3D Studio Max
- Homepage: link:autodesk 3dsmax
- Current Version: 3dsmax2017 form April 2016
3dsmax is the other complete 3d application from autodesk.
Like other software packages, 3dsmax gets a partially new UI to enable the work with high resolution displays. It has some minor improvements in workflow and like Maya it has a direct interaction with Autodesks Stingray Engine. It seems that the develpers now try to share work for all packages because 3dsmax now has heatmap and voxel skinning like Maya.
3dsmax now has a new easy to use renderer called ART. It is a physically based renderer for fast visualisation. And the old scanline renderer is still available and can use now up to 128 cores.
Like in Maya, the close integration of mentalray is gone. You can install 3dsmax without it now. It seems that the MentalAera is over.
Current release 2013:
- native renderer
- mentalray plugin
- direct access to hardware shaders
Last update: 07.2016