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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Waste of money, but probably no other choice Jan. 11 2012
By Tony - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book hoping to learn modelling, but so far I have spent most of my time trying to figure out what they mean! Fairly trivial stuff gets over - explained, then they leave you to figure out something fundamentally vital yourself. The book has a good share of typo's as well, which doesn't help ... you begin to wonder if you're doing something wrong, or maybe they just got the instructions wrong? Far too much time will be spent figuring out what they're TELLING YOU rather than FOLLOWING INSTRUCTION with this book. Frankly, it's rubbish, but being the official study guide there's probably not a huge lot of choice. I've learned far more from youtube video tutorials / projects than this book. It's hard work, and then hard work to read. Not a great combination. I wish the world would stop trying to emulate 'Windows 95 for Dummies' in writing style too. This book has a bad dose, and it's corny.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Dude, seriously? May 21 2012
By Greg - Published on
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You're gonna spend most of your time trying to figure out what the heck they're talking about. The writing is confusing, the word choice is poor, and often when you follow their instructions you wind up doing something completely different. As a result you're left trying to figure out where you went wrong rather than doing anything productive. I had the Kindle version and its coding was also poor at best. Pictures for accompanying paragraphs would be separated by several pages so you'd have to consistently scroll back and forth in order to match things up. But that was really just nickels and dimes compared to the frustrating read this was. And you can tell that the chapters were written by different authors, as the the writing style and flow changes from section to section. And both styles weren't written very well so it's a struggle either way. I would ask for my money back due to this being such a bummer but I know that won't happen. Be prepared to figure things out for yourself.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
For the essentials July 17 2012
By Looky Lou - Published on
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This is the most intimidating software I've ever attempted to learn, BAR NONE. 3Ds Max makes Photoshop look like Instagram! But, despite the difficulty, I thought this book did a great job of laying out the essentials. I'm a tad mystified by some of the other reviews. If you do the exercises in the book, then pick a simple project and use the book to find fixes when you get stuck - you should be up and running Max in no time.

PRO TIP: Consider getting the kindle edition. Searchability is KEY when you're troubleshooting problems.
Fantastic Aug. 16 2013
By Kaine Doherty - Published on
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Needed this book for university and i couldnt believe how much cheaper and easier it was to get here instead
Not for beginners Aug. 8 2013
By Ultraviolet Frog - Published on
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The main problem with this book is that the author skips some essential, vital things thus making the process of learning very, very hard. If you know 3 d max already, or may be some other programme of that kind - probably it will work. I tried to study 3 d max with this two times and there was almost no progress. Now, when I am almost through with "Autodesk 3ds Max 2012: A comprehensive guide" by Tickoo (I highly recommend this tutorial, by the way) I took this book again and I see that know I can work with it. Another problem with this book - they skip simple things and try to show more advanced things, and that doesnt work. Again, if you are beginner - dont start with this "Essentials" - you will get frustrated.