SIGGRAPH 2014 News: New 3ds Max and Maya Extensions

At Autodesk's Press Breakfast this morning during SIGGRAPH 2014, the company announced two extensions for their major software 3ds Max and Maya. The Maya extension is really focused on productivity. According to an Autodesk representative, one of the most customer requested aspects of Maya was in productivity enhancement tools. Autodesk responded by including new extensions that contain a performance profiler, which allows you to run graphs to provide information for debugging and trouble shooting where Maya encounters problems. Another big announcement is that Maya now has a new color management system that is consistent across the pipeline from compositing to 3D. Finally, there were some minor modeling and workflow productivity enhancements. For 3ds Max, there have been some expansions into creative workflows and visual FX tools that include open subdiv surfaces, Alembic, and an enhanced shader FX. All of these extensions are free for current subscribers to Maya or 3ds Max.