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CAL File Extension

3ds Max Pose Adjustment Format

What is CAL file?

CAL files are associated with 3ds Max, a 3D animation and modelin software package.

What kind of data do CAL files store?

Files with CAL extension contain information for model poses. 3ds Max uses FIG files for storing bipedal figure models, while CAL files are used for adjustment data for figure’s poses.

What is 3ds Max?

3ds Max is a 3D rendering and modeling software released in 1990 and distributed as 3D Studio until 1996. 3ds Max is commonly used in movie industry (some scenes of The Lord of the Rings were rendered using 3ds Max) and in computer game production. 3ds Max can also be used for architectural visualization. 3ds Max offers many built-in tools but also supports third-party plugins and rendering engines.

Programs which support CAL file extension

The following listing features CAL-compatible programs. CAL files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support CAL file

Updated: 08/07/2022

How to open file with CAL extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening CAL files on given system. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to 3ds Max Pose Adjustment Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Get the 3ds Max

Install software to open CAL file Problems with opening and working with CAL files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with CAL files being present on your machine. The most obvious solution is to download and install 3ds Max or one to the listed programs: XnView, Corel Presentations. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. The safest method of downloading 3ds Max installed is by going to developer’s website () and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Check the version of 3ds Max and update if needed

Update software that support file extension CALIf the problems with opening CAL files still occur even after installing 3ds Max, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of 3ds Max is available. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. If you have an older version of 3ds Max installed, it may not support CAL format. The latest version of 3ds Max should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign 3ds Max to CAL files

If you have the latest version of 3ds Max installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage CAL on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Associate software with CAL file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Clicking the CAL with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where 3ds Max is installed, check the Always use this app to open CAL files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button
Associate software with CAL file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the CAL file and select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select 3ds Max and click Change for all...
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with CAL extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Check the CAL for errors

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper CAL file. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

Check CAL file for viruses
1. Check the CAL file for viruses or malware

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the CAL file hinders attempts to open it. Scan the CAL file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. CAL file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If you obtained the problematic CAL file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. If the CAL file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the 3ds Max Pose Adjustment Format file again.

4. Check whether your system can handle 3ds Max

If the systems has insufficient resources to open CAL files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with 3ds Max Pose Adjustment Format files. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with CAL files affecting older versions of given software.

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