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Extension 2 for 3ds Max 2015

Extension 2 for 3ds Max 2015Autodesk has announced the Extension 2 for 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design. Extension 2 fits an AU theme with tools that will help architects, engineers and designers work with more confidence and efficiency in 3ds Max (and 3ds Max Design). Extension 2 also features new tools that will speed up the animation and skinning process, so there is something for everyone.

New Template System
New on-demand templates provide you with standardized start-up configurations, which help accelerate the scene creation process. With easy import/export options, you can quickly share templates across teams and offices. You can also create new templates or modify existing ones and custom-tailor them for your individual workflows. Built-in settings for rendering, environments, lighting and units translate into faster, more accurate results.

Design Workspace
Inspired by our years of professional experience with Revit and Autodesk? Inventor? software (and Revit and Inventor workflows), the new Design Workspace follows a task-based workflow with easy access to object placement, lighting, rendering, modeling and texturing tools in 3ds Max/3ds Max Design. Importing design data to quickly create high-quality stills and animation is now easier than ever.

Easier Revit and SketchUp Imports
A tighter Revit integration makes importing models into 3ds Max faster and easier. In addition to the existing Revit File Link workflow, Extension 2 features a new Revit importer that allows you to import data up to 10x faster and with much cleaner geometry. If you use SketchUp, you can now take your design further in 3ds Max by importing your SketchUp 2014 files.

Camera Sequencer
Telling great stories with high-quality animated visualizations, animatics, and cinematics is now easier with the new Camera Sequencer, giving designers and animators even more control. This new feature allows you to easily cut between multiple cameras, trim, and reorder animated clips nondestructively leaving the original animation data unchanged.

Dual Quaternion Skinning
Smooth skinning is made better with the addition of Dual Quaternion, built specifically to avoid "bow tie" or "candy wrapper" effects where the mesh loses volume when deformers are twisted or pivoted. Most common in a character's shoulders or wrists, this new method of smooth skinning helps reduce undesirable deformation artifacts. As a new option in the Skin modifier, Dual Quaternion lets you paint the amount of influence skinning will have on a surface, so you can use it where you need it and taper off to linear skin weighting where you don't.