Category Archives: Release News

3DSimED 3.1p

Fix: rF2 .GMT created using the latest 64-bit Max plugin will now import.

Fix: The Material Edit -> Swap texture channel coordinates function could give incorrect results if both channels were not 0 (1->2,1->3,2->3).

Fix: Exported Wavefront .OBJ are now smaller for models which have been edited.

Fix: In some situations, FBX Export was including deleted geometry.

Fix: Open 3SE could fail if saved 3SE contained objects.

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3DSimED 3.1o

Enhancement Import Forza Apex/7 tracks, the “Replace missing texture map” option now replaces all missing texture maps with a ‘blank’ (grey) texture map.

Fix: BC7 format DX10 .DDS texture maps loss of detail, this particularly caused problems when importing Forza 7 or Apex tracks.


3DSimED 3.1n Release Notes

12-02-2018 18-05-34

New: Tracks from Forza Apex and Forza 7 can now be imported.

Enhanced: Import of Forza 7/Apex/Horizon cars has a new option to convert Swatchbin to DDS, this option will also ensure all texture maps referenced by all the materials will be available as DDS.

Enhanced: When writing .SCN files for rF2, the REFLECTEDENV and REFMAP0 sections are written and populated with the names of objects tagged as reflected.

Enhanced: When closing a model, the option to never be prompted has been added. The option can also be set at File->Options->User Options.

Enhanced: Wavefront .OBJ. The normal and texture coordinates are exported with the same number of decimal places as the XYZ coordinates.

Enhanced: Collada Export of a single object will try to use the title of the filename for the geometry name.

Fix: Tools->Rename Objects would change the case of the object names to lower case.

Fix: Editing an object name within the Object Instance Edit pane.

Fix: Opening a .3SE would change object names to lower case.

Fix: Exported geometry using the stamp billboard shaders would be incorrectly rotated in rF2.

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3DSimED 3.1m

10-01-2018 20-19-31

Enhanced: Added support for the new shaders of rF2 v1109. Some of these are DX11 only shaders, they can be used in models and exported to rF2 but are rendered in 3DSimED with a simple diffuse map.

Enhanced: Fully defined Searchpaths in rF/rF2 .SCN files now supported.

Enhanced: More Swatchbin (Forza textures) formats supported.

Enhanced: Two ‘Decal’ shaders added: one with cube map & specular colour; the other supporting bump, specular & cube maps.

Fix: Importing models. If Object names contain ‘:’  characters they are replaced with ‘_’ (this was a problem with Race Sim Studio models).

Fix: Forza Apex/Horizon 3/7 improved handling of texture coordinate channels.

Fix: In some circumstances an object could be clipped out when visible.

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3DSimED 3.1l

21-11-2017 16-42-56

New: Forza 7 Support. Earlier versions of 3DSimED could import Forza 7 models with the Forza Apex Import Plugin but version 3.1l has many improvements to help import Forza 7 car models. The plugin understands the new pcfamily and base sub-folders of media, has improved diffuse texture handling, includes an option to import the blur wheel materials and will read more swatchbin texture types.

New: Wavefront .OBJ export plugin.

New: F1-2017 _model Import Plugin . This allows individual models to be imported but requires game ERP archives to be decompressed.

New: Tools ->Expand-> Single ERP Archive/Batch ERP Archive. Decompress individual or folder tree of ERP archives.

Enhanced: Added rF2 shader “car body paint with damage”.

Fix: Forza 7/Apex/Horizon 3 Import has better handling for missing materialbins and should not crash if files are missing.

Fix: Models with deeply nested objects could crash 3DSimED.

Fix: Wavefront .OBJ import could not import quoted texture map names.

Fix: TDU Import would corrupt some meshes.

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F1-2017 Import Plugin Update

This is an update to the F1-2017 Import plugin included with 3DSimED 31k – it will not work with versions before 3DSimED 31j.

The following issues are addressed in this release:

  • Opening some tracks could cause the plugin to terminate.
  • The classic cars were not using the classic tire objects and textures.
  • The higher resolution texture maps (mipmaps) were not used if the original DDS was in DXT1 format.

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Forza Apex/Horizon 3 Import Plugin

This is an update to the Forza Apex/FH3 Import plugin included with 3DSimED 31j – it will not work with earlier versions of 3DSimED.

The following issues are addressed in this release:

  • Objects with identical titles but different disk files would load incorrectly.
  • Importing a modelbin with all LOD would fail.
  • Sub-meshes instanced more than once could be scaled incorrectly.

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3DSimED3.1j Released

New: Forza Apex/Fh3 now includes secondary texture maps such as specular, bump, and ambient maps

New: 3DSimED Materials can reference texture maps not used by the Material’s Shader this allows extra texture maps to be imported and exported.

New: Export FBX will reference specular, bump, ambient, opacity and cube maps allowing the maps to be imported to 3DS Max.

New: Export Collada has option to copy textures to the same folder as the exported .DAE. Spaces in the texture filenames are converted to underlines to ensure the names match those in the Collada DAE.

New: Export FBX includes option to copy textures to the same folder as the FBX. The full path to the textures still has to be included in the texture names to ensure that 3DS Max can import the textures.

New: Texture Map conversions now has the option to remove trailing GUID strings from texture maps names (this is particularly for Forza import because the swatchbin filenames often include a long GUID string).

Enhanced:  Forza Apex/FH3 The use of ‘#’ has been removed from imported materials and texture map names.

Enhanced:  Forza Apex/FH3 The positioning of wheels, rotors and calipers improved.

Enhanced:  Forza Apex/FH3 LOD handling improved.

Enhanced:  Forza Apex/FH3 LOD revised material detection, resulting in higher material resolution.

Enhanced: Tools->Split Objects The objects created are smaller with less vertices.

Enhanced: Tools->Texture Browser->Batch Convert. The limit on the number of files that could be selected has been increased.

Enhanced: The Material Edit Pane shows textures missing for the material shader with a magenta border.

Fix: Primitives->Add TSO could fail to find texture maps referenced by the object.

Fix: JPEG grey-scale images were incorrectly decoded.

Fix: JPEG files could not be converted inside the Texture Map Browser.

Fix: PNG files written by 3DSimED had reversed red and blue.

Fix: Some cars imported from Forza Apex and FH3 could have zero sized tires and wheels.

Fix: Dialog windows with multiple floating point input windows could corrupt the values if one of the inputs was negative.

Fix: Assetto Corsa fix for ksMultilayer_fresnel_nm shader MultA variable.

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3DSimED3.1i Released

Version 3.1i includes improved support for rF2, and adds Forza Horizon 3 Import.

Studio 397 have included a few new shaders in their release of rF2. These shaders are now supported by 3DSimED3 it should be possible to export models using these shaders. However,  please understand that as 3DSimED3 remains a D3D9 application you will not see the same quality rendering in 3DSimED as in the DX11 rF2.

FH3 Woody Ford

Support has been added to import Forza Horizon 3 cars. Also, for both FH3 and Forza Apex Import the user can now choose the LOD to import.

Note that 3DSimED3 cannot automatically detect the difference between Apex & FH3 Carbin so please make sure the correct format is chosen from the drop-down box on the Import dialog.

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