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 .
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 .
- 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
- Not as complete as Maya
- The align tool is still poor
- Many glitches and bugs
- Many problems with shaders
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
trialing the program to assess suitability in future applications. will also be checking suitable workflows between maya and other engines for best result
Im a student of animation and 3d modeling, a want to try 3dmax for aqcuitectonick renders and create my own models, then present it in my class
I am a student from ADVFX and wanted to download the 3D MAX 2014 for my assignments and for practice at home so that i can understand all my lectures
the 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
for projects that need some architectural design in 3 d, that teachers at school ask for homework like houses,departments, museums,diferents kinds of spaces
my personal work for interior designing , and company name good earth homes kakkanad cochin , exterior and landscape drawing , make a new ideas
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
building elevations home design plans bridges tanks mashing doors windows ventilators rooms parking pleases water plonts canals raill way tracks
3ds max for home entertainment ,buildings, homes,school,road,land, human being,animals,plants,shopes,hand,house,motor bikes,cars,guns,mobile
I use 3ds max and maya plus after efects and nuke. Realflow and softimage is one of the best but stille they need more work, i hope i will learn them soon
school demand us to install this program so that we coukd worl easily in animating in editing in knowing the basics of the graphic designs and etc.
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
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
it gives you the freedom to work from your household and provides vast opportunities for the newbies, it also brings our ideas to life which is imense
well i think its a complete software and comprihensive programme through which i can express my ability and moreover help me to satisfy my clients
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.
- Provides the strongest 3D modeling tool
- Many tutorials can be found on the web
- Uses a lot of memory resources
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.
- Offers a free 3-year license for students
- Features effects that produces almost real graphics
- Requires high memory and Windows OS
Autodesk 3ds Max 2014 is your best programe for animatoins
By Joseph Wachira
On Friday, March 6, 2015
Previously know as 3D Studio Max, 3DS Max is an animation design tool by Autodesk. It is one of the most popular 3D programs for TV/Movies, architecture and videogames. It was first created by Yost Group in 1990, and then bought by Autodesk in 1999. In comparison to its 2013 version, the 2014`s was launched with few changes which made important changes and improvement to its performance. Populate animation is one of the most interesting tool helpful for architectures. The perspective match tool creates vanishing lines to align the 3DS models with the picture you are working with.
Among other tools of interest are Point Cloud and Vector Map support, Viewport enhancement, populate crowd animation which creates human motion. Nitrous accelerated graphics core workflow, Enhanced particle flow, hair and fur.
To be able to download this software you will need Windows 7 62-bit professional edition, a processor of 62-bit Intel or ADM multicore, 4GB of RAM and 4.5 GB of free space.
- It has a friendly interface.
- You can connect with Autodesk on social networks.
- Its final product is conducive media use.
- It is expensive for small individuals.