3ds Max 2025 review: a solid update but don't expect new tools

Workflow and speed improvements dominate.

3ds Max 2025 review; a town house render
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Our Verdict

This update won’t set the world alight, but strengthens an already impressive toolset. Better retopology tools further automate object capture and modelling while USD improvements continue to centralise this way of working.

For

  • Improved retopology tools
  • Further USD implementation
  • Interface customisation

Against

  • No major new features
  • USD improvements mostly for advanced users

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3ds Max 2025 specs

Price $1,875 / £1,970 annual,  $235 / £245 monthly
Company Autodesk
New features OpenColorIO management, features USD for 3ds Max 0.7 Plug-in, refined global search, updated Retopology Tools, includes Arnold for 3ds Max 5.7.0.0

3ds Max 2025 is the new version to Autodesk's premier modelling, animation and rendering software, and this year's edition looks to enhance what's here with tools to save you time rather than a offering a slew of new features.   

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The Verdict
4

out of 10

Autodesk 3ds Max 2025

This update won’t set the world alight, but strengthens an already impressive toolset. Better retopology tools further automate object capture and modelling while USD improvements continue to centralise this way of working.

Paul Hatton
Writer

Paul is a digital expert. In the 20 years since he graduated with a first-class honours degree in Computer Science, Paul has been actively involved in a variety of different tech and creative industries that make him the go-to guy for reviews, opinion pieces, and featured articles. With a particular love of all things visual, including photography, videography, and 3D visualisation Paul is never far from a camera or other piece of tech that gets his creative juices going. You'll also find his writing in other places, including Creative Bloq, Digital Camera World, and 3D World Magazine.