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Rendering with mental ray and 3ds Max, 2nd Edition by Ted Boardman, Joep van der Steen

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1.2 Getting started

This book is intended for users of both 3ds max and 3ds max Design. The two software programs are the same except for two relatively minor points that are not relevant to the lessons presented here. 3ds max contains the software developer’s kit (SDK) that is required for complex programming used by third-party developers. 3ds max Design contains an advanced lighting analysis tool that is used primarily by lighting engineers rendering with mental ray.

However, there are also differences in the interface and the presets that you will learn to adjust so that users of both programs can follow the exercises. The changes will in no way affect the functionality of the software, and you will learn to easily switch back and forth between ...

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