Maxon has announced a free plug-in that integrates its BodyPaint 3D painting application with Discreet's 3D Studio Max versions 3 and 4. The BP<>MAX plug-in makes the transfer of entire scenes between running copies of BodyPaint 3D and 3D Studio Max simple. All 3D Studio Max’s objects, heirachies, lights, cameras, common material properties and UV tags can be taken into BodyPaint 3D at the click of a button and then the results of painting and UV manipulation can be passed back to 3D Studio Max with similar ease. Available from April, the BP<>MAX plug-in will be a free download from, the official plug-in site for Maxon products. It will also be available from