Steps for creating a new Visual Studio project based on existing code files:
Create an empty project folder and name it your intended project name.
Inside the new project folder, create a folder for your source code files. * I call is “Source”, not sure if it has to named that way..
Copy your existing code files to the source folder.
Launch Visual Studio, and open it without code:
Select: File > New > Project From Existing Code.. To open the Create New Project From Existing Code Files wizard:
Note: The documentation on this operation states that the wizard will copy files by itself, my own experience is that it doesn’t, it just links them to the project, that’s why I copy the source files prior to this step. In the Create New Project From Existing Code Files wizard, 1. Set the path to your project folder. 2. Specify a project name. * I set this to be the same name as the project folder name, not sure if otherwise it will create a sub-folder.. 3. This is set to the same folder as the project folder. * It’s possible that I don’t understand this correctly.. but I think theoretically, the intention is that you would add external folders to this list, from which source files would be copied, but like I said, when I tried that the files where not copied to the project.
Set your new projects settings and press Finish to create the new project:
Note: New code files generated in a ported code project may be stored in a wrong folder by default, see this post for solutions.
Setting up a ‘Project Folder’ for every project we work on in 3ds max can improve workflow efficiency by having the software file opening, saving, and importing operations etc. be directed to a specific defined destination in the hard drive by default,
And by doing that save us the time it takes to locate the same folders in the hard drive again and again.
When using this workflow, we must create a unique folder for every project we work on,
And set the Project Folder in 3ds max to the the relevant folder when switching between projects.
To set up a Project Folder:
File > Manage > Set Project Folder
or press the Project Folder button located at the top left of the 3ds max window: