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sony
11-03-2010, 09:55 AM
is there any difference between lightwave 3d and maya 3d and other 3d software ?

borkus
11-03-2010, 10:14 AM
Uh... Where does one begin...?

Dexter2999
11-03-2010, 10:22 AM
sony,

Are you just starting in 3D?
Yes, there are differences in the software.
There are also differences in the available job market if you are learning particular package.
There are differences in the amount of training options available.
There are differences in price and support costs.
There are differences in the size of the community.
And personally, I find there is a difference in the temperment of the user community.

cresshead
11-03-2010, 12:51 PM
is there any difference between lightwave 3d and maya 3d and other 3d software ?

yes there are many differences
there are also many similarities too.

jasonwestmas
11-03-2010, 01:02 PM
They all do the same thing, just with lesser or greater control over the image, lesser or greater speed with specific tasks, fewer or more options to accomplish the same task.

Netvudu
11-03-2010, 07:39 PM
well, the price is quite different. And Autodesk is ruled by Palpatine, as everybody out there already knows.

biliousfrog
11-04-2010, 07:27 AM
The diplomatic answer is, "no, they all do the same thing" but in reality there is a big difference depending on what you want to achieve and the industry in which you want to work. As an example, Maya is pretty much the industry standard in film, TV, visual effects and even games, Max is fairly well rooted in architectural visualization and game production, C4D has stormed the motion graphics market due to the integration with after effects...They can all be used to achieve fairly similar results, some are better suited to certain tasks and some have a steeper learning curve than others, but the results are mostly down to the person using the software rather than the software itself. However, if you are looking to enter a particular industry or work for a particular company and you know how to use the software that they most often use, you will find things much easier.

If you're looking to work alone or start your own business then the software that you choose is almost irrelivant, as long as you get the results that you need it's fine and it's not uncommon to find several applications being used by studios and freelancers.