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Community Showcase
Product News
Events & Conferences

ADN Sparks:
Check Out the Plug-ins

The Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) SparksŪ program offers a premium combination of creative solutions for your production needs.

Media and Entertainment Technology Innovators

The Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) is pleased to announce the 2008 Media and Entertainment Technology Innovators special issue catalog. Check out the exciting Autodesk compatible partner products online.

Are You a Developer?
Join the ADN and bring your technology to those behind top film, commercial, and broadcast productions.

Autodesk Maya Subscription

Did you know that Autodesk now offers subscription for Maya Complete starting for just $595 per year?

Get free access to the latest extensions, and receive free Maya product upgrades during your subscription period. Visit the Maya Subscription center to learn more!

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Autodesk® Store

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Catch the News from SIGGRAPH

Autodesk® Maya® 2009, Autodesk® Mudbox™ 2009, Autodesk® MotionBuilder® 2009, and Autodesk® Stitcher™ 2009 software are among the new releases announced Aug. 11 at SIGGRAPH. Check out events in the U.S. and Europe where you can see them.

Autodesk Maya: To the Power of 10

Maya celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The presents a tour through
a decade of great moments shared with our award-winning 3D technology and your award-winning content. Take a trip down memory lane and share your personal "Maya Moment" online.

More Community Showcase



Autodesk Masters Awards 2008

Meet this year's Autodesk Maya Masters and Autodesk®3ds Max® software Masters.

"E.T.A." by JUNK—Animated Short Film

Marvin has the most boring job-ever—but all is not as it seems. The JUNK team, Søren (Trenox) Andersen, Michael (DFeKT) La-Cour, Rasmus Kudahl, Kaae Munch, and Henrik Bjerregaard Clausen put together this short. It will delight you.

"Forged By Chaos," Panzar Studio

The-Area speaks with the team at Panzar Studio about their latest development in the new online fantasy game, "Forged by Chaos," powered by Crytek's CryENGINE® 2 game engine.

"Chronos 1.0"—Animated Short Film

A time-traveler takes off for the first manned trip to the future, but the past beckons.


Wall Plaster
Close-up showing the grain and surface texture of a plastered wall. Login to AREA
Tiled Ground Texture
This texture is a tiled ground, made from concrete bricks.
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The Making of "Clep"

See how Felix Joleanes created his striking timepiece with Autodesk 3ds Max, rendered in V-Ray.

Conversational MEL Part 3

This article continues the wild ride, looking specifically at the user interface and the MEL command library.
If you missed the other MEL tutorials, find them here:
Part 1| Part 2

Using the "Mesher" Object for Offset Animation

Autodesk 3ds Max has powerful tools to assist in the creation of complex animations. Neoscape's Matt Richardson provides a simple example of how to use the Mesher object to make a large-scale offset animation.

Basic Lighting with Maya

Sean Hewitt covers some basics of lighting in Maya, using mental ray® technology.

New Design Visualization Webcast Series

Check out the new Architecture and Design Visualization Webcasts series. Learn more or register today.

Professional Instructor Community is Live

Autodesk Certified Instructors now have a community to call their own. Exclusively for ACI, this newly developed portal allows ACI members to connect with one another, review training opportunities, and share tips, and tricks.

Product News


Autodesk Maya 2009: Create Breathtaking 3D

Use Autodesk Maya 2009 for unprecedented control over polygon modeling, scene management, and accessing new toolsets that enable collaboration and realizing stunning effects, and characters.

Autodesk Toxik 2009: Extend Your Dimensions

Autodesk® Toxik™ 2009 is a high-performance compositing software for visual-effects artists. When combined with Autodesk Maya 2009, you get a high-efficiency, iterative, and collaborative environment.

Autodesk MotionBuilder 2009: The Freedom of Real Time

With Autodesk® MotionBuilder® 2009 software, animators, technical directors, and moviemakers get an intuitive toolset for real-time simulation, high-quality, interactive visualizations, and expanded scripting abilities.

Autodesk Mudbox 2009: The Shape of

Things to Come

Explore Autodesk® Mudbox™ software, a premier digital sculpting and texture painting solution designed by industry professionals, who understand how you work. The intuitive, familiar user interface, and high-performance, creative toolset empower modelers and texture artists to create highly-realistic 3D assets for games, films, television, and design. Check out for the interview with Mudbox developer, Dave Cardwell.

