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Marmalade SDK Mobile Game Development Essentials by Sean Scaplehorn

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Using a 3D modeling package to create model data

We've seen how to create the streams of data for a cube in code, and to be honest it's not pretty! Even a simple shape such as a cube requires so much data that it becomes very difficult for us to keep track of it all and almost impossible to create a more complex 3D shape.

Luckily there is an easier way. We can use a 3D modeling package to create, color, and texture a 3D model and export all the required data in a format that Marmalade can then load and use.

The Marmalade 3D exporter plugins

Marmalade comes with exporter plugins for the two modeling packages used in most professional game development studios—Maya and 3DS Max. The details in the following sections apply equally to the exporters for ...

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