HeroEngine Art Pipeline 2014.2

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This page contains the Hero Tools scripts for the art packages, Autodesk Max and Maya for use with HeroEngine Quartz.


Release date: April, 2014.

HeroBlade versions supported: HeroEngine Quartz (March 2014)

Autodesk Max versions supported: Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2012, 2013, and 2014; 64 bit only.

Autodesk Maya versions supported: Autodesk® Maya® 2012, 2013, and 2014; 64 bit only.


The HeroEngine Art Pipeline is a collection of scripts which must be run on Autodesk Maya (Maya) and Autodesk 3ds Max (Max). The scripts will configure 3ds Max and Maya for a special set of menus and applications which can be used to export art for use in HeroEngine.

For more information on how to export art from Max or Maya see Hero Export.

Updates and Changes


The HeroEngine is a ZIP file. Once expanded, it creates the following folder structure:


Where to put the folders

You have two options:

1. Put this folder structure somewhere on a network that all artists' workstations can access. This ensures that when new versions of these tools are released, a single location will ensure everyone is using the updated tools.

2. If you can not offer a network solution, you might want to install them on each artist workstation's local hard drive. This is fine too, but will require more care when updating to ensure everyone is using the correct set of tools.

For new users, see instructions here: Art Server Setup

First Time Setup

Autodesk 3ds Max

See Setting up 3ds Max

Autodesk Maya

See Setting up Maya


Autodesk 3ds Max

Autodesk Maya

File Path Limitations


IMPORTANT: Command line programs do not work with UNC paths [[1]]. If you export to a network server, you cannot use UNC paths like \\journey\art\myexportplace\. You must use Windows to map a drive letter to the server, e.g.: map J: to \\journey\art\.

If you try to export to a UNC path instead of a local or mapped network drive, the preprocessor will fail! This is a limitation of the Window's command line.

Note: DO NOT uses spaces in the path or filename. This is also a limitation of the command line batch file and preprocessing commands. The exporter will check for this and cancel an export if it detects a space anywhere in the filepath.

Note: The Art Hero Tools can be setup in Max and Maya using network paths.

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