Posted Wed Jul 31, 2013 - by Tobbe Olsson
Autodesk SIGGRAPH Event News — including future of Naiad524 Comments
(Updated) This thread has become longer than a human can read. If something new surfaces we will report it on a new news item.
(Updated) This thread does not want to slide. An important message was just posted by Tom Hudson, with good news, he was contacted by Autodesk regarding the plugins he wrote. Furthermore, Tom Hudson offers Autodesk "joining a group of developers who would essentially resume the role of the Yost Group and take over primary development in return for some sort of royalty agreement, reducing Autodesk’s upfront costs while potentially increasing sales and customer satisfaction." He finishes his message to Autodesk with the following "Your customers will LOVE YOU for doing this. Your upfront investment will be SMALLER and you will MAKE MORE MONEY doing this. Think about it." Read Tom Hudson's message at the end of this post.
(Updated) It's probably time to let this thread slide. We will add it somewhere on the site so that it's easily accessible to anyone who wants to find it. We're still trying to process what happened here, it was completely unexpected, and definitely historic in all the people that got involved, the ones from the 3DS days that showed up and the content that has been posted. We haven't seen anything like this happen before, anywhere. Now it's time to turn this thread into a forum that has a continuous old-timers party-like ambiance for all of us to enjoy.
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(Updated) Shane Griffith has posted a message in reply to Tom Hudson's post. Read it at the end of this post.
(Updated) Tom Hudson has posted a message, relating his experience of contacting Autodesk for discussing new plugins for Max that he wrote. Read it at the end of this post.
(Updated) Naiad/Bifrost developer Marcus Nordenstam has posted a message explaining more in detail how Bifrost relates to Max and Maya. Read it at the end of this post.
(Updated) Gary Yost has posted a message, haiku included. Read it at the end of this post.
(Updated) Autodesk M&E's Director Frank DeLise has posted a comment in reply to the concerns voiced by Max users. Read it at the end of this post.
We got our first report in from the user event meeting from last night from 3DS Max veteran Mitch Gates. As it turns out the whole evening did not mention 3DS Max at all but instead apparently focused almost solely on Maya.
This is very disappointing news for long-time 3DS Max users who were at least hoping to get some news of what the future has to bring for 3DS Max.
The successor to Naiad was shown, now called "Bifröst", and has been completely implemented into Maya. When asked if it would also be implemented into 3DS Max, the answer was for 3DS Max users to not get their hopes up.
If you were at the event and have more to share, please submit to us here at Maxunderground.
Source: Mitch Gates