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Inside 3D Studio MAX 2 Resource Kit: 1 [Paperback]

Steve Elliott , Phillip Miller
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18 Sep 1998 156205953X 978-1562059538 1

The Inside 3D Studio MAX 2 Resource Kit is a valuable collection of learning tools for all MAX 2 users. Professional and student animators will find everything they need to learn all the concepts, features, and tools of the software in addition to dozens of add-on products that will extend the capabilities of MAX. The Resource Kit includes the following: - Software - Plug-ins, models, and textures are essential to every 3D Studio MAX user. Many consider MAX to be more of a 3D graphics platform due to its open architecture and the proliferation of add-on products created for it. MAX is a complex, robust product, but still has many short-comings, which is the reason for its open architecture. Kinetix encourages 3rd party developers to extend MAX's capabilities by creating plug-ins. The plug-ins, ranging from freeware to $1000, not only provide more features to the software, but also create shortcuts that save users hours- even days- of work. Users also pay hundreds of dollars to buy textures and models because the creation of them is so time consuming. The software provided in the Resource Kit is immensely valuable, saving users vast amounts of time and money. - Plug-ins from Digimation, Cebas Software, REM Infografica, Platinum Pictures, 3D Cafe, 4D Vision, Sisyphus, Blur Studio, Peter Watje, 2nd Nature, Numerical Design, Robert McNeel & Associates, and more. (See other side for detailed information about the plug-ins.) - Original textures and landscapes from Tom Marlin (exclusive) - Models from REM Infografica - Book (traditional, printed format) - Inside 3D Studio MAX 2 Volume I with companion CD-ROM by Stephen Elliott and Phillip Miller Books (electronic format) - Inside 3D Studio MAX 2 Volume II: Modeling & Materials by Ted Boardman and Jeremy Hubbell Entire book will be provided on CD-ROM. - Inside 3D Studio MAX 2 Volume III: Animation by George Maestri, Dennis Bradshaw, et al Entire book will be provided on CD-ROM - Digital Character Animation by George Maestri Selected chapters will be provided on CD-ROM - 3D Studio MAX 2 Effects Magic by Greg Carbonaro, et al Selected chapters will be provided on CD-ROM.


Product details

  • Paperback: 1335 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (18 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156205953X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1562059538
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 19.3 x 6.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,105,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money. 16 Dec 1999
By A Customer
To me this book is indispensable. All the information you would ever need to successfully use 3D Studio Max. I also own Inside 3D Studio 3, So I had the feeling that this book would be written to a similar standard. The book is laid out in a nice concise manner with all the features explained and some useful examples. The basics are also covered in the initial parts of the book which is useful for people starting out in MAX. The included 4 CD-ROMs is what makes this book a good choice. Two other books Vol. 2 and 3 are included as PDF.Plug-ins ,textures and objects make it a real winner.
A few small quirks I found is that 3 of the 4 CD ROM's which ship with the book are stored in a cardboard CD caddy. This is not good as I had to clean all 3 CD's and one of the CD's was a bit damaged. The other quirk with this title is the PDF printing, I found that using Adobe PDF viewer disables the printing, However the Ghost Script PDF Writer/Viewer is able to print the supplied PDF books with acceptable quality.
But Still worth 5 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource - too bad the PDF's don't print. 25 Feb 1999
By A Customer
I bought this resource kit, thinking I'd have a valuable library of information. I was right - almost everything I needed to know is right here, plus more. My only problem is that Vol.'s II & III are in PDF form. I knew this when I ordered but thought it would be nice to print out a chapter at a time and work on it. This would be great because I could have a single chapter to put in the copy holder beside the screen instead of a big clunky book in my lap. Not the case - the PDF's are "print protected". This makes it more cumbersome now that I have to switch between my Max screen and the Acrobat screen making it very hard to keep my place within the tutorial. If I could print, the kit would get 5+ stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really worth your money!! 28 May 1999
By A Customer
Great book for people advanced in 3D. If you are already familiar with 3D Studio it would help you make your design even more sophisticated.
But this is a book also for beginners. It assumes you are familiar with typical Max Help and the Book starts from this moment.
Nice library of objects , textures , and PLUG-INs !!!!
I gave 4 crowns , but it should be 4.5. Why not 5? The biggest disadvantage is volumes II and III PDF format.(non printable). There is also a lot of 3D junk. Just to fill up CD's. But it's nice to watch.Once....
If I were you I would definitely buy it!
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