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What are the best 3d animation programs out there for mac, preferably something very easy to use, nothing too complicated. Something that someone with little to no experience would find usefull.
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I think carrara is easy to learn for someone who just wants to fool around. Its made by eovia, and can be complicated it you need it to be, but there are plenty of tools you can use to make something with out knowlage of complex 3d software.

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Is there a trial version for that? Could you post a link to it.
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Blender is pretty easy and very powerful and best of all it's FREE! Can't beat opensource/freeware.

http://www.blender.org/cms/Home.2.0.html

PLUS there are many free tutorials users offer for this program or you can buy the Blender book/bible.
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I'm not sure but, I think I'm blind. I don't see any demo version on there, they all the real programs that you have to purcahse. I want to test it out before I decide on purchasing it.

Can you add a direct link, perhaps ?
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I'm not sure but, I think I'm blind. I don't see any demo version on there, they all the real programs that you have to purcahse. I want to test it out before I decide on purchasing it.

Can you add a direct link, perhaps ?

I found this :headphone
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Thank you sursuciofla, I will try out blender as well

EDIT, Thank you pule-8 as well, I guess I was blind
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Thank you sursuciofla, I will try out blender as well

EDIT, Thank you pule-8 as well, I guess I was blind
No you are not blind, this link came from Google.
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What are the best 3d animation programs out there for mac, preferably something very easy to use, nothing too complicated. Something that someone with little to no experience would find usefull.

Im suprized no one mentioned this.. There is, of course, Maya. They have a personal learning edition which is free for educational use.

http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet...112&id=7639525

Its a great program, lots of tutorial and very powerful. A few downsides though, the renders have a PLE watermark going across the top, and the new version comming out does not have Universal binaries for the intel macs. (poop).

If you are just starting out and try maya, there are about 8 or 9 introduction tutorials about some basics of the interface, they are quicktime movies. Its good to watch so you don't get fustrated trying to do basic stuff.
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Give cinema 4d a try as well. I tried all the ones I could find a few years ago and settled with Cinema 4d. No regrets it's a great program, lots of tutorials to help out beginners and they even updated to intel processors for free. :cool:

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I find maya not to be the best place to start... although free, its really hard to learn with out a background of 3d animation in other programs, unless you take a class.

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Give cinema 4d a try as well. I tried all the ones I could find a few years ago and settled with Cinema 4d. No regrets it's a great program, lots of tutorials to help out beginners and they even updated to intel processors for free. :cool:

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I find maya not to be the best place to start... although free, its really hard to learn with out a background of 3d animation in other programs, unless you take a class.
Maya isn't too bad. I really would reccommend Maya if you are planning to use this skill in the future as it is one of the premier 3d modeling softwares in the business.

I like maya :-)
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