Design Visualization

Autodesk Announces Connection Extension for 3ds Max Design 2010 Software

New Release Improves Interoperability with Popular AEC and Manufacturing Software and Simplifies Work with Complex Scenes

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 3, 2009 — At SIGGRAPH 2009, Autodesk, Inc., has announced the Connection Extension for Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2010 modeling, animation and rendering software. The release makes it easier and more cost-effective to turn design data into accurate, realistic visualizations. New levels of interoperability — based on intelligent data workflows — between 3ds Max Design and CAD software makes it easier for architects, designers and visualization specialists to minimize rework by taking advantage of existing design data.

Connectivity and Intelligent Workflows
The Connection Extension for 3ds Max Design 2010 software helps improve interoperability with several products commonly used by architecture, engineering, construction and manufacturing design professionals. The addition of new, high-fidelity CAD data translators for SAT and SKP file formats, along with a rewritten OpenEXR translator, delivers:

  • Importing and exporting of SAT files for moving solids-based design data between 3ds Max Design and Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Inventor Professional, the Alias family of products and third-party CAD products SolidWorks, Rhino and FormZ.
  • More efficient, accurate importing of files from Google SketchUp sketching software — a common tool in the architecture and design communities — and support for reading the thousands of 3D objects in Google’s 3D Warehouse.
  • Importing and exporting of multilayer OpenEXR files with advanced options for transferring extra elements to support workflows with compositing applications. This helps to reduce the number of iterations required to achieve the final result.

The Connection Extension for 3ds Max Design 2010 also provides smarter, more effective workflows that help users to deal with complex scenes through:

  • More optimal display and rendering of imported solid and NURBS-based bodies. Maintaining a model’s procedural nature, rather than reducing it to triangles, ultimately helps save time and prevents costly geometry cleanup work.
  • Procedural and resolution-independent workflows enabled by the new “body” entity for artifact-free cutaways and reveals, along with finer control over rendering performance versus quality.
  • An improved materials workflow that allows individual layers from an OpenEXR file to be used in a material.
  • Quick setup of imported SketchUp scenes and objects. Layers, groups, components, materials, cameras and even the daylight system are extracted from the SketchUp file and efficiently mapped to the corresponding 3ds Max Design system.

Pricing & Availability
The Connection Extensions for Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2010 and Autodesk 3ds Max 2010 are expected to be available for download to Autodesk Subscription customers in August 2009. The Connection Extension is not sold separately.

The Autodesk suggested retail price for a license of 3ds Max Design 2010 or 3ds Max 2010 is US$3,495*. The suggested retail price to upgrade from either 3ds Max Design 2009 or 3ds Max 2009 to 3ds Max Design 2010 or 3ds Max 2010 is US$895*. Autodesk Subscription is available for purchase simultaneously with the product license or upgrade purchase. The Autodesk suggested retail price for Autodesk Subscription for 3ds Max 2010 or 3ds Max Design 2010 is US$495* per year.

*International pricing may vary.

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