Announcing 3ds Max Community wishlist!

By Ken Pimentel - 14 Feb, 2011

Announcing Community Wishlist!

You know all of those wish lists scattered everywhere on the web? Well, we hope we’ve found a better solution. We’ve been testing this idea for the last six months and we think we’re ready to take it public. You’ll see that the new forums/wish lists are already populated with ideas submitted by a bunch of users.

How this works:

  • Each user has 20 votes for each forum
  • Each idea can have no more than 3 votes by a single user
  • If you enter an idea, it will cost you 1 vote – therefore try to make sure the idea doesn’t already exist
  • When an idea is implemented, votes are returned to all the users that voted
  • User can change their votes at any time
  • Admins can move, edit and delete ideas as they see fit to better meet the goals of the forum
  • The more precise and detailed a description you give, the more likely your idea will rise higher in the list

I posted an idea, what next?

We will flag ideas that are getting our attention as “under review”. Because of limits on what we can say publicly, that is as far as we can go with commenting on a particular idea. If it is “under review” it simply means we’re studying it for possible implementation or gathering data, but there is no commitment to do it.

Remember, we do not release versions on “internet time”. Unlike the web sites this was designed for, our process of releasing functionality is much longer term. So there won’t be a constant churn of ideas being “closed out” by us and votes returned to you. For this tool to map to our process, we will be looking at the data during a short period of the year (3-6 months) and deciding what actions to take after that. Don’t expect to post an idea and a month later for us to respond in some fashion to it. The most likely scenario is that you’ll post an idea and if a lot of other people vote on it, we’ll eventually flag it as “under review” – but that could be 9 months later or longer.

Please treat this as an experiment in working with the community. Even if this tool is not the final home for your wish list, we'll do our best to export all the ideas to whatever future system might take its place. Your voice will persist.

Note: It’s important to realize that these lists are simply raising the quality of the feedback we get from the community. They are not a replacement for how we define the features for any given release. They are valuable input, but beta input, product strategy, focus, innovation and other factors are also important aspects we consider.


We’re very fortunate to have Eric Craft, Martin Breidt and Dave Baker agree to help administer the forums. They are very active in the community and we know that they can help ensure the site is as effective as it can be. Please respect their decisions. They are also able to bulk upload ideas into the forums if you beg them sufficiently, but there are reasons why bulk upload of ideas can be a bad idea (duplicates).

Available forums

Default Settings
Please tell us which user defaults settings you change the most! Enter a description of the default or ini setting and then see how the community votes on it. Remember these are only the user preferences you can either set in the interface or ini files.

General Feature Requests
Please help us collect ideas for new features and general product enhancements. What's on your top ten list? Add a vote to any idea you also think is important!

Small Annoying Things
This forum is about all the little annoying quirks and problems in 3ds Max that you might have gotten used to over the years but that really should be fixed.
Remember, keep these ideas to tweaks of the workflow rather than large, sweeping changes to the tools. Try to imagine how much effort a programmer has to go into in order to implement your suggestion. Anything requiring major UI changes or new UI dialogs will need to go in another forum.

SDK/Scripting Enhancements
This forum is about improvements to the SDK or Script-related.


