Loading custom ui through command line


According to the help files I should be able to load a custom ui setup when firing up max from the command line. The help file tells us the following:

To start 3ds Max with a custom user interface from the command line:

1. Save your custom UI scheme with a descriptive base file name with the Save Custom UI Scheme dialog.
2. Right-click the 3ds Max icon on the Windows desktop, and choose Properties.
3. In the Target field, change 3dsmax.exe to 3dsmax.exe -c, followed by the name of your .cui file.

Example: 3dsmax.exe -c myfile.cui. Be sure to leave a space both before and after the -c.

If you want to move the UI scheme to a different computer, copy all the files in the 3dsmax\UI\ folder that start with the custom UI scheme base name to the new 3dsmax\UI\ folder. Alternately, you can add the path name to the command line.

Unfortunately I cannot seem to get this to work and I have tried many different ways. Max always seems to load the last saved UI (toolbars at least) from the user folders, EVEN when I have ‘Save UI configuration on Exit’ turned off.

I can create a .cui file by saving the desired UI through the ‘Customize - Save Custom UI scheme…’ option in the main toolbar. This will generate a new maxStart.CUI which I can then repurpose. But it feels like this command line argument is not working properly.

Have any of you ever played with the command line argument and custom UI. Or can anyone provide me with a nice alternative sollution? I have to fire up a test environment for my colleagues where they will be presented with a toolbar setup with limited custom buttons.

other command line arguments work fine, for example loading a diffenent 3dsmax.ini and plugin.ini file


Nobody on this subject?

with 3ds max 2024 the ‘Customize - Save Custom UI scheme’ starts saving .UI files instead of .CUI so, my suspicion is that Autodesk is changing UI behaviour but have overlooked the -c command line options

Does anybody have a different way of loading custom UI schemes on max load?