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Poly or mesh
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mesh or poly?
show user profile  elmon05
Editable poly or editable mesh...

Not entirely sure of the difference, could somebody please tell me there preference and the main differences between the two?

Thanks guys :)
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4/28/2008 6:18:58 AM (last edit: 4/28/2008 6:18:58 AM)
show user profile  Setherial
just use editable poly
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4/28/2008 6:36:08 AM (last edit: 4/28/2008 6:36:08 AM)
show user profile  Dave
There used to be a time when a question like this stirred up a debate. But nowadays... hell, it doesn't even come down to 'personal preference' really... Editable Poly is just... the standard.

I only ever convert to Editable Mesh (and then back to Poly) to sort out quirky little bugs. I've also got some scripts that only work on Editable Mesh objects. But yeah, generally... 99% of the time, just stick with Poly.

"I flew over Egypt once"

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4/28/2008 6:47:37 AM (last edit: 4/28/2008 6:47:37 AM)
show user profile  elmon05
cool. thanks.
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4/28/2008 7:01:02 AM (last edit: 4/28/2008 7:01:02 AM)
show user profile  mrgrotey
Yeah Poly for me too

the main differences are the tool-set

edit poly has more handy tools at your disposal (although mesh does have its uses at times)

the tools in poly I find decisive in choosing which one to go for are:

Ring and Loop edge selection

The fact you can Hold Ctrl and click another selection icon and transfer the selection from say edge to polygon

These buttons:

A lot more tools ahave dialogue boxes rather than simple spinners giving you better control (such as extrude and bevel)
Inset and bridge are very handy indeed

the sub-object selections have more hide options like hide unselected that mesh doesnt

The CuUt command has its own nativbe edge and vertex snap which is a god-send compared to the shitty edit mesh Cut tool

On theflip side, mesh has Visible and Invisible options for edges which can come in useful
thats about all the edit mesh benefits ive found reaelly :)

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4/28/2008 7:08:12 AM (last edit: 4/28/2008 7:09:19 AM)
show user profile  elmon05
thanks mrgotey!
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4/28/2008 7:16:58 AM (last edit: 4/28/2008 7:16:58 AM)
show user profile  Dejitarujin
"I only ever convert to Editable Mesh (and then back to Poly) to sort out quirky little bugs."

Indeed, just last night I had an object that would crash MAX for no apparent reason if I used Attach in Edit Poly.

However, don't forget about the difference in file size an Edit Poly can make. I've had files go over 100MB just from basic modeling procedures, because I like to break up the modeling steps in case something goes awry. So, if I'm going to be doing something very simple - say, moving a set of vertices .2mm, or deleting one set of faces - I'll often toss in an Edit Mesh instead.
Specialty: Non-organic modelling and effects.
Setup: 3D Studio 2010 with finalRender.
Rig: No, no I can't.
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4/28/2008 12:20:44 PM (last edit: 4/28/2008 12:20:44 PM)
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