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Jerome Gear
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Cool Alice 3d file format - 10-30-2008, 08:08 AM

What format are Alice 3D files stored in, that is, what 3D file format does Alice use.
   
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Default 10-31-2008, 05:38 PM

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What format are Alice 3D files stored in, that is, what 3D file format does Alice use.
Alice store its objects as .a2c files, which is a format unique to Alice and is basically undocumented. The object files are actually zipped directories - you can unzip the file and see the content. Some of it is easily edited, such as the texture files - some is plain text, which can be edited (do a forum search) with difficulty - and some files are binary which I, at least, have never figured out.

The basic file import format is .ase, which is a text ASCII format, and these files, other than being quite large, are fairly self explaintory. They also only describe meshes and mesh hierarchies - no texture or armature (bone) information is included. Unfortunately, there is no .ase export capability.

Alice file import has some quirks - such as not supporting the xxx.yyy (for yyy "is a member of" xxx) convention and not allowing blanks - but these are fairly easily fixed in a text editor.

Textures can be imported separately - with some scaling issues, but these aren't usually major if the original was OK (not a good assumption for many flies on the web). Any armature/bone structure, however, will be completely lost.

See the Share Object section of the forum for more details - and Good Luck.

Last edited by DrJim; 10-31-2008 at 05:43 PM. Reason: Typos
   
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