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noob question: making an object "level"
show user profile  gegonut
I have a collection of models that I "inherited" from a modeler who is no longer working with us. The levels were mostly finished structurally; our graphic designer has textured them and it is now up to me to get them in to our game engine.

I've been able to hammer out most of the problems and get them compatible with our engine, but, embarrassingly, there's one thing I haven't been able to figure out. One of the levels, which is made up of seven objects, is not perfectly level, and I believe our game engine is freaking out because of it. I have no idea of how to make it level.

Essentially, I just need to take the "floor" and give the corner vertices the same X dimension, while having the rest of the objects respect that adjustment. Is there a simply way to go about this, or am I approaching the problem wrong? Thanks in advance for any help.

BTW, first post here. I've browsed these forums and they've helped me several times in the past without ever having to ask a question.

EDIT: We are using 3DS Max 9 SP2.
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7/10/2012 5:27:11 PM (last edit: 7/10/2012 5:27:43 PM)
show user profile  Kajico
try parenting all of the objects to a null object (or dummy object), then parent the dummy to the floor. translate the floor object to the area you need it and all objects should follow suit.

i'm guessing this is what you're trying to do. I'm not sure if you're referring to something else.


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7/10/2012 6:08:28 PM (last edit: 7/10/2012 6:08:28 PM)
show user profile  dragopede
The align tool (keyboard shortcut: Alt+A) might also help quite a bit.
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7/10/2012 6:11:48 PM (last edit: 7/10/2012 6:11:48 PM)
show user profile  gegonut
Thanks for the help. I ended up creating a plane the size and shape of where I wanted the floor to be, selected all of the entities, and used the Align tool to bring it to where I needed it to be.
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7/10/2012 9:58:53 PM (last edit: 7/10/2012 9:58:53 PM)
show user profile  LionDebt
Yup, good work. Welcome to the forums :)
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7/10/2012 10:08:12 PM (last edit: 7/10/2012 10:08:12 PM)
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