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Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2010  
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Q: What is 3ds Max Design 2010?  
A: 3ds Max Design 2010 software is essentially a customized installation of Autodesk 3ds Max 2010 software, the 
result of which is an optimized user experience for architects, designers, engineers and visualization specialists. 
 
3ds Max Design has the same functionality as 3ds Max, with the addition of the ExposureTM 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. Each of these components is tailored for its 
respective audience. 
 
More generally, Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2010 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 Design 2009, 3ds Max Design 2010 introduces a number of 
key new and enhanced features, including over 100 new modeling tools to let designers explore formmaking, while 
refining their designs with a new renderquality viewport display; new interactive lighting analysis to help iterate more 
quickly, validate sustainable solutions and avoid costly mistakes early in the design process; and communicate a 
compelling vision is simplified with  an extensive library of particle effects and flickerless rendering improvements.  
 
3ds Max Design 2010 also delivers updated user interface and workflow features, which, together with data 
compatibility, enhance digital continuity between 3ds Max Design and products from the Revit and AutoCAD software 
families. This includes RecognizeTM scene loading technology that significantly improves interapplication workflows with 
Revit Architecture 2010, through the accurate import of lights, materials and cameras. 
 
 
Q: Why are there two versions of 3ds Max?  
A: In order to optimize the user experience for both entertainment and design visualization customers, there are two 
versions of 3ds Max: 3ds Max Design and 3ds Max. 
 
Entertainment users commonly specialize in areas such as character rigging, lighting, texturing, and animation. For these 
customers, 3ds Max 2010 continues to build on its legacy as an industryleading content creation tool in the games, film, 
television industries. 3ds Max Design is directed towards maximizing a highquality "out of the box" experience for 
design visualization specialists in the architecture, civil engineering, industrial and manufacturing industries. 
 
Each "flavor" of 3ds Max is specifically tailored for its intended audience; from learning resources and sample files, to 
application defaults and even carefully selected features such as the Exposure lighting analysis technology for designers 
and visualization specialists. 
 
 




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Q: Is 3ds Max or 3ds Max Design right for me?  
A: If you work primarily in entertainment and require the SDK, choose 3ds Max 2010. 3ds Max has all the features of 3ds 
Max Design except for the Exposure lighting analysis tool for assisting in attaining LEED EQ Credit 8.1 certification.  
 
If you work primarily in the architecture, civil engineering, or manufacturing sectors, and you do not need to create your 
own plugins using the SDK, choose 3ds Max Design 2010. It has all the features of 3ds Max 2010 except for the SDK, and 
it includes the new Exposure lighting analysis tool for assisting with LEED EQ Credit 8.1 certification. 
                 
 
Q: Apart from the SDK and Exposure lighting analysis, what is the difference between 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design?  
A: The key difference between 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design is that each product is tailored specifically for customers in 
different industries. 3ds Max Design is ideal for architects, engineers, designers and visualization specialists, while 3ds 
Max is a tool of choice for professionals in the games, film, and television industries. 
 
While these sibling applications are nearly identical technologically, they differ in the following ways: 
 


          User interface and application defaults are optimized for either visualization or entertainment 
           workflows/pipelines in order to maximize productivity 
          3ds Max Design features Exposure technology for simulating and analyzing sun, sky, and artificial lighting 
               o 3ds Max does not contain this technology 
          3ds Max includes a powerful SDK for developers 
               o 3ds Max Design does not contain this SDK 
          Tutorials and samples files will be customized to optimize the learning experiences of each customer group for 
           each product 
          Documentation also contains custom content for each product 
          Icons and packaging for 3ds Max Design will be more closely aligned with Autodesk AEC solutions for quick visual 
           recognition. 3ds Max 2010 icons will remain similar to 3ds Max 2009 icons. 
          Online user experience will be greatly improved through content tailored for visualization or entertainment 
           customers 

 
Q. What features are the same between 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design?  
A. With the exception of the SDK, 3ds Max Design has 100% of the features found in 3ds Max. 3ds Max and 3ds Max 
Design share a single binary. This means that both applications will be able to simultaneously advance from a 
technological perspective. When 3ds Max is updated for the latest version of Microsoft Windows operating system 
(OS) or DirectX application programming interface (API), 3ds Max Design is updated . A single binary also means that 
there is 100% file compatibility as well as plugin compatibility between the applications.  
 
 
Q: I currently have an earlier version of 3ds Max, how do I get 3ds Max Design 2010?  
A: If you are currently on Autodesk Subscription for 3ds Max 2009 or 3ds Max Design 2009, you will receive notification 
via email when your 3ds Max 2010 or 3ds Max Design 2010 product is ready for download. If you are not on 
Subscription, choose one of the products and simply upgrade to it. See which product is right for you with a free 30day 
trial download. 
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Q: How will 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design differ in the future?  
A: Autodesk will carefully consider customer feedback, industry drivers and business needs in evaluating how to 
enhance both 3ds Max Design and 3ds Max in the future. It is Autodesk's intention to maintain the same binary code 
between products, as well as complete data compatibility and interoperability. 
 
 
Q: I picked the wrong "flavor" of 3ds Max, now what do I do?  
A: If you are using 3ds Max Design, and feel you need the SDK to write your own plugins, simply enroll in the Autodesk 
Developer Network (ADN) and continue using 3ds Max Design.  If you are part of Autodesk Subscription, it will be 
possible to crossgrade from 3ds Max Design 2009 to 3ds Max 2009 or viceversa through the 3ds Max SelfSelect 
Program. All Subscription customers will be notified of this program via email.  
 
 
Q: Can I run 3ds Max Design and 3ds Max sidebyside?  
A: Yes, it is now possible to have both 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design on the same computer. As both of these applications 
are nearly identical in features and functionality, most customers will not have a need for sidebyside installs. 
 
