• grandMA2 User Manual
  • grandMA2 Quick Start Guide
  • MA 3D
    • Help from MA technical support
    • Symbols used
    • Introduction
    • Install and Uninstall
      • System Requirements
      • Installation
      • Uninstall MA 3D
    • First Steps
      • Hardware connection
      • Start MA 3D
      • Create a Session
    • Data Management
      • Master/Slave
      • Coordinate system
    • Program Surface
      • Menu Bar
        • Menu Bar - File Menu
        • Settings
        • Edit
        • Functions
        • Tools
        • View
        • Help
      • Tool Bar
      • Main Windows
        • Stage View
        • Mouse + Keyboard Actions
        • Arrangement of Objects (Align Objects)
        • Duplicate (copy 3D Objects)
        • 3D Objects
      • Assets (Information Window)
      • Properties
      • Media Database
      • Materials
      • Video Player
      • Moving Paths
      • Sessions
      • Status Bar
      • Windows Layout
    • Fixture Types
    • 3D Modeling and Import
      • Workflow
      • 3D Modeling Principles
      • Creation of a 3D Model
      • Creation of a 3D Fixture Model
      • Import 3D Model to MA 3D
      • Assigning of 3D Models to Fixture Types
      • Checklist for 3D Modeling
      • Automated import
      • Parameters
        • Axes
        • Rotation Axes
        • Linear Axes
        • Beam of Light (Cone)
    • Keyboard Shortcuts
    • MA 3D FAQ
  • MA VPU
  • Release Notes
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Version 3.3

MA 3D FAQ

Here you find frequently asked questions from users regarding the MA 3D.

Question/Problem Solution
How can I change the model of a fixture? Select the model, right click on it, select change model. The Change Model window opens.
How can I use grandMA series 1 with MA 3D. Since version MA 3D v3.0.0.5, the MA 3D is not compatible with the grandMA series 1 anymore.
  Download MA 3D version 2.9.1.1 on www.malighting.com.
Can I open show files saved in an older version of MA 3D, in a newer version? Yes, you can always open show files saved in older versions in the latest version.
Can I open show files saved in a newer version of MA 3D, in an older version? No, download the latest version on www.malighting.com.
Can I run the MA 3D and the MA VPU on the same computer? No, the MA 3D and the MA VPU at one computer need too many resources.
How can I disable screens in the full screen mode? Go to File in the menu bar, select Settings, select the category Full Screen. Right mouse click on the screen you like to disable for the full screen mode. Click on Enabled.
Can I run the MA 3D and the grandMA2 onPC on the same computer? Yes, use the default IP address. Refer to, Create a Session.
How can I use MA 3D on an Apple MacBook? Boot your MacBook in windows, using Bootcamp.
Can I import .dxf or .dwg files in MA 3D? No, MA 3D supports only .3ds files. Convert the .dxf or .dwg files in .3ds.
How can I import a .3ds environment into MA 3D? Go to File in the menu bar, select Import, select Import 3D Model. The MA 3D Import window opens. This is used to import .3ds files.
How can I change meters into feet? Go to View in the menu bar, select the Assets window and the Properties window. Select in the Assets window, grandMA2 and Units. Change the unit in the Properties window.
Are there any information about updates and news? Yes, get registered for the newsMAIL and techMAIL on www.malighting.com.

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