*.mat file to lower version

5 votes
Version: 
1.1
Date Updated: 
09/14/2013
Author Name: 
Branko Živković


This tool will convert Material Library file (*.mat) which is created in latest version of 3ds max to previous version.

Additional Info: 


How it works.
Let say we have *.mat file created in 3ds max 2014 and we want to contert it for 3ds max 2012.
#1 Open max 2014 and run the script.
#2 Load *.mat file by pressing "•••" button
#3 Pick version from dropdown list (default 2012)
#4 Then by pressing "Save File As Version" button, this tool
will create empty *.max with same name as mat-Lib file and
place it in the same directory.
#5 Open previously saved *.max file (in max 2012) and run the script.
#6 By pressing "Save MatLib File For This Version" button,
this tool will create new *.mat file with sufix of current max version and place it in the same directory where is original file.

UPDATE 1.1
>> support for future versions of max

Version Requirement: 
2011+
AttachmentSize
bga_mat_to_lower_version_v1.1.ms5.11 KB

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Carol Rein's picture

Thank you

Thank you for the update, I appreciate it so much.
I´ve tried it in max design 2013 and it now shows the dropdownlist with max 2010 option, and it saves the file (overwritting it, I guess) and shows the message as successfully done, but unfortunately the matlib won't open in max 2010. Unless I´m missing something... I'm lost

barigazy's picture

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I updated the tool. I hope it works ;)

barigazy

Carol Rein's picture

I actually have 2013

I actually have max 2013 installed and tried to save as 2010 but in the dropdownlist it only says 2011 as the lower version available.
Am I missing something?

barigazy's picture

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Only if you have installed max2013. From max2016 you can save in 2013 version and from max2013 to max2010

barigazy

Carol Rein's picture

Max 2010

Amazing tool!! Autodesk should have done something like this!
Well, it might sound silly in 2016, but for a lot of reasons, because of plugins compatibility I still use max 2010.
So, is it possible to extend the "save as" to max 2010?
Thanks!!

and2012's picture

Version

Then, I will need to instal the 2014 version anyways? ;) I'm glad with 2012 ;(

barigazy's picture

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No. You need to process lib from max2014.

barigazy

steyin's picture

Any way to convert the file

Any way to convert the file while using a lower version of MAX? I have .mat files from others made in 2014, but I run 2013 and can't use them.

barigazy's picture

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Are you sure? *.mat file has always had a problem with different versions of 3ds max. Can you explain your workflow ei. trick for this problem?

barigazy

hsk1972's picture

what is the problem

well i never faced problem open mat file in older version??

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