3D Apps 2013
A thread to discuss 3D animation apps.
I've been playing around with several 3D apps for the past two weeks, looking for something to use for work (mainly animated characters, with lip syncing if possible) and something (perhaps the same app) to mess around with.
Cinema 4D -- Too darned expensive, especially to get character rigging capability. Nice app, though.
Modo -- expensive, but goes on sale for 49% off every now and then, so I gave it a closer look than C4D. Crashes from time to time with the 3D mouse, requiring reboot, which is frustrating. Only limited audio (single track playing at any one time).
Cheetah3D -- got it 40% off at the App Store. Not bad, but no audio at all. A nice learning tool (and more!) for the price. 3D mouse works great.
Carrara 8.5 -- just released a couple of days ago, works fine on 10.8. 3D mouse a no go. BUT: a rather nice all-in-one package (includes environments and animated water) that was rather inexpensive. I went on and bought it and in a day put together a nice movie. Has render nodes that are a breeze to install and work perfectly; really speeds up output. A couple of bugs, though (the install went fine, but some of the parts don't show up). And the included users guide was for version 7 (I bought 8.5).