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Manage challenging creative projects. Achieve better results in less time. Autodesk® 3ds Max® 8 software delivers flexible, state-of-the-art, productive tools designed for 3D artists in many industries—game development, design visualization, and visual effects.
Expanding an already robust toolset, 3ds Max 8 provides new and enhanced functionality in areas of character development, asset management, and scripting tools.
Animation View Larger Image
Mix, edit, and transition motions from any 3ds Max animation. Import standard motion capture formats directly to your character rig. Use our new open file format based on XML to write motion files from custom tools and bring them into 3ds Max. Develop photorealistic characters with our improved character development features, cloth and hair simulation tools, award-winning Reactor® physics system, and particle flow.
Modeling View Larger Image
Extensive, industry-best polygon tools for low- or high-resolution modeling. New, superior polygon modeling tools accelerate the process of adding detail to geometry. Use our fast, unique Edit Poly approach to create everything from simple to complex models.
UV Mapping Tools View Larger Image
Control unfolding of UV seams with pelt mapping. Create a flat, unified map for texturing your objects by stretching out UVW coordinates. Relax UVs and remove distortion by accurately matching UVs to object geometry. Save tremendous amounts of time and hours of work since seams are exactly where they should be and rarely—if ever—need adjusting afterwards.
Skinning View Larger Image
Skin anything from low polygon, high-quality game meshes to the most dense of visual effects models. Vertices are now assigned to a bone by default to prevent unwanted stretching and minimize the need to edit envelopes.
Maxscript Scripting Language View Larger Image
Build solid Maxscripts in less time with our new Maxscript debugger. Add custom functionality into tools with full control over the user interface. Use this object-oriented scripting language to create scripts to extend your 3ds Max toolset, or to optimize your workflow throughout your pipeline.