Every Design Has a Story.
Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2012 software
delivers powerful new rendering toolsets,
accelerated iterative workflows, and
enhanced interoperability that together help
significantly increase overall productivity.
Image courtesy of Luis Tejeda.
Whether you’re an architect, designer, civil engineer,
or visualization specialist, Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design
2012 software provides a powerful, integrated toolset
that helps you to more rapidly iterate on design
concepts and accurately analyze daylight effects.
Create higher-impact visuals as you explore, validate,
and communicate the story behind your design.
High Impact Visuals Made Easier
3ds Max Design 2012 continues to reach new milestones
in the Rendering Revolution, helping you achieve the
look you want more easily. Case in point: the newly
integrated iray® rendering technology from mental
images that enables you to get more predictable,
photo-real results without worrying about rendering
settings—similar to a ‘point-and-shoot’ camera.
Meanwhile, new stylistic rendering capabilities
enable you to create a variety of non-photorealistic
(NPR) effects in a looser, more abstract style well
suited to communicating core design intent while
fine details are still undetermined. And, with a new
library of 80 Substance procedural textures that feature
dynamically editable and animatable parameters, a
wide range of look variations is at your fingertips.
Iterate Faster, Work in Context
3ds Max 2012 forges ahead with the next steps in
the Excalibur (XBR) initiative to revitalize the software
at its core. Engineered to help provide dramatic
improvements in performance and visual quality,
the new Nitrous viewport system leverages accelerated
GPUs and multi-core workstations to help you iterate
faster and manage larger data sets with limited impact
on interactivity. The render-quality display environment
helps you make better creative decisions in the context
of your final output.
For many visualizations, useful data already exists in
another application. Now you can more easily take
advantage of that data, thanks to new interoperability
with Autodesk® Alias® Design software for industrial
design. You can add sculpted details on top of Alias
Design reference data using the intuitive Graphite
polygon modeling toolset, which now features a new
French curve-like ‘Constrain to Spline’ mode to help
guide the brush as changes are made to the mesh, as
well as new Transform and Conform brushes. What’s
more, you can now enjoy automated iterative
workflows between AutoCAD® Civil 3D® software
and 3ds Max Design with the Civil View feature set.
Using civil data in 3ds Max Design, you can automatically
create roads complete with road markings, circulation
lanes, and chevrons; place trees at random or regular
offsets along the side of a road or railway; or populate
a highway with moving vehicles.
Image courtesy of Arqui300.
Image courtesy of Michael Roth Feuerroth.
Key New Features in Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2012
Nitrous Accelerated Graphics Core
Experience dramatic improvements in performance
and visual quality with the new Nitrous viewport
system. Nitrous leverages accelerated GPUs and
multi-core workstations to enable you to iterate
faster and handle larger data sets. The render-quality
display environment support lights, soft shadows,
screen-space ambient occlusion, tone-mapping, and
Autodesk Alias Design Interoperability
Enjoy smoother interoperability with Autodesk Alias
Design software for industrial design, with the new
ability to import .WIRE files natively into 3ds Max
Design 2012 as Bodies objects, preserving object
names, hierarchies, layers, and material names. You
can now interactively adjust tessellation results
inside 3ds Max Design and add sculpted details on
top of Alias Design reference data using the intuitive
Graphite polygon modeling toolset.
Substance Procedural Textures
Achieve a vast range of look variations with a new
library of 80 Substance procedural textures. These
dynamically editable and animatable resolutionindependent
textures automatically generate bump
maps and specular maps for impressive results, and
can be quickly converted to bitmaps for rendering.
Creating highly realistic images is easier with 3ds Max
Design, using the newly integrated iray rendering
technology from mental images. iray enables you to
set up your scene using real-world materials and
lighting, press ‘render’, and get more predictable,
photo-real results without worrying about rendering
settings; iray progressively refines the image until
the desired level of detail is achieved.
Create a variety of non-photorealistic (NPR) effects
with the new ability to render stylized images in the
viewport and with the Quicksilver renderer. The
looser, more abstract style of NPR imagery helps
you more effectively communicate your core design
intent while deemphasizing distracting or incomplete
Autodesk Civil View
Automatically create highly realistic visualizations in
3ds Max Design using civil data from AutoCAD Civil
3D with the Civil View (formerly Dynamite VSP)
feature set. With the repeatable, style-based process,
styles are defined once, and then applied with minimal
effort to multiple iterations or projects. Civil View
now offers enhanced support for the new iray and
Quicksilver rendering solutions.
Image courtesy of Glowfrog Studios.
Image courtesy of Jordy Brouwers, Remco Bastiaans,
Christian Otter of the Benelux Civil 3D user group, Bluesky
Sculpting and Painting Enhancements
Enjoy greater control over brushstrokes and their
effects on geometry, thanks to new sculpting and
painting workflows. Some highlights: new Transform
brushes enable you to slide vertices along target
surfaces; a new Conform brush guides geometry
towards another surface; and Paint Deform
brushstrokes can now be constrained to a spline for
use as a guide or ruler.
Autodesk Design Suites 2012
A license of Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design 2012
software can be acquired as part of certain suites
offered by Autodesk, including Autodesk® Design
Suite Premium 2012 and Autodesk® Design Suite
Ultimate 2012 at a significant cost saving overall*.
The Premium suite includes AutoCAD® 2012 software,
Autodesk® SketchBook® Designer 2012 software,
Autodesk® Showcase® 2012 software and Autodesk®
Mudbox™ 2012 software alongside 3ds Max Design
2012, while the Ultimate suite additionally offers
Autodesk® Alias® Design 2012 software.
Learn more at www.autodesk.com/suites