I notice that the most commonly used software programs for high end or “partially” high end 3d artwork seem to be Lightwave, 3d Studio Max, Maya, etc. While others like Truspace, Bryce, Vue, that are good seem to be ignored. I almost never come across them and it makes me wonder what other applications are worth looking at that I don’t even know about. Can anyone give me good comparison between different software programs from the more popular to the lesser know? I don’t mean “in depth” comparisons. Just the greater highlights, as far as what the programs are good for creating. For instance, Vue seems to be commonly used for generating vegetation. Others might be optimized for terrain or atmospheres. Some may have much more advanced particle effects on the line of fire, clouds, smoke, etc.
Keep in mind I’m talking about the more RECENT versions of each programs. I don’t need to know what Bryce was like back at 2.0 in comparisons to Truspace TODAY.
BUT, if certain programs (like Vue) allow you to buy older versions, a rundown on the specs for various versions might be helpful.