Ryan Lesser tests the new 3ds Max 2009 and is pleasantly surprised at how useful the new tools are, even for a humble game developer.
Tagged With: Autodesk
In an increasingly competitive market, broadcasters and post-production facilities are differentiating and growing their businesses by investing in Autodesk's visual effects and finishing solutions.
These solutions provide digital artists and editors with the professional tools necessary to quickly produce high-value content. Facilities that have benefitted from recent purchases of Autodesk systems include BSkyB, Sight Entertainment, Mere Mortals, E3 Post and Channel 4.
Autodesk will showcase its latest visual effects, finishing, color grading and animation solutions for film, television and commercial post-production at NAB.
At the Autodesk booth # SL1420, show attendees will have the opportunity to see demonstrations of the following solutions:
--Autodesk Flame software for visual effects systems.
-- Autodesk Smoke software for finishing systems.
Okino Computer Graphics, a leading provider and pioneer of data translation solutions to the DCC/Animation and enterprise Fortune 1000 markets, announced today that its currently shipping software products have received the "Autodesk Inventor 2009 Certification."
Okino has been a registered Autodesk developer since 1995 and has been shipping this completely robust and error free Autodesk Inventor conversion pipeline since Inventor v5.
Autodesk today began shipping two new versions of 3ds Max, its leading 3D modeling, animation and rendering software.
In February 2008 the company first announced 3ds Max 2009 software for entertainment professionals, and 3ds Max Design 2009 software, a tailored 3D application for architects, designers and visualization specialists.
Key features in 3ds Max 2009 and 3ds Max Design 2009 include:
--New Reveal rendering toolset, which streamlines iterative workflows.
Autodesk announced today that developers of its Autodesk Maya Fluid Effects System have been awarded Technical Achievement Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The Maya Fluid Effects System allows digital artists to create realistic animation of liquids and gases, using novel simulation techniques for accuracy and speed, as well as a unique scripting language for working with volumetric data.
Autodesk announced today they are lowering the price for Autodesk Maya Unlimited 3D modeling, animation, and rendering software.
Autodesk also announced Maya 2008 Extension 2 software, which provides enhanced creative control over polygon modeling and UV texturing, as well as significant improvements to the Maya Muscle tool set.
Maya Unlimited contains everything offered in Maya Complete software, plus innovations such as Maya Fluid Effects, Maya nCloth, Maya Hair, Maya Fur, and Maya Live.
Pricing for Autodesk Maya Complete remains unchanged.
At its annual World Press Days event, Autodesk announced two new versions of its Autodesk 3ds Max modeling, animation and rendering software -- the leading asset creation tool for game development. The company launched Autodesk 3ds Max 2009 software for entertainment professionals, and debuted 3ds Max Design 2009 software, a tailored 3D application for architects, designers and visualization specialists.
More than 30 Super Bowl XLII TV spots for Bridgestone, Budweiser, Coca-Cola, FedEx and other advertisers were created using Autodesk technology. Autodesk's visual effects, editing/ finishing and 3D modeling, animation and rendering software were used to deliver CG imagery, including digital animals and environments.
At the 59th Annual Technology and Engineering Awards, held last night (Jan. 7) in Las Vegas, Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya software were honored for Visual Digital Content Creation Tools and Their Impact in the Gaming category. Now in its fourth year, this category award recognizes breakthroughs in the gaming world.
Autodesk software solutions helped to shape more than 25 films for this holiday season. From golden quests to untamed landscapes, Autodesk technology was used to create complex digital characters, environments and visual effects, and to digitally color grade this season's hottest films.
Facilities that relied on Autodesk solutions include Sony Pictures Imageworks, Framestore CFC, Rainmaker UK, Luma Pictures Inc. and EFILM, a division of Deluxe Laboratories Inc.
Softimage Co. released Alienbrain 8.1, a free upgrade for its digital asset management system, which expands OS and application support. By offering deep integration with popular digital content creation applications such as Adobe Photoshop CS3, SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5, Autodesk Maya and 3ds Max, Alienbrain 8.1 provides an artist-centric system that manages assets for a streamlined and efficient games, film and post-production workflow.
Key new features include:
* Expanded support for operating systems:* Microsoft Windows Vista
From Dec. 3-7, Autodesk will hold its 3December events to celebrate 3D artists and their creations. For the ninth consecutive year, these events will provide Autodesk 3D software users with the opportunity to share their work, learn and network.
