Discreet has begun shipping the latest version of its professional 3D modeling, animation and rendering software. 3ds max 6 was developed in close cooperation with customers such as SEGA Corp. Japan to enhance workflow for 3D artists and designers in the film, television, games-development and design-visualization markets.
New features include an advanced schematic view for complex scene management; integrated mental ray 3.2 renderer; a new event-driven particle system; reactor 2 stuntman dynamics; enhanced design workflow with Autodesk solutions through .DWG import/export with ObjectARX support; vertex painting; enhanced modeling and skinning tools; HDRI support; and performance optimizations designed in conjunction with Intel Corp. The release also incorporates a new CD-ROM complete with software from strategic partners such as Criterion Software RenderWare Visualizer, Bionatics EASYnat, Okino Computer Graphics PolyTrans OpenFlight and ArchVision.
3ds max 6 is available for $3,495. Localized international versions are expected to be available winter 2003. For more sales and product information, contact a Discreet Authorized Reseller at www.discreet.com/resellers. Customers under the Discreet Subscription will receive the version upgrade automatically.