 
Q: Can I use both products in a production environment?  
A: Yes. Since 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design are based on the same binary, data moves seamlessly between them and 
both can be used together in a Backburner rendering network. 
 
 
Q: Will my MAXScripts work in both products?  
A: Unless you have written a script that requires the Exposure lighting analysis feature to be present, there are no 
known differences between running a script created in 3ds Max on 3ds Max Design. 
 
 
Q: I have floating licenses of 3ds Max, how will things work?  
A: You will have a single license that can work with either 3ds Max or 3ds Max Design. For example, if you have a pool of 
five floating 3ds Max licenses, you can use any combination of 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design with these five licenses 
without any special configuration or modifications. 
 
 
Q: Will Autodesk Subscription benefits remain the same for each product?  
A: Yes. Both products will offer the same Autodesk Subscription programs and benefits. This is subject to change. 
 
 
Q. When will 3ds Max Design 2010 be available?  
A. 3ds Max Design 2010 (English) is scheduled to ship in April 2009.  
 
 
Q: What is the price of 3ds Max Design 2010?  
A: 3ds Max Design 2010 software pricing is identical to that of 3d Max 2010. Please consult your local reseller for pricing. 
 
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Q: Will a manual be included in the product package?  
A: In a corporatewide effort to support sustainable initiatives, no printed documentation will be shipped with the 
product. 3ds Max Design 2010 documentation will be available in electronic form on the installation DVD and for 
download. To learn more about Autodesk's green initiatives, visit: http://www.autodesk.com/green  
 
 
Q. Can I try 3ds Max Design?  
A. Yes. Users wishing to work with 3ds Max Design 2010 may download a free* 30day trial from the Autodesk website. 
Visit: http://www.autodesk.com/3dsmaxdesign.  
 
 
Q: What is Autodesk Authorized Training, and how do I get it? 
A: Autodesk Authorized Training is designed to accelerate your career with Autodesk software.  Get trained at an 
Autodesk Authorized Training Center (ATC), with handson, instructorled classes to help you enhance your productivity 
and heighten return on investment.  You can make Autodesk Official Training Courseware (AOTC) a key part of your 
product training, and learn from the best with content developed by Autodesk subjectmatter experts.  Earn Autodesk 
certification to prove your experience, reliably validate your skills and knowledge, enhance credibility in your field and 
maximize your value.  For more information about these learning solutions, visit www.autodesk.com/authorizedtraining, 
www.autodesk.com/aotc , and www.autodesk.com/certification 
 
 
Q: Do 3ds Max 2010 and 3ds Max Design 2010 integrate with other Autodesk products?  
A: Yes. The FBXbased Recognize scene loading technology enables 3ds Max Design users to quickly and accurately 
import geometry, lights, materials, and cameras from Revit 2010 scenes. 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 and OBJ support allows users to easily transfer assets to and from 3ds Max, 
Autodesk Mudbox, Autodesk Maya, and Autodesk MotionBuilder software products, as well as any other content 
creation package that support FBX or OBJ. 
 
 
Q: What operating systems are supported for 3ds Max Design 2010; 32bit?  
A: Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows XP Professional operating system (SP 2 or higher). Full system 
requirements are available at www.autodesk.com/3dsMaxDesign  
 
 
Q: What operating systems are supported for 3ds Max Design 2010; 64bit?  
A: Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64. Full system requirements are available at 
www.autodesk.com/3dsMaxDesign 
 
 
Q: Is the price for 3ds Max Design 2010 64bit the same as for the 32bit version?  
A: Yes. Customers purchasing 3ds Max Design 2010 will receive software for both 32bit and 64bit operating systems 
(Windows only). Both systems will use the same licensing so customers are able to use either 32bit or 64bit 3ds Max 
Design 2010 on their workstation (hardware and OS must be present that supports this capability).  
 
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Q. Can 3ds Max Design be purchased as Network licenses?  
A. Yes, 3ds Max Design is available in Standalone and Network versions for Full System Commercial, Not for Resale 
(NFR), and Education license types. 
 
 
Q. Will my plugins from the previous version of 3ds Max work with 3ds Max Design 2010? 
A. No. Autodesk 3ds Max 2009 and earlier versions of plugins will need to be recompiled with Microsoft Visual C++, 
Service Pack 1 in order to be compatible with 3ds Max 2010 or 3ds Max Design 2010. In order for plugins to work with 
the 64bit versions, they will require porting to that operating system. 
 
 
Q. Will 3ds Max Design 2010 be able to access file data from 3ds Max 2010 and previous versions of 3ds Max? 
A. Yes. To facilitate the transition to 3ds Max Design, files/scenes saved in 3ds Max 2009 are forward compatible with 
3ds Max Design 2010. However, if a scene has been saved with plugins using a prior version of 3ds Max, it may not load 
properly if the plugins have not been updated for 3ds Max Design 2010. 
 
 
Q: Can I load data created with the 64bit versions in the 32bit versions of 3ds Max 2010? 
A. Yes, data created with the 64bit version of 3ds Max 2010 and 3ds Max Design 2010 will load in the 32bit version of 
either product.  
 
 
* This product is subject to the terms and conditions of the enduser license agreement that accompanies download of 
this software. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Autodesk, ATC, AutoCAD, Exposure, FBX, Maya, MotionBuilder, Mudbox, ProMaterials, Recognize, Reveal, Revit and 3ds Max are registered trademarks or trademarks 
of Autodesk, Inc. in the USA and/or other countries.  mental ray is a registered trademark of mental images GmbH licensed for use by Autodesk, Inc. All other brand 
names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without 
notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document. 
 
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