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Autodesk 3ds Max 2014

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A software that provides a comprehensive animation, simulation, and rendering solution

By Sam James

On Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Autodesk 3ds Max 2014 brings a new approach to 3D modeling, animation and rendering visual effects, motion graphics, design visualization and game development. It is a powerful yet simple to use and with out-of-the-box capabilities in creating professional and high-quality 3D animation. With its graphite modeling and strong particle flow system, this program helps users like me to focus more on creativity. Meanwhile, its new features such as tabbed layouts and customizable workspace make it very convenient to configure and switch between interfaces which can optimize the way I work. In addition, the nitrous advanced graphics core of this program provides dramatic developments in the performance and visual quality so I can now manage bigger data sets, and come up with better creative decisions in the context. You might want to consider getting this program if you want to further enhance your work especially in animation. In case you have difficulties with its features, there are a lot of video tutorials available in the internet that can assist you.

Pros

  • Provides the strongest 3D modeling tool
  • Many tutorials can be found on the web

Cons

  • Uses a lot of memory resources
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The Latest Advance Software for 3D Rendering, Simulation, Animation, and Modeling

By Sam James

On Tuesday, March 17, 2015

3ds Max 2014 was developed by Autodesk to provide game developers, filmmakers, and motion graphic artists with a comprehensive 3D software for modeling, rendering, simulation and animation. It is Autodesk’s ultimate solution to deliver highly effective and useful tools, increase performance, and smooth out workflow. This is especially helpful in boosting productivity while working with high-resolution complex assets. In this release, Autodesk features tools for perspective matching, crowd generation, and particle animation. It also features support for DirectX 11 shaders. Updates and new features are present as well. New features include the following. In 3D animation, the populate enhancement tool enables users to create a more convincing crowd. In 3D modeling and texturing, it has new features such as OpenSubdiv support, enhanced ShaderFX, Point Cloud support, placement tools, and Quad chamfer. In 3D rendering, new features include improved ActiveShade rendering, and accelerated viewport performance. In UI, workflow, and pipeline, new features include Alembic support, enhanced scene management, and Python scripting.

Pros

  • Offers a free 3-year license for students
  • Features effects that produces almost real graphics

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  • Requires high memory and Windows OS
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Autodesk 3DS Max 3D modeling software review by James Meyette

By James Meyette

On Monday, August 4, 2014

Autodesk 3DS Max is a great tool for all 3D modelers alike it offers many tools and utilities right out of the box. The hefty price is what is scary for most people who are looking to just get started with it, even with such a big price tag the software is worth every penny.

Some of the features that this program boasts are:

MAXScript

Character Studio

Texture Editing and assigning

DWG Import

Keyframing(for animations)

Skinning

For students you need not worry about paying the large price tag until after your student license has expired thus allowing you to use it in your classes without paying a dime for it as long as you can provide proof that you are attending a school and making use of the software for that purpose.

In conclusion 3ds Max is a great piece of software once you are used to using it for every day 3dmodeling and general animations(for more specific key framing and what not it is sometimes best to use Autodesk Maya) Overall this product does everything it says and more right out of the package.

Pros

  • Clean user interface, makes for quick use
  • Lots of documentation included with the software upon download

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  • HUGE price tag makes it less accessible for smaller entities
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

For what are you going to use the program?
  • I wish to learn how to use this software and add it my 3D modelling portfolio and hopefully enhance my career prospects and job applications

  • im currently a student, taking Diploma in Interioir design course. Im gonna use this program to complete my 3d model building and some design stuff.

  • Learn how to model in Autodesk 3DS Max to create and develop a prototype of a product modeling . Becomes relevant learning the art and techniques that promote development audiovisual integrado lines to the 3D field .

  • learning and getting more into the software.i wanna be a 3d designer.. get more advanced in texturing, lighting and modeling.try new technics

  • It is used more by game developers, but also in the development of animation projects like movies or TV commercials, special effects and architecture. From the first 1.0 to 4.0 the program belonged to Autodesk 3D Studio name.

