3DS Max 2013 – new features breakdown

3DS Max 2013 new features announced

* “ActiveShade interactive rendering that constantly updates as changes are made to cameras, lighting, materials, and geometry”…

I suspect it’ll be one of those “updating like a slide-show” previews that many of the big 3D applications have, rather than something that works like iClone. But it’ll be very interesting to see how responsive the lighting changes are on a casual hobbyist 32-bit setup, using an imported Poser DAE or iClone FBX (from 3DXchange 5).

* “Adobe After Effects Interoperability […] There is nothing else like it in any other product. It gives you a bidirectional workflow [which] provides two-way transfer of cameras, lights, null objects, plane objects/solids, footage (including footage layering), blend modes, opacity, and effects”

* “new ability to output renderings in a layered PSD Photoshop format” [it’s catching up with Poser, on this feature]

Expected to ship 12th April 2012. I’m not sure if the cheaper educational version will be available at the same time, or not.