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.
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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 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.
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.
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.
Autodesk Inc. announces 3ds Max 2008, the latest version of its out-of-the-box solution for 3D modeling, animation and rendering. 3ds Max 2008 enables artists and designers to overcome challenges associated with large and complex 3D datasets. 3ds Max 2008 will be showcased at the Autodesk booth (#703) during SIGGRAPH 2007, being held at the San Diego Convention Center Aug. 7-9.
Autodesk Inc. announced the second extension for Autodesk MotionBuilder 7.5 software for realtime 3D character animation and 3D storytelling for game, film and broadcast production. Autodesk MotionBuilder 7.5 Extension 2 delivers enhanced performance and stability, new features and functionality, as well as additional platform support for the Intel-based Macintosh operating system and the 64-bit Windows XP operating system. The extension will be available for download to all Autodesk MotionBuilder Platinum members later this month.
Autodesk Inc. has released the 2008 version of its Animation Academy for Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya software products. The team-based curriculum teaches students sophisticated 3D visualization and animation skills with the same technology that is used by professionals in the media and entertainment industry.
Animation Academy for 3ds Max is available to Windows operating system users. Animation Academy for Maya is available to secondary schools teaching on the Mac and Windows platforms.
Autodesk Inc. has announced the recipients of this year's Autodesk Masters awards. Through this annual program, Autodesk recognizes exceptional Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya software artists and technical specialists whose work and dedication have significantly contributed to the advancement of computer graphics. The 2007 Autodesk Masters were announced yesterday at Autodesk's SIGGRAPH User Group meeting.
The 3ds Max and Maya users honored as this year's Autodesk Masters were:
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Autodesk Inc. acquired substantially all the assets of Skymatter Limited, the developer of Mudbox 3D modeling software. Autodesk anticipates that the transaction will close in the next two months. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
On the eve of SIGGRAPH 2007, Autodesk announced Toxik 2008, the latest version of its desktop software for feature film procedural compositing. Toxik has shaped numerous films, including PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END, APOCALYPTO and THE FOUNTAIN. Designed for visual effects artists, Toxik 2008 combines an extensive creative toolset with realtime, interactive compositing of high-dynamic-range imagery (HDRI).
Autodesk will showcase the latest versions of its 3D product portfolio and compositing applications at SIGGRAPH 2007, in San Diego, from Aug. 5-9 (booth #703). Autodesk will also demonstrate technologies addressing the growing data-complexity of next-generation projects -- one of the biggest challenges facing digital artists today.
On Aug. 6, from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. PDT, Autodesk will hold its User Group meeting at the Marriott San Diego Hotel and Marina. The event will feature keynote presentations by: