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Camera sequencer

Dual Quaternion skinning

Populate enhancements

Populate crowd animation

Character animation and rigging tools

General animation tools

Animated deformers

Track View retiming

Text tool (enhanced)

Geodesic Voxel and Heatmap skinning

Max Creation Graph animation controllers

Animation productivity

OpenSubdiv support

Enhanced ShaderFX

ShaderFX

Point cloud support

Placement tools

Quad chamfer

Mesh and surface modelling

Texture assignment and editing

Shading and material design

Vector map support

Text and shape map

Fast form hard surfaces

UV mapping

Object tool improvements

A360 rendering support

Physical camera

Added support for new Iray and mental ray enhancements    

Additional Nitrous viewport performance enhancements

Accelerated viewport performance

Enhanced ActiveShade rendering

Stereo Camera

Integrated rendering options

Render pass system

ActiveShade interactive rendering

Nitrous accelerated graphics core

DX11 viewport rendering

Slate compositing editor

Autodesk Raytracer Renderer (ART)

Exposure lighting simulation and analysis

mParticles and Particle Flow enhancements

Particle Flow

mCloth cloth simulation

mRigids rigid-body dynamics

Hair and fur

Simple simulation data import

Max Creation Graph

XRef renovations

Design Workspace

Template system

Alembic support

Multitouch support

Scene Explorer improvements

Layer Manager improvements

Support for Autodesk Translation Framework

Support for Inventor animation

Enhanced Revit workflow

Import SketchUp 2015 files

Civil View feature set

Python scripting

Enhanced scene management

Perspective Match

2D pan and zoom

Configurable user interface

Adobe After Effects interoperability

Data transfer and pipeline integration

Compositing integration

Collaborative workflows with Containers

3ds Max SDK (software development kit)

Game exporter

Stingray Live Link

Better support for Stingray shaders

Creative Market 3D Content Store

Max Creation Graph (enhanced)

One-click Print Studio access

3ds Max Asset Library

High DPI Display Support

Improved Shotgun Integration