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I would like to know which is, in your opinion, the best map builder to create 3d level, mainly for internals.
I am using Maplet but I must confess that I do not like it so much
| 3d studio max...but very expensive... |
| Have a look at Mapbuilder. I'm using it at the moment, and it is pretty good. The gui takes a bit of getting used to but the support is excellent. The address is http://www.skydat.net/MapBuilder/index.html|
Have a look at the demo. It is possible to import straight into Blitz3D, but you need the registered version for it.
| Yes, 3D studio max is a great program and not too hard to get started with if you're at least an intermediate user. However, if you're a total beginner to computer graphics and you're not very computer savvy 3d studio max will probably make you short circuit. Also, you should know that 3d studio max is quite a piece of intensive software, I'm running a p4 2.0ghz, 512mb ram, nvedia geforce fx 5200 and I have occasional refresh problems if i click other windows, solved by minimizing and bringing the window back up, so would probably work best with 1g of ram. there are quite a few free programs like worldcraft and qradiant, gmax and a lot of other stuff. tell gmax to make a b3d pack! but, there are 'try before you buy' versions of 3d studio max if you're up to it. I just got 3ds max recently and have no prior exp with it but, similar progs. It is a bit of a steep learning curve for me but, the tutorials are very good and easy to follow. |
| Cartography Shop. Great for the price, in my opinion.|
Second on the list is, of course, 3d Studio Max. As for CodeD's comments on what hardware is good for 3d Studio Max, I'm running almost the same hardware ('cept I use a geForce 3 ti200) and he's not too far from the truth. It really does require a hefty pc, so to speak.
Maplet is, in my opinion, a poor editor.
thanks for your support
| I mainly use Maya for 3D stuff, including maps. But just like Max, it's quite expensive and tricky to learn. |
| Quill 3D, Good, Cheap and full of features. |
| it may a bad time to consider Max or Maya. Max just can't get the price down. lowest i've seen is $3500. Maya (and LW) are much less expensive (<$2000), but Alias is on the auction block which is never a good sign. i bought Maya for my business (it exchanges files with Alias Studio and can render CAD) but Lightwave really looks like a sweet application - esp for polygon modeling.|
as noted, there are excellent options out there without the cost. i've always been partial to QuArK (tho i don't do much level editing).
| a friend of mine uses lightwave as well. It's too complex for me tough... |
| I gotta question, Quill3d when you load the b3d are the lightmaps loaded with it? or do you have to do some seperate mumbo jumbo? and same question with cart shop? |