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wal3dz | 1 year ago
Please add VDB Volumetric Patterns tool, So we can do diffuion Reactions in 3ds max, Flip solver, Particles polygon and lines creator, Thanks
mats.h | 5 years ago
Bring back "use axis center as start snap point". I cannot understand why this feature was ever removed. Right now, I model everything in Max2010 and bring it into 2012 for final scene composition and rendering. Modelling is just so much faster when I can use this feature. (Also, 2010 doesn't have those awful caddies, but proper dialogue boxes with proper buttons that work on the first click.)
Ken Pimentel | 6 years ago
re: plug-in management With 2012 we're doing some things behind the scenes (which is one reason 3ds Max starts faster). I think that something like you're posting makes sense, I just can't commit to when it might happen.
c17 | 6 years ago
c17 | 6 years ago
hi autodesk !!! is possible to implement this option with all conponent including infocenter! for several headaches now and to be able to taste the program ?????????
Ken Pimentel | 6 years ago
re: localized builds Guess what, wishes do come true sometimes! This year is the debut of shipping the loc builds at the same time as the English. The localized docs won't release simultaneously (May-June), but the builds will (April 8th).
c0cllc | 6 years ago
please, change your policy in terms of the availaibility of english and localized versions of 3ds max (and other autodesk products). We, the localized subscribers, pay even bigger money but always have to wait much longer for the localized versions to become available. When we get the new version and begin getting used to it, our english-version-competitors already have their version-optimized workflows up and running and so often have a big advantage compared to us. This is just not fair. If there is no other way, then please hold back the english version until the localized are ready.
Macha | 6 years ago
@rmaytee #2 In 2011 it is possible to switch to old mat/map browser Just look around
rmaytee | 6 years ago
2 things: 1- Please bring back "use object center as start snap point" in the snap settings. We have voiced our opinion about this, now please show us you care. 2- Make the Material/Map Browser the way it used to be. It is SO SLOW. At least make an option to switch to a "classic Material/Map Browser" or something.
Tenjin Visual | 6 years ago
Can we expect a full PhysX implementation in a near future, i e Dynamic Soft Bodies etc. //T
aesse | 6 years ago
I thought about the introduction of a plan of section that cuts all the present objects in scene, and that is possible to draw a dwg of it, as it happens in revit. Then I also thought to the introduction of the extensions both in formality spline that when they go him to move the vertexes, so that to guarantee the verticalities and the intersections of it, as it happens in autocad. Thaks !!
Edited by aesse 6 years ago
Jonathan de Blok | 6 years ago
ToKo: "Whishlist or did you you plan to implement some of these ideas in the upcoming release?" Ken: "We're trying to solve a long-term problem, not what we need to do in the next six weeks." 1+1 = first week of april we can expect something in the mail? ;)
kanex | 6 years ago
This is one of the best ideas Autodesk had in years ! Now i really hope they follow up on the suggetions that are going to come out of that.
Ken Pimentel | 6 years ago
re: timing We're trying to solve a long-term problem, not what we need to do in the next six weeks.
ToKo | 6 years ago
Hey Ken, the Community Wishlist is a very interesting thing! But is this a global Whishlist or did you you plan to implement some of these ideas in the upcoming release? Because i think its a bit to late for such an list....
Eugenio jr. | 6 years ago
The "Default Settings" and "Small Annoying Things" are lovely forums. Very needed in max... :-) Regards, Jr.
Nils Poetoehena | 6 years ago
Good initiative Ken! To be honest, I think this could be more valuable than the results from the xbr polls. Cheers, Nils
tadland | 6 years ago
hum... i wait and see. i guess if you have a lot of friends you can make you wish rise...don't you think? by the way, what is a "hot idea" ? good work anyway!
William | 6 years ago
Fair enough Autodesk is doing a great job at user involvement, although it would be nice to test the current UI policy up against user feedback. William
PiXeL_MoNKeY | 6 years ago
My guess is there are various things that are driven outside of the 3ds Max development team. If Corporate says the apps will have the viewcube on by default, then you can guess what the apps default state for the tool will be. 3ds Max, Maya, and XSI (with 2011 Advantage Pack) all have the viewcube on by default, AFAIK. Certain aspects of the application, and decisions, are going to be beyond the development team. If you have cast your votes for a declined idea, then moves those to another idea that is still in consideration. -Eric EDIT: Missed Ken's post, so yeah what he said.
Edited by PiXeL_MoNKeY 6 years ago
Ken Pimentel | 6 years ago
I think we're trying to have an honest communication with you. All Adsk products are required to display the viewcube on startup as a default. If that policy ever changes, then other things are possible.
William | 6 years ago
Hey Ken, thanks for the link. I was quickly over to eagerly cast my votes this morning until I noticed a couple of declined ideas =( I must admit this caught me off-guard. Any ideas as to why the admin would decline an idea (viewcube=0 had 27 votes), and with a comment along the lines of " this is something that won't get changed" ? Make the whole process seem a tad pointless. =(
larex | 6 years ago
I understand but if it would be something in table like form and users will vote that bug is in fact there. You can easily try the bugs with the most votes if they are right. And also in this other forums it would be nice to have some table style line up from the most votings to the least. Thanks.
larex | 6 years ago
I thought not tool but bug reporting forum. And thank you for this forums, it seem that autodesk will now cares about his clients a lot more
Ken Pimentel | 6 years ago
Bugs should be reported here: I think it would be a big problem to use Uservoice to manage our bug reporting at this time.
larex | 6 years ago
Ken, there should be also some bug reporting tool, you will have more information about bugs. For example now if i found bug, i don know where or to who a can send it. Thank a lot!
SuperCoon | 6 years ago
Thanks. I guess the big yellow highlighted box should have been my main clue. :)
Ken Pimentel | 6 years ago
re: ideas You first type in the search area for an idea. If it doesn't find anything, then it says, "enter new idea"
SuperCoon | 6 years ago
I have the account, but I don't see anything indicating where to submit a new idea.
Ken Pimentel | 6 years ago
re: ideas You just enter an idea and then you create a user account. I believe.
SuperCoon | 6 years ago
How does one enter an idea on the forum?
Residentx | 6 years ago
This allows me to read the material on the go without a computer and the material is lighter to carry. When I say chop, I mean I split the books up by chapter or sections.
Residentx | 6 years ago
I print the books and chopped them up into small manageable pieces. I need this to be able to learn the tool and pass the associate and professional certifications in June 2011.
Residentx | 6 years ago
I print the books and chopped them up into small manageable pieces. I need this to be able to learn the tool and pass the associate and professional certifications in June 2011.
Residentx | 6 years ago
I print the books and chopped them up into small manageable pieces. I need this to be able to learn the tool and pass the associate and professional certifications in June 2011.
Residentx | 6 years ago
I'd like to be able to buy these books in hard copy from Autodesk. I tried to print copies at Fedex for my class but Kinkos says it can't print copyrighted material without permission from the owners. Can you fax an authorization to print once for the following: 3ds Max 2011 Composite Guide 3ds Max 2011 Help Guide 3ds Max 2011 Tutorials Guide Fax Authorization to FEDEX Kinkos, Gail D. McField at 410.964.9893 or email her at George Carlisle, 410.660.5699 P.S. There is no way to reach customer service here because there is no submittal button.