Autodesk Launches Mudbox 2010 Digital Sculpting and Painting Software

New Version Offers Increased Model Quality, New Presentation Capabilities and Easier Integration with Digital Entertainment Workflows

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- At SIGGRAPH 2009, Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) has launched Autodesk Mudbox 2010 software, the latest version of its digital sculpting and painting application. The 2010 release makes it easier for artists to use Mudbox alongside Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Softimage software. Mudbox 2010 now also features a host of new creative tools and workflows, as well as a software development kit (SDK) that enables production teams to customize and integrate Mudbox into pipelines.

Mudbox 2010 will ship as a part of the Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suites, making it more affordable to incorporate the technology into film, games and television workflows.

"Autodesk Mudbox gives artists the freedom to create 3D digital artwork as easily as working with clay and paint," said Stig Gruman, vice president, Autodesk Digital Entertainment Group. "The software empowers artists to add a level of detail to their 3D characters, objects and environments that can be difficult to achieve in traditional 3D modeling applications."

Christoph Schadl, character artist at RABCAT Computer Graphics GmbH, was a beta tester for Mudbox 2010. "I love to work with Mudbox because the intuitive user interface lets me focus entirely on my creative vision," said Schadl. "My favorite feature in the 2010 release is the ability to paint across multiple texture maps, in different paint channels without any seams. That means you can paint really huge textures -- up to 50K and more."

New Feature Highlights

    --  Interoperability with Adobe Photoshop: New workflows make using Mudbox
        in conjunction with Photoshop easier. Mudbox 2010 can import PSD files
        to use as paint layers, as well as export paint layers as PSD files for
        touchup.
    --  Simpler interoperability with Maya, 3ds Max and Softimage: Mudbox adds
        support for Autodesk FBX file transfer technology, enabling artists to
        import and export scene data containing more information than the usual
        OBJ file format. Painted texture maps, cameras and image planes can be
        retained, resulting in higher-fidelity transfers that help to save
        artists' time.
    --  Software development kit (SDK): Mudbox 2010 introduces a C++ SDK that
        production teams can use to customize and integrate Mudbox into
        pipelines.
    --  New creative tools and workflows: The 2010 version also includes new
        brushes, support for reordering of paint layers, ambient occlusion map
        baking, new viewport filters as well as the ability to render images
        directly from the viewport -- making Mudbox a great presentation tool.

Autodesk Digital Entertainment Creation Suites

Autodesk's new Entertainment Creation Suites offer customers a choice of either Maya 2010 or 3ds Max 2010 software, together with Mudbox 2010 and Autodesk MotionBuilder 2010 software. The Suites give artists and production facilities access to a range of powerful creative tools at more than 35 percent* cost savings, compared to purchasing each product separately. With Autodesk FBX 2010 data exchange technology, the Suites provide a cohesive, efficient pipeline. Used together, the products in these Suites help artists maximize creativity and optimize productivity.

Pricing and Availability

Autodesk anticipates that Mudbox 2010, as well as the new Digital Entertainment Creation suites, will be available in August 2009. The 32-bit version of Mudbox 2010 will be supported on the Windows Vista Business (SP1), Windows XP Professional (SP2) and Apple Mac OS X 10.5.7 operating systems. The 64-bit version of Mudbox 2010 will be supported on the Windows Vista Business (SP1) and Windows XP x64 Edition (SP2) operating systems.

The Autodesk suggested retail price for a license of Mudbox 2010 is US$745**. The suggested retail price to upgrade from Mudbox 2009 to Mudbox 2010 is US$375**. Autodesk Subscription is available for purchase simultaneously with the product or upgrade purchase. The Autodesk suggested retail price for Autodesk Subscription for Mudbox 2010 is US$250 per year**.

*International savings may vary.

**International pricing may vary.

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc., is a world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the manufacturing, construction, and media and entertainment markets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art Digital Prototyping solutions to help customers experience their ideas before they are real. Fortune 1000 companies rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualize, simulate and analyze real-world performance early in the design process to save time and money, enhance quality and foster innovation. For additional information about Autodesk, visit www.autodesk.com.

Autodesk, AutoCAD, FBX, Maya, Mudbox, Softimage and 3ds Max are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. SIGGRAPH is a registered trademark of the Association of Computing Machinery, Inc. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.

(C) 2009 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.

    Contact:    Brittany Bonhomme, 416.874.8798 / Karen Raz, 310.450.1482
                brittany.bonhomme@autodesk.com  / karen@razpr.com

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