BE aware that if you export to 3ds then all your models will triangulate.
As I stated above the FBX format is the way forward, max maya and XSI all support this... Its free and cheap, but u still need max
Or you could pay out over $2000 for Deep Exploration that converts 99% of files to 99% of other files...
Chris (formerly R@nSiD)
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