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    How to read .max files

    Hi all,

    I found .max files on my old database. Please advise how can I read them.

    Thanks

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    Re: How to read .max files

    I have started using Recoll to index all my files on my Ubuntu 22.04 desktop. Although on first pass it takes a long time to index the universe of files thereafter it is very useful. Update index from time to time as files are added, relocated, renamed. Blacklist paths you do not need.

    I have looked at my index and I user Query field: ext:max
    This means ... " list all indexed files with extension [ext] = [max]". Hover mouse over Query field to see "cheat sheet". Examples of queries.

    I see :

    index.js
    LICENSE
    package.json
    README.md

    They spring from node.js it seems.
    Last edited by dragonfly41; 4 Weeks Ago at 07:51 PM.

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    Re: How to read .max files

    Quote Originally Posted by dragonfly41 View Post
    I have started using Recoll to index all my files on my Ubuntu 22.04 desktop. Although on first pass it takes a long time to index the universe of files thereafter it is very useful. Update index from time to time as files are added, relocated, renamed. Blacklist paths you do not need.

    I have looked at my index and I user Query field: ext:max
    This means ... " list all indexed files with extension [ext] = [max]". Hover mouse over Query field to see "cheat sheet". Examples of queries.

    I see :

    index.js
    LICENSE
    package.json
    README.md

    They spring from node.js it seems.
    Hi,

    Thanks for your reply.

    .max is PaperPort document. How to read it on Ubuntu?

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    Re: How to read .max files

    cat, more, less, hexedit…

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    Re: How to read .max files

    Much depends on _how many_ files to be previewed and commands then applied, file by file. I still maintain that Recoll is a very convenient tool to go through hundreds of archived files. I have found one *.max file which represents SageMath. But one click in Recoll index I can preview the content. It is the usual choice of GUI versus CLI. Leverage both in my thinking. Or in Recoll you can map MIME types to custom MIME type viewers including a custom script as suggested which runs, cat, more, less, hexedit. Orchestrate desktop assets. I have no knowledge of PaperPort.

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    Re: How to read .max files

    Quote Originally Posted by HermanAB View Post
    cat, more, less, hexedit…
    $ cat file.max
    only print out the codes

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    Re: How to read .max files

    Quote Originally Posted by dragonfly41 View Post
    Much depends on _how many_ files to be previewed and commands then applied, file by file. I still maintain that Recoll is a very convenient tool to go through hundreds of archived files. I have found one *.max file which represents SageMath. But one click in Recoll index I can preview the content. It is the usual choice of GUI versus CLI. Leverage both in my thinking. Or in Recoll you can map MIME types to custom MIME type viewers including a custom script as suggested which runs, cat, more, less, hexedit. Orchestrate desktop assets. I have no knowledge of PaperPort.
    I just found 2~4 .max files on my database. I expect to know their contents

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    Re: How to read .max files

    As I wrote I have no knowledge of PaperPort. But a quick research shows this.

    https://support.hp.com/ph-en/document/bps01259

    So should the question be "how to view Windows source *.max files in Ubuntu?"
    And this surfaces.

    https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2143591

    https://sourceforge.net/projects/maxview/

    If you are using Recoll (although you write you only have 2-4 *.max files, hardly a sole reason to leverage Recoll), you could set the Recoll GUI to open installed app "maxview" when you click on any indexed *.max file seen in Recoll. For example I have many (hundreds) CherryTree files with extension *.ctd indexed and I changed the mapping to launch cherrytree %f (open the indexed file in app cherrytree). Or I could map to an XML editor XMLCopyEditor. Same mapping method applies to all extensions (MIME types). Often the Default Viewer setting needs to be customised (particularly so when different apps share the same MIME type. For such scenario I map to a routing script which then opens the indexed file from a list of apps.


    [Postscript]

    PhotoRec mentions PaperPort in recovery options.

    https://www.bikechatforums.com/viewtopic.php?p=2390043

    https://cse.google.com/cse?cx=partne...generic..0.0.0.
    Last edited by dragonfly41; 4 Weeks Ago at 02:08 PM. Reason: Spotted PhotoRec in very old (20 years old) discussion.

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    Re: How to read .max files

    The . max file format was developed by Autodesk for the 3ds Max application. 3ds Max is a 3D modeling, animation, and rendering solution used to create 3D animation for game development, design visualization, feature film and television effects, and education.

    Source: Google.

    So...this nonsense:
    https://www.autodesk.com/support/tec...xWlSY4HVt.html

    May want to switch to an RPM based distribution if this is the main use (I don't know if this is right. I don't use stuff like this but my Google-fu is strong)

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    Re: How to read .max files

    Crafting this prompt to AI assistant
    "Which applications use .max extension and how can they be viewed in Ubuntu?"
    leads to here ..
    https://github.com/sjg20/paperman

    and possibly try importing into Blender.

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