Discreet May Release 3DS Max for Mac OS Within the industry, rumors are circulating that software developer Discreet, a division of Autodesk Inc., is working to release a version of its popular 3DS Max animation software for the Mac. If this release does indeed happen, it will be a surprise to many 3D professionals. 3DS Max is the only major professional 3D software to not run on any other platform besides Windows, and some eye its development team as being Windows-centric. (Discreet does, however, develop two other major products, Cleaner and Combustion, for the Mac.) According to sources within the 3D industry, the core development team for 3DS Max has had it suggested to them many times that they port the product to Mac OS X. With Maya now running on OS X, it may be important enough for 3DS Max to get into the Mac market. 3D insiders speculate that this would be big news, if true. 3DS Max is the most popular software for game development and is fairly widespread in the entertainment industry as well. Although it is considered by many to be a "lower-end" alternative to Maya, it has a far larger installed base, and offers almost equal functionality at a lower price and greater ease of use. "I would consider 3DS Max one of the most unlikely pieces of software to ever be ported to OS X, or the Mac in general," said one 3D insider Think Secret spoke with. "For it to be ported would be a sign of acceptance among developers that goes beyond what I would have hoped." A spokeswoman for Discreet declined to comment on the reports.