DESCRIPTION of OPPORTUNITIES: Thanks to efforts of national handymen the compact plug-in of ColladaNextGen which fastens possibility of opening/saving of files of the open Collada format based on XML to 3DS Max and Maya was born. For record: Collada models are applied in many modern computer games (especially in noncommercial game projects with an open architecture) and other 3D-applications.
The module extends absolutely free of charge, isn't buggy, critical errors doesn't give out at the expense of what, actually, and it is selected from a pleiad of similar tools. Ah yes, nearly forgot to mention that, in addition to the plug-in, all its source codes are included in the package of delivery.
VERDICT: With release of a fine plug-in of ColladaNextGen the problem of import/export of models of the Collada format was solved that is called once and for all.
Copy all files of a plug-in in a directory \\plugins from 3DS Max or Maya.