Next Limit Technologies Maxwell 4.1 Supports AxF, X-Rite’s Appearance Exchange Format

Maxwell Render has the most physically correct algorithms in the market using a photographic approach to rendering. Through the TAC ecosystem and AxF, users obtain the perfect combination for accurate and realistic visual representation.

X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, today announced that Next Limit Technologies Maxwell 4.1 natively supports the Appearance Exchange Format (AxF™). Developed by X-Rite, AxF is a vendor-neutral format that enables the communication of all aspects of a physical material’s appearance – color, texture, gloss, refraction, transparency, translucency, special effects (sparkles) and reflection properties – in a single, editable file to improve design virtualization. AxF allows Maxwell users to load physically accurate digital material files and convert them to Maxwell materials for a consistent look across platforms. X-Rite and Next Limit will showcase the AxF integration at SIGGRAPH 2017, July 30 – August 3 in Los Angeles.

AxF is the foundational component of the X-Rite Total Appearance Capture (TAC™) ecosystem, a solution that brings a new level of accuracy and efficiency to the capture, communication and presentation of physical materials in the virtual world. Traditionally, the capture and rendering of complex materials such as special effects paints, meshes and synthetic fabrics have been a time-consuming and manual process. TAC addresses this challenge with a new level of precision in material scanning coupled with an ability to share the resulting data, via AxF, across an expanding set of rendering tools such as Maxwell.

“AxF is quickly becoming the common language for communicating appearance characteristics in design visualization, computer graphics and animation,” says Dr. Francis Lamy, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, X-Rite and Pantone. “The TAC ecosystem and AxF allow Maxwell users to visualize their creations using physically correct digital materials providing a new level of realism to product designs and 3D imagery.”

“Maxwell Render has the most physically correct algorithms in the market using a photographic approach to rendering. Through the TAC ecosystem and AxF,…

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