3ds Max is a computer graphics program for creating 3D models, animations, and digital images. It’s one of the most popular software in the computer graphics industry and is well known for having a robust toolset for 3D artists. A favorite among game developers, TV commercial studios, and architects, 3ds Max is owned by Autodesk, the same company responsible for programs like Maya and AutoCAD. This software is often used for character modeling and animation as well as for rendering photorealistic images of buildings and other objects.
The software can handle several stages of the animation pipeline including pre-visualization, modeling, texturing, rigging, lighting, and rendering. And most recently, Autodesk has revealed 3ds Max 2023’s features. The release updates 3ds Max’s retopology tools to make it possible to process large data sets. And adds a new Autodesk Standard Surface Compliant mode to the Physical Material, and introduces support for glTF export. Let’s go into detail about some significant improvement now!
As with Maya 2023, the release updates the software’s retopology tools. That means an update to Autodesk Retopology Tools, the retopology plugin originally introduced in 3ds Max 2021.3. New features in Retopology Tools 1.2 are significant. First including the option to remesh a model as a pre-processing step before computing the new topology. That make it possible to process large data sets. You will also be able to utilize the ReForm Pre-Process model. It generates a proxy remesh object utilized as the data set for the Retopology algorithms to work with.
The update also brings the ability to use the Display Mode pull-down menu to view the input, remesh, and output mesh results of the Retopology action. Mesh data that you are processing through ReFrom such as UVs, Normals, and so forth, will be maintained on the output mesh for Retopology.
In 3ds Max 2023, you will be able to publish assets from your 3ds Max scene to glTF (Graphics Language Transmission Format) 3D content to use in web applications, online stores, browser games, and other modern online outlets.
Workflow improvements include Snap Working Pivot, a new method for positioning pivot points for tools during 3D modeling or character rigging. Users can snap pivot points to vertices, edges or faces, or an average position for the vertices, edges or faces selected; and can add helper objects or grids to a scene, helping to position pivots more precisely
Other changes include a new Autobackup toolbar, for editing auto-backup settings and tracking when backups are about to occur. Performance improvements include Compress Scene File on Save – now “almost two times” faster – and Occlude Selection, now “three times faster”.
Outside the core application, the integration plugin for Autodesk’s Arnold renderer has been updated, with MAXtoA 5.1 adding the option to use different textures on each axis when using triplanar projection. The system can be used for shading effects like snow, dust and moss, in which a material is applied only to those parts of a surface facing in a particular direction.
Autodesk has also updated to OptiX 7, a newer version of Nvidia’s AI-trained GPU denoiser, which denoises AOVs consistently, making it possible to use them in VFX workflows in which AOVs need to be recomposited.The update also improves interactivity in IPR previews when rendering either on the CPU or GPU.
3ds Max 2023 is available for Windows 10+. The software is rental-only. Since the previous release, the cost of subscriptions has risen to $225/month; or $1,785/year. In many countries, artists earning under $100,000/year and working on projects valued at under $100,000/year qualify for Indie subscriptions, which now cost $290/year.
And below are some other features that will also be introduced with 3ds Max 2023. You can check out the full list of new features here.
- Occlude Selection Improvements: Occlude Selection is now three times faster than before. In addition, its accuracy is also greatly improved, especially when using various marquee-style selections, such as rectangle, circle, and freeform.
- Unwrap UVW Keyboard Shortcuts: New user-requested keyboard shortcuts for the Unwrap UVW modifier were added to 3ds Max for 2023. They include shortcuts for Stitch, Pack, Grow, Shrink, and much more.
- Active Manipulator: Users can now only display the manipulators for the active level of the modifier stack that the user is on.
- On-Demand Installer for Revit and Inventor imports: 3ds Max now includes a new On-Demand Installer for Revit and Inventor imports, letting you install the Revit Interoperability and Inventor Interoperability components only when you need them, instead of during product installation.
- Safe Scene Script Execution (SSSE) for Scene Script Assets: 3ds Max’s SSSE feature has been extended to ensure that execution of unsafe scripted commands found in Script File Assets, such as pre and post render scripts, is blocked by default.
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Reference source: autodesk.com and cgchannel.com