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New 3ds Max 2015 features

New 3ds Max® 2015 features bring support for point cloud datasets, enhanced viewport performance, new scene management workflows, and a more responsive ActiveShade to help artists handle greater complexity. In addition, a node-based visual shader editor and support for Python scripting extend the robust 3ds Max core toolset.

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    3D animation

  • Populate enhancements New

    Get increased artistic control, better realism, and improved usability with the enhanced Populate crowd animation feature.

    3D modeling and texturing

  • OpenSubdiv support* New

    Efficiently represent subdivision surfaces using OpenSubdiv libraries, open-sourced by Pixar and incorporating technology from Microsoft Research.

  • Enhanced ShaderFX* New

    Get more shading options and better shader interoperability between 3ds Max, Maya, and Maya LT software.

  • Point Cloud support New

    Import, visualize, snap to, and render massive point cloud datasets to create more precise models from real-world references.

  • ShaderFX New

    Easily create advanced HLSL viewport shaders with the ShaderFX real-time visual shader editor.

  • Placement tools New

    Easily position and orient content relative to other content in your scene with new Placement tools.

  • Quad chamfer New

    Create a chamfered or beveled edge between two surfaces consisting of quads, rather than triangles, to help eliminate pinching.

    3D rendering

  • Improved ActiveShade rendering New

    Enjoy a faster ActiveShade preview rendering workflow that now supports mental ray.

  • Accelerated viewport performance New

    Increase interactivity with substantially faster navigation, selection, and viewport texture baking.

  • Stereo Camera New

    Create more engaging entertainment content and design visualizations with the new Stereo Camera feature set*. 

    UI, workflow & pipeline

  • Alembic support* New

    View massive datasets in the Nitrous Viewport, and transfer them more easily through your production pipeline with new Alembic support.

  • Enhanced scene management New

    Manage complex scenes more easily with enhancements to Scene Explorers.

  • Python scripting New

    Extend and customize 3ds Max with the popular and easy-to-learn Python scripting language.