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Cinema 4D maker MAXON joins the open industry standard Khronos Group

Developer of Cinema 4D brings 3D know-how to international consortium for open standards. By joining the Khronos Group, MAXON reasserts its ongoing commitment to support the development of open standards that enable the authoring and acceleration of 3D graphics, games and media on a wide variety of platforms and devices.


Friedrichsdorf, Germany based MAXON, the leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, is pleased to announce it has joined the Khronos Group industry consortium. MAXON will work intensively on the definition and implementation of open exchange and render formats.

Khronos Group goal

The Khronos Group is a non-profit consortium, founded by leading manufacturers in the CG industry and is based in Beaverton, Oregon.

The Khronos Group’s goal is the development and deployment of uniform, open formats for the rendering and exchange of graphic and dynamic content, including libraries such as OpenGL, WebGL and the COLLADA format, which have already established themselves as industry standards or are on their way in doing so. Khronos Group members actively support the development of the Khronos API specifications and communicate throughout all phases of development with regard to universal standards that make graphics content cross-platform compatible and accessible on various output devices.

“MAXON has always been dedicated to providing users tools that offer an intuitive workflow and cross-platform compatibility,” explains MAXON Computer CTO and co-founder Harald Schneider. “Open standards for file exchange and rendering graphics are a foundation for the successful cooperation of artists on their projects. We are pleased to offer Khronos our expertise from more than 25 successful years in 3D computer graphics development.”

01 - Cinema 4D from dream to screen. All rights reserved.

01 – Cinema 4D from dream to screen. Image: Maxon. All rights reserved.

For the past several years, MAXON Cinema 4D, the company’s acclaimed 3D software application, has supported several of the formats and specifications defined by Khronos such as COLLADA and OpenGL. Additional formats will be implemented more effectively and continuously refined by the members of the Khronos Group.


Headquartered in Friedrichsdorf, Germany, MAXON Computer is a developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions. Its award-winning CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D software products have been used extensively to help create everything from stunning visual effects in top feature films, TV shows and commercials, cutting-edge game cinematics for AAA games, as well as for medical illustration, architectural and industrial design applications. MAXON has offices in Germany, USA, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Japan and Singapore. MAXON products are available directly from the web site and its worldwide distribution channel. Specially priced learning editions of the company’s software solutions are also made available to educational institutions. For additional information on MAXON visit MAXON is part of the Nemetschek Group.

About Khronos Group

The Khronos Group is a not for profit, member-funded consortium focused on the creation of royalty-free open standards for parallel computing, graphics and dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices. All Khronos members are able to contribute to the development of Khronos API specifications, are empowered to vote at various stages before public deployment, and are able to accelerate the delivery of their cutting-edge 3D platforms and applications through early access to specification drafts and conformance tests. To get involved, please visit our Summary of Membership Rights and Benefits and review our diagram of “How the Khronos Group Works”.

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