Installation / 3ds Max
Verge3D works on top of Autodesk 3ds Max 2018-2021 which should be installed first. If this is not the case, you can download a free trial bundle from Autodesk's website, or try Verge3D for Blender instead.
We recommend using the latest version of 3ds Max (2021 at the time of writing) for best results.
We recommend using Verge3D on Windows 10 with latest video drivers installed. No admin privileges are required for installation.
Verge3D can work in any browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge or Internet Explorer 11. We, however, recommend to use the Chrome browser for development as it is fast and provides good development tools. You might want to make it your default browser for more convenient previews.
Download the Verge3D bundle and double click on the .exe file to run the installer.
Choose an installation folder that have enough permissions for reading and writing (or better leave it by default). Installing in a system directory such as "Program Files" or "Desktop" is not recommended.
Once the installation is complete, you may open 3ds Max. If you had it running, be sure to close and open it again. Now you should see Verge3D menu in the main menu bar.
As of version 2.15, you may also launch the App Manager without running 3ds Max by clicking on the desktop icon or using the Start menu.
Configuring Plugin Path Manually
Sometimes Verge3D menu won't show up. This may happen due to various reasons:
- You disabled the Auto-Configure option in the installer.
- You installed and running a new version of 3ds Max.
- You switched Windows user.
In such the case, you may use the following procedure to configure the plugin path manually.
Run 3ds Max, and select "Configure System Paths..." under "Customize" in the main menu bar.
As of version 2020 it is called "Configure User and System Paths...".
Switch to the "3rd Party Plug-ins" tab and click the "Add..." button.
Navigate to the folder in which Verge3D is installed and then to the "max_plugin" folder inside it. Click "Use Path".
Click "OK" and re-open 3ds Max.
Still no Verge3D menu
In some rare cases, the Verge3D menu may not show up in the main menu bar even if you configured the plugin path and re-opened 3ds Max. To register the menu manually, go to Utilities, click MaxScript and select Verge3D in the dropdown menu. Then click Register Verge3D menu.
Verge3D properties on objects are missing
Custom Verge3D-specific properties are added automatically to objects upon their creation if Verge3D > Auto-Assign Verge3D Params is enabled. Verge3D params are not created though in the cases when you import a scene, open a file which was created before Verge3D was installed, or if the above-mentioned option is switched off.
Either way, you can add Verge3D settings to existing objects manually, by going to the Utilities tab, selecting Verge3D under MAXScript and clicking Add Verge3D Params for selected objects.
In order to remove Verge3D files, as well as the desktop icon and the Start menu entry, from your computer, you may use the standard Add or remove programs function of Windows. It won't touch the applications and puzzles folders where user files are stored, so you may remove them manually if you don't need them anymore.
Before you uninstall Verge3D, you might need to remove custom Verge3D options assigned to your objects. To do so, go to Utilities, click MaxScript and select Verge3D in the dropdown menu. Then click on the Cleanup Scene button.
Familiarize yourself with the basics!
Feel free to ask on the forums!