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I really need help with using bones like
a) How do I limit how much they can stretch
b) Limiting rotation and bending
(optional) c) where can I find character studio ? I read somewhere that it comes with MAX , is that true ?
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Hey there.  

 There are 3 different bone systems you can get for 3DS MAX.  The 1st does come with 3DS MAX and is located under the create button under systems (gears).  You can control the direction and amount they stretch using the X Y Z limiters at the top of the screen.
The 2nd bone system is a commercial plug in called Bones by Digimation.  It allows you to apply bones to solid mesh objects to create motion.  The 3rd is Character Studio.  You know the dancing baby craze?  That is character studio.  In simple terms a combo of bones and IK that brings life to character models.

There are plenty of books avail that teach the various bone systems, and all come with demo versions of the various products.

Hope that helps.
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Digimation will sell a combo pack of Character Studio and Max together discounted. If you want to spend little money, contact Journey Educational Software, who sell to students. If you need specific help, let me know what software you are using (Bones Pro, character Studio, or just Max's built in bones) and a specific question.
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thanks but , all I have is the regular bone system with 3D Studio MAX , I know how to attatch the vertexes of an object to a bone . I just need to know how to set limits to a specific bone ie . where do I find the menu and how do I do it (rotation, length , etc.)
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Oh, thats an easy one. Just select the bone, then click on Hiarchy (the little boxes with lines) then choose IK. Scroll down and you will see your bind positions, your sliding and rotational joint setups, etc.
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