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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Another General Max Book Oct. 28 2009
By Drew Snyder - Published on
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There seem to be two types of Max books. The ones with lots and lots of text that are hard to use as a reference - they are too cryptic to understand and generally the organization of the Bibles still leave me baffled. On the other end there are more tutorial/image based books, some are decent for what they are, but it is usually difficult to find a good blend of information and how to's. This book is more like the 3ds Max 2010 Bible, and although it covers much of Max, the glaring exceptions are the lack of information on rigging and biped - there is very little beyond the basic how to do a simple keyframe of a camera animation in this giant book.

One of the authors of this book wrote a really good reference/tutorial book called Master Visually 3ds Max 8. I still see my students from time to time carrying round a used copy of this book that they got at the school bookstore. It is starting to show its age - mainly because of the changes to the interface - but seemed to be an excellent intro book because the tutorials were limited to one or two pages, and the text was direct and to the point.

Regrettable this book is closer to the 3DS Max Bible on the continuum. It has a good amount of information, but it is really dense with text, which now a days with all the online video tutorials, are being used less and less. I wish McFarland would have gone back and revised his Max 8 book. That is what those learning Max really need. For a general introduction book I refer students to Maestri's 3ds Max at a Glancethe book has lots of pictures, provides a good overview of the entire program, and only suffers from tutorials that I find difficult to complete. The other book I would recommend for those new to Max would be Essential 3ds Max 2008. Although earlier versions of this series were lacking, this one got it right as a good intro book on Max. There aren't any color pictures, but its tutorials and information are more in-depth than Maestri's book.

So if you want an up to date 3DS Max book, you like reading and having a Max book that can be used as a reference, this is the book for you.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Its a good book to explore 3ds max better Nov. 16 2009
By Pradipta Seth - Published on
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I would say, I loved the book when I went through it. I was in the teaching
field for a long period of time and I find this an excellent book for those
newbies who would love to have a 3dsmax guidebook along with them. This book
goes into sufficient depth to give detailed knowledge to the students.

The authors here are very experienced and already have several other books
on the subjects under their names. I have been a fan of these people who
contributed to so much good writing in general 3d graphics and animation and
its implementation. The contents are described in a simple, easy-to
understand languages with reference points as well. My students liked the
way the contents are flowing gradually based on difficulty levels which was
really helpful to lot of student who are just starting on 3ds max Design
2010. One thing I wish I could see is some color images of the tutorials.
Other than that it is a good book to have in your book shelf.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Lack of colors Jan. 24 2010
By Zsolt Szinyéri - Published on
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Well written book, easy to follow from the basics up to the higher levels.
Describes all the steps and tricks, so don't be afraid of it if you are a beginner.
Too bad that the screenshots are all grayscale, barely readable.
Very useful book Dec 13 2009
By L. Anderson - Published on
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This book definitly helps you understand the functions within the program. It gives you the info you need to really feel comfortable moving forward with advanced design work. If you need to learn this software from scratch I would recommend you purchase this book. Users looking for advanced training might not get to much from the book.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By gward - Published on
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I have just started the book and find that the illustrations are poorly printed and hard to read. The paper it is printed on is off white and the illustrations are very low contrast. This combination makes for poor visualization of the lessons you are trying to follow. As a beginner I had high hopes for this book, however I would not recommend it. If I had seen this book on the shelf first...I would have saved myself time and money.