Without being hyperbolic, 3ds is probably the worst piece of software I have ever used. I started doing a list of all the bugs and broken functions but it took all of my time so I stoped.
And it is constantly getting worse with each version. Things that actually worked before has gotten worse or stopped working, especially when it comes to the UI. What on earth are their UI team up to? Its unfathomable to me the number of bad decisions and design choices:
*In lightwave from 2004 I could have an animation loop while I edited it in the curve editor. Cant do that in max 2018, I have to stop the animation each time I want to change something. 14 years later. Unbelivable.
*The “realistic” view mode in the viewport. Blocky shadows which are pitch black. Its impossible to work in this mode, and for some reason its the deafult mode. Why? Why would someone prefer a view mode where you cant see big parts of your models because they are in pitch black shadows? Programs like C4D have viewmodes which look serously good.
*In other programs you´ve had the abilty do dock windows on various places in the interface. You do this by grabbing the window AT A CERTAIN ICON, than pulling into place. 3ds max thought this was a good idea but they didnt get the importance of grabbing windows from a certain icon. The result being you cant have windows floating on top of your interface because it wants to dock your windows if you are like 2cm from a dockable area. This places huge limitations on your ability to customize your UI, espacially if your working on a smaller monitor.
*From 2018 they changed the viewport view modes, basicly they dont work anymore. If you try to view a texture in the viewport sometimes those objekt becommes invisible, sometimes they dont. You wont know until you try.
*In the layer editor the columns sometimes get super wide, you can spend a minute adjusting it back, but it will revert to being super long directly after. Youre better of using the old version of the layer editor which is docked to the interface. This was never an issue before.
*In most menus you now have to click buttons two times for it to register. A 2018 release of a software is so buggy you have to click on buttons two times for them to register.
At least we have that “sketch” view mode.