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#1 Wild9eR   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 24 August 1999 - 01:37 PM

Hello All,

I am trying to figure out what software I need to teach myself. I have been working with truespace 2 - 4.1 and am now ready to learn a more popular software but I am having a hard time picking the one that will be the most usefull. Below is a list of the ones I am thinking about, please give a response and lemme know what one(s) you would recomend.

1. 3D Studio MAX 2.5 or 3
2. SoftImage 3D
3. Lightwave 5.6
4. Rhino 1.0

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#2 evaclear   Members   -  Reputation: 162

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Posted 18 August 1999 - 01:17 PM

Well there is no *Best* 3d modeler. It all comes down to the interface. Personaly I've used Max 2.5, Lightwave5.5 , and Truespace2.0...they are all great programs and can do just about the same type of production work. Now if you plan to get a job as a modeler you need to find out what the most popular modelers are. But that will vary on the job you go into. Most TV and movie stuff is done with either Softimage, Maya or 3d Studio Max. If your looking to make models for games 3d Studio is pretty much a standard. Softimage and Lightwave are also used though. If I were you I'd contact the companies and see if you can get a demo of their product & see what one you feel more comfortable with before buying one. From my own experiance Max 2.5 is confusing as all hell but the new Max 3.0 looks & feels alot more like Truespace. Lightwave is also alot like Truespace. You'll probably feel the most comfortable with either Max 3 or Lightwave. Good Luck

#3 JoeBlow   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 19 August 1999 - 04:39 PM

actually lightwave is used in the movie/tv industry far more than softimage, maya, or 3ds max...
for game stuff, 3ds max is the king. the next release of lightwave will be targeting the game development market, and it's looking good. mirai is really nice, as is maya and softimage. i've never used softimage, but i've heard it's a bit weak in the modeling area.

#4 glenrm   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 24 August 1999 - 05:04 AM

Is any of the value 3D software any good (Bryce, Poser, HASH, etc.)?

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#5 Neoby1   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 24 August 1999 - 06:55 AM

I use RayDream and it's great value for money, i find the cross-section editor very good to get almost any shape I like but i haven't tried much animation as yet. Not being able to afford Max and not wanting to use pirate software I find RayDream very useful :-)

#6 evaclear   Members   -  Reputation: 162

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Posted 24 August 1999 - 07:18 AM

About the best "Value" 3d software I've seen is Animation Master '99. It's running about $199. But I haven't seen any demos of it.

#7 Shinkage   Members   -  Reputation: 595

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Posted 24 August 1999 - 01:37 PM

Animation Master is indeed a VERY good package for its price. It's simply, in my opinion at least, one of the best organic modeling programs you can get. Actually, I many times prefer it to more "powerful" and COSTLY programs such as Maya. A very good program indeed.




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