Autodesk annouces 3ds Max 9 – Press Release

3dsmax-small.jpgAutodesk 3ds Max 9 Software Accelerates Next-Generation Digital Content
Creation and Design Visualization

64-bit Technology Support with New and Optimized Features Delivers Greater
Speed and Workflow Efficiencies

San Rafael, CA, USA – July 31, 2006 – Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), today
announced Autodesk 3ds Max 9 software, the latest version of its world-renowned
3D modeling, animation and rendering solution. 3ds Max 9 supports 64-bit
technologies, providing digital artists with the tools for next-generation
games development, design visualizations, and film and television visual
effects production. 3ds Max has been used to realize countless breakthrough
projects, including New York City’s Freedom Tower, games such as Assassin’s
Creed, Gears of War, Guild Wars and Mass Effect, and film blockbusters such as
Aeon Flux and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. 3ds Max 9 will be showcased
at the Autodesk booth #1706 at SIGGRAPH 2006, August 01–03 at the Boston
Convention Center.

“With Autodesk 3ds Max 9, we’ve focused on addressing the challenges our
customers face when working with larger amounts of complex data, as well as
scaling to bigger production teams,” said Marc Petit, Autodesk’s Media &
Entertainment vice president. “Digital artists using 3ds Max 9 will gain
improvements in core performance, productivity and pipeline efficiency. 3ds Max
9 enables artists to manage the increasing complexity of 3D data sets
characteristic of next-generation game, film, broadcast and design
development.”

“Autodesk 3ds Max is the tool we use to create all the 3D models and animations
in our games, and we’re excited about the advancements that 3ds Max 9 has to
offer,” said Silicon Knights game studio president Denis Dyack. “Since the
early 1990s, 3ds Max has played a major role in the visual success of all our
company’s games, including the hit titles Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes,
Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem, Bloody Omen: Legacy of Kain, Dark Legions
and Fantasy Empires. 3ds Max is now playing a crucial role yet again with our
upcoming title Too Human, a next-gen, third-person epic action game.”

3ds Max 9 software’s 64-bit architecture makes it easier to work with the huge
datasets required for next-generation digital content creation. Rendering is
also greatly improved with the mental ray 3.5 rendering core.

Robert Graves, 3ds Max 9 beta tester and creative director at GMJ Design Ltd.
in London, said, “We are in an era of increasingly visual design communication.
Autodesk 3ds Max 9 helps GMJ Design deliver visually compelling content to our
customers. The new architecture and design shaders, enhancements to the
daylight system and improved mental ray rendering in 3ds Max 9, along with the
superior tools to manage large datasets, help us deliver the realistic content
clients expect from our 3D design visualizations.” GMJ Design used 3ds Max to
create city models of London and Liverpool.

Autodesk helps 3D artists in game development, design visualization, film,
television, broadcast and graphic design focus on realizing their ideas without
being limited by production complexities. Autodesk’s media and entertainment 3D
product portfolio is comprised of Autodesk 3ds Max 9, Maya 8 (announced
separately) and VIZ 2007 animation, modeling and rendering software, as well as
Autodesk MotionBuilder 7.5 character animation software. Interoperability is
achieved between these products via Autodesk FBX, a free 3D file exchange
format.

Autodesk 3ds Max 9 Key Features
Along with 64-bit support, new lighting, more shaders and accelerated
rendering, 3ds Max 9 offers the following features to maximize core
performance, productivity and pipeline efficiency:

– A layered blending system that can be added to custom rigs and controllers
within 3ds Max
– Optimizations in wireframe and edge display, enabling faster feedback within
the viewport
– XAF files that can be saved and loaded onto bipeds, allowing for easy
transfer of information to and from custom rigs
– Enhanced hair and cloth, including the ability to style hair in the viewport
– Improved file referencing and tracking of work-in-progress assets
– Point cache 2, which allows artists to bake mesh deformations into a file for
faster rendering
– Improved compatibility with Autodesk Maya via the FBX file format

For a complete list of new 3ds Max 9 features, please visit
http://www.autodesk.com/3dsmax

With support from HP and Intel, a number of third-party developers in the
Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) Sparks program have already produced 64-bit
versions of their plug-ins to support 3ds Max 9, giving users immediate access
to a pool of 64-bit development tools.

Pricing and Availability
Autodesk anticipates that 3ds Max 9 will be available in English in October
2006, and in additional languages in the future. The Autodesk suggested retail
price for 3ds Max 9 software is US $3,495. The Autodesk suggested retail price
to upgrade from 3ds Max 8 to 3ds Max 9 is US $795.

3ds Max Subscription
The Autodesk suggested retail price for 3ds Max Subscription is US $440 per
year and is available for purchase simultaneously with the product purchase or
upgrade. Subscription customers qualify for access to the latest software
updates, valuable product extensions and e-learning materials. For more
information about 3ds Max Subscription, please visit
http://www.autodesk.com/subscription

PRESS: 3ds Max 9 imagery is available on Autodesk’s website at
http://www.autodesk.com/3dsmax-pressimagery

About Autodesk
Autodesk, Inc. is a Fortune 1000 company, wholly focused on ensuring that great
ideas are turned into reality. With seven million users, Autodesk is the
world’s leading software and services company for the manufacturing,
infrastructure, building, media and entertainment, and wireless data services
fields. Autodesk’s solutions help customers create, manage and share their data
and digital assets more effectively. As a result, customers turn ideas into
competitive advantage, become more productive, streamline project efficiency
and maximize profits.

Founded in 1982, Autodesk is headquartered in San Rafael, California. For
additional information about Autodesk, please visit http://www.autodesk.com

UPDATE: Obviously, it has been released. You can get a 30-day trial version here.

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~ by learn3dsmax on August 1, 2006.

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