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General Category => General Anim8or Forum => Topic started by: piotrsofts on July 03, 2008, 01:22:18 pm

Title: 3D modelling packages?
Post by: piotrsofts on July 03, 2008, 01:22:18 pm
HI, im new ;)
my dad is an architect, he doesnt have much time to tell me stuff about 3d packages so im asking u people!
He has 3DS MAX, MAYA, AutoCad. i asked him to let me use one of his tools, he let me use 3ds max like 2 months ago. i can make pretty descent models, but he told me to use some of the easier and free packages to learn some 3d.
He told me to try blender but after a week, i still didnt know how to connect the vertices and putting materials on. I found
Anim8or just yesterday and i cant do nearly nothing! can you advise me if i should try Anim8or more or just carry on with 3ds Max (i want to be a designer or architect when im older :)) so please! :P
Title: Re: 3D modelling packages?
Post by: SirBonovox on July 03, 2008, 02:34:45 pm
Hi Piotrsofts, welcome to Anim8or.com!  I think Anim8or is a great place to start understanding 3d modeling.  I got into modeling about two or three years ago.  At first I tried Blender.  I'm sure you've read about all of it's features and how powerful it is, but my problem was I just couldn't overcome the interface.  I then Maya 8 and 3DS Max.  I liked Maya better but it seemed like there were too many steps involved in everything Maya does (and that goes for 3DS Max too).  Then I found Anim8or.  Everything in Anim8or just made sense.  The interface is userfriendly,  the menus are selfexplainitory,  and the Anim8or community is sooo helpful.  Steve really did an excellent job designing it.  Ofcourse it still does not have all of the builtin tools and features of some of the other highend 3d packages but that's part of what makes it so easy to learn, and you can still get very impressive results with it.

So that's my two cents worth.  Also, if you want to be an architect you will probably eventually need to learn AutoCAD or Solidworks.  I work with a lot of engineers and they use both.  Mainly AutoCAD for 2D building drawings and Solidworks for 3D designs.  I think they're both pretty interchangable but they are mainly technical drawing tools, not really good for organic modeling.

Have fun with Anim8or!  See ya!!!
Title: Re: 3D modelling packages?
Post by: piotrsofts on July 03, 2008, 08:26:13 pm
Yes i tried anim8or and its not that bad, but i still prefer 3ds max though! i'll keep anim8or on my computer so that i can see which one does the better for diifferent jobs. anyway thanks for the looong explanation, yes blender is complicated, but i'll stick to 3ds max and anim8or from time to time. if you could could you post some of the tutorials and materials for anim8or? thx in advance

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"Remember, more expensive isn't always better" as my dad says!
Title: Re: 3D modelling packages?
Post by: hihosilver on July 04, 2008, 08:27:14 am
You will find most of what you need to know here, in the manual (http://www.anim8or.com/manual/index.html).
After that, use google.  There are tons of tutorials on the anim8or.com site and many other sites.  I'm sure you can find what you want, and of course, if your questions get more specific and can't be answered by the manual or tutorials, feel free to ask.
I look forward to seeing any of your work.
Title: Re: 3D modelling packages?
Post by: benzjie on July 04, 2008, 11:52:27 am
a lot of house/interiour modellers  use te following 2....Sketchup for modelling and kerkythea for rendering ( kerk has a sketchup plugin)
Title: Re: 3D modelling packages?
Post by: piotrsofts on July 04, 2008, 03:12:40 pm
I play a lot with 3ds max, but i wont try and render any of the house interiors because my processor is 2.20 GHz Celeron and its rather slow. i'll get a new computer for christmas so... anyway is kerkythea free and sketchup, you need to buy the full version to have some descent result and to export dont you?

Thanks in advance!

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"Remember, more expensive isn't always better" as my dad says!
Title: Re: 3D modelling packages?
Post by: benzjie on July 11, 2008, 10:29:34 am
nope...they use the free sketchup.....just check www.kerkythea.net (http://www.kerkythea.net)