guesser so just let us know what you know Smile

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm guessing Axxo7k may not care, as it appears the account is disabled?

But in 64bit plugin news:
I did some research last night. I linked to the 64bit libraries, changed my compile options, kicked the flux capacitor and upped the gigawatt inputs... it may be possible to have a 64bit plugin. But, without anyone to test it, I'm going to go back to watching por... I mean, working on 3d stuff.

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P.S. I was going to say "...watching Porl Thompson," guitarist for The Cure, which releases their 13th studio album on October 13th, 2008. But that didn't seem relevant to the plugin thread. And now I've gone and said something anyway...
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

me i want to test it i have 64 bit Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ner wrote:
I'm guessing Axxo7k may not care, as it appears the account is disabled?

But in 64bit plugin news:
I did some research last night. I linked to the 64bit libraries, changed my compile options, kicked the flux capacitor and upped the gigawatt inputs... it may be possible to have a 64bit plugin. But, without anyone to test it, I'm going to go back to watching por... I mean, working on 3d stuff.

-ner

P.S. I was going to say "...watching Porl Thompson," guitarist for The Cure, which releases their 13th studio album on October 13th, 2008. But that didn't seem relevant to the plugin thread. And now I've gone and said something anyway...


I have a full copy of 2009 + SDK (came with the subscription). I can prob make a virtual install of 64bit inside windows if you want to test it... if you talk me through it i'll compile for you. Sending you a PM.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 3:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi i have the max 8, I have done this,
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Manual Copy For Max 8:
If you want to copy the plugin files directly from the c:\3dsmax7 folder, here's what you need to do.

Copy the following two files:
From: c:\3dsmax7\cal3d.dll
To: c:\Program Files\Autodesk\3dsMax8\cal3d.dll

and

From: c:\3dsmax7\plugins\cal3d_max_exporter.dle
To: c:\Program Files\Autodesk\3dsMax8\plugins\cal3d_max_exporter.dle


and now the program says: Exclamation DLL <C:\program Files\Autodesk\3Ds Max 2008\PlugIns\cal3d_max_exporter.dle> is not made for this version of the program - not loading

help please Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thankyu rweally much xD!!
Yui was having this problem with MAX9 but you solved it!!
you're the lifesaver >v<!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am a fairly new developer and would like to know were i may get 3d max this may seem like a dumb question but everyone was at the point i am now at one time or another. I would appreciate it plz leave me a message on my hp about it as i am a bit scatter brained ( yes i admit it lol) and it is hard for me to navigate back here. Again i would really appreciate it ty - boots
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