Coming soon, 3ds max File Link Extension for Subscription Members
The new extension is designed to improve the design visualization workflow between 3ds max and AutoCAD and Architectural Desktop. It will enable users to import .DWG geometry files, assign materials and modifiers, and then reload the edited .DWG files into AutoCAD or Architectural Desktop, while preserving all edit history.
Some features of the extension include:
File Reload: Maintain modifications made in 3ds max
when changes are made to original objects built in AutoCAD or Architectural Desktop.
Changes to original models can be modified many times without having to recreate
work in 3ds max.
Selective reloading is also available, enabling designers to focus on improving parts of a file rather than having to reload an entire scene.
File Reload Presets give designers a simple method to ensure consistency when importing multiple files into 3ds max.
Scene organization: Multiple scene organization options
enable greater control and flexibility. Scenes can be imported as a single object or
broken down in detail.
Supports Instanced Objects (Blocks and Nested Blocks) created in AutoCAD
Supports Unit Detection and Rescaling
Enables import by Layer or Color
Shapes can be made renderable on import
Supports Attached Drawing Xrefs
Enables separation of Mesh and Shape data where needed
Auto-Extrude: Objects with "thickness" assigned in the .DWG file will inherently have a 3D depth via the automatic application of the Extrude Modifier. No longer will artists have to add 3D-depth by hand.
Architectural Desktop 2004 compatibility: Architectural Desktop Styles, Layers, Materials, UV Coordinates, and VIZ Render Radiosity processing are fully supported.
Supports all ObjectARX custom objects: ObjectARX custom objects are geometric plug-ins that are available in many of the vertical products from Autodesk, such as Architectural Desktop, Mechanical Desktop and Map.
Specialized support for Autodesk Civil Contour Objects: Civil Series can draw specialized Contour Objects for terrain, roads, etc. These objects can now be read by the 3ds max DWG Importer and File Link Extension.
Supports Raster Images: A .jpg or .bmp file can be inserted into an AutoCAD application and used as a template on which to draw. This Object is also translated by the 3ds max DWG reader.
Support for Axonometric Named Views: Designers can define a viewpoint (either perspective or axonometric) and save it into a list. These views will now be translated as Cameras once the .DWG file is imported into 3ds max.
Render Spline Modifier: Set renderable properties without requiring stacks to be collapsed. This important flexibility provides designers with added control over their File Link objects without breaking the "file link" itself.
Info is direct from Discreet News Bulletin February 13, 2004