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I'm a programmer, but I have to do temp art until I get an artist. I'm looking to spend less than $100 on software, so maya and 3dsmax are out. What options are there? Forgot, final requirement: reasonably easy to load with DirectX 9.

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From what I've gathered, Milkshape is pretty easy to use and it allows you to export to lots of common formats, some of which are easy to load.

I don't know too much about Blender but I do know that you can write exporters for it in Python so if you need a custom format, you can do it with Blender.

-Auron

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Milskahe has more export formats than Blender, but Blender it jut around a corner and it's number of fiormat's is increasing.
Many gus are writing exporters for Blender.
For example - recently I've downloaded exporter for Doom III.

Milkshape is probably easier to learn, but Blender is extremely powerful alhtough not so easy to use. But there are a plenty of tutorials that will reveal you all its possibilities.

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i'm looking at either milkshape or gamespace light, thing is, gsl can only save models with 650 polys or less, does this make it unusable or should I use it anyway?

Basically, which should I use?

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I use Milkshape myself and would highly recomend it. It is a great peice of software for the price($25), which includes all new versions when they are released. I started modelling about 2 years ago and choose Milkshape to learn and i picked it up very quickly with no previous experience, if you know anything about 3D modelling at all then you will have no trouble in learning Milkshape. As was said before it accepts lots of different formats, all the common one's and a variety of others (32-import, 39-export).

I don't know if you have been to the website, the forum is worth checking out.

http://www.swissquake.ch/chumbalum-soft/

As you can download the full program (save disabled) and try it out for a month before you need to buy the registration code. I think you should just download it and try it and as the latest version Milkshape 3D 1.7.1 was released yesterday, your timing couldn't be better

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