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- 3D Max v8, v9, v2009, v2010 and v2011, being the last one the recommended, as it's the more powerful and stable (the x32 versions are the only ones able to generate rFactor's .gmt files). There's also a free version of Max called gMax which is useful to learn how Max works and do your first models. It doesn't support ISI tools though.
- ISI Public Tools and 3D Max plugins. Includes the plugins needed to import and export models between rFactor and 3D Max, as well as documentation and other useful tools. The process to make them work with Max takes some time so I've created a pack which will let you install these plugins easily. Just download the one for your 3DMax version and uncompress it into your 3D Max folder:
Anyway, download the official ISI Tools to get the documentation about the plugins, as well as other useful tools (.mas extractor & gmt viewer)
- nVidia's DDS plugin for 3D Max. With this plugin you'll be able to use .dds image files in Max.(If you're using Windows Vista or 7 you'll need a beta version of this plugin, available at Nvidia dev forum
- Virtua_LM's .mas explorer. Despite ISI tools include the official .mas uncompress/compress utility, this Virtua_LM's one is faster to use and can be integrated with Windows.
Other applications, as 3DSimEd or ZModeler, are very useful to work with models, tracks, etc. also, and may help you to work easier on certain conditions, as they are optimized to work with sim models.
But 3D Max is the application considered as "standard" for modellers, so we recommend to learn to use it
You'll find videos and other tutorials about how to use it on this forum also.