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#1 HereticSG   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 07 December 1999 - 10:02 AM

I am currently using Bryce 3D and I've found it great for doing landscapes and some general objects, but I now need to move on to doing more complex objects and figures. So my question is simply this, which low end modeler will be of the best value to me?

Many people have told me to go with trueSpace but I'd like more opinions before shelling out what limited monetary resources I have. If anybody could tell me which modeler they think delivers the best cost to performance ratio, I'd greatly appreciate it! Also, if anybody could give me suggestions for the Mac platform I'd appreciate it, poor thing has been neglected because of my PC!


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#2 evaclear   Members   -  Reputation: 162

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Posted 25 November 1999 - 10:12 PM

Well for professional low end modelers you have Inspire 3d (A low end Lightwave), Animation Master 99, and Truespace. Personaly I like Truespaces interface (2.0 that is) I've tried to use newer versions of truespace & found the options a little confusing to me, but that's probably because I've used it before. Inspire is fairly good also, the only down side to inspire is that there aren't many game engines that use it's file format, so you'll have to create your own exporters. And finaly we have animation master, I've heard good things about the program from the genesis3d website, most people swear by it. Unfortunatly Genesis is the only game engine I know animation master exports files too.

In reality, you won't be happy with a modeler until you've tested it out yourself. I don't believe inspire or animation master have demo's available, but I do know TRUESPACE does, try it, and see if you can model anything in it. The only limitation of the demo is that there is no cut/paste & no save option, so you should be able to give it a good test. Anyway good luck.


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Posted 29 November 1999 - 10:22 PM

I have used Truespace for ages and i love it it's so easy to use. I am doing a Uni course at the moment so i could get a cheep student vertsion of MAX + Character studio :-) But I would realy recomened TS3 (very similer to 2 but some extra stuff, 4 is weird too different) with the Plus pack, it comes with an upgrade which adds a weld vert button, very handy for low res stuff.

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Posted 30 November 1999 - 06:44 PM

You can always try trueSpace for free and see if you want to upgrade. Version 1.04 is available for free at http://www.futurenet.com/pcplus/article.asp?ID=8556

It is nowhere the latest or greatest version, but it does give you exposure to the trueSpace way of doing things.
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Posted 07 December 1999 - 09:49 AM

tS4 has a new render engine (Lightworks Pro-standalone renderer is around $3k), and that's the reason for the "weird" shader panels. It took me some time to get used to, but after playing with the engine and discovering the power that it gives the user, I can't believe that I ever managed to deal with the old (rPlus) render engine. For more info on this engine, and to see other, EXTREMELY high-end apps that use it, check out http://www.lightwork.com.

-Nick Robalik http://www.digital-soapbox.com




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Posted 07 December 1999 - 10:02 AM

truespace is by far the best CHEAP 3d app. heard that animation master is good but it has some limitations. the thing in ts that i like is that i have total control of the 3d model(version 4 thoug, 3 has some) editing models for low poly is a brezee because of an easy to use interface. ull learn this one really fast.

p.s. for low poly i mean u can edit points and lines. also all the tools in ts are useful for something so investigate those panels and bottons, very cool stuff





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