Autodesk Inc. announced Autodesk Combustion 2008 software, the latest version of its desktop compositing and visual effects solution. Combustion offers digital media artists an easy-to-use interface, non-destructive workflow and extensive toolset. It has been used on the Juicy Fruit ANT commercial by Asylum Visual Effects, the Target ANTHEM ad by Brand New School, and by Zoic Studio on the JOURNEYMAN TV show.
Ryan Lesser tests 3ds Max 2008 and finds great productivity improvements, particularly for those specializing in architectural design, previs and lighting/composition.
Autodesk has completed the acquisition of substantially all the assets of Skymatter Ltd., the New Zealand-based, privately held developer of Mudbox 3D modeling software. Terms of the transaction, originally announced on Aug. 6, were not disclosed.
The Autodesk Media & Ent. Software Launch Tour hits the Gnomon School of Visual Effects on Oct. 9. Highlighting the latest versions of Maya, 3ds Max, VIZ, MotionBuilder and Toxik software, the tour features product demos and esteemed guest speakers.
* DATE: Tuesday, October 9th, 2007* EVENT: 3:00PM to 9:30PM* PLACE: Gnomon School of VFX 1015 North Cahuenga Hollywood, CA, 90038* RSVP: Autodesk 3D Launch Tour Registration Form* FEES: This event is Free of charge!
The Autodesk Media & Ent. 3D community portal, AREA (www.the-area.com), is celebrating its first anniversary and has become a preferred online destination, attracting more than 150,000 registered members.
Autodesk has launched the Lustre 2008 digital color grading system. Lustre has shaped colors and lighting in hundreds of feature films, trailers and TV shows, including BALLS OF FURY, EL CANTANTE, CHILDREN OF MEN, BABEL, KING KONG, CANE, PUSHING DAISIES and SWINGTOWN. Lustre 2008 will be showcased at Autodesk stand #7-420 during IBC 2007, held in Amsterdam's RAI Convention Center, Sept. 7-11.
Autodesk announced the 2008 releases of the Inferno, Flame and Flint visual effects systems, as well as the Fire and Smoke editing/finishing systems. These new releases are offered on Linux-based PCs, making Autodesk's visual effects and editing/finishing products more accessible to both high-end and mid-range markets. The new releases deliver open file systems, allowing for improved interoperability with third-party applications, as well as 100% clip compatibility across the Autodesk visual effects and editing/finishing pipeline.
Autodesk Media and Entertainment and Animation World Network have partnered on a new mini-site, bringing professionals in-depth videos and articles on Autodesk software and the brilliant work studios are creating using Autodesk products. Autodesk takes viewers behind the scenes at Sway Studios, a company that makes commercials with an emphasis on photorealism. Get up close with Insomniac Games and how they are leading the way in PS3 games. Go behind the game creation at Neversoft Ent. as they shows off their extreme style. Enter the virtual garage of Armstrong White.
Leading Korean game developers NCsoft, Webzen and Gravity are relying on Autodesk's 3ds Max and Maya to deliver some of the most-anticipated massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs). MMOGs enable millions of players to simultaneously interact in an online game. Thus, characters, objects and entire worlds for the AION, HUXLEY and RAGNAROK ONLINE II upcoming MMOG titles are being shaped with Autodesk products.
To help customers in the manufacturing, architecture, building and construction markets benefit from the advantages of 3D software, Autodesk Inc. has introduced the Preferred Industry Partner Program. The new program recognizes select third-party software developers for their innovative, industry-focused solutions. Designated Preferred Industry Partners create applications that complement Autodesk 3D products and help customers simulate their ideas early in the design process as well as reduce time and cost in manufacturing or construction.
Digital artists around the world relied on Autodesk's media and entertainment solutions for summer vfx thrills ranging from TRANSFORMERS to FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER to SURF'S UP to PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END to PENELOPE, among others.
Autodesk Inc. unveiled Maya 2008 modeling, animation, visual effects and rendering software. The new version of the Academy Award-winning product focuses on providing improved workflow efficiency for artists in the film, television, game development, design and manufacturing industries. Maya 2008, which will be available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X for Intel-based Macintosh and PowerPC computers, will be showcased at the Autodesk booth (#703) during SIGGRAPH 2007, held at the San Diego Convention Center Aug. 7-9.