Autodesk announces their 2010 product line

loocas | 3ds Max,Maya,opinions,software | Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Following the announcement, Autodesk revealed the 2010 product line.

Hands down, the updates are really not about new big features at all, this time. Well, maybe except for Maya 2010, which’ll, for the first time in years, come in one version only, just Maya 2010, no Unlimited or Complete (which was confusing anyways) and will include Toxik (altough called Maya Composite) and MatchMover.

I still haven’t seen any presentations of these new features, but I’m really looking forward to that. Even though I really dislike the idea of having Toxik inside of Maya by default. I never liked that compositor, always felt very “Flame-ish” and therefore “odd” to me, being used to Fusion or Nuke. But still, I’ll save my judgement after I see a demo.

Autodesk also announced a 3ds Max 2010 SP1 release, which is always good, if it wasn’t for “subscribtion customers only”, which is, in my opinion, bullshit!

Then Softimage 2010 with some minor additions and bugfixes. Notably f-curve editor really needed that sweet touch and Scintilla, which I really felt in love with after it was included in 3ds Max, is also a very nice additon.

They’ve also announced digital production Suites, which seem to be a great idea, possibly taken from Adobe, that you’ll be able to buy a bundle of 3ds Max/Maya, Motion Builder, or even 3ds Max/Maya, Motion Builder, Mudbox. If the prices are “reasonable”, I’m sold!

As I’ve said, I’ll wait for tomorrow’s demos to pass my judgement on these new releases, so, stay tuned…


  1. Max 2010 SP1 is not just for subscription customers.

    The Connection Extension however is.

    Comment by John — August 4, 2009 @ 08:37

  2. Ah, thanks for correcting me, John, I’ve fixed the article.

    Thanks again.

    Comment by loocas — August 4, 2009 @ 14:35

  3. Interesting stuff….I do think the bundle pack is a brilliant idea, as long as it works out much cheaper than purchasing individual packs, considering the economic crisis and all..

    Comment by simon — August 13, 2009 @ 15:52

  4. Softimage 2010 minor additions? Umm… you forgot to mention the addition of the once 95,000 dollar “Face Robot” in Softimage 2010. An incredibly generous, major, and awesome upgrade for Softimage users! :)

    Comment by RazorX — September 9, 2009 @ 04:39

  5. “you forgot to mention the addition of the once 95,000 dollar “Face Robot” in Softimage 2010. An incredibly generous, major, and awesome upgrade for Softimage users!”

    Ah, yes, I did… sorry for that :) However, if it was such an incredibly major and awesome software (FR), why the hell would they include it in Softimage in the first place, when they could have offered it separately, for those nice $95 000 USD?

    Comment by loocas — September 9, 2009 @ 10:30

  6. Merging Maya Complete and Unlimited appears to be primarily a way for Autodesk to flex it 3D content creation tools monopoly muscles.

    After having purchased all of Max’s primary rivals (Maya and Softimage) instead of reducing the price of Max to what Maya Complete used to sell for it is putting up the price of Maya to match Max. at $3500. If you used to buy Maya Unlimited I guess this is a savings, but I’m sure they sold Complete at least 10:1 over Unlimited.

    It is also a way for Autodesk to say “Hey look, Max must be is just as good as Maya because they cost the same!”

    Comment by Aunty Dan — October 9, 2009 @ 00:42

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