Discreet has announced the newest version of its 3D modeling, animation and rendering software, 3ds max 6. Many features in 3ds max 6 were created because of requests by leading film effects, design visualization and game development customers. SEGA was a major partner in the development of the new version, including providing direction on the new schematic view feature.
New features in the 3ds max 6 software release will include: advanced schematic view for easier viewing and better management of complex scenes; vertex color painting; design visualization tools and interchange support with Autodesk and other computer-aided design (CAD) and CAD-related solutions; integrated reactor 2 with stuntman and vehicle dynamics; distributed network texture baking, and features that provide greater accessibility to the software for power users. Also included in the release will be a particle flow system for creating realistic fountains, fog, snow, splashes, contrails, explosions and other environmental effects.
"3ds max is a powerhouse that keeps pushing the boundaries of our industry," said Paul Lypaczewski, gm, Discreet and evp of Autodesk, Inc. "3ds max 6 contains innovative features for all segments of the design and animation industry that will give our broad customer base the most productive and customizable workflow to realize their creative vision in whatever way their unique 3D projects demand."
In addition, Discreet will integrate and bundle mental images' mental ray rendering software library with 3ds max 6. The advanced features of the new mental ray 3.2 rendering technology include physically correct photorealistic rendering options such as global illumination, caustics and extremely accurate lighting calculations. For more information visit www.mentalimages.com.
3ds max 6 is scheduled for release in fall 2003, priced at $3,495. Localized international versions will be available later in 2003. Upgrade price is $795 from 3ds max 5 and $1,295 from 3ds max 4.
Montreal-based Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc., is an award-winning solutions company, whose software is designed for digital media creation, management and delivery, across all disciplines from film and television visual effects, color grading and editing to animation, game development, Web/interactive and design visualization. For more information visit www.discreet.com.