Autodesk VIZ 2008
Autodesk VIZ software is the ideal 3D visualization companion tool for
Autodesk customers. Based on the power of Autodesk 3ds Max software, VIZ
enables architects and designers to create photorealistic 3D renderings
and animated 3D imagery. Powerful DWG™ import capabilities enable
Inventor™, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, and Revit software users
to transform imaginative designs into breathtaking visualizations. The
newly integrated mental ray 3.5 rendering engine includes radically simplified
setup and a physically accurate sun/sky system for faster, more realistic
renders. Dramatic performance improvements, integrated video and new learning
tools make it easier than ever to pick up and communicate your vision.
VIZ 2008 System Requirements
VIZ 2008 Frequently Asked Questions
VIZ 2008 Introduction
VIZ 2008 What's New
VIZ 2008 Overview Brochure [pdf - 705 Kb]
VIZ 2008 3D Vision Brochure [pdf - 530 Kb]
VIZ 2008 Industry Brochure [pdf - 1.5 Mb]
Autodesk VIZ Frequently Asked Questions
What is Autodesk VIZ?
Autodesk® VIZ 3D modeling, rendering, and presentation software application
provides state-of-the-art image creation technologies for communicating
and sharing your design intent. With Autodesk VIZ you can:
Create: Model forms and import data from other design applications.
At the beginning of a project, you can develop your ideas in real time
and prepare design studies for more precise development.
Manage: Efficiently manage design data. As designs evolve, experiment
with materials and lighting to test designs under development for compliance
with specific performance criteria.
Share: Communicate with clients and team members through high-fidelity
images, descriptive animation sequences and interactive views. Present
finished or in-progess designs using the Autodesk DWF format.
What are the benefits of using Autodesk VIZ?
Design professionals use Autodesk VIZ throughout the design process to
develop and explore concepts and alternatives; communicate design intent
to clients, colleagues, and consultants; and validate designs to help
ensure that they are error-free. Autodesk VIZ software accommodates whatever
level of visual representation you require–from real-time studies
to photorealistic virtual prototypes to compelling multimedia presentations.
Is Autodesk VIZ interoperable with AutoCAD software-based applications?
Yes. Autodesk VIZ is interoperable with all AutoCAD® software-based
applications via File Link and DWG import. Both File Link and DWG import
support AutoCAD 2005, 2006 and 2007 formats along with special material
support for Autodesk® Architectural Desktop 2005, 2006, and 2007 files.
Introduced in Autodesk VIZ 2005, the LandXML import capability streamlines
interoperability with Autodesk® Land Desktop and Autodesk® Civil
Is Autodesk VIZ compatible with Autodesk Revit Building and Autodesk
Revit Structure software?
Yes, Autodesk VIZ is compatible with Autodesk® Revit® Building
and Revit® Structure software. For creating photorealistic visualizations
of your Revit files, you can now import or link a Revit model via the
DWG format and have scene objects correspond directly to individual Revit
objects. File Link Reload is fully supported, enabling you to continue
to update your design in Revit Building or Structure while maintaining
the link in VIZ.
Is Autodesk VIZ compatible with Autodesk Inventor?
Yes, the Autodesk Inventor® file format is now one of the default
file type options in the Import tool with the ability to import both IPT
files and IAM files. The Autodesk Inventor import feature now supports
materials and texture maps from Autodesk Inventor software.
What is the relationship between Autodesk VIZ and Autodesk 3ds
Autodesk VIZ derives much of its new feature set from Autodesk 3ds Max
software. As a result, VIZ is directly compatible with 3ds Max 9. You
can open any Autodesk VIZ file in 3ds Max 9 with no loss of data. Likewise,
you can open any 3ds Max 9 file in Autodesk VIZ, although some data related
to functionality unique to 3ds Max may not be available (for example,
particles, real-world physics, sub-object animation, and character animation).
Autodesk VIZ 2008 System Requirements
Autodesk® VIZ software requires one of the following 32-bit operating
Microsoft® Windows® Vista, Windows® XP Professional (SP 2
or higher) (recommended), or Windows® 2000 Professional (SP 4)
Autodesk® VIZ software is supported, but not compiled, on the following
64-bit operating systems:
- Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional x64
- Microsoft® Windows® Vista x64
Autodesk VIZ software requires the following browser:
Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 6 or higher
Autodesk VIZ software requires the following supplemental software:
DirectX® 9.0c (required), OpenGL® (optional)
At a minimum, Autodesk VIZ 2008 32-bit software requires a system with:
- Intel® Pentium® IV or AMD Athlon® XP or higher processor
(dual processor machine recommended)
- 512 MB RAM (2 GB recommended)
- 500 MB swap space (2 GB recommended)
- Hardware-accelerated OpenGL® and Direct3D supported
- Microsoft® Windows® compliant pointing device (optimized for
- DVD-ROM drive
*Note: Autodesk VIZ 2008 32-bit software also runs on 64-bit hardware.
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