MAXON Computer is a leading developer of 3D software for the creative industries, best known for Its flagship 3D modeling, painting, rendering, and animation software, Cinema 4D. Today, thousands of users across the world rely on Cinema 4D to create cutting-edge 3D motion graphics, architectural and product visualizations, video game graphics, illustrations, and much more. MAXON's client list includes ABC, Blizzard Entertainment, BMW, BSkyB, CNN, Fox, ITV Creative, MPC (Moving Picture Company), NBC, NFL Network, Rhythm & Hues, Siemens VDO, Sony Pictures Imageworks, The Walt Disney Company, Turner Broadcasting, Vitra, and many more.
Formed in 1986 by current CEOs Harald Egel, Harald Schneider and Uwe Baertels, MAXON's headquarters is located in Germany. MAXON operates subsidiaries in the U.S. and U.K., and competence centers in Japan, France and Singapore. In addition, MAXON products are sold and supported by over 150 distributors and resellers in over 80 countries worldwide. In early 2000, Nemetschek AG (www.nemetschek.com), Europe's leading vendor of software for architecture and construction, acquired a 70% share of MAXON. 30% of shares remain in the ownership of the company's founders. Becoming part of the Nemetschek group (whose products include leading CAD brands such as Allplan, ArchiCAD and Vectorworks) has enabled MAXON to dramatically increase its sales to the architecture and visualization markets.
First released commercially in 1993 on the Amiga platform, Cinema 4D debuted on Mac OS and Windows OS in 1996. In 2000, BodyPaint 3D followed, an innovative 3D painting application available as an integrated part of Cinema 4D or as a standalone product for use with other 3D applications. Now in its 14th release some 18 years later, Cinema 4D has always been known for powerful features, rock-solid stability, ease-of-use and fast workflow. Close relationships to hardware manufacturers like Intel and Apple guarantee optimized products that follow the pulse of technology closely. There has been a major feature-packed release of Cinema 4D almost every year since its creation. Despite this rapid development speed, stability remains excellent for the product. MAXON's experienced programming team is still headed by Cinema 4D's original programmers, who ensure that all new features stay true to their aims from day one of power, speed, stability and ease-of-use.