Autodesk 3ds Max (Design) 2012 Service Pack 2

Autodesk released a new Service Pack (SP2) for 3D Studio Max 2012 and 3D Studio Max Design 2012.

Download here: 3dsMaxDesign 2012 and 3dsMax 2012

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improvements on

In the last few days, several changes have been applied to This includes both technical and cosmetical improvements. Page loading should be a lot faster now and we hope to have taken a step into the right direction regarding usability improvement.

In addition to that, there is now a second payment option besides PayPal. You can now pay in advance (via international bank transfer) if you select the appropriate option during the checkout process. Product downloads are enabled as soon as we receive the money.

If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know!


Substance Bitmap2Material discountdown!! Bitmap2Material for 83 €!

Grab Bitmap2Material until 2011-08-01 and get 30% off! This means Bitmap2Material costs 83 € instead of 119 € for a week.
More information about Bitmap2Material can be found here.

What are you waiting for?


Autodesk 3D Studio Max 2012 hotfix 2 available!

Autodesk released a new Hotfix for 3D Studio Max and 3D Studio Max Design 2012.

Bugfixes are made in CAT, MAXScript, Modeling, Point Helpers, Slate Material Editor and XRef Scene.


SnowPrint is now available as a standalone plugin!

SnowPrint is now a standalone plugin for 3D Studio Max to print objects onto other objects to create imprints, footprints, pencil strokes, wetmaps,...

Before version 2.0 SnowPrint was included in SnowFlow. Now it's available as version 2.0 to produce more precise imprints in less time. It's newly programmed from the ground up to gain more speed (it uses all cpu cores) and to bring better usability. After installation you can find the SnowPrint texture in your material editor.

Have fun with SnowPrint!


new hdri panorama equipment: Roundshot VR Drive

We thought: it's time for a quality boost!
We bought: Roundshot VR Drive 2 "full"

To bring much better HDRIs to our customers, we invested in new panoramic equipment. Before this we used a tripod, a digital camera and a fisheye lens to capture a fullspherical HDR panorama. While the process was very error-prone and time-consuming, the result was okay but far away from brilliant. The brand new panorama head called "VR Drive" automatically controls nearly every DSLR camera and takes photos in a pre-calculated order. No camera shaking, no more "waiting and clicking", no more problems while stitching all those pictures together for our panoramas. It's definitely a big boost for our pipeline!

You might ask "Okay, that's good for you but what's my benefit???"
Your biggest advantages are sharper HDRI panoramas, bigger HDRIs and a much wider dynamic range, which results in better 3D renderings!


Substance Bitmap2Material on

We are proud to offer the brand new plugin Bitmap2Material on our website. With Bitmap2Material it's possible to convert any photo, texture or bitmap into a seamless tileable material and use it directly in 3D Studio Max, Maya or even in realtime with Unity 3D. It also generates normal maps, displacement maps, specular maps and ambient occlusion maps on the fly. Nearly endless possibilities for your 3D renderings!

Substance Bitmap2Material plugin

You get more information on our Bitmap2Material product page or directly on

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VRay 2.0 for 3D Studio Max 2012 and Maya 2012 released

Chaosgroup has released SP1 for the renderer VRay. VRay now supports the brand new 3D Studio Max 2012 and Maya 2012 and has several bugfixes. The full list of changes and the download for this free update can be found here on there website and in this directlink to the release notes.


release date for Autodesk 2012 series (3D Studio Max,…)

There are rumors on the internet predicting the release date for 3D Studio Max 2012 and the rest of the 2012 series of Autodesks software to be April the 8th. This does indeed seem plausible, since Autodesk increasingly started advertising and revealed more and more features of the individual software packages these days. Also indicating: earlier release dates of previous products from Autodesk also point to a release date in April.


How to get SnowFlow 1.8 for free!

We thought it would be time to add some more languages to As all of you may have noticed, until now we offer six languages. That's okay but it could be better!
What we want you to do is translate into a language we do not offer yet and get a SnowFlow 1.8 licence for free! Cool

Just contact us and tell us which language you want to translate into, and we will send you all the data you'll need.
On top of our list we have Russian, because lots of talented 3D artists find their way to our website from Russia. But we do not restrict your choice. Just ask! Wink