Kinetic Energy

May 2, 2012 by     7 Comments    Posted under: 3dsMax

To commemorate the launch of 3ds max 2013, there’s no better fanfare than a wink to the past. I was searching my office in my usual dash to get my accounts in on time and found some old max install disks.This was in the days when 3ds max was owned by kinetix and users (i.e. me) spent most of their time resolving dongle authorisation issues.


That’s not to say I am trying to make the point that everything was better in the past,  but it does take you back to a halcyon age when 3d was just emerging.

I thought I’d share some screenshots and photos in the spirit of nostalgia.

3dsMax R1 has a 16 bit installer – So you can’t even run the setup in compatibility mode on a 64bit machine. I managed to copy the disc contents to my NAS and run the installer on my wife’s Dell Mini 9, which has x86 XP installed.

There’s a host of images from the disc, including some screenshots of the pre-release version of Character Studio and some early scanline renders.


I also have disks and boxes for Max r3, r6, r7, r8 and r9. I’m gutted I didn’t rescue r2 from the skip when we had a studio clear out years ago. I’ll go through these in due course and see what treasures I can find on them.


Play nice game Tetris 99 don't wait!