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    Senior Coder Mhtml's Avatar
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    DRAWING: Xara X, really cheap and easy to create smooth drawings, but the exporter sucks, and no support for Fireworks.. Although I think they do make a plugin to export to Photoshop...
    Yay! Someone else uses it to!
    Xara X, simply the best for vector IMO.
    http://www.m5interactive.com/myimgs/screwtheworld.png
    Although I am a lot better since I made that pic in the first few weeks of using it and now I'm up to my third year with it...
    Not quite happy with it but it shows the power of xara x to some extent.

    M5 fav image tools are everything I own which includes: Photoshop 6, PaintShop Pro 7, Xara X, 3D Studio MAX, Bryce 4, Fireworks MX, Freehand 10 and Illustrator 9.

    Also I favour Flash MX (Well the whole studio if you can afford it) for flash work because IMO you can't beat the original.
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    I got a 404 for both of your PNG links
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    lol, I was hoping I'd have enough time to upload them before the thread was viewed again.

    I could only find one of them to upload so I have edited my post.
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    I use Microsoft Image Composser, for all my doings, and I am damn good at it. But if I had the time and computer power, I'd try other stuff, and get to know it better.

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    Originally posted by mouse

    3D Studio Max 5 for 3D, it's unreal, has an excellent interface and beats its competition into the ground. Only Maya comes close but not close enough. I've used Truspace, it can render some pretty good photorealistic images, Lightwave is awful imo. I wasn't impressed by Cinema 4D either.
    I'd like to respectfully disagree about what you said about Lightwave, and would suggest that people check out the "Online Gallery" at Newtek's Lightwave web site before considering your opinion! (Especially the "Audi" concept vehicle)

    Lightwave has always done it's job for me, quicker and easier than 3DSMax has (IMO). I've never used Maya, but it's not available for Windows 98/ME anyways, so :P on Maya.

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    As far as the lightwave vs 3dstudio vs Maya thing goes, it seems to me that Lighwave and Maya are used more for movie special effects whereas 3dStudio has a larger use in the videogame industry, and well, many other industries, but not movies.

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    Originally posted by beetle
    As far as the lightwave vs 3dstudio vs Maya thing goes, it seems to me that Lighwave and Maya are used more for movie special effects whereas 3dStudio has a larger use in the videogame industry, and well, many other industries, but not movies.

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    To my understanding, Lightwave and 3dsmax are used mostly for print, and video games, etc. And Maya is known for movies (Stewart Little, Hollowman, Spiderman, etc...)

    Although I think companies like ILM use their own software! (must be expensive!)

    3dsmax can do everything lightwave can do, but IMO lightwave comes with better rendering/plugins out of the box.

    I've seen some pretty wicked independent movies just using lightwave animatiion, but most companies stick with Maya, don't know why, like I said, I have no experience with it..

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    ILM uses Alias|Wavefront and Maya for the bulk of their work, however, they do make custom software for some stuff, like lip-synching and whatnot. After all, John Knoll works there, and in case you don't know, he's about 90% responsible for Adobe Photoshop

    SoftImage is used for lots of character animation, I believe. You're right about Lightwave for print, but it has been used in Titantic and MiB, as well as some great games like Fallout.
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    Originally posted by Xphp->UG-S<-
    oh my that would also take a long time hehe i'm going to try something like that one day but for my main graphics i still use paint but on the side i use [free]fireworks mx[/free] fullversion he he
    Yep, it does take a damn long time, me's almost 10 years experienced in that! ha!

    anyway, i guess I like Photoshop the best.

    I've got LW, just the demo version, but I can't make head or tail of it! I got SoftImage too, but couldn't even start making head or tail because i never managed to install it right
    What I have got in 3D is Swift3d v3, not bad, not terrific, but very very good, IMO. at least for the price.
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    I still stick with MS Paint being the best program.

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    MS Paint??!!

    2D: Flash MX and PSP7.

    3D: Rhino3D by McNeel.

    4D: I've only heard about them.

    I checked out that 3D modeling tool posted above, the Terragen, and it seems cool! Best of all, it's free. And yes, I also don't like Bryce much either - and Poser.
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    Oh yeah, and 3DS Max seems cool. I've never tried it but hope to soon. I just wish they had a trial version.
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    I'm a fan of Flash MX, LiveMotion 2, Fireworks MX, Director MX, Illustrator 10, Photoshop 7, LightWave 7.5, and 3ds max 5.

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    Megahertzman,

    Do you know about Gmax? It's a free program from discreet. It has a lot of similarities to 3dsmax, but not exactly a demo

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    Originally posted by nickbarresi
    Megahertzman,

    Do you know about Gmax? It's a free program from discreet. It has a lot of similarities to 3dsmax, but not exactly a demo
    Gmax is very similar to 3Dstudio max in its interface and modelling tools. The main problem is its lack of full rendering tools and it is limited in its saving/export formats.

    You can get a 3Dstudio max demo by applying on the Discreet site or by asking at a 3Dstudio max vendor.
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