Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2011 Announced!

Yep, it's official, the new version will be available shortly, and here's what's inside!

3ds Max 2011 is scheduled to ship on or after April 7, 2010!  Users on current subscription will be able to download directly from their subscription center.  Not current?  Contact Motion Media to add or renew your subscription to 3ds Max!



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1. - Slate Material Editor:

A node based material editor that helps significantly improve workflow and productivity for artists creating and editing complex material networks.

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2. Quicksilver Hardware Renderer:

Create high-fidelity pre-visualizations, animatics, and games-related marketing materials in less time with Quicksilver,an innovative new hardware renderer that helps produce higher-quality images at incredible speeds.

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3. Local edits to containers:

Collaborate more efficiently with significantly enhanced workflows for Containers that enable users to layer local edits non-destructively on top of referenced content.

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4. Accelerate modeling and texturing tasks: with new tools that extend the Graphite modeling and Viewport Canvas toolsets:
A revised toolset for 3D painting and editing textures within the viewport; the ability to paint with object brushes to create geometry within a scene; a new brush interface for editing UVW coordinates; and an interactive tool for extending edge loops.

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5. Viewport display of 3ds Max materials:

Develop and refine scenes in a high-fidelity interactive display environment—without the constant need to re-render— with the new ability to view most 3ds Max texture maps and materials in the viewport.

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6. 3ds Max Composite:

Enhance rendered passes and incorporate them into live action footage with 3ds Max Composite: a full-featured, highperformance,HDR-capable compositor, based on technology from Autodesk® Toxik™ software.

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7. In-Context Direct Manipulation UI:

Save time when modeling and maintain focus on the creative task at hand with a new in-context user interface (UI) for polygon modeling tools that help eliminate unnecessary mouse movement away from the model.

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8. CAT integration:

More easily create and manage characters, and layer, load, save, remap, and mirror animations with the Character Animation Toolkit (CAT).

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9. User Interface customization:

Maximize the usable workspace and focus on the features that matter most for specialized workflows with customizable user interface layouts.

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10. Additional New Features and Enhancements:

Updated OpenEXR® Image IO Plug-in
Save to Previous Release
Windows® 7 Operating System Support
Autodesk® FBX® 2011 Software File Link with Autodesk® Revit® Architecture Software
Native Solids Import/Export
Autodesk Material Library
Google® SketchUp™ Importer