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Jefferson's 3D Modeling Tips for Freelancer
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Jefferson the 3D modeler is back!
Questions on how to get models developed in
A variety on 3d software into freelancer I'll give a
shot at answering except blender.

The best way I've found is to export from GMax, 3D Max, Cinema 4D, etc into objaction format (.obj & corresponding .mat) and import into Milkshape 3d. Then
Export into Freelancer .cmp and .mat files.

There's a free program running around called UV Mapper
That beats most expensive UV mapping software. Look for it in the Poser-Daz3d community. (Windows only)

As for free modeling software that exports to .obj.
Try Hexigon 2.5 offered free at Daz3d's website only to have to create an account to get the serial number.

As for textures look for free editions of photoshop essentials. That will get you to .tga (targa) format.

Just posted new ship mod for admin review.
Look for my newest ships at Jefferson's Super Ship Mod.
(Ones Anton and Crabtree glommed for WTS addon were fron 2005.)

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You know there's a much better exporter for 3ds Max, right? Milkshape is a terrible way to make models for FL.

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Okay what much exporter are you talking about? Yeah Milkshape is ancient, but it works. Though I'm always interested in something new.

If you misseed the point not everyone is a pro and 3DMax, Maya, C4D, ect = $$$$. Major $£€, ect.

I was attempting to outline ways to model ships, stations, etc for FREE.

AND YES Mr Admin Troll (Friendly Fire is SO apt)
Max2CMP is okay but When you start posting free versions of 3D Studio Max I'll start giving it's bugs mention.

You see I'm starting up here on your threads with experience from a hundred or more posts on the old Lancer Reactor site and got trolled for using my pricey pro software when most wanted to model using free or cheap software. Thus I pointed people to GOOD free software.

However if there are people with the high end 3D graphics\texturing software on the threads then they most likely won't need much help, but in the spirit of community SHOULD help.

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Yep. Uh-huh. Thanks. And you made my point. Tell people how much 2017 costs. And I last shelled out for 2010 and it works fine for me, and had I updated to 2017 I'd be into Autodesk for 5 figures by now as I was when I updated 3DSMax from 5 to 6 to 7 to... And then they bought Maya... Etc.

So when I retired in 2011 I decided to NEVER shell out for updates again. Which is a lesson that unless you've got a client or employer who'll shell for software AND let you keep it...(yeah RIGHT...good luck) Then be prepared to spend big time, take tax deductions, be audited yearly and so on.

See why I champion FREE software?

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Free software? MS3D isn't free.

Also, Autodesk Education provides free software for students, including 3ds Max 2017. That's the overwhelming majority of modders right there.

But hey, if you want to keep using the shitshow that is MS3D (whose exporter consistently fucks up crucial aspects of CMPs and MATs), you do you.

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Well you educated me there. And no I don't export with Milkshape since the Max exporters came out. The process is so much easier. I'm still reading through the threads, but some processes haven't and that's why sites like this exist. Now has anyone came out with exporters for Cinema 4D?

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I'll readily admit the exporter documentation is severely lacking (the original author disappeared a while ago, but fortunately the exporter was open source and I recently ported it to 2017), that's something I hope someone can take some time to do properly. If you have questions, I might be able to help and w0dk4 as well if he sees the thread.

Unfortunately the Cinema 4D userbase is even smaller than the 3ds one, so nobody's investigated that.

Oh, also, it's not very classy to edit snide remarks in well after posting something (in the hope I won't notice?). Plus, if you're gonna do it, at least put some effort into the insult man.

If you're wondering where my attitude comes from, I'm a little tired/peeved that people keep using outdated tools (fled-ids, the old UTF Editor, HardCMP, MS3D) when much better, open source (and therefore maintainable) replacements exist.

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No problem. Everybody has their buttons. Sorry I pushed yours.