Autodesk Stitcher 2009

Autodesk Stitcher 2009 enables photographers, panorama creation specialists, interactive media designers, and others to quickly create panorama images for virtual tours, interactive, 3D web content, large-format panoramic prints, and seamless matte paintings.

Autodesk ImageModeler 2009

Autodesk® ImageModeler™ 2009 software offers architects, designers, and entertainment content creators a new approach to 3D modeling in which scenes are generated from 2D digital photographs.

Autodesk Kynapse—Now Part of Autodesk

Autodesk® Kynapse® middleware is the world's leading artificial intelligence engine for game development and the creation of real-time simulations. This unique, high-performance AI engine supports complex, dynamic 3D pathfinding, dynamic environment evaluation, and large-crowd path finding.

Autodesk FBX 2009.3: The De Facto Standard for 3D Data Interchange

Autodesk® FBX® 2009.3 technology provides a comprehensive, platform-independent 3D data interchange solution. This release includes improved performance, support for HLSL and CgFX shaders, and enhanced usability.

Subscription Customers: Creativity Extension for Autodesk 3ds Max2009 and Autodesk 3ds Max Design is now available

Use Autodesk 3ds Max® 2009 and Autodesk 3ds Max Design to create stunning 3D in less time. There's no better time to purchase Autodesk 3ds Max 2009 or Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2009 with Subscription. Locate a reseller today for immediate access or log in to the Subscription center if you are an Autodesk 3ds Max 2009 customer with a valid Subscription contract.

Announcing the New Autodesk Animation Academy Curriculum for High Schools

Autodesk Animation Academy's new curriculum blends 3D animation with science, math, language, arts, and technology for an engaging learning environment. Autodesk Animation Academy is available for Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya, and, for the first time, Autodesk MotionBuilder, Autodesk Mudbox, and Autodesk Toxik.

Events & Conferences

GC Developers Conference 2008, Aug. 20-24, Leipzig, Germany

For the first time in Europe, see all the new Autodesk software releases announced at SIGGRAPH. Come and see the key note presentation by Mary Beth Haggerty, senior industry manager of games at Autodesk. Discover how the games pipeline will change in the future, and how Autodesk can help game artists boost efficiency, while supporting the creative process. Games Convention Business Center: Aug. 20-23, 2008
Games Convention Public: Aug. 21-24, 2008. Visit Autodesk at Booth: H2-G08

Autodesk at IBC 2008, Sept. 12 - 16, Amsterdam

Take a look at the latest in Autodesk visual effects, finishing, color grading, and animation software, and be inspired by the work of leading film, game development, television, and design visionaries. You can also expand your skills through industry-specific product and workflow demonstrations focused on interoperability. Visit our booth to learn about the latest Autodesk software, attend theater presentations, and watch our latest show reels.

RAI Exhibition and Congress Centre
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Booth 7-D21, Hall 7

Austin Game Developer Conference, Sept. 15-17

Join Autodesk at the Austin GDC. Stop by our booth to get personalized attention and answers to all your technical questions. Then, attend our seminars to hear about our middleware technology, Kynapse, and learn the latest tips, and tricks for Autodesk 3ds Max, Maya, and MotionBuilder.

Autodesk Presents //ADAPT 2008, Sept. 22-26, Montreal

Autodesk is the presenting sponsor of the third annual //ADAPT Conference in Montreal, Sept. 22-26. Join us at //ADAPT, and hear our customers speak on how they created their latest films and games using Autodesk solutions.

Design Visualization Fall Road Tour, U.S.

See the latest that Autodesk 3ds Max Design has to offer. Explore, validate, and communicate your creative ideas-from initial concept models to final, cinema-quality presentations. You can also attend Revit® sessions and see how you can leverage your Revit models in Autodesk 3ds Max Design. Learn more or register.

Digital Creation Days, Nov. 12 - 13, Karlsruhe, Germany

Autodesk and its channel partners will present all new product releases announced at SIGGRAPH.

Animago 2008, Nov. 12, Karlsruhe, Germany

Animago, a part of Digital Creation Days, is the leading award for 3D art in Europe. This international award gives artists a unique opportunity to measure their skills with other artists in several categories. After the award, Autodesk invites all attendees to the Animago Party to celebrate the winners and contributors.

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