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Detailed version comparison and buying guide for Autodesk 3ds Max Design
Autodesk 3ds Max Design is a software collection from Autodesk's 3ds Max family. Despite their similar names, the 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design collections are different, which becomes immediately apparent when looking at the areas of application. Nevertheless, both collections are based on the same core technology and are compatible in terms of their data and plug-ins.
While 3ds Max is suitable for game developers, VFX artists and motion graphics artists, 3ds Max Design is aimed at architects, planners, engineers and visualization experts.
3ds Max Design includes, among other things, the 3ds Max Design Toolset, which provides the following content:
– Exposure: simulation of sunlight/daylight and artificial light in 3D building designs – lighting measurement grid – light intensity and building climate assessment (according to LEED EQ Credit 8.1.) – sustainability target optimization – direct view of light intensity in the viewport (even for complex designs) – Civil View for 3D visualizations z.B. In road construction
Caution, danger of confusion! Autodesk 3ds Max& Autodesk 3ds Max Design
The core technology of Autodesk 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design is the same, and the applications are compatible with each other. Nevertheless, 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design differ greatly – this becomes clear when comparing the target groups with each other. While Autodesk's 3ds Max is suitable for film studios and developers of computer and video games, 3ds Max Design is aimed at architects, planners, engineers and visualization professionals. 3ds Max Design is therefore a unique software in its intended use. No extension or other more or less extensive edition of 3ds Max.
Autodesk 3ds Max includes tools tailored to the film and development industries, including the Software Development Kit (SDK), movies, and tutorials. The SDK is used for self-programmed plug-ins and can be extended with scene geometry, animation controllers, camera effects and atmospheric properties. 3ds Max Design, on the other hand, includes movies and tutorials for architects and engineers, and also includes "Exposure" technology, a lighting technology specifically for architects and visualized workflows. Exposure enables lighting simulation and analysis, including simulation of sunlight and artificial light in 3D buildings, a lighting measurement grid (for shapes in different locations), light intensity and building climate assessment (according to LEED EQ Credit 8.1.), sustainability targeting optimization, and direct view of light intensity in the viewport (even for complex designs). Civilview is also part of the 3ds Max Design toolset.
The only difference in the installation process is that the SDK is selectable for 3ds Max and not for 3ds Max Design. Of course, both applications can be installed on one computer, if needed. However, the choice between Autodesk 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design should of course be made according to individual requirements.
3ds Max Design from Autodesk provides just the right tools for architects, designers, engineers, and visualization professionals.
Save money on medium to long-term use by purchasing a retail version. These are available from 2ndsoft GmbH, which will handle the re-licensing for you directly from the manufacturer and will of course be happy to advise you on licensing issues. Currently the following versions of 3ds Max Design are available from 2ndsoft GmbH:
3ds Max Design 2015 – Single user license now at 2ndsoft.Buy!
Game developers, VFX and motion graphics artists choose Autodesk 3ds Max.
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