Autodesk has announced that it will release two versions of the 2009 edition of 3ds Max - one for entertainment software and another for design professionals.
The firm launched 3ds Max 2009 Entertainment Software at it's World Press Days event.
3ds Max 2009 includes a new Reveal rendering toolset, the ProMaterials material library for simulating real-world surfaces, and biped enhancements and new UV editing tools.
"Every design has a story to tell," explained Marc Petit, senior vice president, Autodesk Media & Entertainment.
"Entertainment technology enables design professionals to explore ideas, validate concepts and communicate design intent. It allows them to experience their designs before they are real.
"Autodesk 3ds Max now comes in two distinct flavours to better meet the specific needs of our entertainment and visualisation customers.
"3ds Max 2009 and 3ds Max Design 2009 provide users with tailored online experiences, user interface and application defaults, tutorials, samples, and more. This simplifies the learning process and makes it easier for users to find the information that’s most relevant to them."