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Mirza Link Manager

Create and manage links between your CAD/BIM Model and your 3dsMax scene


Say goodbye to export/import hell and avoid repetition of tedious work by keeping your 3dsMax scene seamlessly linked to your BIM model(using standard export file formats)
    Mirza is probably the best file importer for 3dsMax in the world, saving us hundreds of work hours every year. - Tudor Vasiliu, Panoptikon

Models coming from your CAD/BIM program (Archicad, Revit, Rhino, Sketchup, Autocad) will be imported, cleaned and recombined into one mesh per material.
Upon next import (update) all materials, modifiers and changes on properties applied in 3dsMax will be subsequently reapplied on the new meshes.
This way you'll easily keep an up to date 3dsMax model of your project under it's development.
NB:Forest Pack object's distribution surfaces are also updated to the new corresponding meshes.

This is a fully working version with a trial period of 7 days.


Installation

Drag'n drop the .mzp file onto the 3dsMax viewport.
Access it through the menu Tools/Mirza Tools, or make a button in a toolbar.

Workflow

  1. Export from your BIM/CAD package
  2. Link into 3dsMax: launch Mirza Link Manager, choose "Create", press "Import", browse to the file to be linked. (menu Tools/Mirza Tools)
  3. Work: Apply materials, add modifiers, group ...
  4. Update! Next time you want to render an updated BIM model just update the link

Always have an up-to-date 3dsMax scene available to visualize the evolution of your BIM model.

Tips&Tricks

    - It can be a good practice to divide your project into a few links: one for the building, one for the furnitures, and another one for the landscape. In that case prepare preset views in your BIM package for these different exports.

    - If using Revit use the Autodesk material converter program to be able to render with Vray or other renderers

    - Special characters in material names are not supported by some formats like obj, try avoiding them

    - In Revit avoid using generic materials.
    If you have to then check the box "Fix Autodesk Generic materials". Note that this process make the update slower for big files.
    (NB:The 3dsMax built-in link manager would just collapse all of them to one single mesh)

    - Duplicate links to keep track of different iterations of the project


History

2023.10.10 v2.59
2023.07.12 v2.57: Better Revit import
2023.05.16 v2.55: Diverse bugfixes
2023.04.02: v2.51: Update for 3dsMax 2024, link for Fstorm and Corona scatterers, improved ForestPack and RailClone link, Fix bug visibility and properties, Improved linking for Rhino.
2022.07.22 v2.50: Fixes compatibility with 3dsmax 2023
2022.01.08: v2.40: Revit import upgraded, Ability to fix Autodesk Generic materials, Automatic check for update, Minor changes to the UI
2021.06.14 Diverse updates to the UI
2019.11.14: Option to Link by layers to Rhino and Autocad (creates one mesh per layer)
2019.02.05 Diverse minor improvements
2018.10.07 Support for Autocad files, one click duplicate of Mirzalinks
2018.08.16 Support for Forest Pack, Forest Pack object's distribution surfaces are linked to the new corresponding meshes when updating a model.


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Licensing

To release a license rightclick under the Mirza logo. In the new window click "Unregister" The license is now released and available from another computer