I have 3ds Max Version 8 and I need to open a Version 9 file.
Is there anything that one user can do in version 9 to save down a version so other folks in my group can open it?
This is the best I’ve found from the AutoDesk Knowledge Base & help files, My subscription ran out about a year ago…
To open a file from a newer version in an older version, export the file (most used is the 3DS file format). The drawback to this method is that it reduces the objects to triangle meshes. All features, such as object parameters, modifiers, filelinks, etc., are lost.