> I've been looking at the various different kinds of 3d programs available,
> and I've kinda centered on 3dsMAX or Lightwave. The only problem is that I
> don't know which one to pick.
> Would someone give me a solid reason for picking one over the other? Which
> program is better? Which is the more powerful, without having to add a ton
> of plugins?
Both proggy`s have their good and bad things...personaly I think Max is
more powerfull for character animation but rather slow in rendering and
no raytracing (plugin), and from what I`ve seen the render quality looks
still a bit like 3D studio, but that`s my opinion and some people even
like that. Lightwave is very fast in the rendering department and
together with Gaffer it has very good quality, and can do allmost
anything Max can ( exept for thing like volumetric lights, yet ) but it
just takes more time, and MAX has not Nurbs yet ( they promissed this in
the coming 2.0 version, if I`m not misstaken ), and for Max you have to
buy a plugin for almost averything, the good thing about this that you
can choose from different developers, the bad thing is that it will cost
you.For Max you have amazing plugins, and considering the short time
it`s been on the market things go very fast for Max.
With Lightwave I can do most things very fast, and it`s much cheaper.
Like I said it depends on what you want to do, how much money you have,
and what kind of jobs you are doing, or expecting to do. I personaly
realy like plugins like biped, phisyque, clothrays or metarays...but
I`ll wait untill I really need them for a job considering the costs
RONALD VAN VEMDEN
3D animation & computergraphics