3DS File Extension

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3D Studio Scene
  • Developer
    Autodesk
  • Popularity
    2.5 (9 votes)

What is 3DS file?

3DS is a file format used Autodesk 3D Studio computer software. 3DS files store various information regarding 3D scene, including coordinates, mesh data, polygon data used for object creation, attributes, color information, material data, lighting information, bitmap references, animations, and camera locations.

3DS file structure

3DS data is stored in binary format to reduce loading times and file size in comparison with standard text format files of similar type. 3DS file structure in made of data blocks, called ‘chunks’, that contain ID and data size information. First two bits of a ’chunk’ hold ID informations, while the next four bits hold information about size of the file. ‘Chunks’ also store information about viewing, shapes, and lightning that together represent a 3D scene.

3DS format successor

Although 3DS has a successor, the MAX format, which had its debut in newer versions of 3ds Max software, it is still widely used on large scale.

Conversion of a 3DS file

When you install one of the applications from the list of programs that you found here, you should be able to open or edit the file with the 3DS extension without any issue. However, if you still have problems with this, you may use the option of 3DS file conversion to a different format.

File Conversions from 3DS extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to 3DS file

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the 3DS file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the 3DS file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the 3DS file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the 3DS file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the 3DS file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the 3DS file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

Do you want to help?

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