> I've recently had the opportunity to work with 3D Studio Max running
> under Windows NT. Simply put, it blows away every Mac 3D package I've
> ever seen. Blindingly fast, easy to use, robust, and very very
> powerful. This program was ported from the SGI to Windows NT and 95,
> and it has all the features and control I've ever wanted and then some.
> On the Mac side, I've seen Ray Dream Studio, Extreme 3D, Infini-D,
> Strata Studio Pro, Form-Z, and even Electric Image, but nothing even
> comes close to 3DS Max, especially with plug-ins like Clay Studio Pro
> and Character Studio. Still, I've been loyal to the Macintosh since my
> dad brought one home in 1986.
> My question: is there any serious, professional-quality 3D package
> available for the Macintosh?
You are joking, right? ElectricImage is the industry standard across the
board for broadcast video, and with the new modeler, it will be amazing.
But what you need to realize is that good 3D is in the artist, not in the
tools: I've seen better animations created with POV (a freeware, scripted
renderer) than with 3DSM coming out of the multimedia workshops at my
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