Earlier this year Max Underground came out with an excellent interview with . This time they’ve released a great interview with Gary Yost one of the creators for 3D Studio and 3D Studio Max. Somehow it very cathartic to learn how 3DS came about. The article itself is a collaborative result of Dave Baker, Neil Blevins, Pablo Hadis and Scott Kirvan interview with Gary Yost; and the includes the artwork of José María De Espona.
Oh boy. We had a good thing going with 3DS DOS. Lots of IPAS plugins, great enthusiastic user base and excellent sales. But there were lots of problems with that architecture and we all knew that we wouldn’t be able to keep our DOS users happy once Windows was capable of supporting large memory via 32bit addressing. The separate working modules were a huge problem, along with lack of procedural editing and totally modal IPAS plug-ins. These things drove us (and our customers) crazy by the time we got to DOSr3, and as soon as we found out from IBM that WinNT 3.1 was going to be released summer 1993 we made the decision to re-architect. The first step was hiring Don Brittain away from Wavefront, where he was chief scientist. Don was unhappy with Wavefront’s decision not to move to the PC platform and he’d been talking with me about that. In fact, Don was on the verge of accepting a job at Microsoft and moving from Santa Barbara to Seattle when I came to him in January 1993 and asked him to join our team. Of course when he found that he could work from his home instead of moving that was a great benefit, and he started working on Max prototypes in February.
The article includes lots of little known information on the development of 3DS and even describes how 3DS eventually found the name it bears today.