Installing NIFSkope and NIFTools for gmax: A Tutorial
by ow_tiobe_sb

This brief tutorial will guide the user through the installation of NIFSkope and the NIFTools plug-ins for 3ds max/gmax.

1. First, one must download the necessary installation programmes:

NIFSkope v.0.9.8

NIFTools plugins for 3ds max/gmax

---Installing NIFSkope---

2. Run the NIFSkope installation executable.  One is greeted with the following:

Click on the "Next" button to continue.

3. Then one encounters the obligatory license terms, etc.

Click on the "I Agree" button to continue (Of course, one does not agree to the terms, one should click on "Cancel.").

4. The next dialogue box asks for the desired installation location.  The user may customise the installation here; the default installation location is displayed below.

Click on the "Install" button to continue.

5. The installation will execute a quantity of file extractions and then notify the user when installation is complete.

Click on the "Next" button to continue.

6. Installation of NIFSkope is now complete.

Click on the "Finish" button to close the installation programme.

---Installing NIFgmax and the NIFTools Plug-ins for 3ds max/gmax---

7. Run the NIFTools installation programme.  One is greeted with the following:

Click on the "Next" button to continue.

8. Tick the box next to "gmax 1.2" to instruct the installation programme to install the gmax version of the NIFTools files.

Click on the "Next" button to continue.

9. The next dialogue box asks the user to select specific games installed on the computer in question that make use of the NetImmerse/Gamebryo (.NIF, .KF) file formats.  Tick the relevant boxes.

Click on the "Next" button to continue.

10. The user will be asked to supply NIF and texture directories for each game selected in the previous dialogue box.



Supply the necessary filepaths and click on the "Next" button to continue.

11. If the user would like to create a shortcut for NIFgmax (recommended) on the Desktop, please tick the box .

Click on the "Next" button to continue.

12. Installation is ready to proceed.  Click on the "Install" button to execute the installation.


You should now be ready to proceed with the NIFgmax Meshing for Freedom Force tutorial.