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SimCity 4 General Discussion and Tutorials => Tips, Tricks and Tutorials => Questions About Custom Content Creation => Topic started by: FromTheAshes on October 08, 2007, 04:12:10 PM

Title: Interesting features in 3ds Max
Post by: FromTheAshes on October 08, 2007, 04:12:10 PM
Today I want to show you some interesting features in 3ds Max which (I think) not everone know.
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Everyone knows what windows and doors are, so we'll start with the AEC Extendet tools:
There we got the Foliage tool which was a big surprise for me because it contains a tree library. Yes, the 3ds Max itself has got a tree library and you're free to use the trees and plants there.
Then we got a railing-tool to create railings and simple fances.
The last point is that lovely wall-tool which makes creating walls and whole buildings extremely easy.
(http://jannikh.ja.funpic.de/Bilder/img2.jpg)
Next thing: Stairs-tool.
Damn folks, that is a great tool. I allways had big problems with stairs. I hated them. Using this tool its very easy to create simple stairs using the drag-method we know from the standart shapes. Here you can take a look:
(http://jannikh.ja.funpic.de/Bilder/img3.jpg)
I also found a pretty funny tool for everyone who plays SC4 (so nearly everyone ;)).
The Paint deformation tool on Polys.
Check this out: I made a simple plane (50x50 segments) and turned it into Poly.
Scrolling my way through the comand panel I saw a tool I never used to know. So I tried it and - surprise surprise - it's pretty similar to the terraforming tool in SC4. You got your brush, you can chose the size and so.. So what does this tool actually do? I think it simply moves the polys in 2 possible directions (Z + and Z -). Coevally it adds a light Turbosmoother i guess. Look at the result:
(http://jannikh.ja.funpic.de/Bilder/img4.jpg)
I hope some of you liked these little tipps. Feel free to ask if you have problems.
And now have fun trying the tools.