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DISCREET DEBUTS 3D MAX 6 PROFESSIONAL 3D ANIMATION SOFTWARE.

Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), has debuted 3ds max 6 software, the latest version of its professional 3D modeling, animation and rendering package. This major release delivers significant advancements to existing core features as well as new functionality developed in close cooperation with key customers such as SEGA Corporation Japan to enhance workflow for 3D artists and designers in the film, television, games development and design visualization markets.

"This new version of 3ds max 6 focuses on a blend of customer-driven refinements, new features, and application stability -- reinforcing its legacy as the 3D solution with the breadth and productivity to deliver the job from start to finish," said Paul Lypaczewski, general manager of Discreet and executive vice president, Autodesk, Inc.

New features in 3ds max 6 software include an advanced schematic view for complex scene management; integrated mental ray 3.2 renderer; a new event-driven particle system; reactor 2 stuntman dynamics; unmatched design workflow with Autodesk solutions through .DWG import/export with ObjectARX support; vertex painting; enhanced modeling and skinning tools; HDRI support; performance optimizations designed in conjunction with Intel Corporation; and extensive focus on enriching the reliability of existing features. The release also incorporates a new CD-ROM complete with software from strategic partners such as Criterion Software RenderWare Visualizer, Bionatics EASYnat, Okino Computer Graphics PolyTrans OpenFlight, and ArchVision.

"We've relied on Discreet 3ds max software to produce 3D visual effects on projects like Warner Brothers' A Cinderella Story -- and the Tom Cruise film, The Last Samurai, and the new Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed motion picture due in 2004," said Benoit Girard, president and founder of Digital Dimension, Los Angeles. "We were rapidly impressed with the stability of the Alpha/BETA versions of 3ds max 6. We used it to produce many of our visual effects projects over the past eight months. With the added mental ray renderer, physics and new schematic view in 3ds max 6 -- the productivity gains will definitely help us continue to deliver first class results to our clients," added Girard.

3ds max 6 is available for US $3,495. For more sales and product information, contact a Discreet Authorized Reseller at http://www.discreet.com/resellers. Customers under the Discreet Subscription will receive the version upgrade automatically. For more Subscription information, visit http://www.discreet.com/subscription/ for details.

About 3ds max

Discreet 3ds max software has the largest installed base in the 3D industry and is the preferred 3D software in the core production environment for UBI Soft, Rockstar Games, Electronic Arts, HOK, Ellerbe Becket, Blur Studios, Frantic Films, Digital Dimensions -- along with other leading design and entertainment firms.

From the latest radical Burton snowboard designs and the first 3D design visualization software used by the Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin West School of Architecture -- to the enthralling visual effects scenes found in The Last Samurai and interactive twists and turns found in the best-selling game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City or the globally anticipated Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time for Microsoft Xbox -- 3ds max continues its widespread popularity and leadership as the preferred 3D production solution of top artists and designers worldwide.

About Discreet

Discreet empowers media professionals to realize the visual experience and transform their vision into reality. Discreet's solutions are designed for digital media creation, management and delivery -- across all disciplines from film and television visual effects, color grading and editing to animation, game development, and design visualization. Discreet is based in Montreal, Quebec and is a division of Autodesk, Inc, a design and digital media creation, management, and distribution company.

Discreet can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.discreet.com.

For more information, call 415/547-2457.
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