parsing milkshape files

Posted on 2009-12-29
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i was wondering if anyone could tell me how to parse milkshape files. I do not how to read the chunks like }ÄHÀ³Q±½"VD@½7 · ðÀ7`PEAto make them usefull. I want to do this using fstream.h and ifstreams.  have attached an example file
Question by:sassek

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The milkshape files should be in binary format. Go through the following urls to get the details of that file format.


You can use the http://local.wasp.uwa.edu.au/~pbourke/dataformats/ms3d/ms3dspec.h header file to get structure of that ms3d file format details.

John Nash

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It is ms3d file format specified at http://chumbalum.swissquake.ch/ms3d/ms3dspec.txt

Use #include  and not fstream.h which is deprecated.

Goto project settings C++ code generation and switch alignment to 1-byte packed.

Open file with

    std::ifstream ms("model.dat", ios_base::binary | ios_base::in);

Then read first header

   ms3d_header_t msh;
   ms.read((char*)&msh, sizeof(msh));
Then number of vertices

  unsigned short numV;
  ms.read((char*)&numV, 2);

For each vertex read into vertext struct
    std::vector v;  
   for (unsigned short n = 0; n < numV; ++n)
       ms.read((char*)&v.back(), sizeof(ms3d_vertex_t));

Then do similar with triangles, groups, joints, materials, ...

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