Using the Online Reference

The character studio 3 Online Reference gives you information about every aspect of the software. Each topic is titled with its subject area and contains an overview of the topic, typically followed by a Procedures section with relevant procedures and a Reference section.

The Online Reference also contains the Tutorials provided for learning the software. Open the Tutorials book in the Contents tab to access these lessons.

Using the Contents Tab

The Contents tab displays the main sections of the 3D Studio MAX Online Reference as book icons. When you click a book, it expands to show a list of all the topics contained in that section, similar to chapters in hard copy books.

To display a topic from the Contents

  1. Click the Contents tab to display the Table of Contents.

  2. Click the book icon representing the area in which you need information.

    The page icons below each book represent topics in that area.

  3. Click the page icon for the topic you need.

Using the Index Tab

The index is an alphabetical listing of keywords found in each topic. A single keyword may be linked to more than one topic. You may type the first few letters of a subject to jump to an index entry that matches what you are looking for.

To display a topic from the Index

  1. Click the Index tab to display the Index.

  2. In the form at the top of the Index, type the subject you need to find or scroll through the alphabetical list to find the term for which you need information.

  3. Click the term, then click Display to see the topic for that term or double-click the term to see its topic. The topic displays in the right pane and may show links to related topics.

Using the Search Tab

The Online Reference contains a full-text search engine that creates a database of every word in the Online Reference. You can use the Search tab to find the topics for any word or phrase.

To display a topic using Search

  1. Click the Search tab to conduct a full-text search.

  2. Enter the word or phrase for which you want to search, then click List Topics.

    All topics containing your entry are listed.

  3. Scroll through the list to find the topic you want.

  4. Click the topic name, then click Display or double-click the topic name to see the topic.

    Tip: You can use the Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT, and NEAR to narrow your search. Enclosing a phrase in quotes ("") searches for that exact phrase.

Using the Favorites Tab

Use tools on the Favorites tab to create a set of topics you use often; you can name them as you choose.

To create a list of favorite help topics

  1. Locate the help topic you want to make a favorite topic.

  2. Click the Favorites tab, and then click Add.

To return to a favorite topic

  1. Click the Favorites tab.

  2. Choose the topic, and then click Display.

To rename a topic in the Favorites list

To remove a favorite topic

Using the Query Tab

Using a natural language query involves posing a question using everyday language.

You can perform a natural language query in Help by choosing the Query tab and entering a question, a word, or a phrase. For example, you could enter: How do I create a biped?

The results of natural language queries are often more accurate than the results of searches.

Query Tips

The following tips can help you get more useful results from your questions.


Each topic in this online reference ends with a Comments link. When you click Comments, the program displays a dialog you can use to send us comments or requests about that topic. We'll use that information when we revise the documentation set for a future release.

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