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3D modeling pipeline and workflow

See user interface innovations, productivity-enhancing workflows, and smarter ways of working with the data in your pipeline in 3ds Max® software. Work more efficiently to create better 3D content in less time.

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UI, workflow & pipeline

  • New

    Game exporter


    Easily transfer data into game engines.

  • New

    Live link


    Connect 3ds Max and the Stingray engine.

  • New

    Better support for Stingray shaders


    Gain better support for physically based shaders.

  • New

    Integrated Creative Market 3D content store


     Quickly search an online market of 3D assets.

  • New

    Max Creation Graph

    New node-based tool and content creation environment.

  • New

    XRef renovations

    New support for nondestructive animation worfklows.

  • New

    Scene Explorer and Layer Manager improvements

    Working with complex scenes is now easier.

  • New

    Design Workspace

    Easily discover the main features of 3ds Max. (video: 1:46 min.)

  • New

    Easier Revit and SketchUp workflows

    Import data from Revit up to 10 times faster. (video: 1:43 min.)

  • New

    Template system

    New startup configurations speed scene creation. (video: 2:16 min.)

  • New

    Alembic support

    View massive data sets in the Nitrous viewport.

  • New

    Autodesk Translation Framework

    Exchange data with SolidWorks, other file formats.

  • New

    Multitouch support

    Enjoy more freedom when interacting with 3D content.

  • New

    Small user-requested features (SURFs)

    Small feature requests from the User Voice forum.

  • Enhanced scene management

    New nested layers in Scene Explorers. (video: 1:34 min.)

  • Configurable user interface

    Access multiple views with tabbed layouts.

  • Flexible camera matching

    Place CG elements into photo backgrounds. (video: 1:05 min.)

  • Data transfer and pipeline integration

    Get single-step data transfer with 3ds Max.

  • Compositing integration

    Choose from compositing options in 3ds Max.

  • Collaborative workflows with Containers

    Use containers to override object properties.

  • Comprehensive 3ds Max SDK

    Extend and customize 3ds Max with the SDK.

  • Python scripting

    Employ the Python scripting language.

  • Civil View feature set

    Turn civil design geometry into precise 3D design. (video: 6:51 min.)

  • AutoCAD and Revit interoperability

    Import Revit files directly into 3ds Max. (video: 3:05 min.)

  • DirectConnect support

    3ds Max offers DirectConnect support. (video: 1:22 min.)

Applications on the Autodesk Exchange application store may be subject to the Autodesk Exchange Apps – End User License Agreement.

This feature is exclusively available to current Maintenance Subscription or Desktop Subscription customers as part of Extension 1 for 3ds Max 2016 software, expected to be available on or after August 11, 2015.