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Discreet Ships reactor -- Advanced Physics for 3ds max; New physics suite integrates hard body, soft body, cloth, liquid, and rope dynamics for 3ds max.

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 9, 2001

Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), announced today it has begun shipping reactor(TM), the latest integrated extension for 3ds max(TM) 4, the world's best-selling professional 3D animation and modeling software.

reactor, powered by Havok, Inc. (www.havok.com), makers of real-time physics software for digital entertainment and web-based applications, incorporates the industry's leading technology that realistically simulates cloth, rope, liquid, and hard-/soft-body objects that collide, bounce, break, and stretch. reactor officially launched last month at the Game Developers Conference in San Jose, California.

"The reactor extension allows animators to more easily create details within water, hair, and fabric that were once too tedious to bring to life," said Dan Prochazka, product manager at Discreet. "Powered by Havok's technology, Discreet's reactor provides the most advanced, complete, and integrated physics and dynamics simulation system available for any 3D program."

For game developers, film and video producers, and web developers who want to add highly realistic, dynamic simulations to their 3ds max 4 scenes, reactor includes a real-time dynamics simulation previewer, providing an interactive viewing window. Game developers can integrate a dynamics library directly into a game title, making 3ds max a comprehensive solution for designing game interaction.

reactor features include rope dynamics that simulate any deformable chain from realistic hair to knots of climbing ropes; cloth dynamics that give objects elasticity, weight, and planar and flexion stiffness; rigid and soft bodies that offer solid- and soft-object simulation for everything from collapsing walls to landslide, and soft-body control over mass, friction, and deformation; and real-world simulation of fluid surfaces including buoyancy and ripple reflection.

Pricing and Availability

reactor is available now worldwide. For pricing and information, contact any Discreet(TM) Reseller, or call 800/869-3504 or 514/393-1616, or visit Discreet at www.discreet.com.

About Havok

Havok develops and markets real-time physics software for digital entertainment and web-based applications. Havok is already used by some of the world's leading media companies to create online content (Shockwave.com), interactive entertainment (Universal Studios, Valve LLC), and movies (Blur Studios). Havok(TM) technology is the most powerful real-time physical simulation solution available. It offers integrated rigid body, soft body, fluid, cloth, aerodynamics, and particle dynamics across all consumer-level hardware platforms including PC, Mac, Linux, PS2, and the upcoming Xbox. With offices in Palo Alto, California, Munich, Germany, and headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Havok is the entertainment technology wing of Telekinesys Research Limited. For more information and great demos check out www.havok.com.

About Discreet

Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in digital content creation, management, and distribution tools. Discreet develops systems and software for visual effects, 3D animation, editing, and production used in the creation of digital moving pictures for feature films, video, HDTV, broadcast graphics, interactive games, and the Web. Discreet products are used extensively in film and video postproduction, games and multimedia, broadcast graphics, programming, and on-air event coverage.

Note to Editors: Autodesk is a registered trademark, and Discreet, 3ds max, and reactor are trademarks, of Autodesk, Inc./Discreet Logic, Inc., in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.
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