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New: Autodesk 3ds Max 2021 Available, New Features

3ds Max 2021

Autodesk 3ds Max 2021 is now available and includes new features such as Bake to Texture, new PBR materials, a Weighted Normals Modifier, and much more. Below, a video and a summary of what’s new in this release. Please see the full release notes for in depth details.

3ds Max 2021 Update Highlights

3ds max 2021 bake to textureBake to Texture

  • New tool for baking maps and surfaces offers faster performance in a new streamlined workflow
  • Extensive renderer support including Arnold
  • Error validation and compatible map filtering
  • Support for OSL texture maps and Blended Box map
  • MikkT normal mapping support.

3ds Max 2021 pbr materialsPhysically Based Rendering (PBR) Materials

  • New PBR materials make the interaction of light with surfaces physically accurate
  • The two types of maps, PBR Material (Metal/Rough) and PBR Material
  • (Spec/Gloss), ensure compatibility with any real-time engine workflow
  • Drag and drop downloaded PBR maps straight from Windows Explorer into the Material/Maps Browser.

3ds max 2021 weighted normalsWeighted Normals Modifier

  • The Weighted Normals modifier improves the shading of models by altering the vertex normals to be perpendicular to larger flat polygons
  • Generates explicit normals for meshes better and faster than ever
  • Weight options include: Area, Angle, and Largest Face
  • Full control over smoothing and blending values.

3ds Max 2021New OSL Shaders

New shaders include:

  • HDRI Environment controls the positioning and final look of the environment both in the viewport and the final render
  • HDRI Lights lets you place HDR photos of real-world lightsources that dynamically update the scene
  • Uber Noise adds complex types of noise such as Perlin, Fractal, Cell, fBm, and Worley
  • Other new and updated shaders include Color Correction, Float and Color
  • Curves, plus Camera, Object, and Spherical Projections.

3ds Max 2021 arnold logoArnold renderer as default

  • 3ds Max 2021 includes Arnold 6.0 as the default renderer, instead of the Scanline Renderer. This gives you a modern, high-end rendering experience.
  • Supports the new Bake to Texture workflows.
  • New AOV workflows.
  • Includes new Scene Converter scripts for converting V-Ray and Corona Materials to the Physical Material.

Substance by AdobeNew Substance2 Map

  • Substance2 map is faster than the legacy Substance map.
  • Utilizes updates to the latest Substance engine for native sbar loading. You no
  • longer need to export maps from Substance Designer.
  • Supports up to 8k textures.
  • Supports the renderers included with 3ds Max: Arnold, ART, Scanline and Quicksilver.
  • Scripted tools to quickly set up Substances with a particular type of material or to back maps to files.

Enhancements and Changes

Installation.

The online and offline installation has been overhauled for a simpler and faster experience.

Scene Converter.

The Scene Converter’s new and improved workflow makes creating custom conversion rules easy. Presets are locked and cannot be saved over, and you are reminded of unsaved changes before closing the Scene Converter.

Improved Viewport Settings and Quality

Improvements include:

  • Viewport Settings can now be saved as presets
  • Ambient Occlusion (AO) is now always visible when working in the viewport
    Progressive Skylight toggles full shadow-casting skylights, providing accurate skylight shadows when enabled or reducing viewport flicker and visual problems in interior scenes when disabled.
  • Progressive Fade-in Time sets the speed at which certain effects in the viewport such as Progressive Skylight, area light, and depth-of-field are progressively rendered
  • Roughness support for the Physical Material
  • Shadows for lights now on by default.

Python 3

. Take advantage of the rich set of Python extension libraries and the ability of Python 3 to handle all your algorithms, as Python 3.7.6 is now the default. As it doesn’t support MaxPlus python API, we recommend using the pymxs python API instead. pymxs now supports an improved way of passing arguments by reference to various APIs, a more flexible callback registration mechanism, and better interoperability with MAXScript.

Faster file saving

Saving scene files with a very large number of assets is now significantly faster. Autobackup (Autosave) and Hold are faster also. The more assets a file has, the greater the improvement.

ProSound improvements

Support added for 24-bit WAV files, 88.2kHz and 96kHz sample rates, as well as support for an unlimited numbers of audio clips (previous maximum of 100). An issue was also fixed that caused audio to plat at 50% volume after frame 100.

Chamfer modifier updates

  • Recent Editable Poly options such as Uniform, Radial, and Patch mitering types can now be set directly from the Chamfer modifier.
  • Support also extends to the Edge Depth, End Bias, and Radial Bias controls.

Sketchup import improvements

New Sketchup importation options include ignoring hidden elements and preserving layer information.

Over 80+ defects fixed

Over 80 defects that directly affect you were fixed in this release, as well as a large number of defects that affect internal processes.


Autodesk 3ds Max 2021Get Autodesk 3ds Max 2021

3D modeling, animation, and rendering software for games and design visualization

3ds Max offers a rich and flexible toolset to create premium designs with full artistic control.

  • Create massive worlds in games
  • Visualize high-quality architectural renderings
  • Model finely detailed interiors and objects
  • Bring characters and features to life with animation and VFX

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Posted by Michele Yamazaki