Scene Management in 3ds Max - Part 2 - Containers
In this final tutorial, learn how to work collaboratively on the Containers Tool.
- Recorded in: 3ds Max 2010
- This tutorial is intended for use with 3ds Max version 2010 or higher.
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For the next few minutes, you will act as one of your colleagues,
in need of your container.
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There are two ways for your colleagues to inherit your work:
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First, they can inherit the entire container and its contents.
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This can be done from the Tools menu or the Container Scene Explorer.
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Either way, the result is that the container you created is now
in their scene,
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in the same location you created it in, and with the name you gave it.
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Another method is to manually create a container, and then use
the Inherit Content method.
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They still inherit your work, but based on the location of the newly
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The label is also different.
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Both methods however do NOT allow your colleagues to edit your work.
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At best, they can transform the container for placement in the scene.
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Had you chosen to enable the Allow Edit in Place option,
the Edit in Place button would not be grayed out.
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Your colleagues would then be able to completely change
and overwrite your work.
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A safer method would arguably be to disallow editing by a third party.
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If your colleagues still need to make changes, perhaps by turning
the 1-door 12" cabinet into a 2-door 24" cabinet, here's what they can do.
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Using the Merge Source Definition button, the colleague has now
effectively created a local duplicate of your container contents.
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At this point, this "open" container has lost its link to your original.
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The colleague can now make the necessary changes to turn
this 12" cabinet into a 24" cabinet.
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Note that when you make a clone of a component that's already part
of a container, such as the door in this case;
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the clone is also part of that container.
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Rename the Container helper: Cont_locab_24i
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Since this is a new local container, it needs to be saved
as a separate Container Definition File.
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If you forget to do so and try to close the container,
you will be prompted to give it a name.
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In a collaborative environment, container files (.maxc) should be placed
on a server where everyone can benefit from them.
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To create duplicates (multiple 12"-cabinets), you can manually
add more containers and inherit their contents, or simply clone
the existing containers.
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Even used as a Copy, cloned containers will follow the Container
Definition File as defined by the last person to save the container.