Autodesk upgrades AREA

Online community for 3D animators and artists celebrates first anniversary with new content
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Autodesk has boosted its online community AREA with an overhaul of the main site with lots of added content.

AREA was opened last year and has in that time built a membership of 150,000 registered users, all of which are users of Autodesk's 3ds Max, Maya 3D, MotionBuilder, VIZ 3D and FBX file format.

The site's content, a mix of tutorials, tips, forums and galleries, is largely user-generated - but Autodesk has upgraded the site itself following a successful first 12 months.

Additions include an entirely new cross-platform architecture that supports Windows, Macintosh and Linux OSs, and a new tutorial system that lets users quickly and easily lay out and submit tutorials.

60 new user-generated tutorials for 3ds Max and Maya, covering game development, post-production and design visualization, have also been uploaded and a new gallery and script, materials and plug-in sharing facility have been added, too.