Exactly. and in an environment with so much pressure (games) is quite not an option, often. But even so, there are still possible uses that yet cut times even over the comercial tools.
I don’t know Blender enough. I only decided to learn it’s basic (I mean: I haven’t dealed much with the nla and stuff, as for games, my stuff is different) character rigging and animation system. As I already had Wings as a modeller, which i also prefer to Max or Maya.
So as I don’t know it fully, don’t know if there would be areas I would prefer it to those areas with highend packages. Maybe. I don’t know.
What I know, is…not every package is perfect in every area. Reason why we ended coloring and painting with Painter or the Pixia for the design doc concept art, and still PS was needed for all the rest. painter didn’t reach that in texturing layers and editing power PS has, neither Gimp . In other company, 2d based, PSP was used cause was cheaper, and the workflows where already setup with it…also, it also exported good png transparency for the java games, like ps. Gimp was very seriously considered as an option, as we really didn’t need more, and saved loads of money.
Maya nurbs are greatly powerful, but i keep prefering polygon tools in max. And what is more, Max with the meshtools script only get “some” of the Mirai modelling tools (of which Wings has a great set, and even some addons) people is really loving that maxscript, while it only brings a bit of that modelling style magic. Of course, Max as a lot of extra power in modelling, but i keep being faster for organic models. Evn so, I have to admit that the snapping tools, splines, boleans (no, their not so bad anymore) in max, makes it rather more suitable for level editing than Wings, sadly. While yet so , I have seen people making great levels with it. I wouldn’t use it fo rthat, as I don’t have an option to choose that which is not the fastest for me in each area.
Funnily, in certain company, the PS update was not working…ps 7 was released with no tga alpha channel support…you needed 7.01 (was a design decission, not a bug¿?)…we had no time to download again another update…we had to send the demo in minutes…i had a Gimp for windows somewhere in my hd, and remebered the tga chanel worked sweet with Gimp…seconds…Gimp installed…some more seconds, 5 textures with alpha channels exported… Demo sent. All happy.
Of course, there was not a single one cuestioning continue use PS. Ps, is for me the king . while I’d love it be Gimp: I prefer WAY more open source philosophy…the colour things are getting lately is terrible…patents,weird copyright laws, censorship, making a crime of every move, comercial resticitions, etc, etc…I suspect many artists are gonna turn open source just for a matter of axphixia (partially my case)) …not so much for a matter of quality…it wont mean we have to stop learning PS and Max/maya (that would be our end) , is just that we may turn into that whenever possible, as much as possible (the way I see it)
I modelled every bit in Wings3d, partially as suits me as glove, but also as saw used the tools in otehr packages, and those where slowers for characters, and could make less modelling weird operations…the pivot modelling, for example, in wings…or how I call it (vectors)
My mate was slaower than me modelling complex shapes and characters. And I am afraid is as good artist as me. Is just, Wings was proving to be quicker in that very specific area.
Ultimate Unwrap(comercial and more recent version of the freeware Lithunwrap) was used for the uv mappings. I had it purchased, and used as my tool. Neither they understood it. But i had my mappings in time and well, so…Probably in that, is not so clear. Max uv mapping is very good. But I knew better the other tool, and we only had the choice of work crazily fast. There could not be bottlenecks. (very small staff for the task demanded) I carried also my wacom there: I just don’t trust on the feel of other models, so at the end I was putting quite a lot into the company; I suppose that was also respected.
As have been said before: what gets the job done. (and would add, for each one.One tool can be very good, but you don’t get the feel of it, then you can’t use it with tight deadlines)
Conclussion: it’s used for comercial, and in some cases, is better than comercial. I have now upgraded to Mozilla Firefox 1.0 and it gets only better. I can’t say so of IE, and I am not specifcially against comercial software.
@Whatever, that Win2k, crashed a lot, but I didn’t mean that w2k crashes…the other ppl had it not crashing, and recently have worked with xp, and that one is quite solid(remembering some weird things with WinME …). Is just my w2k had some installation or weird dll or somthing problem, but i already put too much time in the linux config, and anyway, they didn’t let me touch the windows as I would have liked , so…