Autodesk announced at Siggraph 2011 the new subscription advantage packs for their entertainment creation suites, and new to 3ds MAX 2012 Subscription Advantage Pack is something called State Sets, for creating render passes and performing bidirectional interoperability with Adobe After Effects. Check out the feature in the videos from Autodesk shown below.

For more information on the new 2012 Autodesk Subscription Advantage Packs, check out the page at Autodesk here.

Autodesk® Subscription Advantage Packs for Autodesk® 3ds Max® and Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design 2012 software deliver new solutions that help you create and refine the look you require, faster and more easily.


  • Render pass system—Segment your scene for downstream compositing with an entirely new render pass system that features a visual interface.
  • After Effects and Photoshop interoperability—Enjoy significantly enhanced interoperability with Adobe® After Effects® and Adobe® Photoshop® software.
  • ActiveShade for iray*— Experience a truly iterative creative process for finalizing renderings with new ActiveShade support for the iray® renderer from mental images.
  • .NET Exposure of 3ds Max SDK**—Take advantage of .NET enabled languages to extend and customize certain features of 3ds Max.