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which one should i buy?
zbrush is better
5 votes
mudbox is better
3 votes

student licenses?
show user profile  parkerfamily
so i've been playing with the 30 day trial on zbrush , and i decided i want this program. but apparently everybody on here thinks mudbox is better, so my plan is to finish the last 19 days of the zbrush trial, then start the mudbox one and see which one is better. so my question now is, with student licenses, is it like a subscription, where you have to pay for it annually, or is it a one time buy? and also, are student versions allowed to be used to make money? because i'm betting on eventually wanting to be able to use these programs for money, so i don't want to pay 100 dollars for something that i can't use for it, since odds are i could just get all the autodesk programs on educational.
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3/7/2009 12:25:38 PM (last edit: 3/7/2009 12:25:38 PM)
show user profile  Dave
Of course you can't use it for commercial use. That would just be like getting a -very- cheap commercial version.

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3/7/2009 12:43:55 PM (last edit: 3/7/2009 12:43:55 PM)
show user profile  K-tonne
i don't think there is a student version of zbrush anyway
it's just 6 notes for a licence

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3/7/2009 2:47:54 PM (last edit: 3/7/2009 2:47:54 PM)
show user profile  Kajico
Zbrush is about $400 Student $600 commercial and Mudbox $100 student $600 commercial. But no you aren't allowed to use it for commercial work, you can't make money with the programs they're only for educational purposes.

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3/7/2009 3:54:06 PM (last edit: 3/7/2009 3:54:06 PM)
show user profile  parkerfamily
then what's the difference between student and educational? i got an educational version absolutely for free and the person at autodesk who gave it to me said that anybody who asked could have one =P sooo confused
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3/7/2009 4:47:03 PM (last edit: 3/7/2009 4:47:03 PM)
show user profile  Kajico
I dont know, but i've never heard of Autodesk giving away unrestricted licenses for free. Except for Maya's PLE and the now defunct Gmax I had never heard of this free educational version of max.

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3/7/2009 4:52:57 PM (last edit: 3/7/2009 4:52:57 PM)
show user profile  parkerfamily
also, can you think of any reason there would be a commercial version of zbrush 3 brand new on ebay for less than retail price? because there are quite a few but i don't want anything boot-leg. there's a commercial zbrush3.1 on ebay right now for 450 bucks buy it now, and i was wondering if it had any chance of being real
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3/7/2009 7:27:29 PM (last edit: 3/7/2009 7:29:26 PM)
show user profile  Dejitarujin
Beware of eBay. Software like that is almost definitely going to be a pirated copy, and I can't think of anything more despicable than trying to make money off piracy.

Of course, at $450, that's much higher than most pirated copies. Which is interesting, because you can't legally resell a full retail version.
Specialty: Non-organic modelling and effects.
Setup: 3D Studio 2010 with finalRender.
Rig: No, no I can't.
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3/8/2009 4:54:31 AM (last edit: 3/8/2009 5:11:15 AM)
show user profile  dd
yes before buying on ebay do your homework, but i can say i have boutght painter x from ebay for £80 and it was factory sealed and legit. so you can get good deals from ebay but you can also get screwed

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3/8/2009 5:17:36 AM (last edit: 3/8/2009 5:17:36 AM)
show user profile  npcph
if you do choose to buy from ebay, use paypal. that way you have the ability to get your money back if it isn't a legit copy.

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3/8/2009 6:20:07 AM (last edit: 3/8/2009 6:20:07 AM)
show user profile  advance-software
I bought our commercial 3D Studio Max license via E-Bay.

The way I ensured it was legit was to agree to meet up with the seller to inspect the product before handing over any money.

When we met up, I phoned Autodesk, gave them the serial number and they verified I was indeed buying an unregistered commercial version of 3dsmax.

Of course, this only works if the seller lives close enough to you to arrange to meet up.

When purchasing Autodesk products in this way, make sure the product is unregistered.

They don't allow you to transfer licenses from one owner to another once they are registered.
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3/8/2009 6:30:01 AM (last edit: 3/8/2009 6:35:12 AM)
show user profile  npcph
there is a copy of 3d studio max 3.1 being sold right now as an "uninstalled brand new" copy. 10 years after it's release and never been installed?! I'ld think that who ever bought this would be buying an unregisterable item, but i could be wrong. I rememeber not long ago seeing someone trying to sell copies of Blender on ebay.

[EDIT] I just went on ebay and people are still selling it. for $10.00 you to can have your free software that anyone can download. LOL.

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3/8/2009 9:25:07 AM (last edit: 3/8/2009 9:30:13 AM)
show user profile  dd
yes they are selling blender on ebay. a lot try to make out that they also source all the tuts and files so you dont have to hence the reason to fork out the money, but its still LOLable

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3/8/2009 9:36:15 AM (last edit: 3/8/2009 9:36:15 AM)
show user profile  snipa101
autodesk is extremely strict with their licensing. however if you are a student, you could go to , which i have used for years being a student/faculty member of a university.

you will need to provide proof of student or employment at an educational institution. for about $400 you can get the 3d studio max 2009 super pack. it includes 3d max 2009, mudbox 2009, motion builder 2009, combustion and cleaner XL.

the $400 option is perpetual, meaning it wont expire. there is a $190 option which expires in 14 months.

i am in the process of getting the commercial upgrade which goes from a student license to a commercial license for ~$1300. this has proven to be a difficult task but doable.

this would mean you could purchase 3d max as a student for 400, upgrade to commercial for 1300, then purchase a subscription for another 500 a year.

so for $2,200 you could have a fully legitimate commercial license for 3d studio max and pay 500 for a subscription each year. not too bad considering a license is 3500 to studios and non educational users.

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3/8/2009 10:16:15 AM (last edit: 3/8/2009 10:18:53 AM)
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