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Here are some frequently asked questions about the Lasershow Converter MAX plug-in for 3D Studio MAX:

Availability

Question: Is Lasershow Converter MAX ready for use?

Answer: Yes, it is being used to create productions around the world. Despite it being relatively new, it is quite stable and reliable. It also incorporates ongoing improvements suggested by our users.
       To order Lasershow Converter MAX, see the LC MAX price list page.

Question: I already have LD2000. Can I get a demo version of Lasershow Converter MAX?

Answer: Unfortunately, this is not possible, due to how the LC MAX software works with LD2000. Fortunately, to find out about LC MAX's quality conversions you can check out a 15-second demo or one of these some sample 3D Studio MAX-converted animations:

Also, in some cases, if you send us sample 3D Studio MAX objects and scenes, we can convert them. Please call in advance to make arrangements.

Question: What versions of 3D Studio MAX can be used with Lasershow Converter MAX?

Answer: Lasershow Converter MAX works with 3D Studio MAX releases 3 and later (including 4.0, 4.2 and 5.0). If you have older versions, please note that LC MAX does NOT work with these versions. You must upgrade to release 3 or later.
        Also note that Autodesk has changed the name of the product. Beginning with version 4, it is "3ds max". Pangolin's website uses the older name, "3D Studio MAX".
   

Making frames and animations

Question: I need some frames for a laser show. Can you convert them for me?

Answer: Pangolin does not have an artistic staff that can create frames or animations for production purposes. Here are some of our clients who can create 3D Studio MAX models and convert them to laser:

(If you use Lasershow Converter MAX to make frames for other laser companies, and want to add your name to this list, please contact Pangolin.)  

File conversions

Question: Can Lasershow Converter MAX work with other formats such as AutoCAD DXF or Adobe Illustrator?

Answer: Yes, if 3D Studio MAX can import these formats. Remember that Lasershow Converter MAX is a plug-in to 3D Studio MAX. If 3D Studio MAX can import files, then Lasershow Converter MAX can convert them.
        According to the Autodesk website, geometry (vector) formats that can be imported include: IGES, PRJ, SHP, STL, VRML, 3DS, 3D ASCII Scene, Adobe Illustrator AI, AutoCAD DWG and DXF, Adobe Type1 and TrueType fonts.

Question: Have people done this?

Answer: Yes. For example, a client was working with a major national advertiser, to introduce a brand-new product. The advertiser provided the product logo in Adobe Illustrator "AI" format. The file was imported into 3D Studio MAX as a spline. Lasershow Converter MAX then converted this into a perfect laser image.

Question: Can Lasershow Converter MAX take regular bitmaps (BMP, JPG, GIF, TIF formats) and convert them to laser?

Answer: Not normally. Lasershow Converter MAX only works within 3D Studio MAX, which is used to create 3D models, and then make those 3D models move and animate. 3D Studio MAX CANNOT take regular raster bitmaps and animate them.
        However, the bitmaps could be converted, using a program such as Adobe Streamline, into a geometry (vector) format that 3D Studio MAX would import. Then our Lasershow Converter MAX plug-in can convert them to laser.

   
  This page last updated: Thursday, June 25, 2009 12:00 AM

 
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