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3D Studio Max, which is now called Autodesk 3ds Max, is a 3d modeling, rendering and animation software suite developed by Autodesk . This software is  used by TV commercial studios, video game developers and architectural and movie studios.

The original 3D Studio product was created for the DOS platform by the Yost Group  which consists of Gary Yost, Tom Hudson &  Jim Kent. By seeing the benefits of this 3d software, David Kalish and Eric Lyons at Autodesk offered them a development contract.

After 3D Studio DOS Release 4, the product was rewritten for the Windows NT platform, and renamed "3D Studio MAX." This version was also originally created by the Yost Group. It was released by Kinetix, which was at that time Autodesk's division of media and entertainment. At release 2009, the product name changed to "Autodesk 3ds Max"."

Autodesk, known for its popular computer-aided design software AutoCAD, purchased the product and all rights to 3D Studio Max in 1998 and began redeveloping the software internally. The user interface was redesigned to support true-color icons, and the software was modified to use the "MAXScript" programming language. The product was once again renamed to "3ds max" (lowercase) to better comply with company naming conventions.

In 2005, the eighth version of the program was released. It was branded with the official Autodesk logo and the name was tweaked to read "3ds Max" (mixed case). The main changes to the software were the addition of asset tracking and support for third-party solutions. Autodesk Vault, a data management tool, was also bundled with the software.

The 2009 full release saw the name change to "Autodesk 3ds Max." This update unified the view navigation controls with other Autodesk products. Photometric lights and Web previews were added, as well as a viewpoint history feature for casual users. The documentation, icons, tutorials and splash screens were all revamped to enhance the user experience.

Latest version is Autodesk 3ds Max 2013



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Autodesk® 3ds Max® and Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design software provide powerful, integrated 3D modeling, animation, and rendering tools that enable artists and designers to focus more energy on creative, rather than technical challenges. The products share core technology, but offer specialized toolsets for game developers, visual effects artists, and motion graphics artists along with other creative professionals working in the media design industry on one hand; and architects, designers, engineers, and visualization specialists on the other.

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