I have been learning Autodesk Maya after being an Autodesk 3DStudio /3ds Max user since the DOS days. Both applications have a distinct niche of output, use and purpose but they are both way cool. I noticed an article "Movies 2.0: Digital Effects Magic Explained" that describes Hollywood special effects and mentioned Maya. and thought I would pass this on as well as few other articles. Of course we at Autodesk are both 2D and 3D focused and have many other products that create 3D content like Inventor, Revit and even AutoCAD but this post is on the non-design specific task 3D for movies, visualization and games.
Cadalyst's First Look Review of 3ds Max 9 "Autodesk 3ds Max is a capable and powerful tool for 3D animation, rendering and modeling. Though targeted primarily at digital content creation for film and games, it remains popular for photorealistic rendering of architectural and product designs."
Desktop 3D Pulls Up Its Socks
"This 64-bit version of Maya 8 is the most capable and by far the most stable version yet. "
"This is the best version of Max yet. It's especially attractive for game designers, architects, and filmmakers doing pre-visualizations. If you already use Max and are investing in 64-bit hardware, the upgrade to Max 9 is a no-brainer."
"But for the time being, the 64-bit workflow represents the state of the art in desktop 3D. Multicore processors, lightning-fast graphics cards, and cheap memory coupled with the power and affordability of the 64-bit versions of 3D Studio Max 9 and Maya 8 herald a new era in which world-class 3D can be accomplished by The Rest of Us. Both programs are Highly Recommended."
CGSociety Review of 3ds Max
"Autodesk has chosen SIGGRAPH2006 to release new versions of both 3ds Max and Maya. The double announcement was made today at the Autodesk User Group Meeting at the opening day of SIGGRAPH2006 in a balmy Boston. With the merging of Alias and Autodesk earlier this year, this meeting has become the one place where 3D artists and animators have gathered to hear the best, latest and most spectacular news about their popular products. They were not disappointed."
Maya and 3ds Max Rank High in User Year-In-Review (Maya 8 at #4 and 3ds Max 9 at #8 and used in many of the game consoles and film studios like Disney Pixar, ILM (Industrial Light & Magic), Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft XBox in the rankings used the products.
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