first of all i asked 3 pigs.(ppl) the first lil piggy said 3ds 9. the second lil piggy said 3ds 7. the last lil piggy said 3ds 5. then the big bad wolf (me) is about to blow them down cause they all said differ answers. so WHICH ONE IS THE BEST TO USE OMG TELL MEH.
if you're gonna be making things for jka, i believe the plugins for exporting stopped working at version 8.
and they don't sell anything earlier than 9 anymore.
If you only want to make models, anything up to max 8 is fine. If you want to animate with max as well (very useful for creating vehicles), you need the Character Studio biped, which came with max 4 (and 5, IIRC). Ultimately, you can't get all the import/export-plugins you need to model for JKA for max 9 or above, so your first friend really did build his house with straw. ;)
8 is great in my opinion. It's the one I started with and it's really good compared to 9 and 7. But that's just me.
lol, 9 is a lot better than 8. it's much much more stable.
can i have one SOLID answer? im getting confused.
from what i know if you want the BEST compatibility with JA then you should search out a download for max5, the exporters work the best with it from what i know, especially if you want animations to work. oh and someone, all versions of max past 5 have character studio, its probably just the JA skeleton biped probably only works well with the older versions since it was saved in an older version.
i use max 8 and it works great. you can make stuff for JKA and it does half the rigging for you. which is a great time saver for testing ingame stuff. you dont want to rig something for hours only to find out its out of scale.
so i say get max 8
max 4 & 5 would be a lot easyer to get plugins working for your importing exporting fun, but thats hard to find now.
iv used max 9, and its a fair amount of jumping through hoops to get the model into the correct format. had to get softimage export plugins, then softimage xsi, to re-export my XSI model into an earlier .XSI format (3.0 i beleive) that carcass/assimilate would recognize. also the process sometimes re-named objects in my scene.:mad:
if you can get an older version of Max, and your main goal is modeling for this game, then its probably a good idea.
minilogoguy18;4604494oh and someone, all versions of max past 5 have character studio, its probably just the JA skeleton biped probably only works well with the older versions since it was saved in an older version.[/quote] Yea, you're right. The reason why it worked so well with older versions of max was a different one tho. As you know, I didn't remember it too well myself, so I dug up this quote from Kesh: [quote=Keshire]The reason I say version 4.2 is because of how the Jedi Outcast xsi plug-in works. It ignores character studio Biped. No other xsi plug-in does that. And if you don't use that you may as well use dragon.