Can I display a webpage in a 3DS Max viewport?

Hello all,
     It's been a long time since I've been on E-E, but the knowledge pool, although sometimes cold and wet, has never let me down.

I'm teaching 3DS Max at IADT in Orlando, and I have designed an interactive tutorial system using simple HTML for my students to use.  I also work with Pro/E which has a browser viewer internal to the software.  That's the interface for opening/managing files.

    Is it possible to load an html page in a 3DS Max viewport, similar to the way a Schematic Diagram or Curve Editor can be loaded.  It would be worth the effort for me to make this possible, because the html tutorials could then be redesigned to fit in the window.  Students would no longer need to ALT-TAB between 3DS Max and the Web Browser.  (I'm working on the school officials to get us dual-monitors, but it seems like it would be easier to reprogram 3DS Max from scratch than to get money from the school for hardware.)

Thanks in advance!
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Hi Kyle,

Yes, you can open web pages in 3DS Max.  Just go to the Utilities tab and open Asset Browser.  Then, just type in the URL in the address bar.  Asset Browser renders web pages beautifully - Flash and all.

In case you are interested in building your own Max browser, you can use Maxscript with dotnet controls.  <a href="">Tutorial</a>

Good luck!


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Obviously, I've never posted a link on Experts-Exchange before.  :)
Also, regarding viewports, you can load Asset Browser into a viewport.  Right-click on the viewport label, go to Extended and then click Asset Browser.
HoloSimAuthor Commented:
Yippee.  Forgot all about the Assets Browser.  I generally have my students work with that anyway, even though I don't typically use it.  Can wait to try it!
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