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Autodesk or UDK for 2D and 3D Animation and Design



Autodesk or UDK for 2D and 3D Animation and DesignHave you heard of Autodesk – the 2D and 3D Design and Engineering Software for Architecture, Manufacturing, and Digital Entertainment? I have heard of them and I even had some experience with their software while I went to college for Web Development. Then after college I somehow wasn’t interested in their 3D Studio Max. But as time went on I decided to try and get some good experience on my own with the Autodesk’s Software until I saw their current prices which made me think twice about getting their software. It is kind of expensive, so I can’t afford it for now, and I don’t really have that much time for it anyway.

But still, when I’ll get some time and money, I am definitely interested in getting their software, because I remember the quality and the functions that Autodesk’s 3D Studio Max had, they were amazing and supreme. So, if you got like four or five thousand that you can invest in the top of the line 3D software, then I would really recommend getting Autodesk’s Fun, Professional, and very Entertaining Software Products.

Also, have you heard of UDK (Unreal Development Kit) – supposedly the world’s best game engine that you can use for creating amazing games, lifelike scenes, and fantastic worlds? I haven’t heard of this Software, I just recently and accidentally came across them. I was Extremely surprised and happy. Why? Because UDK claimed that it is FREE and that it is used by many professionals for designing 3D Games and other 3D related products. So, it sounds to me like I can design with UDK “Free” software same thing what I can design with an expensive Autodesk software.

Well, as I started doing more research and reading about UDK I found out that it is only free for your own personal use, so if you want to use it for ANY commercial purposes then you’ll start paying extreme amounts of money. This was very disappointing to me to find out. But, then I took some time to think and compare the differences between the two software products, I realized how both of them came up with very amazing and great ideas for their customers.

Autodesk is expensive, but, yes, there is a but, because that is the only amount that you have to pay them. UDK, the way I understand is totally free until you start making money, which sound very awesome for those who can’t afford buying, risking, or investing so much money into a digital product. I kept thinking which product is better to get in case I want to begin learning 3D Animation and Design. UDK is awesome because it’s free from the beginning and I wouldn’t have to pay them anything until I sell over $5,000.00, but then I’ll have to pay them 25% of my sales for the rest of my life, which doesn’t sound very pleasant. Free sounds very tempting, but it’s only until you’ll have to start sharing your profits with someone else.

Autodesk is awesome because I would only have to pay them once at the very beginning, but that is a pretty expensive and risky investment with which I don’t know for sure if I’ll make any money back or even if I’ll like the software after a year playing with it. Yes, Autodesk does let you try their products for 30 days, but seriously, do have any idea how much time you need to even feel a little of the REAL possibilities of 3D Studio Max. I hope Autodesk will some time soon give people a free non-commercial trial period of at least six months. Also, if you are a student, then you could get Autodesk’s Products to learn with for Free, but what about those that are currently not in any colleges…

Anyway, it is kind of hard to decide which is better Autodesk’s Products or UDK’s an Unreal Development Kit, they both sound and look very professional and amazing, and they are both used by super professionals in designing 3D animated Games and Movies. I guess I recommend that you try them both for as long as you can before deciding which one are you going to stay with. And maybe these books below could help you make your decision better before you jump into learning these amazing software products.

Learning Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2010: Essentials: The Official Autodesk 3ds Max Training Guide – VS – Mastering Unreal Technology, Volume I: Introduction to Level Design with Unreal Engine 3

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  2. Jayprit Vasava says:

    So,the final word is that,that if i want to learn about these autodesk softwares like max and maya,i can learn it with free student copies,if i am a student,and if i create a high graphic game and if i want to sell it and gain profit,the i HAVE to buy an original licensed full-version (not student version) of these two softwares,even if i am still a student,then will i have to buy the PAID licensed versions of these softwares,to sell my game and gain profit………..?????????

    Anybody….,please reply as soon as possible………….

    1. Yep, that is right.
      These kind of companies either have a free student version or a very cheap student version, but to make any money on it, then you must buy the retail version.
      To have good relationship with IRS and the Owners, you should follow the legal rules.

  3. A Student says:

    I like Autodesk as a student, because I get access to all the software for free (full version). You get a year license, but theres always a new version of the software coming out every year. All you need is a school e-mail address, and they give you an account. You can’t publish any of the games, but its great as a “Trial”, and once you create the game/program successfully, you can buy an actual license to publish it.

    Best of both worlds,
    A student

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