Autodesk 3DS Max Design
“There’s no other tool out that I feel is as universal as 3ds Max for creating 3D.” —Lon Grohs, Principal, Neoscape
Explore, Validate, and Convey
Autodesk® 3ds Max® software gives you the power to visually inform the design process through conceptual exploration, design validation, and visual communication. This is achieved through the software’s intuitive user interface and workflow tools; its efficient, nondestructive, visual and parametric workflow; and its highly integrated mental ray® rendering capabilities. Moreover, 3ds Max offers unmatched compatibility with standard production tools, such as Adobe® Photoshop® and Illustrator®, as well as such prominent computer-aided design (CAD) packages as AutoCAD®, AutoCAD® Architecture 2008, and Revit® Architecture 2008 software, so you can quickly make 3ds Max a part of your visualization workflow.
Key 3ds Max Features for Design Visualization Professionals Core Performance Work with massive amounts of data and complex scenes with thousands of objects. Optimizations and new viewport technology in 3ds Max 2008 deliver performance improvements that will dramatically enhance your productivity.
Workflow Efficiency An intuitive user interface and workflow tools—including an efficient, non-destructive, visual, and parametric workflow shorten learning curves and enhance your productivity.
Interoperability with Visualization/Design Applications Enjoy unmatched interoperability with popular design toolsets, such as AutoCAD 2008, AutoCAD
Architecture, and Revit Architecture 2008 software. 3ds Max 2008 delivers deeper support for DWG™ file format, resulting in faster, more accurate importing of DWG data. There are also new workflow streamlining tools, such as Select Similar a feature that identifies all objects in an imported DWG scene that contain characteristics similar to those of a selected object, letting you select and edit multiple imported objects simultaneously.
File Linking 3ds Max delivers the unique ability to dynamically link DWG files, so that later changes can be seamlessly incorporated in 3ds Max. In addition, support for dozens of 3D file formats simplifies the process of amalgamating data in order to create richer visualizations.
Scene Management The Scene Explorer in 3ds Max 2008 streamlines the process of working with large scenes. It gives you a hierarchical view of scene data and fast scene analysis and editing tools, including the ability to sort, filter, and search a scene by any object type or property (including metadata) with stackable filtering, sorting, and searching criteria.
Multiple Flexible Rendering Solutions Get precisely the look you want. 3ds Max offers the broadest support for third-party renderers, along with multiple integrated rendering solutions including mental ray rendering that let you create looks ranging from photorealistic images to 2D, toon-shaded graphics. The unique, free, integrated mental ray network rendering and Autodesk® Backburner™ network render manager accelerate the process of achieving world-class imagery.
Review Rendering With 3ds Max 2008 software, Autodesk introduces Review a powerful new toolset that gives you immediate feedback on various render settings, enabling you to iterate rapidly. This means you can now quickly hone in on your desired look without waiting for a software render perfect for over-the-shoulder client/boss feedback sessions and other iterative workflows. Based on the latest in game engine technology, Review delivers interactive viewport previews of shadows (including self-shadowing and up to 64 lights simultaneously), the 3ds Max sun/sky system, and mental ray Architectural and Design material settings.
Flexible Suite of Modeling Tools Whether you are looking to quickly capture your design concepts or develop sophisticated, sales/marketing imagery, 3ds
Max has the modeling tools you need including NURBS for flowing, organic forms, and polygons for the creation of architectural structures. Plus, an extensive toolset for creating parametric shapes and objects gives your productivity a boost as you begin modeling.
Quality Animation Features Create complex organic or mechanical animation with the 3ds Max IK system. Add simple characters to your scene, or create complex crowd simulations—the flexible 3ds Max animation systems enable you to show 3D characters interacting with your designed environment. Looking to create advanced effects? Use the particle flow system to create smoke, rain, fountains, and more or design dynamic boat sails, curtains, and other fabric objects using the 3ds Max Cloth system.
External File Referencing Easily manage collaboration among team members using xrefs, a file management system that allows multiple artists to work simultaneously on parts of a master file.
Autodesk Combustion Integration Composite 3D animations with live footage or imagery. Create broadcast quality effects, transitions, and titling to give your visualization animation a professional look. Paint in the 3ds Max interface using Autodesk® Combustion® software vector paint.