Issue: Volume 36 Issue 6: (Sept/Oct 2013)



Content Creation Pay As You Go

Autodesk customers will now be able to pay as they go for all the company’s latest Design and Creation Suites, Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya, and the new Auto­desk Maya LT. For the first time, customers can purchase access to a range of Autodesk desktop software on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis, in addition to traditional licenses, broadly expanding choices in how to access and pay for Autodesk software. New rental plans apply to products including Autodesk AutoCAD Design Suite, Autodesk AutoCAD Inventor LT Suite, Autodesk AutoCAD Revit LT Suite, Autodesk Building Design Suite, Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite, Autodesk Factory Design Suite, Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite, Autodesk Plant Design Suite, Autodesk Product Design Suite, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max, and Autodesk Maya LT.

Rendering Speed NEED

Chaos Group has started the beta program for V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max, a lighting, shading, and rendering tool kit. Speed will be the first improvement most users will notice, as raytracing calculations are running up to five times faster. Also debuting is a simplified user interface design that provides quick access to common controls and settings. With Production Presets and Quick Settings up front, users can fine-tune quality and speed from the start of their design process. The new Progressive Production Rendering allows artists to set up a scene in seconds and iterate quickly, even when using V-Ray’s most complex features. Chaos Group will roll out a new XML, cross-application material format called VRmats that can be transferred across multiple V-Ray host applications. V-Ray 3.0 Beta for 3ds Max is available for users who own a V-Ray for 3ds Max license. The price of a V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max license plus one V-Ray 3.0 Render Node is $1,050. Single Nodes cost $350.