At its annual World Press Days event, Autodesk announced two new versions of 3ds Max. They launched 3ds Max 2009, and debuted 3ds Max Design 2009 software, which replaces Autodesk Viz and is tailored for architects, designers and visualization. Both versions of the software offer new rendering capabilities, improved interoperability with other Autodesk products including Revit, as well as additional time-saving animation and mapping workflow tools. 3ds Max Design 2009 further provides lighting simulation and analysis technology.
"Autodesk 3ds Max now comes in two distinct flavors to better meet the specific needs of our entertainment and visualization customers," Marc Petit, senior vice president, Autodesk Media & Entertainment announced. "3ds Max 2009 and 3ds Max Design 2009 provide users with tailored online experiences, user interface and application defaults, tutorials, samples, and more. This simplifies the learning process and makes it easier for users to find the information that's most relevant to them."
New Feature Highlights
New Reveal rendering toolset, which streamlines iterative workflows; and the ProMaterials material library for simulating real-world surfaces.
Numerous biped enhancements (its now easier to build quadrapeds) and new UV editing tools.
Improved OBJ and Autodesk FBX file formats import and export vastly enhance interoperability with Autodesk Mudbox, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk MotionBuilder and other third-party applications.
Recognize, a new scene-loading technology, significantly improves the inter-application workflow with Revit Architecture 2009.
3ds Max Design 2009 includes all features offered in Autodesk 3ds Max 2009, with the exception of the software development toolkit (SDK). The SDK is a set of development tools used in the entertainment markets to integrate software into a production pipeline and develop in-house tools to be used in conjunction with the application. 3ds Max Design also includes Exposure technology for simulating and analyzing sun, sky, and artificial lighting to assist with LEED 8.1 certification.
Viz 2008 is the last version of Autodesk Viz.