Now that you're rendering with Mental Ray in Revit, here's something to consider (3ds Max Design 2009)
So, what do you think of Mental Ray? Pretty cool huh? Now if it only didn't tie up your computer for 2 hours at a time do to a best quality rendering. Well, we have a solution for that and it's called 3ds Max Design 2009.
For those of you who currently own Viz, if it's on subscription you can crossgrade it for $249. Oh yeah, Autodesk just discontinued Viz in March, so you'll want to spend this small amount of money before 7/18/08 when the $249 offer expires. You can purchase a new seat of 3ds Max Design for $3495. Yeah, it may sound expensive, but you can install it on multiple machines to create a rendering farm. If you do 1 rendering a week, it only costs you $67/week. That doesn't sound so terrible and you can finance it with 3 years of subscription for 36 months at $156/month and you won't have to outsource your renderings.
Click here for a price quote if you have a location in Florida.
From March 31, 2008 to July 17, 2008, existing Autodesk VIZ 2008 software Subscription customers will be able to cross-grade to 3ds Max Design 2009 for US$249**. During this same timeframe, Autodesk VIZ 2006, 2007, and 2008 customers who are not on Autodesk Subscription will be able to cross-grade to 3ds Max Design 2009 for US$895**, if they purchase Autodesk Subscription for 3ds Max Design 2009.
About 3ds Max Design 2009
3ds Max Design 2009 software is essentially a customized installation of Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2009 software, the result of which is an optimized user experience for architects, designers, engineers and visualization specialists.
Difference between 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design
3ds Max Design has the same functionality as 3ds Max, with the addition of the new Exposure™ lighting analysis technology. The Software Development Kit (SDK) is not provided. Other differences between the two products include user interface and application defaults, tutorials, sample files, and product websites.
More generally, Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2009 software is a comprehensive 3D modeling, animation, and rendering solution designed to support the way designers and visualization specialists work: creatively, iteratively, and across multiple software applications. As compared with 3ds Max 2008, 3ds Max Design 2009 introduces a number of key new and enhanced features, including the powerful Exposure technology for lighting analysis to assist with LEED 8.1 certification. New rendering functionality includes the Reveal™ rendering toolset, which streamlines iterative workflows and gives designers dramatically faster, finished renderings, and the ProMaterials™, a library of manufacturer-related materials. 3ds Max Design 2009 also delivers updated user interface and workflow features, which, together with improved data compatibility, enhance digital continuity between 3ds Max Design and products from the Revit ® and AutoCAD® software families. This includes Recognize™ scene loading technology that significantly improves inter-application workflows with Revit Architecture 2009, through the accurate import of lights, materials and cameras.
Difference between Viz and Max
Autodesk ® VIZ software is a limited subset of 3ds Max 9. 3ds Max Design is a product based on 3ds Max 2009 that is tailored for the design community. It has all the features of 3ds Max except for the SDK, and it includes the new Exposure lighting analysis technology. Documentation and learning materials are also more
relevant to design professionals. 3ds Max Design (and 3ds Max 2009) also includes some toolsets that were previously only found in VIZ, ensuring that VIZ customers will feel right at home with 3ds Max Design.
• Free, unlimited integrated mental ray rendering software. VIZ 2008 requires a license per seat.
• Up to 8 mental ray rendering satellites. VIZ 2008 is limited to 2 satellites.
• Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. VIZ is limited to only a 32-bit version.
• 10 times the performance gains over VIZ for scenes composed of tens of thousands of objects.
• “Recognize” scene loading technology for interoperability with Revit Architecture 2009; allowing cameras,
geometries, materials and lights to easily imported into 3ds Max with a high degree of fidelity.
• “Exposure” lighting analysis technology for assisting in LEED 8.1 certification
The FBX®-based Recognize scene loading technology enables 3ds Max Design users to quickly and accurately import geometry, lights, materials, and cameras from Revit 2009 scenes. Improved support for DWG files results in faster, more accurate importing of data from other popular Autodesk applications such as the AutoCAD family of products. Also, the Autodesk® FBX® file interchange format allows users to easily transfer assets to and from 3ds Max, Autodesk® Maya® , and Autodesk® MotionBuilder software products, as well as any other content creation package that support FBX.
Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2009 Literature
Frequently Asked Questions for 3ds Max Design
Features and Benefits 3ds Max * Features and Benefits 3ds Max Design
Brochure 3ds Max Design 2009