What similar programs have you used?
  • Autodesk 3ds Max (formerly 3D Studio MAX) is a production-proven 3D modeling, animation and rendering package for games, film, television and digital publishing

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  • i have used programs like adobe photoshop to costumize cars and fix errors in designs and manufacture car parts and design new things thats all

  • Maya, 3DVIA Studio Pro, Sketchup - that's about it. just trying to fill up the rest of the characters now because I don't use everything in the book.,

What do you like most about this program?
  • animation, graphic which will give you more option to choose 3d image and work related material required to complete project in college and he

  • Ravi and Dheeraj is using Dual core Processor laptop in that we cannot install Design software and upgrade is not possible with these systems

  • 3d modeling and infrastructure designing using this 3d studio max is so good and its tools are very useful then easy to learn and user frendly

  • the main thing i like about 3ds max is that it has a wide variety of tools and you could design ANYTHING you want and modify them according to your requirements .

  • An easy AND POWERFUL program for 3d modelling. Supports many plugins and good for animation. You can take photorealistic renders with some render engines.

Review

3DS Max (previously known as 3D Studio Max) is a 3D graphic an animation design tool developed by Autodesk. Based on a plugin structure, it is one of the most popular 3D programs for TV/movies, architecture and videogames. Originally created by Yost Group in 1990 and called 3D Studio Max, it was thought to be the “3D animation AutoCAD”.

In 1999 Autodesk bought the developer company and the program changed its name to 3DS Max. For a few years, the software was considered one of the top programs for 3D design and animation, fighting with the likes of Maya at the top. In this new version, reborn as Autodesk 3DS Max, the software builds on Autodesk’s Entertainment Creation Suite, and is complemented with programs as Mudbox, Mental Ray and Motion Builder.

How to use

After buying and compiling all the most popular 3D programs under its name, Autodesk presents us with a new version of one of its most popular programs – 3DS Max. In comparison with 2013 version, 2014’s was launched with few changes. At least on paper, only six features were added to the software, but they make important changes and improvements to the program.

Working with PDF, SVG and Illustrator files, the Vector map support let us use those formats to create new textures, and even animate them and change them over time. As vector files, the render will be totally clear and in detail. As 3DS Max has been well known in technical fields, the integration with AutoCAD is complete.

The Autodesk 3DS Max 2014 version is a good program in itself, but not as spectacular an upgrade as 2013

One of the most interesting new tools will be the Populate Animation. Really helpful for architectural purposes, we can create and animate characters to walk around our model by just drawing a path and activating the option. HD options, stick figures, stationary areas where people will mix… there are the many options to manage your types of crowds as the situation requires. Feel free to implement your work into real images.

The Perspective Match tool will create vanishing lines to align the 3D models with the photo you are working with, and the home grid will help you match the perspective in a really simple way. 3DS Max’s capabilities have been improved with DirectX 11 integration. This enhances the program and allows it to create high quality assets.

Autodesk’s developers have promised that they will continue with the program, even though it sells other programs like Maya on its Suite. 3DS Max was always known as a good 3D design developer, though perhaps a bit too technical. This 2014 version is a good program in itself, but not as spectacular an upgrade as Autodesk’s 3DS Max 2013.

The developer’s website has a huge community of users from around the world, with forums and blogs with plugins and tutorials. You can even stay connected with Autodesk on most social networks.

Autodesk 3ds Max 2014 Features

The newest features of Autodesk 3DS Max are:

  • Point Cloud and Vector map support
  • Viewport enhancement
  • Populate crowd animation to create human motion
  • Enhanced general animation, design and rigging tools
  • DirectX 11 shader support
  • Nitrous accelerated graphics core workflow
  • Enhanced particle flow, hair and fur.

For more information about Autodesk 3DS Max 2014, the Autodesk Suite or the user community and the tutorials, after download, please check the developer’s website .

System requirements

Before the download, please check your PC fits the minimum requirements:

  • Operating system: Windows 7 64-bit Professional Edition
  • Processor: 64-bit Intel or AMD multicore
  • RAM: at least 4GB
  • Hard Disk: 4.5 GB free space
  • 3-button mouse is recommended

For detailed information about the supported graphic cards, please refer to .

The Perspective Match tool will create vanishing lines to align the 3D models
The Perspective Match tool will create vanishing lines to align the 3D models

Pros
  • New particle system
  • One of the best for architectural visualisation
  • Faster with the Nitrous engine
  • Website full of free tutorials to download
  • Multiple plugins to complete the program
Cons
  • Not as complete as Maya
  • The align tool is still poor
  • Many glitches and bugs
  • Many problems with shaders