Hey all, I am new to modding, and have found a few little bugs that ware going around. First, 3Ds max 2012 is no longer legally available, so the tools you have been using will not work. Tools such as Layout File Creator 3ds max plug-in, CitiesXL_ArtistToolSuite2012, and others. I understand that there is a new tool with XXL "Artist Tool Suite (Build 10.4.0.14)" that is a stand alone program. I also heard that it may or may not work with the older CXL builds. So, the reason for this thread, since I am new to modding, is to keep notes of everything I do, so people can fallow and may not have as much trouble as I have in the past few days. Here is what I have done so far. 1. Thanks to Mr.X2, I have found, and downloaded the "Artist Tool Suite" (Build 10.4.0.14)" from http://focus-files.com/files/citiesxl/ArtistSuiteSetup.10.4.0.14.exe. I was told that this is a standalone program, and you can use it on any 3d software that can handle .fbx file format. 2. I have accumulated a number of 3D programs such as 3ds Max 2014, 2015, Blender 2.73, Gmax, Maya, and Sketchup 2015. I found a copy of Sketchup 2008 that I will try as well. 3. I have downloaded the fallowing tutorials that I will be using; Let's start 3D-Moddeling - Part I - Modeling a basic LOD4 Model: http://xlnation.net/resources/lets-start-3d-moddeling-part-i-modeling-a-basic-lod4-model.1131/ Let's start 3D-Moddeling - Part II - Texturing: http://xlnation.city/resources/lets-start-3d-moddeling-part-ii-texturing.1137/ Let's start 3D-Moddeling - Part III - LOD1 & 2 + Adding 3D-Details: http://xlnation.city/resources/lets-start-3d-moddeling-part-iii-lod1-2-adding-3d-details.1156/ Let's start 3D-Moddeling - Part IV - Creating Maps, LOD4 and adding Furniture: http://xlnation.city/resources/lets...creating-maps-lod4-and-adding-furniture.1158/ Let's start 3D-Moddeling - Part V - Finishing our Mod: http://xlnation.city/resources/lets-start-3d-moddeling-part-v-finishing-our-mod.1174/ Beginners Modding Guide Module1 Required Resources: http://xlnation.city/resources/beginners-modding-guide-module1-required-resources.681/ Beginners Modding Guide Module2 Process Overview & Getting Started: http://xlnation.city/resources/beginners-modding-guide-module2-process-overview-getting-started.682/ Making Buildings for CitiesXL using Sketchup: http://xlnation.city/resources/making-buildings-for-citiesxl-using-sketchup.567/ Cities XL Complete Technical Guide: http://xlnation.city/resources/cities-xl-complete-technical-guide.388/ The above tutorials 1 thru 5 are compliments of Mr.X², Tutorials 6 and 7 are compliments of PaulJChris, Tutorial 8 was done by aitortilla01, And number 9 was by the XL Nation Staff Most of these tutorial contain other tutorial on Blender or Sketchup. These are tutorials based on modeling in that 3D program itself. However, for 3D modeling I would suggest the fallowing sites based on your 3D Platform. 3ds Max: I would use http://www.linda.com , They have one of the largest libraries on the internet for 3dsMax tutorials. Only problem is, they do have a small monthly fee to use there tutorials. Blender : First, you will need to download Blender at http://www.blender.org Even though Blender is freeware, it is a very powerful program when it comes to 3D modeling and animation. The best sight I have found for tutorials on Blender is at http://www.cgcookie.com. They have a mix of free tutorials or a small fee to join there site. Sketchup: The best place to find tutorial for Sketchup is on YouTube. Now, you will see many links in these tutorials to download tools such as Nvidia Texture Plugin for Photoshop, CXL-Artist Suite Viewer plug in for 3ds Max 2012, etc. These no longer work. This is why I am creating this thread. Another thing you will need is some type of photo editing tool, such as Gimp, Photoshop, etc. I am now going to install the new CXXL on my system, start hitting the tutorials, and see what happens. I will fallow up every day with my progress, and hopefully those fallowing will soon have no trouble creating mods for your game. By the way, the system I am running; Windows 8.1 3rd Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770 quad-core processor [3.4GHz, 8MB Shared Cache] 3GB Nvidia GeForce GT640 [DVI, HDMI and VGA via adapter] with the 3.51 upgrade 12GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [3 DIMMs] 1TB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive It isn't much, but it should be an overkill for CXL I do have one plus, I am retired and spend about 14 hrs. a day on my PC. So, it shouldn't take too long to test all these programs, and find what is going to work the best. Thanks, see ya soon.