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show user profile  owtdor
Should I learn SolidWorks, Revit, Inventor, or Flash?
Or should I go back and re-learn Max in order to get better?

What is the difference between inventor, revit, and solidworks? Will it be easy to learn any of them since I know Max already?

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10/25/2011 8:34:27 PM (last edit: 10/25/2011 8:34:27 PM)
show user profile  owtdor
Does anyone here have any experience with any of these programs?


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10/25/2011 11:58:16 PM (last edit: 10/25/2011 11:58:16 PM)
show user profile  BishBashRoss
What is it you want to do? Not much point learning them for the sake of it.

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10/26/2011 12:01:43 AM (last edit: 10/26/2011 12:01:43 AM)
show user profile  soontekk
Find out which software will best fit your future path.
If unsure learn blender

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10/26/2011 12:03:11 AM (last edit: 10/26/2011 12:03:11 AM)
show user profile  Error404
I've used solidworks and inventor, both very capable 3d CAD programs. But very different than 3dsMax. If you are wanting to get into CAD stuff, those would both be good programs. If you are not wanting to get far away from visual effects type stuff, I would think they might be a waste of time.

CAD programs don't really have a whole lot in common with more visual effects related programs (like 3dsMax, Maya, and such). So knowledge of 3dsMax isn't really going to give you much of a leg up when learning a CAD program. Might help a little, but they approach everything so differently that there aren't alot of similarities. -

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10/26/2011 1:58:01 AM (last edit: 10/26/2011 2:38:40 AM)
show user profile  owtdor
The thought here was to expand my knowledge base while I was out of work. I am going to be working on getting my business going, but I need to be realistic and still try to get a job until I get paying clients.
I was just wondering which option might aid me in getting a decent wage if things don't work out on the business front.

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10/26/2011 4:23:12 AM (last edit: 10/26/2011 4:23:12 AM)
show user profile  Poopsmith
I would not learn Flash. I still feel that in 5-7 years it will be obsolete, if not less.
3d 2d digital artist special effects poopsmith

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10/26/2011 4:46:33 AM (last edit: 10/26/2011 4:46:33 AM)
show user profile  Error404
well, if you are just starting to pickup CAD, I imagine it would be difficult to find a decent paying job, since there is more than likely others who have much more experience in that field who would take up the jobs. I could be wrong though. -

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10/26/2011 5:12:08 AM (last edit: 10/26/2011 5:12:08 AM)
show user profile  vladdddd
flash is improving every year and the flash based web experience is improving as well. also speed is better now with as3. flash will never be absolete imo.. but it will be the perfect tool to getting 3d animations out there on the web. moreover up to 98% of teh web users now have flashplayer plugin installed on their os.

owtdor, u should try adobe after effects if u havent all ready. its the best tool for enhancing your 3d animations

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10/26/2011 11:15:17 AM (last edit: 10/26/2011 11:16:34 AM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
in your down time - figure out what you want to do :p

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10/26/2011 11:19:24 AM (last edit: 10/26/2011 11:19:24 AM)
show user profile  Bolteon
apple gave up on flash 5 years ago, and now microsoft is too. flash is dead... adobe is just trying to make some more money off of it before it goes away.

and dan's on the money.

if your trying to get money in till you have paying clients; get a normal person job. learning a new program (especially anything that will have a relation to engineering [as most CAD programs do] and schooling) wont get you paid in a way that's much different than getting a regular job.

-Marko Mandaric

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10/26/2011 11:19:57 AM (last edit: 10/26/2011 11:19:57 AM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
I strongly disagree that flash is dead or on it`s way out. Development frameworks will undoubtedly change ( there are now a number of applications that will target flash player ), but there`s nothing else that can touch it in terms of a universal platform for delivering multimedia content. Flash technology allows for rapid prototyping, visualisation and delivery that`s completely unmatched. Unless it`s a 3d browser you`re after in which case..

In my opinion, if your business is in delivering content and visualisation, your time would be well spent learning either one of the visual Flash development environments ( Flash Pro, Flash Catalyst etc ) or even learning some Actionscript with Flash or Flex.


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10/26/2011 11:31:48 AM (last edit: 10/26/2011 11:31:48 AM)
show user profile  vladdddd
have u read any articles on apple and ms giving up on flash?
for all i know flash doesn't work only on ipad and iphone.. which i know is apple s stupid way of saying "my dick is bigger"... i ve read alot about this topic... flash is more popular now than it ever was.. imo it wont go away at all

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10/26/2011 11:37:43 AM (last edit: 10/26/2011 11:37:43 AM)
show user profile  Error404
and microsoft's "silver light" or whatever the heck it is, is kind of a joke, that's not replacing flash anytime soon. I'm running a Windows OS, and even installed Internet Explorer, and I still can't get silverlight to work. After 3 weeks of (horrible) contacts with Microsoft's support teams, I just gave up.

The only reason I wanted silverlight is because Netflix uses it for their streaming (they really should have used flash...) , so I said fuckit and got a Roku box to play netflix. haha! Search "netflix silverlight problems" and you'll see that MANY people can't even get the darn plugin to work. And as far as I know, there still isn't anything that fixes the problem that so many people have. -

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10/26/2011 5:55:21 PM (last edit: 10/26/2011 6:00:10 PM)
show user profile  owtdor
Judging by the responses here I guess I should go back and boost my Max and After Effects skills.

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10/26/2011 7:23:49 PM (last edit: 10/26/2011 7:23:49 PM)
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