Summary: Those thinking of upgrading from 3DS Max 9 will be pleased to note that plug-ins for that version and scenes created therein are fully supported by the 2008 version -- the same doesn't apply to prior versions, however.
Pros: Review, interactive viewports, DirectX 10 support, character animation and modelling enhancements, Windows Vista support, improved mental ray rendering and workflow
Cons: Windows (64-bit/32-bit) XP and Vista only, some 'new' features carried over from 3ds Max 9 Extension 1, only plug-ins for Version 9 and later supported
Excerpt: The newest version of Autodesk’s 3D suite contains some major interface changes. On opening 3DS Max 2010, you’ll immediately be aware of the new Graphite Modelling toolset. This allows you to directly select and manipulate polygon objects.
Pros: Graphite modelling toolset and ribbon interface; render-preview effects in the viewport; enhanced OBJ support; Containers; Material Explorer; mental mill.
Cons: Some features already appeared in subscriber-only Creativity Extension for 3DS Max 2009; some known bugs and limitations; expensive.
The newest version of Autodesk’s 3D suite contains some major interface changes
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27 April 2009
Summary: Autodesk’s venerable 3D suite has received more than just a facelift. The workflow and tool enhancements are welcome, while the focus on audio and collaborative toolsets makes this a far more rounded package than before.
Pros: Graphite modelling toolset and ribbon interface, render-preview effects in the viewport, enhanced OBJ support, containers, Material Explorer, mental mill
Cons: Some features already appeared in subscriber-only Creativity Extension for 3DS Max 2009, some known bugs and limitations, expensive