Discussion in 'Software' started by Jackel, 31 Aug 2002.
Its good for modelling but the rendering is not very good. I think it is geared more towards CAD design. I sometimes use NURBS in Rhino to model but allways render in 3DS max & Brazil. Mail me!
I did these last week using rhino, max & brazil.
I didnt realize I didnt have it shown in my profile.
wow. those are amazing! i wish i could do 3d modelling that well
yeh but i can't get expensive programs like that legitametly, and i would rather have a proper version of stuff like that for the manuals etc
yeah I had the proper versions at work and the manuals are quite handy but most suff I learn comes from tutorials off the net.
lol, speaking from experience, I can assure you it is not the best 3D app out there. What it is, is very good value. But it's cheap (relatively speaking) and you'll get what you pay for.
Maybe some sort of leasing option would be best for you?
What type of file formats can you save your models as?
I haven't done 3d work for a while, and the only nice software I have is AutoCAD Architectural Desktop, and Autodesk Inventor.. both legitimate! woot! (may be the only legit software.
I think I have Lightwave 3d somewhere too...
Rhino suppotrts most formats. dxf, 3ds, lwo etc. Basicly you wont have any probs with compataibility with other 3D apps.
Brad what program are u talking about?
And also Will this NUS card i get next week give me any software discounts? (student discount)
Does anyone use lightwave? Obviously I cant knock it as its an extremely powerfull app but I found it very difficult to learn.
BTW I think hes talkng about Rhino.
What software do you rate bradford?
Wasn't that what we were all talking about up until that point?
N0fear. You should be able to get most software fairly (well relatively) cheap on student license. It's not just a case of going into a shop with your NUS card though. Get a letter confirming your student status from your institution and with that you can get student license software. Some will just accept your Student number. But usually it's sme variation on one of those.
Speak to your institution for more info. Be aware though, I know for a fact that you can't get Photoshop on student license.
As for what software I prefer, of course this is just my personal opinion. Beware! brad's about to go off on one!
I started off on Softimage 3D, about 3.8 i think, on SGIs. That is a very strong piece of software. Famous, however, for it's remarkably steep learning curve.
Over the last year to 18 months I've been migrating to Softimage XSI on PC (and soon, hopefully the extra step to linux). Starting with 1.5 through to 2.0.1 and now eagerly await v3. Of course XSI still lacks rigid body dynamics, which is quite a sore point amongst it's users. But seeing as the software is still fairly young, and considering the other tremendously powerful tools it comes with, it's not surprising that it is the software choice of the larger digital production houses.
3D studio MAX is without doubt, IMO, surviving on it's installed user base at the moment. Because at the end of the day, a lot of professional bias in 3D software comes down to what they know how to use. Someone making an investment in software would be making a mistake in buying into MAX with not only A|W MAYA at a similar price point, but 3D 4.0 Extreme as well.
For the installed userbase with proprietary software written into their versions of 3D, v4.0 is still very welcome (ILM for eg). And of course MAYA is a very big player, being the software of choice with the likes of Dreamworks|PDI.
Lightwave is actually well known for it's easy learning curve. While not the choice of those who can afford the more power they get from Softimage or A|W, it's certainly popular in the price concious lower end TV market.
Then basically, everything else, it comes down to you trying it. If you like it, keep it, if you don't scrap it.
If remember correctly there was talk of Maya being available at no cost for evaluation purposes, a full version I think, it just watermarks your images.
Bradford any chance of links to your work?
How much is softimage these days? Ive never used it but have heard its very powerfull. I didnt realise lightwave was known for easy learing curve, I found it quite difficult.
Maya Personal Learning Edition
Softimage does something similar, but they only mail it out on CD, and that generally takes several months (I know someone who's been waiting about 6).
For 3D 4.0, you're looking at about $1500 for the basic package, as with MAYA. For 3D extreme or MAYA unlimited I think it's $2500.
You can license XSI for about $300 pm, or I think buy it outright for around $12,000 (although don't quote me on the XSI price, it's been a while since I checked that).
You can get the XSI student license for about $500pa, so you don't have to put up with the watermark and all the missing features crap in the XSI experience.
As for my work, I'm still digging through my stuff from uni (I am possibly the most unorganised person alive ). And my hosting just went down as well, so you'll notice none of pictures work anywhere on the foums
This isn't hijacking at all. We're suggesting alternatives and trying to answer his question. f00!
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