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I want to construct 3d models in Matlab or Mathematica, and then render in Max. But I am not sure which is a better choice, Matlab or Mathematica? Thanks!

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Thanks!

I googled it, and found Mathematica has more graphics stuffs. But I feel much at home with Matlab. So I want to know if they are equally good at graphics. If so I''ll keep using Matlab.

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If you''re at home with Matlab, and there is no feature you''re missing, then you absolutely should keep using Matlab.

If Mathematica has features that you want to use, and you''re willing to (re-)learn, then you might want to switch (if you can afford it).

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For this kind of thing, either one will work fine. The only time you really should question whether to use Matlab or Mathematica is when you need a robust mathematics software package for more than just 3D output.

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I''d vote Matlab since it''ll do what you need it to do... and you can easily interface your own code if needs be. Of course, I''m fairly biased since I use Matlab heavily in my work.

As to how to afford Matlab... if your a student you can get a Student Version at around 1/10th the cost of the professional version.

If you expect to do a LOT of work with Matlab, it''s worth the investment of a personal license. Thankfully I have free access at both work and home! (and no, it''s not pirated)

Timkin

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