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3d modeling program with a simple file format?

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I'm going to be programming a 3d game soon, and I need to know a good modeling program thats easy to read in from so that my artist can start practicing with it. Skeleton animation would be a plus. I'm gonna use C++ and D3d. Thanks.

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The ASE (Ascii Scene Export) format is probably the best to learn with because it's human-readable and therefore fairly easy to parse, and there are also a fair number of tutorials and even code around that will help you out.

I know for a fact that 3D Studio MAX exports the ASE format, and I'm sure most other programs would probably be able to export it or have a plugin available. If all else fails, you should be able to find a converter somewhere on the net.

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The MilkShape 3d format is pretty simple too, though AFAIK it doesn't have a lot of support in any other programs.

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Milkshape is very good and cheap too! It can import a range of formats. It can save in a binary format and an ASCII text format.

cheers
sam.

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