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3ds Max

Formerly known as "3D Studio," 3ds Max is a 3D modeling, animation and rendering program from the Media and Entertainment division of Autodesk, Inc., San Rafael, CA (www.discreet.com). Widely used in the areas of interactive games, visual effects for movies and industrial design models, the software lets you create 2D shapes that become the cross sections of the 3D models. The application includes an animation module that uses inverse kinematics, which links components so that they move together, adding to the effect of bringing a character to life. 3ds Max carried Autodesk's Discreet brand name until 2005. See Character Studio.
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Boris Kulagin's ADVANCED 3DS MAX 5 MODELING & ANIMATING (1931769168, $39.95) covers the new features of 3ds max 5, from its ability to improve 3D graphics development to its modeling projects and ability to adjust animation results for time periods and atmosphere.
Upgrade pricing from 3ds max 6 is US $795; and 3ds max 5 US $1,295.
Montreal, Quebec-based digital media creation, management and delivery company Discreet has had its 3ds Max 5 software chosen by Brunel University in the UK.
(Nasdaq:ADSK) has announced 3ds max 5 -- a significant feature release of its professional 3D animation and modeling software used by the largest community of animators worldwide to create compelling 3D animations.
"With 3ds max 5, Discreet answers and precipitates the continually evolving needs of the 3D industry," said Phillip Miller, vice president of Discreet animation products.
Discreet introduces key new features in 3ds max 5 software that will advance the realism, character animation and productivity requirements necessary for animators to create lifelike 3D animations.
3ds max 5 introduces enhanced global illumination methods for subtle, elegant and accurate lighting -- critical to producing a natural look for pre-visualized or finished animations; reactor, Discreet's embedded, integrated and interactive physics engine from HAVOK -- soft and hard-body dynamics software; and new texture mapping capabilities to accurately marry image data to mesh models.
TELECOMWORLDWIRE-9 December 2002-The Art Institutes opts for Discreet's 3ds max 5 for US art schools(C)1994-2002 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com
Discreet, a division of Autodesk Inc, is set to supply 2,500 copies of its 3ds max 5 software to The Art Institutes following an agreement between the companies.
A spokesperson for Discreet has claimed that the 3ds max 5 software has been utilised in a number of computer games and films including Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Splinter Cell and Star Trek Nemesis.
The 3ds max 5 modelling, animation and rendering software has been priced at GBP2,695.
Systems and software provider Discreet has been awarded a contract from games developer Argonaut Games Plc for the supply of the 3ds max 5 animation software.