Arnold renderer:

  • The MAXtoA plugin includes Arnold version 5
  • Volumetric effects with OpenVDB support
  • Atmospheric effects
  • Procedural (proxy) objects allow scene interchange with other Arnold plugins
  • Extensive array of built-in Arnold professional shaders and materials
  • Supports 3rd party shaders compiled for Windows and Arnold 5
  • Easy Image-Based-Lighting workflow with separate Environment and Background capabilities
  • Arnold Properties modifier controls rendertime effects and options per-object
  • Arbitrary Output Variable (AOV) support for compositing and post-processing
  • Depth-of-Field, Motion Blur and camera Shutter effects
  • New VR camera
  • New easier-to-use layered Standard Surface with Disney compatibility, replacing Arnold Standard Shader
  • New melanin-driven Standard Hair Shader with simpler parameters and artistic controls for more natural results
  • Supports Photometric lights for easy Revit interop. Full support of 3ds Max Physical material and legacy maps.
  • All-in-one Arnold light supports textured area lights, mesh lights, Skydome and Distant light sources.
  • New Portal mode for Quad and Skydome lights to improve sampling interior scenes.
  • New Roundness and Soft Edge options for Quad and Spot lights.
  • Scene Converterpresets and scripts to upgrade legacy scenes.
User interface improvements:

  • QT5 framework with enhanced docking
  • Timeline tear-off
  • Ongoing Hi-DPI icon conversion (370 icons converted)
  • Tear-off menus
  • Faster switching between workspaces
  • Modular main toolbar.
MCG:

  • Easy Map adds the ability to map over an operator by connecting an array of values for graph simplicity
  • Live Type displays computes types in the editor as you work
  • MCG type resolver improved so you no longer need to add extra nodes to provide hints about the type system in MCG
  • Compiler significantly improved to better optimize graph expressions, particularly with functions
  • No longer need to unpack MCG graph and MCG now uses compounds from the package
  • Consumes graphs in package form (.mcg) by simply dragging in the viewport
  • Automatic tool input generation
  • More artist friendly operator/compound naming and categorization
  • New Node Properties window with better operator/compound descriptions
  • 78 new operators
  • See MCG Help for more inform