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Import QuickDraw 3dmf format files

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Mike,

Apple's 3D format is pretty much dead, although some of the applications that have been around for many years do have translators for 3DMF. FormZ and Carrara are two that I know of, and I suspect that Amapi might also. There is a free time limited trial (you can import and save files) of the latest versions of Carrara and Amapi at http://www.eovia.com. An older version 5.15 of Amapi is also available for free at http://www.amapi.net.

From Carrara, the compatible export format for VW would be DXF. FormZ will export in DXF, DWG, IGS and SAT. Only VW 11 will import SAT in addition to DXF and IGS importers in earlier versions of VW. I suspect Amapi will save in DXF, IGS and SAT as well.

Regards,

Chris

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Thank you for your input Chris, but in the end I managed to answer my own query.

After a bit of surfing I discovered a great little shareware program called Meshwork http://codenautics.com/meshwork/

"Meshwork is a 3D triangle-mesh modeling program for MacOS. It is designed especially for making compact, efficient objects for use in 3D games or on the web.

It imports and exports several file formats, including DXF and optimized 3DMF. It can also be used to produce VRML for the web, models for POV-Ray, sprites, models for OpenGL applications, and more."

What I have been trying to do is import some of the 3dmf files of notable architectural buildings that can be found on the Great Buildings Collection website http://buildings.greatbuildings.com/

The site is worth having a look at, as is the ArchitectureWeek website http://www.architectureweek.com/today.html

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