I dont have any materials in my material library and when i import downloaded models half the materials are "missing" and it looks crap. I have read that they are often just in another directory but i havnt found them any where im sure i dont have them any where, possibly becoz i had a trial and registered it later and think i might have screwed up the activation a bit or did something wrong...
so is their anywhere i can download it from for 3ds max 2010? i cant find it anywhere, also is their any where i can download .mat files rather then just jpg materials that are found all over the net?
I just went through this frustrating exercise myself. Even material libraries which I had laboriously setup and saved, were opening back up with blank materials where the maps just said "JPEG 38" or something like that.
It's a bug in Max, and there are two fixes out there, both available on the Autodesk website under Support and Downloads. Install Service Pack 1 first, then install the Hotfix, and your problems will be solved!
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