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Anark, Maxon Ink Deal

Cinema 4D and Anark Studio get integration on Mac OS X By Dave Nagel
Maxon Computer and Anark Corp. have formed an alliance to co-market their software. Maxon is the maker of Cinema 4D, a 3D modeling suite, while Anark produces Anark Studio, a multimedia authoring environment. Maxon says the companies will also integrate development on the Macintosh platform.

Maxon's Cinema 4D is a 3D modeling and animation suite that offers a variety of modules in addition to the main application. These include Advanced Render, Pyrocluster, MOCCA, Net Render, Dynamics and BodyPaint 3D. Modules can be purchased separately or in two bundles: The Cinema 4D R8 XL Bundle and the Cinema 4D R8 Studio Bundle. Anark Studio 2, which was released back in July for Mac OS X, is a multimedia authoring suite for integrating 3D, video, images, audio and interactivity and delivering content on CD-ROM, DVD-ROM and the Web. Both Cinema 4D and Anark Studio are available for Mac OS X and Windows.

Under the terms of the agreement, Maxon and Anark will share sales and marketing efforts on these two applications. The two companies will also integrate development for the Mac platform to allow users of both applications to produce 3D content for the Web, CD-ROM, kiosks and screensavers. This integration comes at present in the form of a plugin (AMX Export) that allows users of Cinema 4D to export Anark Media Exchange files, which can be used in Anark Studio. The plugin works with Cinema 4D R8 and up.

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Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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