View Full Version : HELP: Selecting meshes (simple problem)

03 March 2006, 06:37 AM
Hi guys, I have a bunch of meshes labelled mesh00 -> mesh50, and I want to automatically select each one so I can set the image alpha to opaque for each. Selecting a mesh is just $mesh00 I think, but I can't think of a way to put this in a loop (similar to $mesh + i or something). Can anyone help me?

I've tried a workaround (below) but it doesn't work. I guess its abit obvious to say that I'm not very good at programming =]. Thanks in advance.

for i = 0 to 9 do
importFile (mitsu + "00" + i as string + ".3ds") #noPrompt
meditMaterials[1] = copy $.material
meditMaterials[1].diffuseMap.monoOutput = 1
meditMaterials[1].diffuseMap.alphaSource = 2
showTextureMap meditMaterials[1] on


03 March 2006, 08:01 AM
I think there are two cases here

1) If you want to select multiple meshes in the same scene.

use select $mesh* if you are sure that the mesh names start with string "mesh".

2) If you are loading meshes from external 3ds files and they are in the same folder as your current script/max file, assuming that the 3ds filenames are mitsu000.3ds to mitsu009.3ds use

importFile ("mitsu00"+i+".3ds") #noPrompt

If the files are in any other folder, use
yourFilePath = "c:\\3dsfiles"
for i=0 to 9 do
importFile (yourFilePath+"\\mitsu00"+i+".3ds") #noPrompt

Hope this helps,

03 March 2006, 08:05 AM
To select many objects you should use something called Collections.

You use them by using the * sign. Try this:

for iObject=1 to selObjects.count do
selObjects[iObject].material --here you modify the objects material the way you want

Here you will have access directly to each object so you can change it's material. As you see there are still a few lines you have to add

Good Luck

03 March 2006, 10:46 AM
Awesome. I'll try it out. Thanks so much guys =]

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