.MAX File Extension

.MAX File Extension

File Type 1

3ds Max Scene File

Developer Autodesk
Popularity
3.4  |  119 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, which are comprised of 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. These projects are saved in MAX files, which are often referred to as 3ds Max scenes.

How do I convert MAX files to other formats?

After a user has finished editing a MAX file in 3ds Max, they can export it in a variety of different formats, including .FBX, .AI, .DWG, .DXF, .IGS, .SAT, .STL, and others.

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

How do I open a MAX file?

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

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Programs that open MAX files

Windows
Updated June 24, 2021
File Type 2

Action Replay Max Save File

Developer Datel
Popularity
3.1  |  19 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 3

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
File Type 4

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

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