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File Extension MAX

Files that contain the extension MAX are associated with multiple programs and applications which include 3Ds Max, OmniPage, and PaperPort. MAX files contain data and information related to the program that created them.

If the file extension MAX is created by 3Ds Max, it is a graphics file type that contains 3D images, models, objects, and shapes. 3Ds Max is also known as 3D Studio Max and is design software by Autodesk that allows you to create 3D models, animations, image rendering, and more.

MAX files that are created with OmniPage are a document file type that contains page layouts for creating digital documents. OmniPage is a program produced by Nuance that allows you to convert traditional documents to digital document format for the purpose of transmission and collaboration.

MAX files associated with PaperPort are an image file type that contains a raster image of a document which has been scanned using PaperPort, scanning software produced by Nuance and formerly by ScanSoft.

How to Open MAX Files

Since MAX files are associated with multiple programs and applications, double click on the file to see if it will automatically open in a default program you have installed on your PC. MAX files can consist of different file types, so you may already have a program which will open the file.

If the MAX file is created by 3ds Max, you can open it using Autodesk 3ds Max, which is available as a free trial on the Autodesk website. If you use Mac OS X, you can open MAX files with AutoCAD for Mac, which is also available on the Autodesk website.

MAX files which are associated with OmniPage can be opened using OmniPage 18 or PaperPort 14 for Windows. Both programs are available for download from the Nuance Communications website. For Mac OS X, you can open MAX files using OmniPage Pro X, which is available on the Nuance Communications website. OmniPage and PaperPort can be acquired on the Nuance website in an individual, professional, and enterprise version.

If you use the Linux operating system, you can open OmniPage MAX files with Maxview, which is an open source document management program similar to PaperPort. Maxview allows you to scan documents into directories and decode MAX files. It also acts as a file conversion program which allows you to convert MAX files to PDF (Portable Document Format). Maxview is available as a free download on the SourceForge website.

If the MAX file is related to PaperPort and you use Windows, you can open the file with OmniPage 18 or PaperPort 14. You can also opt to use the PaperPort Viewer, which is available on the Nuance website. For Mac OS X, you can use OmniPage Pro X or PaperPort Viewer and for Linux, use Maxview open source document manager.