I really think I will go mad if Alias crashes one more time before
this project is fini... "...attempting to save model as .m_saved_garbage_you_can't_retreive_and_it'll_only_crash_again_anyway..."
I know, all 3d software has bugs, all animators endure this, it's
just part of this business, and I better damn well get used to it. Right?
I can hear it already: "reality check time..." "if you want to run with the
big dogs..." "maybe you should try golf..." "It never crashes on me,
are you sure you're not doing something stupid?" etc...etc... ad nauseum, ad
infiitum. Flame away, I've had 8 hours of sleep in the past week, give
me a reason :+}
Hmm. Must it be? I have had Pro-E running on my "day job" workstation
for about a month (and no, not just idling in the backround). It is
a similarly complex chunk of software (it takes up no less space on
my disk), and is generally about 10 times less crash prone than ANY of
the SGI animation packages I have used.
Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the dedication, brilliance and pain
that goes into writing an application as complex and versatile as Alias,
and it looks like they have done an incredible job with V7, Maya looks
even more enticing. It's not the features and capabilities I'am *ing about,
It's not their excellent hotline support, it's reliability. What if Rob Burgess made a decree "We will improve robustness and stability of our products by an order of magnitude by 2Q '96" He has already said he want's to create products that can "...simulate anything..." (in his presentation at the Siggraph '95 A/W UG meeting). I've heard there are significant improvements in reliability
for V7, but us mortals without unlimited access to beta s/w have to
meet our deadlines with <=V6.0a. And it's looming ever closer.
If animation was easy, everyone would be doing it right? (why aren't those
20,000 kids with Pentiums and 3D Studio taking over the animation biz).
Dave (who feels like one of the Enterprise's crew in the episode where
they were caught in a Tychon's rift, deprived of rem sleep by their
alian counterpart's telepathic pleas for help. That's the answer! I'll
release 10000 cubic meters of hydrogen from the Boussard collectors
into the SGI and KABOOM!,)