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Learning Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2010: Essentials: The Official Autodesk 3ds Max Training Guide [Paperback]

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June 25 2009 0240811933 978-0240811932 1
Learning Autodesk 3ds Max 2010 Design Essentials is a superb end-to-end reference that provides users with complete info on all of the features and options available in the latest version of 3ds Max Design, so that users can learn how to use 3ds Max Design confidently in a production environment. Each chapter offers a series of lessons - which introduce the functional areas of Max Design and go over all associated features (with examples), and then a lab (which demonstrates a practical application of the lesson). Together, all of the lessons deliver and sound and complete approach to revealing the functions, features, and principles of 3ds Max 2010 Design. New Bonus section on MaxScript covering techniques for automating repetitive tasks and customizing 3ds Max Design to make you more productive. The DVD includes project Scene & support files, 3 bonus chapters and 4 bonus labs (an additional 370 pages of 3ds Max Design techniques) with free models & texture maps from Turbo Squid (a $188 value), and a link to a trial version of Sketchbook Pro.

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Learning Autodesk 3ds Max 2010 Design Essentials is a superb end-to-end reference that provides users with complete info on all of the features and options available in the latest version of 3ds Max Design, so that users can learn how to use 3ds Max Design confidently in a production environment. Each chapter offers a series of lessons - which introduce the functional areas of Max Design and go over all associated features (with examples), and then a lab (which demonstrates a practical application of the lesson). Together, all of the lessons deliver and sound and complete approach to revealing the functions, features, and principles of 3ds Max 2010 Design. New Bonus section on MaxScript covering techniques for automating repetitive tasks and customizing 3ds Max Design to make you more productive. The DVD includes project Scene & support files, 3 bonus chapters and 4 bonus labs (an additional 370 pages of 3ds Max Design techniques) with free models & texture maps from Turbo Squid (a $188 value), and a link to a trial version of Sketchbook Pro.

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Autodesk's Media and Entertainment division produces award-winning software tools designed for digital media creation, management and delivery across all disciplines: from film and television visual effects, color grading and editing to animation, game development, web/interactive, and design visualization. Autodesk Media and Entertainment is based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid Feb. 10 2010
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Having no prior experience with 3ds Max I bought this book hoping to learn the basics. Don't let the cover deceive you, this book doesn't offer any training. It contains a long list of features with little to no explanation on how to use them. Most of these features only have a sentence or two on what they are, and don't give you any clues on how to use them in practice.

Avoid this book.
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Learning Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2010: Essentials: The Official Autodesk 3ds Max Training Guide

Although I must say that it is a very good book especially for newcomers to the program I do have a little criticism of the book design. There is far too much wasted white space and the strip images on the page edges are meaningless. The author is very good in explaining things but the publisher should follow through with better presentation of the work. Of-course the designer will quite vehemently defend his/her choice of layout, this is expected. It does however concern me that they could have used half the number of pages and did just as good a job of teaching the program. Environmental concerns, economics and plain old good design goes a long way in this day and age. I'd say 3 stars out of five. Sorry, but this is after all 2009 and we have to wake up to reality.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not the best book,,, just the best i found so far July 1 2010
By Zap Zhong - Published on Amazon.com
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the fact that the book is in black and white is a real problem.. it is hard to follow the tutorials that tell you to click on a particular point and you can't quite tell what point they are talking about. Tutorials themselves (if you can get past the B&W problem) are good -- at least until around lesson 16 and 17 where it seems like the author or editor got in a hurry and started missing steps.. at least thats what it seems to me since I couldnt get thru those particular tutorials. But, that said, this book has been a better introduction to me to Max than the Bible series which really threw me some loops. Overall, it just seems that Max doesnt have very many good learning books.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the complete printed book Nov. 5 2009
By J. Olson - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this book because it is the Official Training Guide for 3ds Max Design 2010 and it's basically required reading if testing for the Associate or Professional certifications. Unfortunately, the physical/printed book only includes the first 4 chapters of material (Chapter 1 - Getting Started, Chapter 2 - Modeling, Chapter 3 - Lighting and Chapter 4 - Materials). Looking at the 3ds Max Exam Sections and Objectives online, I saw that there was a second part of Chapter 4 (Maps) and also a Chapter 5 - Rendering and a Chapter 6 - Animation that seemed to be missing.

After a little bit of digging, I found that these additional chapters are included on a DVD in the back of the book in PDF format along with the training files. However, if you're like any normal person and want to read these additional chapters somewhere other than in front of a computer, you will want to print these additional chapters out. I brought the DVD to Kinko's and spent an additional $30 to have the chapters printed out and and spiral bound so that I could tab out the lessons and highlight the important ideas with a marker while studying at the library/cafe/etc.

I don't understand the logic in Autodesk not printing and including these additional chapters in the book itself and am pretty disappointed in their decision. The price of the book on Amazon was about $35 but I would have gladly paid $65+ to have the complete book printed in one volume.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book but it does need color June 1 2010
By Terah Mauricio - Published on Amazon.com
this book is great for beginners like me and it touches on all the fundementals of a very complex program(and I thought Flash CS4 was complex to learn). My only real displeasure with this book is that it does not have color in the pages so when there is a part of the image that is highlighted, you cant see it or distinguish it against other elements surrounding it. This does make it very confusing at times, but never the less you catch on to the main focus of the lesson. I tried to look for other books on the basics of 3Ds Max but this was the better of them all.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but could be better Sept. 23 2009
By Jerald O - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm currently half way through this book and have learned a lot. One of my complaints is that they do not inlude color pictures of the examples they give you. It is hard sometimes to see what it is they are talking about because you cannot tell what is highlighted in the black and white pictures. On some pictures it has the text saying "Insert Ex14_09.png" left over on the picture. On some examples I could not replicate exactly what they were doing, I'm not sure if the workflow was correct or if some minor detail was left out of the book by mistake. If your new to 3ds Max this is a good start. I plan on tackling Mastering 3ds Max next.
5.0 out of 5 stars Black and white screen shot examples pack every chapter Sept. 19 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Learning Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2010 is a 'must' for any who would learn Autodesk 3ds Max Design in a production environment. Each chapter offers a series of lessons plus a hands-on, real-world lab application to cover both theory and application. The approach teaches how to use user interface and 3D workplace alike, and shows how to apply various lighting effects and design standards for maximum efficiency. Black and white screen shot examples pack every chapter.
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