Press Release

Turbo Squid announces finalToon Promotion

(New Orleans, LA – January 9, 2004)- Turbo Squid, home of the world’s largest collection of royalty-free 3D assets for sale, today announced the release of rtre™, from Cubicspace©, as the newest tool in the Discreet© Certified 3ds max© Plug-in program.

rtre is the most comprehensive interactive rendering solution available for professional 3ds max users, students, and academic institutions. rtre is already in use by some of the World's leading commercial groups including Foster & Partners, ASDA/Wal*Mart, Helmuth, Obata + Kassabaum (HOK), Corus, British Airports Authority (BAA), SAS, Jarvis, RMJM, Parkman, Telenor Expo, The Jerde Partnership and Toxic Design Studio to name a few.

rtre is a suite of plug-ins and stand-alone tools that enables integrated real time rendering of very complex 3D scenes. Specifically designed to accommodate the complexity of realistic architectural models and game level design conceptualizations, rtre uses Cubicspace’s own highly sophisticated and advanced rendering engine to deliver a massive performance increase over existing technology. It is able to render millions of polygons in fractions of a second rather than the standard minutes or hours, letting users navigate their most complex scenes smoothly and freely at 30 frames per second. Scene data may also be output as images, video or published into freely distributable interactive scenes requiring no separate client viewer.

“rtre absolutely delivers when it comes to speed and reliable output right inside the 3ds max interface,” states Beau Perschall, Vice President of Publishing at Turbo Squid. “It is amazing to be able to move through highly complex environments in real-time! I’m excited about the technology that Cubicspace brings to the DCP program and what it’s going to mean for the design/visualization and game creation fields. It’s a product that must be seen to be believed.”

“Having an industry proven technology like rtre in the DCP program further validates the goals of our partnership with Turbo Squid and our commitment to the 3ds max community,” noted Chris Ford, Director of Product Management - Animation Products, Discreet. “Whenever you can tell users that you’ve gotten a tool that was rated 10 out of 10 then it’s a win for everyone. We’re thrilled that Cubicspace is part of the program.”

Pricing and availability

rtre has a suggested retail price (SRP) of US $1695, with an introductory special of $995 (€787; £547) for a limited time. rtre is 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 Cubicspace

Founded in 1997, Cubicspace continues to research, conceptualize and develop 3D real time graphics solutions for the Retail Architectural, Engineering and Construction sectors. These solutions continue to be applauded and awarded the top marks by reviewers, delivering superior/realistic real time interactive graphics and efficient user interfaces on Windows compatible desktop and laptop systems. Cubicspace's technologies are selected by leading organizations and schools, who recognize the dramatic advantages. Cubicspace design and deliver custom solutions, which leverage the latest graphics and resource management technologies across systems and processes. More information can be found at the company’s web site www.cubicspace.com.

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


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

Cubicspace
Steven Markham, CEO
Tel: +44 (0)20 7947 3499
steven@cubicspace.com

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.