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create .X files with textures

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Which programs could/should I use to create my own 3D models for my games? I have some of the freebies; Maya, GameSpace Light(650max faces?!), and Anim8ter. Can any of these help me create models that can be exported/converted into .X files with textures included? Problem example: I can use Anim8ter to export to .3ds, then I can use the "conv3ds" thingy to convert it to an .X file, but with no textures.

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I'm not sure if I have understand you right but the textures are never stored in the .x file you have to load them yourself from some .dds, .png, .jpg,... files. (the texture file names are stored in the .x file.)
Just see “tutorial 6” from the SDK:

//-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
// Name: InitGeometry()
// Desc: Load the mesh and build the material and texture arrays
//-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
HRESULT InitGeometry()
{
LPD3DXBUFFER pD3DXMtrlBuffer;

// Load the mesh from the specified file
if( FAILED( D3DXLoadMeshFromX( "Tiger.x", D3DXMESH_SYSTEMMEM,
g_pd3dDevice, NULL,
&pD3DXMtrlBuffer, NULL, &g_dwNumMaterials,
&g_pMesh ) ) )
{
// If model is not in current folder, try parent folder
if( FAILED( D3DXLoadMeshFromX( "..\\Tiger.x", D3DXMESH_SYSTEMMEM,
g_pd3dDevice, NULL,
&pD3DXMtrlBuffer, NULL, &g_dwNumMaterials,
&g_pMesh ) ) )
{
MessageBox(NULL, "Could not find tiger.x", "Meshes.exe", MB_OK);
return E_FAIL;
}
}

// We need to extract the material properties and texture names from the
// pD3DXMtrlBuffer
D3DXMATERIAL* d3dxMaterials = (D3DXMATERIAL*)pD3DXMtrlBuffer->GetBufferPointer();
g_pMeshMaterials = new D3DMATERIAL9[g_dwNumMaterials];
if( g_pMeshMaterials == NULL )
return E_OUTOFMEMORY;
g_pMeshTextures = new LPDIRECT3DTEXTURE9[g_dwNumMaterials];
if( g_pMeshTextures == NULL )
return E_OUTOFMEMORY;

for( DWORD i=0; i<g_dwNumMaterials; i++ )
{
// Copy the material
g_pMeshMaterials[i] = d3dxMaterials[i].MatD3D;

// Set the ambient color for the material (D3DX does not do this)
g_pMeshMaterials[i].Ambient = g_pMeshMaterials[i].Diffuse;

g_pMeshTextures[i] = NULL;
if( d3dxMaterials[i].pTextureFilename != NULL &&
lstrlen(d3dxMaterials[i].pTextureFilename) > 0 )
{
// Create the texture
if( FAILED( D3DXCreateTextureFromFile( g_pd3dDevice,
d3dxMaterials[i].pTextureFilename,
&g_pMeshTextures[i] ) ) )
{
// If texture is not in current folder, try parent folder
const TCHAR* strPrefix = TEXT("..\\");
TCHAR strTexture[MAX_PATH];
StringCchCopy( strTexture, MAX_PATH, strPrefix );
StringCchCat( strTexture, MAX_PATH, d3dxMaterials[i].pTextureFilename );
// If texture is not in current folder, try parent folder
if( FAILED( D3DXCreateTextureFromFile( g_pd3dDevice,
strTexture,
&g_pMeshTextures[i] ) ) )
{
MessageBox(NULL, "Could not find texture map", "Meshes.exe", MB_OK);
}
}
}
}

// Done with the material buffer
pD3DXMtrlBuffer->Release();

return S_OK;
}




In the SDK ("...\Microsoft DirectX SDK (February 2006)\Utilities\Bin\PlugIns\Maya") you will find a .x exporter for maya.

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