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2.0 out of 5 stars A wealth of information ruined by errata, 16 April 1999
By A Customer
This review is from: Inside 3D Studio Max 2: Advanced Modeling and Materials v.2: Advanced Modeling and Materials Vol 2 (Paperback)
The authors are very knowledgeable and cover lots of ground, with the emphasis more on materials than modeling. NURBS once more gets short thrift (will no one give it an in-depth treatment?), focusing on the simple creation of lofts, lathes, etc., with few insights into how to work details into these objects once created. The book is riddled with typos, missing steps, erroneous figures or files, etc. The publisher's Web site provides tech-support for this and other books, and through them I received an errata file written by one of the authors. While this is of some use, it barely scratches the surface of what is wrong with this book, and the errata itself contains many mistakes. It was reckless and unprofessional of the authors to hand in so many untested examples, ditto of the publisher in not performing a proper copy-edit, and ditto again for both to foist the mess on unsuspecting customers. If they team up again for a book on the newly-released 3D Studio MAX 3, check for reviews before buying, and it might not be a bad idea to contact the publisher and ask what steps they have taken to avoid the mistakes made here.
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