Discreet Offers max 7.5 to Subscribers

Discreet today announced the upcoming release of 3ds max 7.5, a software upgrade to be exclusively offered to customers enrolled in the Discreet Subscription Program. The new version was developed to provide complete file compatibility with the current version of 3ds max 7, and promises significant enhancements such as a robust and integrated hair and fur system, the most current version of mental ray 3.4 rendering software and a new design toolset that combines the feature sets of 3ds max and Autodesk VIZ software.

According to Discreet, 3ds max 7.5 will especially equip artists working in feature films and game cinematics who want to raise the bar with better rendering and amazingly realistic hair and fur. For design visualization artists, the company promises a substantial new set of complimentary features including improved interoperability with DWG-based 3D CAD applications like Autodesk Revit and Autodesk VIZ.

“After delivering a powerful cloth solution to our installed base of 3ds max software subscription customers last month-Discreet continues to drive value and feature benefits with today’s announced addition of award-winning hair and fur extensions, mental ray 3.4, and numerous extensions for the game cinematics and design and visualisation community,” says Marc Petit, VP of product development for Discreet.

The new Hair and Fur system in 3ds max 7.5 is based on Joe Alter’s highly regarded “Shave and a Haircut” solution. Styling and dynamics tools include a brush tool for brushing along complicated contours with “re-comb” and support for clumping and frizz for added realism. Also, the dynamics engine of Shave and the dynamic forces of 3ds max combine to inherit inertia directly from the skin or any other modifier’s surface movement. Integration of mental ray allows for fast, memory-efficient and direct rendering using the native mental ray hair primitive, while plus-instanced geometry can be used as individual hairs to easily create forests, fields of flowers and other landscapes.

Visualization features include Radiosity Adaptive Subdivision for more accurate and more efficient radiosity processing; a batch render for quickly rendering a series of stills from different angles with the option of changing render settings and layers between views; UVW mapping improvement that allows physically-scaled materials to be placed onto objects in the scene more easily and accurately with support for real-world measurements; a sweep modifier for lofting a shape or profile along lines or polylines imported from AutoCAD or line work created in 3ds max; Scene State for capturing object, layer, material, camera and light information to be saved and restored at will; Autodesk Revit 7 interoperability for creating high-quality images of models by importing/linking a Revit model via the DWG format; Autodesk Inventor interoperability for accessing the Inventor file option directly within the import tool; and DWF export for exporting models from 3ds max 7.5 for viewing with Autodesk DWF Viewer and Autodesk DWF Composer.

3ds max 7.5 is expected to be available in mid-April for customers in the Discreet Subscription Program, which costs an additional $440 with the purchase of 3ds max ($3,495). For more information about the subscription program for 3ds max software, contact a Discreet authorized reseller or go to www.discreet.com/subscription.