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Apr 18, 2006

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John Burrill

There really are limits to what Autodesk can put into the rendering and animation of it's base-model cad software. I mean, their flagship rendering product is Max...which, last I checked, was about 4-5K. If you didn't need particle systems, subobject animation and inverse kinematics, you could get VIZ for a couple grand.
But, if you didn't need full, modelling capabilities, modifiers, really good materials and postproduction effects, you'd get VIZRender with ADT and Civil3D and AccuRender with Revit.
Now, if you don't need any modifiers, object animation oe environgment mapping, you can just get AutoCAD.
What's next, if you don't need Orbit, 3DSolids or shademodes, you can get LT's new pan/zoom rendering engine?
It's like Max Lite Lite Lite, you have to have some limit to your expectations.

Evan Yares

"There really are limits to what Autodesk can put into the rendering and animation of it's base-model cad software."

No... I don't think so. There is no variable or incremental cost in including capabilities in an application program. Autodesk can put anything they want to in AutoCAD. That they choose not to, as a matter of positioning, is certainly reasonable. But it's not like they have to buy more bits and bytes to put more functions on the disk.

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