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show user profile  CAD Monkey
Hi Guys,

I started a new job as a space planner a couple of weeks ago. Anyway, I had a load of 3ds max stuff in my portfolio - some average, some better from the course I've taken. Anyway, the company manufactures & supplies commercial furniture, and I was told that they took me on because of my autocad experience, but also because of my other skills including visuals (I know I'm not a patch on most guys here!). Anyway, I was given a large project today, and told to produce B&W plans, coloured layouts and some 3d's. So I ask which software I will be using (thinking 3ds) and I am told that I'll have to learn sketchup because it's what they use at the moment and because it's the industry standard!! I nearly fell off my chair, but there we have it folks - it must be official now, C4D, Maya, Max - all have been superceded by sketchup.

I have to admit, that this really did depress me - another job that looked like it promised so much with me being able to learn more about arch viz and also commercial space planning (where I lack experience) and even the 2d drawings have a disclaimer that says they might not meet building regs, ergonomic standards etc. etc. and we take no responsibility for it!! lmao

Anyway, I await a volley of comments while I go straight to the bottom of many cans of beer!

All the best,

Today is a gift, and tomorrow is not a promise, so love life!

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6/17/2010 9:10:10 PM (last edit: 6/17/2010 9:10:10 PM)
show user profile  StevegeK
You use a F1 wind tunnel to make a go-kart for 5 year olds? Nah.
Same with this stuff. Why use something that has been made to create high quality movies for... something, way less?

Sketchup can quite often do the trick while it is WAY cheaper than 3D max. So tell me.... why use 3D max?

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6/17/2010 10:34:15 PM (last edit: 6/17/2010 10:34:15 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Lol. Sketchup has it's place. Max has it's place. They are hardly the same. The Venn diagram has some overlap, but they are like chalk and slightly chalky cheese.

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6/17/2010 10:36:08 PM (last edit: 6/17/2010 10:36:08 PM)
show user profile  cadmonkey33
ive worked for several architecture firms, and its exactly the same. none of them did photoreal presentation.
when i first started at my current job they only used sketchup (and not very well). most presentation work was sketches colored in photoshop.

eventually i had to do an interior in 3d, and obviously it looked shit, and the boss asked me if i could light it better. i said 'yeah, if i go home and do it.', so i took the scene home, rendered it with vray, and took it back in.
it wasnt brilliant because it had been modelled in sketchup, but they were astonished. the boss said 'how come you can do this at home and not at work', so i told him his software was shit.

anyway, i got asked to do a couple more, then they bought me vray. now i do all the (kinda) photoreal stuff. they still use sketchup models extensively, but they like the nice renders for tender bids where they've got to impress :)

i reckon you should show them what they're missing. you'd have to do it on your own time tho.
but it really doesnt take a lot to impress most people :D

you can get vray for sketchup btw, its ok, but not a patch on the max version.

Nat Saiger.

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6/18/2010 12:29:41 AM (last edit: 6/18/2010 12:31:29 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
This is how we use sketchup, when organising building work for schools. If you are on subs, max gets an importer for .SKP files.

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6/18/2010 12:33:50 AM (last edit: 6/18/2010 1:31:57 AM)
show user profile  Joey Parker Jr.
SKETCHUP monkey!
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6/18/2010 1:26:48 AM (last edit: 6/18/2010 1:26:48 AM)
show user profile  reeves1984
"like chalk and slightly chalky cheese."


Simon Reeves - VFX Artist & Blog
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6/18/2010 10:55:49 AM (last edit: 6/18/2010 10:55:49 AM)
show user profile  STRAT
75% of the modelling in my current online portfolio is sketchup.


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6/19/2010 10:57:55 AM (last edit: 6/19/2010 10:57:55 AM)
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