History

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, 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, Sky, CNN, Fox, ITV Creative, MPC (Moving Picture Company), NBC, NFL Network, VDO, Sony Pictures Imageworks, The Walt Disney Company, Turner Broadcasting, Vitra, and many more.

Formed in 1986 by Harald Egel, Harald Schneider and Uwe Bärtels, MAXON's headquarter is located in Germany. MAXON operates subsidiaries in the U.S., U.K., Canada, 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. Since early 2000, MAXON has been a part of the Nemetschek Group. Mid 2018, after 32 years of service, the founders of MAXON retired from management and new CEO David McGavran was appointed on July 16, 2018.

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 20th release, 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 and enthusiastic 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.