3D software for Mac?

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  1. dementia

    dementia Member

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    I'm just wondering what 3D softwares can be used with Macs. I heard kasi na Maya can't eh. Is this true?
     
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    i think shake 4 is what you are looking for. i think there is a mac sfotware for. see there are even seminars. http://www.macworld.com/news/2001/09/19/maya/index.php so i guess if you look hard enough you will indeed find maya for mac.
     
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    Thanks. Mali pala yung source ko.

     
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    no problem! tell me waht software you will be using. i am also interested in doing 3d in my mac but i am quite not sure what software to use also.
     
  5. dementia

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    I'm still in the process of acquiring a Mac.
     
  6. polar_bear

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    3D software on Mac:

    1. Maya (personal learning edition is free)
    2. Vectorworks (engineer, architecture savvy, DWG,DXF read/write
    3. sketchup (architecture, but high school students should have fun too)
    4. blender (open source)
    5. cosmic blobs (for kids only)

    shake is for compositing, not for 3D design work

    bests

    pb
     
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    hands down... cinema 4d xl. great feature set, very mac like interface (and less trudging around the menus to find options unlike lightwave), incredible rendering time (beats electric image and maya), fairly good plugins from other pro users you get for free, an animation system that is fairly good though not the best, and realistically affordable compared to the pro prices of maya and eias when you get the discounts (dont pirate!). been using it for 4 years now, great stuff.

    here's a rendering of a sample file, notice the stainless steel reflections. rendered in 21 seconds (1024x768) on an 800 quicksilver.

    [​IMG]
     
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    that looks cool. pero bakit parang grainy?
     
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    it was an effect of the stainless steel reflection (which you can customize) and other caustic elements. if the steel material was more fully reflective the light scatter , around the chair would look different, i.e. cleaner. try cinema, they have a tryout available @ maxon.
     
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    i think Newtek Lightwave 3D meron syang pang mac...
    or yung luma.. Sculpt 3D (for modelling), Electric Image...

    pero the best para sa akin ang Maya!

    :cheers:

    [Edited on 8-25-2005 by nutribanboy]
     
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    Actually, Maya is cheaper than Cinema4d out of the box when you get the Complete version (not Unlimited). HKD16k compared to the HKD20+k of Cinema4d with modules (XL version) just to add up to the features already available in Maya Complete.

    Features in Complete include:
    - Artisan (brush modeling tools)
    - Maya Paint Effects (trees, grass, etc.... instancing)
    - Hardbody/Softbody Dynamics
    - MentalRay Renderer
    - UV map/unwrap
    - IK/FK and full body IK for character rigging
    - Particles
    - NURBS/SubD/Polygon modeling tools

    Only things you will be missing from Unlimited are:
    - Cloth
    - Live
    - Fur/Hair (could be imitated using PaintFX in Complete version)
    - Fluid (could do flame effects too)

    With Maya you get the options of using it's built-in renderer (which is crap) OR Mental Ray, included in any version of Maya... which most people know as not being fast but the next thing to RenderMan in terms of quality.

    If you want options to expand later at a cost and provided that plug-in developers update their stuff fast enough, Cinema4D or any packages like Lightwave is good. If you want top-of-the-line character animating and modeling tools and a peace of mind in your investment knowing you won't need much plug-ins any time soon, Maya would be a good investment.
     
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    The easiest 3D package I've used back in the day was Caligari TrueSpace but it's only for windows. I hope they port it to the future mac-intel platform.
     
  14. ben_molina

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    i have maya 4 for mac. problem is, i dont have a serial number to run it. share nyo naman. :angel:
     
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    ben, we dont condone piracy here.
     
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    not publicly. :neutral:
     
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    Cinema 4D XL 9.1. Full featured and easy to learn.
     
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    our firm uses form Z for architectural modeling and rendering.

    the renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, designer of the Freedom Tower at Ground Zero uses form Z to create his highly complex structures.

    it's used by industrial designers as well.
     
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    I want to learn Maya. I like the features and I think a lot of production firms in the US are looking for Maya artists.
     
  20. RandyS

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    I have Maya Personal Learning Edition on my 12" PB. It's the free version of Maya; it has all the features of the full version except that there is a watermark whenever you do a rendering. If you want to learn Maya, this is a good way to start. It's downloadable at Alias Wavefront's site:

    http://www.alias.com/

    Another 3D program that I tried which also works on a Mac is Animation:Master. It costs the same as Adobe's Photoshop:

    http://www.hash.com/
     

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