Autodesk 3ds Max Design is the premier software package for design visualization and animation and has many features specifically designed to assist architects, engineers, and designers in many disciplines in the realization of their projects. It is comparable to 3ds Max, the entertainment software, and is essentially the same product without the Software Developer Kit (SDK), which is used to develop plug-ins that give the programs additional functionality. In addition to having all the features that 3ds Max has, 3ds Max Design offers two exclusive tools. The Lighting analysis tool is used to help meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 8.1 certification standards. The Civil Visualization Extension, which will be available as a download for those user on Autodesk 3ds Max Design Subscription, is a customized version of the Dynamite VSP plug-in for importing design data from Civil 3D or the Bentley MX design tools. In this book, we refer tothe program as both 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design.