.MAX File Extension

File Type 1

3ds Max Scene File

Developer Autodesk
Popularity
3.4  |  122 Votes
Category 3D Image Files
Format Binary

What is a MAX file?

A MAX file is a three-dimensional scene created by Autodesk 3ds Max, a 3D modeling, animation, and rendering application. It contains one or more 3D models, including wireframes, textures, lighting effects, shading, animations, and other 3D design elements.

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Screenshot of a .max file in Autodesk 3ds Max 2022
MAX file open in Autodesk 3ds Max 2022

Graphics professionals in the video game, film, television, and architecture industries use 3ds Max to create 3D models and animations. When you save a project with 3ds Max, the application creates a 3ds Max scene (MAX file) to store the contents. After saving the project, you can close it and re-open it to continue editing it.

NOTE: 3ds Max was previously known as 3D Studio MAX. 3D Studio MAX saved scenes in the MAX and .3DS formats. You can still export scenes as 3DS files with 3ds Max 2022 (and earlier versions).

How to open a MAX file

You can open a MAX file with Autodesk 3ds Max in Windows. To do so, select File → Open... from the 3ds Max menu bar. Then, navigate to and open your MAX file.

How to convert a MAX file

Autodesk 3ds Max can convert MAX files to various formats, including the following file types:

  • .FBX - Autodesk FBX Interchange File
  • .AI - Adobe Illustrator Artwork
  • .DWG - AutoCAD Drawing
  • .DXF - Drawing Exchange Format
  • .IGS - IGES Drawing
  • .SAT - ACIS SAT 3D Model
  • .STL - Stereolithography File
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Programs that open MAX files

Windows
Updated May 11, 2022
File Type 2

OmniPage Scanned Document

Developer Nuance Communications
Popularity
3.3  |  13 Votes
Category Page Layout Files
Format N/A

What is a MAX file?

Scanned image or text document saved by OmniPage scanning software; recognizes characters and words and detects page layout information using OCR software.

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OmniPage was previously developed by ScanSoft, which was acquired by Nuance Communications, Inc.

Programs that open MAX files

Windows
Nuance OmniPage
Linux
Updated May 15, 2008
File Type 3

Action Replay Max Save File

Developer Datel
Popularity
3.1  |  20 Votes
Category Game Files
Format Binary

What is a MAX file?

Saved file created by Datel's Action Replay MAX, a PlayStation 2 (PS2) program used for applying cheats to PS2 games and creating PS2 saves; contains the saved state of a PS2 video game; can be saved to a hard drive or transferred to a PC using a USB flash drive.

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MAX files can be opened directly on the PlayStation 2 using the Memory Manager on the PS2 Action Replay MAX disc.

Programs that open MAX files

Updated November 14, 2007
File Type 4

PaperPort Scanned Document

Developer Nuance Communications
Popularity
3.1  |  18 Votes
Category Raster Image Files
Format N/A

What is a MAX file?

Image imported via scanner or created by ScanSoft PaperPort scanning software; saved in a proprietary format used by ScanSoft software.

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NOTE: ScanSoft is now part of Nuance Communications, Inc.

Programs that open MAX files

Linux
Updated December 11, 2014

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