Autodesk® 3ds Max®

Autodesk® 3ds Max® animation software provides industry-leading interoperability with Adobe® After Effects® and Adobe® Photoshop® software as well as enhanced interoperability with Autodesk® Maya® and Autodesk® MotionBuilder® animation software helps to facilitate pipeline integration. With a more responsive ActiveShade, now supporting the NVIDIA® mental ray® renderer, 3ds Max delivers a powerful interactive rendering experience. It also offers a new artist-friendly node-based visual shader editor to help increase efficiency for lighting, shading and rendering tasks. In addition, new motion graphics, 3D animation and simulation tools empower artists to focus more on creative rather than technical challenges.

Unleash your creativity with this production-proven software.

Key Features and Benefits


Point Cloud Support

Creating more precise models from real-world references becomes easier with the new ability to import & visualise massive datasets captured from reality as point clouds. View point clouds in true colour in the 3ds Max viewport; interactively adjust the cloud displayed; create new geometry in context. Support for .rcp and .rcs file formats.

ActiveShade Rendering Enhancements

New ActiveShade support for the NVIDIA mental ray® and iray® renderer makes updates even faster. ActiveShade enables artists to iterate more effectively by providing an interactive rendering session that constantly updates as changes are made to cameras, lighting, materials, and geometry. Designers and architects can more efficiently fine-tune their scene by shortening the feedback loop, making it faster and easier to achieve their intended look while preserving their creative intent.


Create advanced HLSL viewport shaders with the ShaderFX real-time shader editor; connect different nodes together using an intuitive click-drag workflow. Materials can be visualised in real-time in the 3ds Max viewport and more technical artists can dig deeper into the workings of each basic node in advanced mode.

Python Scripting

Helping technical directors and developers extend and customise the software, new support for Python® scripting language makes integration to a Python-based pipeline easier to implement. Execute Python scripts from MAXscript and 3ds Max command line.


Additional Features & Benefits


Accelerated Viewport Performance

A number of improvements have been made to accelerate navigation, selection, and viewport texture baking; anti-aliasing can now be enabled for minimal impact on performance. The result is greater interactivity and fidelity to environment without sacrificing speed.


Enhanced Scene Management

New nested layer functionality within Scene Explorers allows artists to deal with complex scenes more easily and better organise data. Other highlight improvements include support for docking and Workspaces, improved scene management, and customisable quad menus.
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