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Update: Autodesk 3ds Max & Maya v2023.3 Released

autodesk 3ds max & maya update 2023.3

Autodesk has released small updates to 3ds Max and Maya, bringing a few new features such as Autodesk Translation Framework (ATF), and improved performance to both.

Featured images courtesy of Lucas Maxfield & Olga Dannik

What new in 3ds Max 2023.3?

Create stunning visuals in 3ds Max with enhanced rendering tools, increased import/export synchronization, speed improvements and more. The new Organic Noise OSL map paired with the new 2D & 3D Randomizer OSL maps enhances the look of your scenes – bridging the divide between fiction and reality. Additionally, speed improvements to polygon mesh to triangle conversion offer a smoother and faster artist experience.

Organic Noise OSL

Recreate the characteristics of nature with the new Organic Noise OSL map which modulates and filters OSL noises to create highly natural noise patterns. Programmed with several ready-to-use presents, the Organic Noise map allows you to quickly set up a variety of caustic, artistic and abstract noises that simulate the complexities of nature.

UVW Randomizer 2D and UVW Randomizer 3D OSL

Simulate unique aspects of nature with the 2D & 3D UVW Randomizer. This feature randomizes the Scale, Offset and Rotation of UVW coordinates assigned to a map, creating spontaneous patterns that imitate nature. These can be driven by a seed for per-object randomness for each effect.

Autodesk Translation Framework (ATF)

Seamlessly transfer data and files within projects with support for Catia V5-6R2022 and Alias 2023 models in the Autodesk Translation Framework (ATF) importer. To increase convenience in shared workflows, Catia V5-6R2022 and Alias 2023 models can also be imported to 3ds Max through the ATF importer.


This update comes with the latest Substance 2.4.9 build with support for versions 8 and 9 of the Corona Renderer.

Improved Performance

Enhance your modeling and animation workflows with improved polygon mesh to triangle conversion performance in 3ds Max. Whether you’re performing conversions in the modifier stack or sending scene data to offline renderers like Arnold – experience significant speed enhancements that empower you to work faster.


This update includes MaxtoA which brings you a smoother artist experience, addressing issues with Physical Materials, Volume materials, and more.

Check out the 3ds Max 2023.3 Release Notes for more information.

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Breathe life into environments and landscapes with robust modeling tools. Create finely detailed designs and props with intuitive texturing and shading tools. Iterate and produce professional-grade renders with full artistic control.

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What’s new in Maya 2023.3?

Maya brings enhanced tools so you can focus on your most important tasks and devote time on being creative. New options for controlling Proximity Wrap driver behaviour enable you to stay productive, while new settings for manipulating left-drag behaviour help reduce friction points in your workflow. Maya also comes with latest version of the USD plugin and Arnold for an optimized artist experience.

Global Scaling for Proximity Wrap

Stay productive with new ways of controlling Proximity Wrap driver behavior:

  • The new Use Transform As Deformation option specifies whether the transform of the driver is used for deformation or whether it is kept separate.
  • The Driver Cluster Matrix attribute can be used to better preserve rotation and scaling.

Optimized left-drag behavior

Reduce friction points in your workflow with a new setting added to the Animation preferences to control left-drag behavior. When Left-dragging moves selected keys is enabled, you can drag to move selected keyframes in the Graph Editor with a single click. When off, left-clicking only selects keys. This is useful if you don’t want to move keys accidentally when working with dense curves.

Hyperhsade preferences

Customize your Hypershade work area with a new Hypershade preferences section added to the Preferences window which allows you to set default grid visibility, grid snapping, display modes, and swatch sizing.

Autodesk Translation Framework (ATF)

Autodesk Translation Framework (ATF) importer now supports Catia V5-6R2022 and Alias 2023 models for seamless data and file transfer.

Improvements to USD and Arnold

Enjoy the latest version of the Maya for USD plugin and integrated Arnold version. These updates increase overall stability and bring you a smoother experience.

Check out the Maya 2023.3 Release Notes for more information.

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Autodesk Maya

Create expansive worlds, complex characters, and dazzling effects

Maya is professional 3D software for creating realistic characters and blockbuster-worthy effects. Bring believable characters to life with engaging animation tools. Shape 3D objects and scenes with intuitive modeling tools.Create realistic effects—from explosions to cloth simulation.

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End-to-end creative tools for entertainment creation

The Media & Entertainment Collection lets animators, modelers, and visual effects artists access the tools they need to create compelling effects, believable 3D characters, and massive digital worlds. Move assets quickly between creative tools with one-click workflows. Includes Maya, 3ds Max, Motionbuilder, and Mudbox. In addition get Character Generator, Recap 360 Pro, Rendering in A360, and Cloud Storage.

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