3ds Max 2022.1 update is a set of iterative improvements of 3ds Max tools. The Smart Extrude system has received an extra update to boost performance during combining or cutting and changing intersections.
This tool is many times faster especially on models with a large number of faces. The modifiers speed has been improved. It allows work 2-4 times faster. These modifiers include Skin, Path Deform, Taper, Twist and all FFD modifiers.
Key modifiers have also been updated. Smooth modifier can clean now all normals and Smoothing Group details by default. Due to user feedbacks, the option of the merge threshold configure for the Symmerty modifier was returned.
The old “ignore reverse side” switch, designed to prevent the user from accidentally selecting hidden vertices or faces on the 3D model, has been replaced with the new “Reverse Side” and “Ignore closed”options.
The developers report the Target Weld and Bridge tools provide more precise control over the choice of geometry and work better with these parameters when they are activated.
Autodesk Retopology Tools is a new tools set introduced in 3ds Max 2021.3 for converting meshes to pure quadrilateral geometry suitable for animation has also been updated.
Even though Retopology Tool 1.1 is a bug-fixing release, 3ds Max 2022.1 users get it as part of the main installer, rather than downloading it separately.
Other changes include a new “Restore Default Settings” option on the General Settings tab to reset 3ds Max if the installation is corrupted, as well as a number of small feature updates and fixes.
Vertex drawing changes include the ability to use selected subobject components as masks. Vertex colors are now supported when importing FBX files from a wider set of sources.
3ds Max 2022.1 is available for Windows 10. The software is distributed by subscription. The cost is 215$ per month or 1,700$ per year.
It is noted that in many countries, artists earning below a certain level and working on projects worth less than 100,000$ per year are entitled to a cheaper bylb subscription, which currently costs 12905.58 rubles.