• Performance Enhancements - help increase overall productivity to keep creativity flowing. In particular, this means that scene load time, merging assets from multiple scenes, and selecting objects in a scene with many nodes are now significantly faster.
Autodesk continues to push the limits in 3D rendering and the design capabilities of 3ds Max. This time it begins with a much greater level of interoperability not only among the other products within the suite, but with Adobe Photoshop and After Effects as well. That, added to the customizable workspaces and viewport layouts will streamline your workflow, and make how you work much more efficient.
When you add in the totally new Render Pass System that allows you to quickly setup and execute multiple render passes from a single file and modify individual passes without rendering the whole scene, it makes for a nice upgrade. Include the ActiveShade rendering, the MassFX enhancements and the Slate Compositing Editor additions. You really have a lot of really great new features.
As for MotionBuilder, you have the ability to motion capture directly to disk which means that your dependence on the amount of memory is no longer a concern. The Heads-Up Display, the Floating Viewer, the support for Broadcast WAVE files, Story Clip Grouping and Video Out, are to me the winners for this product. Add on the performance enhancements and you have another strong upgrade.
Next time I will look at Mudbox and Softimage and see what they bring to the table. Until then, you can download a free trial and see for yourself.