SIGGRAPH 2003 Discreet Introduces 3ds max 6

Discreet held a press conference at SIGGRAPH in San Diego, Calif. yesterday to unveil the latest version of its popular 3D modeling, animation and rendering solution. 3ds max 6 incorporates dedicated new tools specifically designed for film, games and 3D design visualization.

Paul Lypaczewski, Discreet general manager and exec. VP of Autodesk, comments “The last two years have been really hard for our industry.” He goes on to assert that hard times serve as a proving ground for who is going to last, noting, “Discreet is returning to profitability” and boasting that over the course of the next year, the company will be releasing most powerful suite of projects in the industry.

The new features of 3ds max 6 include an advanced schematic view for easier viewing and better management of complex scenes; integrated mental ray rendering software; vertex color painting; design visualization tools and interchange support with Autodesk and other CAD and CAD-related solutions; integrated reactor 2 complete physics with virtual stuntman and vehicle dynamics; distributed network texture banking and a particle flow system for creating realistic fountains, fog, snow, splashes, contrails, explosions and other environmental effects.

3ds max 6 is expected to be available in fall 2003 for the suggested retail price of $3,495. Localized international versions will be available later in 2003. Upgrading from 3ds max 5 is priced at $795. For mor information, visit www.discreet.com.