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Hi,

 

I'm trying to learn some basics of 3d modelling through a book I've bought, using 3ds max 2011.

Since my 30 day trial will expire in a few weeks, I'm doubting what to do.

 

Something that wouldn't fit my 'hobby budget', would be to spend 1000 to 2000 dollars to buy it, just for hobbying.

What's your advice on this?

 

Any help is appreciated.

 

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My advice is to use Blender while saving to buy 3ds max.

You will still have many of the important features and once you understand 3D modeling you will be able to translate your experience to other software.

 

Blender is free and is great for people who are just starting with 3D.

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Thanks for the advice, i might take a look at blender (heard quite a lot about it).
Not sure though what to do with 3ds max 2011, since my brand new book an game assets is built around it.

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If you are a student you might be able to get a free educational license for 3dsmax (it has all features but you're not allowed to use it commercially), you could check autodesks website for the requirements, if you're not a student your best bet is to just forget about 3dsmax and use a free or cheaper tool instead. (It is a good idea to learn how to use the cheaper tools if you wish to use the software commercially later on anyway)

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Thanks, I got it from the website (autodesk).

Also send them an e-mail as an extra check, because I'm not in a 'formal' education.

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autodesk overcharges for their software big time. they want 68,000 dollars for their car design software. adobe software is just as complex and even more widely used in the professional industry and you dont see adobe trying to tap companies for 68,000 dollars for a single license. dont support them support blender. blender is justr as capable and they are not money grubbing dirtbags.

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