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Thread: ColladaMax 1.04 and quads?

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    ColladaMax 1.04 and quads?

    Hello!

    I've been testing the latest (1.04) ColladaMax plugin, and I was quite surprised it was only exporting triangles, so that if I export and import back a mesh, it's not usable anymore for edition.

    In the documentation (http://www.feelingsoftware.com/content/ ... 9/lang,en/), it says that the "triangles" option is about "Whether to export the tessellation of a mesh as triangles or N-sided polygons. In the COLLADA document, this will generate either the <triangles> or the <polylist> element".

    Does that mean there's no way to export quads ?

    Did I miss something?
    thanks for any hint

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    There is no way to export quads/N-sided polygons. The N-sided polygon export option was causing too much pain, especially when used with some of the important experimental export options and it was disabled.

    With regards to edition: editing an EditablePoly or a EditableMesh should be very similar. What is missing from the re-imported mesh that makes it not usable for edition?

    Sincerely,
    Guillaume Laforte
    Feeling Software Inc
    http://www.feelingsoftware.com

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    Hello,

    It appears that artists prefer to manipulate quads rather than triangles. Converting quads to triangles is some sort of loss of information, which currently prevents them to use a Collada file as an intermediate file format when using Max.

    Maybe I didn't get your point about EditablePolys or EditableMesh because of my lack of knowledge with using Max; I'll try to get more information about this.

    Thanks for your attention

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    I've added bug#75 on our public Bugzilla for this.

    We'll be adding import/export support for the EditablePoly object. Please subscribe to the FS public Bugzilla and add yourself to the CC list for updates.

    http://www.feelingsoftware.com/bugzilla

    Sincerely,
    Guillaume Laforte
    Feeling Software Inc
    http://www.feelingsoftware.com

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