Re: Flash 4 or Animation:Master

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Posted by Bruce on March 23, 2000 at 12:44:50:

In Reply to: Flash 4 or Animation:Master posted by Sabyha on March 23, 2000 at 09:24:59:

: My 14-year-old is working with a demo of Flash 4, which seems the easiest animation software for him so far after a lot of false starts. I just came across Animation:Master, at the same price as the full version of Flash 4. Anybody out there who knows both and can help me decide?

Animation: Master is a 3D modeling and animation package with what I imagine might be a pretty steep learning curve for even a precocious 14-year-old. There are a couple of books out, local User Groups and lots of online help (check out the company's website at, but any 3D program is going to take a lot of time, energy and perseverance to come to grips with.

Having used both programs, I'd say that for someone just starting out who's trying to deal with some of the fundamental animation principles, your son will get faster results and more immediate feedback from Flash (which is a 2D vector animation program) than from Animation: Master.

But this is not to put down AM -- it's a great program and certainly the most full-featured 3D animation package for its price on the market today. If you want to check it out, "The Animation:Master Handbook" by Jeff Paries is available at most booksellers for around $50. Seems steep, but the book comes with a CD that contains a demo version of the program that will run on either Windows or Mac OS, and a bunch of tutorials. Worth a look if you're contemplating a purchase.

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