OK I have a friend that bought 3ds max fro school and I asked him if he could give it to me for a week or two and he said yes. Now that I install it I have to learn it but I am afraid that if I become good in 3ds max I let blender away on my hard drive…What should I do? TX :-?
give it a try, just because you use 3d studio doesn’t mean you will leave blender. I use lightwave at work and I have a copy of it at home, but I like to use blender because its more of an accomplishment to make something sweet out of a free program.
Try it out… if it’s a better tool for you, and if you never use Blender again, no need to feel bad about it.
Try stuff out, use what works.
Actually, I am currently teaching myself Lightwave right now, (waiting for my Inside LW book to come).
Do what you want. For me, LW is a much better program than 3DS. But that is my opinion.
Good luck with it.
if you take 3ds max over blender, the blender gods will be angered and you will be doomed to an eternity in hell.
P.S. kidding! i once tried 3ds max, but only for a few minutes. i absolutely hated the interface (yeah, i admit i barely spent time in it but after getting used to the great interface of blender…). luckily i didn’t go out and buy a copy and just tried it on a friends pc
I haven’t tried 3dsmax yet, but I tried maya on my winxp box…
I didn’t like it, not to mention that it crashed several times(!!!).
Has anyone encountered this before with Maya???
Anyway I like Blender very much…
I took a class at the local college last winter for 3DStudio VIZ (3DStudio Max with out all of the plug-ins), I really enjoyed it, I learned a lot, and I still prefer Blender. Nothing that increases your knowledge about 3D is a waste.
Ive learned both 3dsmax and maya. Actually did a year long course on maya. Even on a high end computer with 1 gig of ram maya does strange stuff and crashes more than it should. 3dsmax on the other hand has never given me much trouble. I cant see how learning 3dsmax will hurt you. Just because a program is expensive doesnt always make it better. My favorite modelling program is wings3d. My knowledge of other modelling programs didnt affect my preferences much.
Maya does seem a little unstable…and that GUI is awful…
It won’t hurt to learn 3dsmax it’s pretty good.
3d studio max r2 has some fun little quirks on startup - guess that’s what happens when mortals make programs i think you’ll crawl back… lightwave or xsi though would probably catch your interest a little more. even though these programs are awesome i still find it faster to knock out a model in blender
3ds max is the most unstable program i’ve ever had. mostly it crashes when i click save, detroying my work, i’ve done about 15 3dsmax projects, and about 5 of them were saved successfully, i also have to restart my computer to close it, it lingers after i close it and locks up my computer. nasty little pos.
When looking at computer applications it isn’t a case of what works for one works for all. I like to use blender because you can do so much with it but for some reason it is really slow on the repaint, when I navigate menus or rollover buttons it can take a second to repaint each letter of the menu options when i move the mouse over it, (thats on my XP machine). It is fine on Win98.
I do struggle with the interface though, I find it quite complicated.
I have recently been looking at Cinema4D. Its interface is easier but the version I have han’t got as much functionality as blender.
I would rather be good with blender than cinema4d. Especially if updates are free.