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Autodesk 3ds Max Design

Autodesk 3ds Max Design
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Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design 2013 visualisation software provides architects, designers, civil engineers, and visualisation specialists with 3D modeling, rendering, animation and compositing tools to help create cinematic-quality visuals and movies.

3ds Max Design integrates NVIDIA® iray® rendering technology to help users get more predictable, photo-realistic results without worrying about rendering settings, and features lighting simulation tools validated by the National  Research Council Canada.

Smooth interoperability with Autodesk® Revit® software, Autodesk® Inventor software, Adobe® Photoshop® and After Effects®, as well as many CAD products, enables architects and designers to more rapidly aggregate their CAD data into emotionally engaging visualisations in order to validate and sell their designs.

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Key features

ActiveShade interactive iray rendering

An interactive rendering session that constantly updates, directly in the Viewport

Nitrous Viewport Performance and Quality
  • General performance improvement with the ability to handle larger scenes with increased interactivity
  • Support for image-based lighting, depth of field and accelerated particle flow display.
  • Improved support for shadows in large scenes
  • Improved workflows for interior scenes
DirectConnect®  Support

Exchange data with:

  • AutoCAD®
  • Autodesk Inventor®
  • Autodesk Alias®
  • Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks®
  • Catia® system
  • Siemens PLM Software NX
  • JT™
  • Certain other applications
Enhanced Interoperability with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects
  • Improved interoperability with Adobe® Photoshop® software: Output renderings in a layered PSD format that retains layer order, opacity, and blend modes  
  • Interoperability with Adobe® After Effects® software

Render Pass System (State Sets)
  • More easily segment scenes for downstream compositing
  • State recorder: capture, edit and save the current state


Enhanced Interoperability with Autodesk® Revit ® 2013 software

Import .RVT files directly into 3ds Max Design 2013.

Enhanced Interoperability with AutoCAD® 2013 software

New support for lights, daylight system, and exposure control.

Enhanced Interoperability with AutoCAD® Civil 3D ® 2013 software

The Civil View feature set now includes a new egg-shaped profile for piping and tubing.

Customisable Workspaces
  • Configure your work space to fit the task you want to accomplish.

  • Each work space has individual settings for menus, toolbars, ribbon, and viewport tab presets.

Tabbed Layouts
  • Create several viewport layout configurations, including: both 3D and extended viewports
  • Quickly switch from one layout to another
Other Features
  • iray Enhancements
  • Focus on workflow (Small Annoying Things forum at
  • Slate Compositing Editor
  • Multi-Language Deployment

Compare versions

Compare 3ds Max 2012 with 3ds Max 2013 by visiting Autodesk's website and using the comparison tool:

3ds Max Design 2013 Boot Camp

For a full list of FAQs on using 3ds Max Design 2013 with Boot Camp 4.0, please download the PDF below.

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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 July 2014 12:21