MAX File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a MAX file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .MAX files.

What is a MAX file?

Files that contain the .max file extension normally contain three-dimensional scenes that have been created by the 3DS Max 3D modeling, rendering and animation software. 3DS Max used to be called 3D Studio Max. The 3D Studio Max version of the software also used the .max file extension.

MAX files can contain different models with textures, wire frames, shading, lighting effects animation and other design elements. The 3DS Max software is commonly used by developers to create graphics for video games and for television and movie media.

The .max file extension is also used for the PaperPort software application. This program uses the .max file suffix for the images that have been scanned with the software.

How to open MAX files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension MAX for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different MAX openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension MAX

While we know of one file format using the .MAX file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .MAX file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of MAX files. Remember, different programs may use MAX files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

PaperPortPaperPortUser submitted
3ds Max3ds MaxUser submitted
OmniPage ProOmniPage ProUser submitted
EmbirdEmbirdUser submitted
OmniPageOmniPageUser submitted
MysticThumbsMysticThumbsUser submitted
LAYOUT ApplicationLAYOUT ApplicationUser submitted
MaximizerMaximizerUser submitted
Autodesk VIZ RenderAutodesk VIZ RenderUser submitted
Adobe PhotoshopAdobe PhotoshopUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with MAX-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with MAX-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!