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You make MS3D sound worse than it is.
Effectively most 3d models in FL mods were exported using MS and most of them work flawlessly (you just have to know what you are doing).
Its also free to use for a limited time and not everyone is student to make use of autodesk education stuff.

I of course wouldnt recommend using MS for modeling since its way too complicated but its good enough for exporting working FL models.

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Milkshape really have many problems. For example - Defender's cockpit have visual bugs after export. But Milkshape is not terrible. It's simple tool for simple things. And nothing more.
One modeller created in SketchUp new models for me. That models totally crashing after any change in MilkShape - in this case you can't use Milkshape. Milkshape don't become bad after that - this is just more than it allowing to do.

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HardCMP is more useful for editing hardpoints instead of new UTF.

Ok, about new tools.
UTF - in last releases was changed renderer of models. I not seeing color of materials anymore. Result - I don't using latest version of UTF.
FL Mod Studo - changed controls of camera. Result - I don't using latest version of FL Mod Studio.

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May be, but not everywhere.

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the old UTF Editor

Simple example. I want to add and rename some nodes to pilot voices. In new UTF it required more than 5 seconds for every new node. In OLD - it hasn't any lag.

Every tools useful in own case. Old and outdated too.

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sketchup models work pretty fine with milkshape if you use the right obj exporter. There is a free one which does the job pretty well (i currently can not remember the name and would need to search for it since I got a new PC just a few weeks ago).
Some other obj exporters that I have tried before export way too many double vertices. That needs to cleaned before exporting stuff with milkshape (lithunwrap might do the job here).

I use many old tools since I know them from the very beginning of FL modding and got used to them. Next to that are many new tools "too automated" and dont allow me to see and edit specific details that I personally consider important.

That does not mean that I dont use new tools aswell.
FLdev is great... much better than fiddling wiht reshacker.
FL Mod Studio also has its use eventhough I still write the code of the systems by hand (windows editor) since it allows me more control over specific settings. FL Mod Studio however is pretty nice if you want to check how stuff looks like without constantly launching the game.

New and old tools have their justification.

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HardCMP is more useful for editing hardpoints instead of new UTF.

Ok, about new tools.
UTF - in last releases was changed renderer of models. I not seeing color of materials anymore. Result - I don't using latest version of UTF.
FL Mod Studo - changed controls of camera. Result - I don't using latest version of FL Mod Studio.


You do realize those tools have threads on this very site and that, at least for UTF Ed, I actively monitor it for bug reports? Instead of stupidly dropping a tool because of a singular feature breaking (which absolutely is a bug, but people don't tell me about them), why didn't you write something in that thread?

I've added virtually every single feature HardCMP had and then another layer on top just for good measure, so why the hell are you still using HardCMP anyway?

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Here's an idea from the pro's and it's probably buried in the threads somewhere. OUTLINE THE MODELING PROCESS.

EG; From 3D model, hardpoint addition, texturing, export to cmp-mat, scripting, testing. And what software was used. (And if that software is available on what site ).

To the pros this is called "The Pipeline" and raging arguments result in art/design departments over the most efficient pipeline. Which usually get settled by the boss saying "Do it my way".

If some software is buggy/outdated/clunky,etc then what do you think is better and why?

If you think you have a pipeline nailed; What is it?
Chances are good someone else is doing it better.

There might be a handful of people who can do everything for a good Freelancer mod. (I'd like to meet one, but their probably suffering from OCD.) And that's why were on the Specialty Modding thread because we model.

Things have changed drastically since about all we had in 2004 was UTF and Hex editors. In this Friendly Fire out there is dead right. Still, of all the parts needed for a good mod, there's nothing I've found that beats putting your own pretty ship into Freelancer and taking it for a spin around Sirius.

So folks, what do you use and how do you use it? Huh?

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3ds Max, UTF-Editor, Notepad.
Get job done, all else beyond is personal fun.

And the only idea, I remember, regarding FL was always a mythical Click-Done Software, and not having multiple .exe programs.

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