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W3D Tools & 3DS Max 2023 Exporter 1.8.0

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This pack contains:

  • W3D Exporter for 3DS Max 2023 - New tools for Max 2023 to export W3D files from
  • W3D Viewer -  A model viewer for W3D files
  • W3D Dump - A tool to open W3D files and see the contents
  • The source code to to the W3D Exporter, wdump.exe and memorymanager.dll

InformationThe new w3d tools require 3DS Max 2023 to work.

The new w3d tools are 100% compatible with files made in Max 8 and 2017 with the old w3d tools. When you load an old file, WWSkin data is converted to Max skin data automatically. All the material settings and export flags will be read in and converted as well.

Features from the old plugins not currently supported:

  • Animation compression
  • BFME2 FX shader chunks and associated data
  • NPatches (hardware that actually supports this feature has long since vanished and current versions of Renegade no longer support it)
  • Export with Std Mtls
  • Create Settings Floater

Full documentation can be found here: http://tacitus.w3dhub.com/display/WH/W3D+3DS+Max+Tools

How to Install

  • Download the files!
  • Copy the the files in the "W3D Exporter - Max 2023" folder to your 3DS Max 2023 directory. Default: "C\Program Files\Autodesk\3ds Max 2023\Plugins"
    • Run 3DS Max and the tools will load with it!
  • For W3D viewer and W3D Dump, they can be run directly from the folder that they are already in, so they can be copied anywhere.
  • There is a separate readme included for the source code.


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What's New in Version 1.8.0   See changelog


 - Some fixes and cleanups for the W3D and W3X export code
 - Update the plugin to work with Max 2023
 - Fix to allow any material pass to use alpha blending (previously only the last pass with alpha blending would have it enabled). This was just an issue in the exporter, the engine has never had problems with this.
 - Various changes that make the exporting process faster
 - Export settings window will now start in the center of the Max window, instead of the top corner.
 - Fix an issue with the animation frame settings in the export dialog for the W3D plugin.
 - Fix an issue with exporting tangent and binormal data in the W3D plugin (used for the BFME2 FX shader materials). The fix is already in the last published W3X plugin.
 - W3X plugin included in the pack for the first time

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   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

An amazing update and improvement to the W3D asset pipeline!

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   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Fantastic! Now we can finally move the entire workflow onto MAX2023 and forget about the outdated MAX9. Great work.

Also it seems like some people cannot use the W3D materials. So I tried to replicate those shaders with pure HLSL code, which both MAX2023 viewport and the W3X export plugin can use (haven't tested on W3D, but for W3X they work.) They function very similar to those in MAX9, but remember to switch your viewport driver to DX 9 or legacy.  https://github.com/NordlichtS/W3X-RA3-shaders-for-max2023/

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   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Thank you❤️ It's a treasure❤️‍🔥

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member


"C:\Program Files\Autodesk 2023\3ds Max 2023\maps\fx\BFME2\Simple.fx"
"C:\Program Files\Autodesk 2023\3ds Max 2023\maps\fx\BFME2\WaterShader.fx"
"C:\Program Files\Autodesk 2023\3ds Max 2023\maps\fx\BFME2\DefaultW3D.fx"
"C:\Program Files\Autodesk 2023\3ds Max 2023\maps\fx\BFME2\NormalMapped.fx"

How to make these materials work?
You don’t have materials adapted for this version of 3D Max, other versions simply don’t work on the new hardware, what should you do? I want to apply W3D textures

W3D export plugin

Everything works for you except these materials, and I don’t know what to do, I already have import and export standards from you, as developers of adapted plugins, now help me understand the most important thing - creating materials for export models.

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