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Press Release

All Discreet Certified 3ds max Plug-ins now compliant with 3ds max 6

(New Orleans, LA – October 16, 2003) - Turbo Squid, the world's fastest growing online digital marketplace, today announced that all Discreet© Certified 3ds max© Plug-ins have been re-engineered to work with Discreet's revolutionary new 3ds max 6.

In addition, all registered users of Discreet Certified 3ds max Plug-ins will receive an email instructing them how to upgrade current DCP products to work with Discreet's 3ds max 6 software. These products will be downwardly compatible with 3ds max 4 and 5, as well as Autodesk® VIZ 4. DCP Project generated in 3ds max 4 and 5 may be loaded into 3ds max 6 once this patch is installed. Other users may contact dcpsupport@turbosquid.com for information.

"One of the many benefits of the DCP program is that 3ds max users are able to upgrade to the latest version as soon as it is released, without having to wait for their plug-in products to be re-tooled," noted Beau Perschall, Vice President of Publishing at Turbo Squid. "Discreet has worked very hard with Turbo Squid and our development partners to make sure we were able to provide all of the DCP plug-in updates in concert with the launch of 3ds max 6. What's more, users will be able to get the updates at no charge. This is a tremendous step forward in integrating these vital software products for the end user and should provide them with an additional sense of security regarding their investment in DCP products."

"Turbo Squid has done an outstanding job ensuring that all Discreet Certified Plug-in products will be available for 3ds max 6 by its release," says Michael S. Lee, Partner Program Manager for Discreet. "The ability for customers to instantly download plug-in upgrades, online, and at no additional cost is a tremendous value to 3ds max 6 customers."

Turbo Squid now offers eight Discreet Certified 3ds max Plug-ins: finalRender Stage-1 and finalToon, from Cebas, AfterBurn3 and DreamScape2, from Sitni Sati, Absolute Character Tools V1.6, from CgCharacter, Kaldara from Mankua, and HumanIK, from Kaydara. The other DCP is the Turbo Toolkit, a collection of eight DCPs at a heavily discounted price of only $1695.

Turbo Squid expects to announce two new DCPs in November. All DCPs are available from Turbo Squid at http://www.turbosquid.com/dcpstore, from Discreet at http://www.discreet.com/products/3dsmax/dcp, or from authorized Resellers around the world. For a Reseller near you, contact sales@turbosquid.com.

Discreet Certified 3ds Max Plug-in Program

Working together, Discreet and Turbo Squid are carefully selecting third party solutions that bring compelling value to 3ds Max artists. These plug-ins are subjected to stringent testing procedures defined by Discreet to ensure each plug-in works well with 3ds Max software and other Discreet Certified 3ds Max Plug-ins.

Discreet Certified 3ds Max Plug-ins are backed up by an online support system implemented by Turbo Squid including developer-moderated forums, FAQs, tutorials, demos, and the latest product information for Discreet 3ds Max artists.

For more information on Discreet Certified 3ds Max Plug-ins visit: http://www.turbosquid.com.

About TurboSquid

Founded in 2000, Turbo Squid is dedicated to the management and distribution of digital products and other relevant content for 3D and 2D designers and creative professionals. Turbo Squid provides a global market for digital products by enabling individual and corporate users to list, promote and sell their content to users around the world. In 2003 Turbo Squid was named as the exclusive publisher and worldwide distributor for the Discreet Certified 3ds Max Plug-in Program. Turbo Squid is a privately held and venture-backed company. More information can be found at the company's web site: www.turbosquid.com.

About Discreet

Discreet empowers moving media professionals to realize the visual experience, transforming their most evocative and ambitious visions into reality. Its range of award-winning systems and software is developed for digital media creation, management and delivery—across all disciplines from visual effects and editing to animation, game development, web/interactive design, and design visualization. Discreet is based in Montreal, Quebec and is a division of Autodesk, Inc., the world's leading design and digital media creation, management, and distribution company. Product and corporate information is located on the Internet at http://www.discreet.com.

About cebas Computer GmbH

cebas Computer GmbH is a German developer of advanced 3D software for 3ds max and other 3D applications, based near Heidelberg. With 14 years of experience in software development for the 3D market, cebas has become renowned for its quality and unique software products serving graphics and animation studios around the world. More info is available at www.cebas.com.

Contact:
Discreet Public Relations
Kevin G Clark, Senior Manager of Corporate Communications
Tel:(415) 547-2457
Kevin.g.clark@autodesk.com

Dan Lion
VP Sales and Marketing
TurboSquid, Inc.
Tel: (504) 680-4402

Discreet is a division of Autodesk, Inc. Autodesk, Discreet and 3ds max are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk Inc./Autodesk Canada Inc., in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders. ©Copyright 2003 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.