Our school is currently considering buying a few liscences of a new 3d animation program for educational purposes. Since NaN is not selling any copies of Blender publisher (sob), and we already have a few copies of 3dMax4, we are considering:
I have looked at XSI, and it is an interesting program with many functions (it’s got my vote right now) for a reasonable price. For those of you who have never heard of XSI, it’s a fairly new Softimage package, and is known for the new Blockbuster commercials with the rabbit and the guinea pig. Maya is very specialized, so it likely isn’t a good program for an introduction into modelling and animation, plus its bloody expensive. Lightwave is a bit strange in it’s interface, but it seems to have withstood the trials of time and is still going (it also happens to be very inexpensive, 5 liscences for $1499). Which program do you think would be the best bet?