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Is there an alternative to 3d studio max that has about the same features i.e. animation, modelling etc and for a reasonable price, maybe under 1 Grand. It should also be capable to import it into OpenGL.

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Blender. Free. Full package including animation, and modeling.

Alex Broadwin
A-Tronic Software & Design
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"if you fail in life, you were destined to fail. If you suceed in life, call me."
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Edited by - ATronic on February 8, 2002 9:17:14 AM

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Alex -

I tried using Blender before and found it EXTREMELY confusing. Do you know of any good tutorials for dummies like me to get started with it?

Thanks!


ThomW
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Good tutorials? No, I''m still trying to learn it myself through trial and error (now THERE''s a long one). But they do sell an official reference that says how to do everything. Were I not in debt right now, I would buy it. Mainly so because the referece and free blender is cheaper than a nice commercial modeling package with similar features. If you have the cash, get the reference. There are also some tutorials on their official site though, I think. I''m yet to have a real chance to check ''em out. Good luck to you.

Alex Broadwin
A-Tronic Software & Design
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"if you fail in life, you were destined to fail. If you suceed in life, call me."
"The answer is out there."
"Please help, I''m using Windows!"

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They redid their website!
http://www.blender.nl
Looks good. Now I''ll see about them tutorials.

Alex Broadwin
A-Tronic Software & Design
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"if you fail in life, you were destined to fail. If you suceed in life, call me."
"The answer is out there."
"Please help, I''m using Windows!"

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TUTORIALS FOR BLENDER
http://www.blender3d.com/UsingBlender/tutorials.php

Alex Broadwin
A-Tronic Software & Design
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"if you fail in life, you were destined to fail. If you suceed in life, call me."
"The answer is out there."
"Please help, I''m using Windows!"

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Milkshape is another low polygon modeller that supports animation etc. It has links to tutorials on the site:

[url]http://www.swissquake.ch/chumbalum-soft/index.html[/url]

BTW it''s shareware.


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I know another two renders that might serve you:

* Anim8or (www.anim8or.com)
- Freeware, small download
- It''s quite small, easy to use and understand. You can
find a tute right in the web page.
- I remember that the file format is quite easy to parse.
And it supports animation, too.

* 3DCanvas (www.amabilis.com)
- Freeware, 7.7 Mb
- Other NOT Free versions (LP and Pro) available.
Anyway, they''re cheap (much more than 3DMAX).
- Animation supported in the freeware version.
- Lots of import/export options. Quite easy to load from
DIRECTX (an X object)
- Tutorials.

I hope this might help you. I have already tried blender and didn''t like it at all, but that''s my personal opinion.


A spanish OpenGL Beginner.

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