To Burritoboy and the Maker:
I use all the software you mention above and this is just somethings I need to point out. Please don’t be offended.
“It all depends on what you want to do.” — You can do anything you want to do in max.
“If you want to learn 3d and animation, stick with blender.” I highly disagree. While I just started to use blender and I am currently writing tutorials on it, blender has the worst UI I ever saw. Simple buttons are hard to find and remember. Sometimes the words on the buttons are cut off and you have to rollover to see the function. This is time consuming.
“Max is good for Architectural presentation. It doesn’t convince me much for animation. It’s a resource hog. A typical Autodesk, tool heavy collection of “features”. Sub surf is (I stopped at Version 5) hilariously bad.” ---- Ok 3ds Max is Good for EVERYTHING! If you don’t believe me please visit 3dtotal.com and browse the galleries ;). It’s only a resource hog if you have a lame computer because I run both 3ds max, combustion and photoshop and it doesn’t hog my system. 3ds Max SubSurface is one of the best! it’s way more flexible than blender’s are you kidding? If it was hilariously bad all those game developing companies wouldn’t use it to make top selling games.
“I learned more about 3d using blender in 6 months than 2 years of Max.” ---- :o Really? I don’t believe that because the help file in max is VERY thorough and it explains ALL concepts of animation, lighting, effects etc. The help file in blender is really poor “compared” to that of 3ds max. :-? .
“Blender gets the job done. It now has a stack so objects can be edited after modification. I’m about to trial some architectural presentations in blender. See how it goes against max. Max is an insane price too.” — True blender get’s the job done but max gets it done way better and faster. 3ds Max has a modifier stack since version 2.5 i think. You’re right about the price of max being insane, that is for the rest of us, but the features way outways the price. 3ds Max 8 now goes for around $4000.00.
Before anyone get’s mad: I’m not offended. I’m just stating the facts.
3ds Max is the Leading Package in the world. Autodesk sold about twice as much as Alias Maya last year and literally bought the rights to Maya. 3ds Max is the greatest package now due to the easy learning curve and the features.
Lightwave is also also a good package for a much cheaper price! It has a great modeler and great features! It’s not dead!
Maya is an industry favorite! Rich with dynamic features for “pros” but the long learning curve (“Over 1 year”) and the steep price makes it look like not much of a deal.
My advise??? : GET BLENDER! IT’S FREE AND GREAT!!! If you just don’t like blender I would say take a look at lightwave because it’s cheaper and it’s capable of alot (eg. Jimmy Neutron )
If you want the best meaning: easy learning curve, advanced features and plugins, ability to turn a dream into reality with ease, much much more, Band your belly and Go for 3ds Max!
Hope This helps.