A little revolution in the world of digital FX, the NAIAD software Exotic Matter was just bought by Autodesk. Here are some details on this change.


NAIAD software

This software was very popular when it came out and was notably used by Weta Digital and Framestore in London on the big productions: “Avatar”, “Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader”, “X-Men: First Class”, and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”.


As a reminder, NAIAD simulates fluids, like oceans or other types of liquids.
This software allows one to simulate vast areas of water without dealing with classic calculation problems, which are very slow and at times impossible.
It also manages changes in salt water like foam, splashes, and the humidification of the surfaces it touches, etc.


Demo of NAIAD in video

“Shark Night 3D – Naiad work” by Igor Zanic (source : Igor Zanic Vimeo Channel)


NAIAD bought by Autodesk

Autodesk only bought the NAIAD software and not the full Exotic Matter publishing company.


Since the announcement of the software’s purchase, Autodesk explains on its website that NAIAD will no longer be available commercially, but that its functions will be inserted into the new versions of other software within this group. Therefore, chances are good that it will soon be found in software like Maya or even 3D Studio Max.


Autodesk communications also explained that a team of developers connected to NAIAD have joined their group, which will undoubtedly provide a fresh jolt to the functionalities.


This is something to keep an eye on…


For more information

Exotic Matters website
Autodesk website
NAIAD Vimeo Channel



[small_button]English version by Danielle Harrell, English teacher for ArtFx[/small_button]