Autodesk Shows a bit of OS X Love

As foreshadowed in the rumor mill yesterday, Autodesk today announced 3 new OS X versions of their products: Toxik, Mudbox, and ImageModeler. The most interesting development is probably the release of Toxik, which brings a new high end compositing package to the Apple platform. The rumor of on OS X Toxik version has existed for years, but possibly with its increased interopability with Maya 2009 (which is on OS X), the powers that be felt the time was right to do a full up version for the platform. Mudbox is also being developed on OS X for the first time.

While ImageModeler has existed in past releases on the OS X platform, it’s good to see the continuing development of the product since RealVIZ came under the Autodesk banner.

Hopefully, this foreshadows the fact that Autodesk will be simultaneously releasing new software releases on all platforms. For the full press release from Autodesk, click through….

Autodesk Announces Three New Software Releases for the Mac
Growing Portfolio of Autodesk Creative Tools for Mac OS X

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Jan. 6, 2009 — To coincide with the annual Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced today that it has expanded its portfolio of Macintosh 2D and 3D software tools for entertainment, multimedia and design professionals. The three new 2009 products for Mac OS X are Autodesk Toxik procedural compositing software, Autodesk Mudbox digital sculpting and texture painting software, and Autodesk ImageModeler image-based modeling and photogrammetry software. As well, 2009 versions of Autodesk Maya 3D modeling, animation and rendering software and Autodesk Stitcher photo-stitching software are already available on the Mac.

“Given the growing adoption of Mac OS X and the production requirements of the Mac community, we’re excited to offer these premiere creative tools to Mac artists,” said Stig Gruman, Digital Entertainment Group vice president, Autodesk Media & Entertainment. “Autodesk’s product offerings will empower artistic vision and provide Mac users with the tools to bring their creative ideas to life.”

“Mac OS X Leopard, combined with our powerful Mac hardware, offers creative and design specialists a compelling platform for creating everything from stunning 2D visual effects to advanced 3D models for digital entertainment,” said Ron Okamoto, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. “We’re thrilled that Autodesk is expanding its Mac 2D and 3D software offerings for our creative professionals.”

Autodesk Media & Entertainment Products for the Macintosh Platform

Autodesk Toxik 2009: The ideal companion to Maya 2009 software, this node-based digital compositing software brings powerful, integrated compositing and effects capabilities to independent 2D visual effects artists and large-scale film and broadcast facilities. Toxik 2009 facilitates high-efficiency, collaborative, iterative workflows, and offers a suite of new tools to support stereoscopic productions and the creation of set extensions with real-time interactive high resolution compositing. Toxik 2009 for Mac OS X is expected to be available in English in March 2009. The Autodesk suggested retail price for Toxik 2009 is expected to be $3,495 USD*.

Autodesk Mudbox 2009: A highly intuitive application for painting, texturing and re-touching 3D models. Mudbox software gives 3D modelers, artists and designers the freedom to create without worrying about the technical details. Breaking the mold of traditional 3D modeling applications, Mudbox 2009 provides an organic brush-based 3D modeling and texture painting experience that ignites the creative process. Mudbox 2009 for Mac OS X is expected to be available in English in February 2009. Autodesk suggested retail pricing for Mudbox 2009 is expected to be $745 USD*.

Autodesk ImageModeler 2009: An image-based modeling and photogrammetry software that generates 3D models from photographs, giving architects, designers and entertainment content creators a new approach to 3D modeling. The software’s easy-to-learn, three-step workflow lets users achieve photorealistic results with real-world accuracy. The Mac OS X version is expected to be available in English in March 2009. The Autodesk suggested retail price is expected to be $995 USD*.

Autodesk Maya 2009: A powerful, integrated 3D modeling, animation, and rendering solution based upon an open architecture. Maya is used by film and video artists, game developers, multimedia designers, design professionals, and 3D enthusiasts to create lifelike digital images, realistic animation, and extraordinary visual effects. A 32-bit version of Maya 2009 is currently available in English and Japanese on the Mac OS X for Intel-based Macintosh computers. Autodesk suggested retail pricing is $1,995 USD* for Maya Complete 2009 (Standalone) and $4,995 USD* for Maya Unlimited 2009 (Standalone).

Autodesk Stitcher Unlimited 2009: Easy-to-use software that helps create wide-angle and panoramic images, up to 360 degree spheres. With an intuitive user interface and an automatic photo-merging engine, the software is ideal for generating virtual tours for the Web, dramatic backdrops for film and game productions, environment maps for 3D rendering and high-quality panoramic prints for artistic display. Stitcher Unlimited also interoperates seamlessly with Adobe Photoshop software. Currently available for Mac OS X in English, French, German and Japanese. The Autodesk suggested retail price for Stitcher Unlimited 2009 is $350 USD*.

21 thoughts on “Autodesk Shows a bit of OS X Love”

  1. Nice one AD! Thank you so much.
    Any word on an OSX version of XSI? Please… pretty please? (With sugar on top!)

  2. This IS great news. Yes, XSI or Max would be nice as well. But hey, we’re one step closer.

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  4. Quick note. Mudbox never ran on osx. You must be confusing it with zbrush which had the mac version on par till 3.0 which shipped a year and a half after it shipped on windows.

  5. As already mentioned, the following statement is not accureate, Mudbox never run on osx:
    “Mudbox has been on OS X in the past, but has run behind in the development cycle of the Windows version.”

  6. Who wants Apple software ? oh man, please collect your money for important windows development and don

  7. The best softwares on the best platform. . . Who would not want it !
    There is only few missing …. Good job Autodesk !

  8. This is such an amazing news, but there is one thing missing, and I think everyone is wondering “why they hasn’t brought it yet?”…..I mean, 3dsmax for OSX, I want it plzzz, great job Autodesk!!! keep moving on to OSX!!!

  9. Great news! I hope Mudbox 2009 runs as well as (better) than ZBrush 3.12 on the mac. XSI for OS X please!! 😀

  10. @10: 10 percent last I heard of general computer sales, I’d be curious to see the percentage purely within post. Gotta be higher than 10, otherwise it wouldn’t make business sense for AD to throw development time and dollars at it.

  11. Finally, great to see Autodesk realizes that most creatives work on the mac…. Not to say that running Maya on Vista has been a nightmare, I am running it on the mac now and it works perfectly. Can’t wait to see the Flame on the mac… Maybe 2010…

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