Learning Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2010: Essentials: The Official Autodesk 3ds Max Training Guide Paperback – Jul 25 2009
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From the Back Cover
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.
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Avoid this book.
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.