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Autodesk 3ds Max 2014

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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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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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An excellent software that provides a great platform for 3D designs

By Pablo Conde Ferrer

On Friday, July 18, 2014

If you are a film or game artist or even a motion graphics artist who aims to have the perfect tool for doing all your work-related tasks easier and better, this program offers the best solution for you. If your work mainly involves animation, 3D modeling, compositing solution and rendering task, you should definitely check-out Autodesk 3ds Max 2014. Autodesk 3ds Max is in the top list of the most respected software when it comes to 3D-animation. This software is already available in the market a while back and it does an excellent work since it was introduced. This program consists of some useful tools used for broadcast T.V. and cinema. At the same time, it works perfectly if you are into developing games. Autodesk 3ds Max makes the life of some artist and animators less complicated by having an intuitive workflow to bring their vision into life. Using this program allows them to work using multiple lights and include some materials that can act like those in the physical environment.

Pros

  • A good platform for 3D designs
  • Very flexible for any tasks

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  • Requires a PC with high specifications
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

For what are you going to use the program?
  • To build an application in unity for a friend who is a fan of de havilland Mosquito airplane and its his nameday soon so this would be great gift

  • I would like to learn 3ds max by myself so need the program file. It will be very helpful for me. I really appreciate it. Many thanks. Hayley

  • using it for college architectural engineering department interior and exterior design at the arab academy for science and technology and mar

  • Used for testing. New version does'nt fit to my usabilty. I hop this one could resolve my problems. seriously 31 caracters left 13 now? i hope

  • to create 3d models and experiment with because i want to become a game designer in the future hoping the can educate me on how 3d even works

What similar programs have you used?
  • kokokabana is sitting on the bus. A mortar fell down and gave him a kiss. That's wha the bananas cried. In fear lays the truth of others lies.

  • 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.,

  • adobe photoshop and autocad, chorel draw softwares i have used for construction work presentations to make plans architectural, mechanical, a

  • my self sujit kumar saha ,i am interested this product having used by trail version for 30 days . and then i purchage it.so i request u sir please easely download my 3ds max software.

  • i have not used any similar programs i never download like that program autodesk 2d i have installed and still using with amazing perfomance

What do you like most about this program?
  • Nice videos, its a really great help to look from this point of view, you need to correctly place the image and press the F3 correct yes accuracy? Reply my studies!!

  • everything since it is like the most awesome stuff on planet earth that really needs to be out there in the world an full of cryz inventionsa

  • he reason that I will be downloading this software is because I want to pass this semester and graduate already so please allow me to download

  • yes i like this program because i want to learn on it a drawing in designing 3d etcetera specially the house ,building ,residential,school .

  • I love Autodesk Maya For Creates Animation and Sculpts Modeling 3D Peoples 2d Animation Betryaed Movies Rendering Lights Scanning Project 2d

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