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Support for 3dsmax (.max)

PostPosted: Sat Aug 07, 2010 4:25 am
by mariokart64n
hello,
I just bought the FPVcodec, and so far happy with the win7 preview expansion.
But I'm also looking for a win7 solution for (*.max) thumbnail preview for windows explorer.

3Dsmax stores a 24bpp bmp in the max file's header, but I haven't figured out how to read the header.. but anyway do they do custom shells extensions/codecs, and how much would it cost?

max file and extracted bmp zip'd below.
http://www.mediafire.com/?3wczw3ssnl07s4p

-thanks for reading

Re: Support for 3dsmax (.max)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:15 am
by Axel
The .max format is unlikely to be supported as it's proprietary and completely undocumented, so unless you are AutoDesk and provide us with specs, I'm afraid we won't be able to support this.

Re: Support for 3dsmax (.max)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:00 pm
by mariokart64n
well, hacking the format won't be too hard, I was able to extract the image with a hex editor. with some time, I can likely document the format, and provide specs for reading the file header.
though I don't know what your opinion is on taking this request. Cause I know some people see cracking a format a form of illegal hacking? and No I am not from Autodesk....

so the question is, if i can provide you with header specs, would you take the request?

EDIT
nevermind, you stated clearly above that you can't take this request. sorry.

Re: Support for 3dsmax (.max)

PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 6:26 am
by Axel
Never say never: if we can locate a reliable source of information concerning this format we can see what it would take and perhaps consider it for a future version.