Issue: Volume: 25 Issue: 9 (September 2002)

Discreet Ships 3ds max 5




For game development, the software offers interactive physics and richer toolsets for creating both real-time worlds and pre-rendered cinematics. Included with 3ds max is reactor, Discreet's embedded, integrated, and interactive physics engine from Havok for soft- or hard-body dynamics.

Among other new features is a texture-mapping capability for accurately marrying image data to mesh models. And last, improved photorealistic rendering capabilities should help designers create more effective presentations. The software is priced at $3495. (Discreet; www.discreet.com) -Jenny Donelan
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