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About davidlgood

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  1. People will pirate software no matter what. But I remember 3D Studio Max being one of the most pirated software programs a long time ago. All the kids that pirated it learned to use it, and when they went on to do more professional work what did they end up buying? The software they were most comfortable using -- 3D Studio Max. I don't approve or pirating, but it doesn't mean a lost sale forever. Sometimes it gives someone an opportunity to use it until the day they can afford to purchase a real copy (which usually happens when they get a real client/job). That's a good question. If yo
  2. I wish there was a dongle-free version of Animator. In transit I seem to have misplaced my old blue dongle -- and need to order another but have had to use other applications until then. It's an absolute pain. As much as I have loved EIAS over the years, it's not very flexible -- I can't go from my various machines without remembering the dongle, and if it gets lost I'm screwed. I do remember several people who used cracked versions of EIAS back in the day, but after they learned to use the software they all purchased valid copies (the cracks were not good, I think, but were enough to learn on
  3. In the interview, under the question "Did you use EI for that website?" Wu states, "All the exterior shots were done with Max, Vray, and later modo while everything interior were done with EI." And to the right of that is an "exterior" shot. I'm just curious why you would post an "exterior shot" which was "done with max, Vray, or modo" instead of posting a shot rendered with EI. Or, was this exterior shot actually rendered with EI but unfortunately placed next to text that would have me believe otherwise?
  4. I haven't run any extensive tests... but EIAS seems to open projects and render just fine on my Mavericks machine. So far, no issues to report. Again -- nothing extensive tested. (EDIT -- This is in reference to EIAS 9.1 -- I overlooked your request for EIAS 8 originally, so I wanted to clarify).
  5. I had my worries about the Creative Cloud (subscription-based model) at first... but I've been a subscriber for a year now, and I have to say I really like it. Keep in mind that I use a LOT of their applications, so having all of their "creative" applications to work with at a low monthly cost is a real "win" for me. Updates come out often, and being able to get (or reject -- my choice) updates as they come along is very nice. The additional tools available only to CC subscribers is also nice (but these are mostly for those who deal with online creation -- such as websites, online fonts, et
  6. That's odd. I get almost zero eMails from them -- and I even signed up for notifications. Maybe I should be thankful. Then again, maybe they used to spam me with "offers" and I unsubscribed a long time ago. Hard to remember. Silo was something I was really getting into -- until the updates started to slow down and any kind of a response from the developers was getting more and more spaced out. To me, that's a "red flag" -- if the developers can't even acknowledge a forum post it's time to move on. That's why it's important for EIAS staff to remain active, even if it's just to say "hi
  7. Always nice to see improvements. I know how much work can be involved in the various updates, so I'm not expecting anything "over night", but every step forward is a good step. :)
  8. I have a suggestion that is more for the website than for any actual product. It would be nice if things on the site were given more information. For example -- there are a lot of tutorial videos and samples on the site, but it's difficult to tell just by browsing if the videos are current, what version of EIAS they apply to, and what product(s) were used in the video. I often times have to go to Vimeo for each video just to see when it was posted, and hope that date is an accurate reflection of how old the actual content of the video is. Another example are the shaders and plug-ins --
  9. I'm pretty happy with EIAS 9. I've always loved EIAS (been using it since version 1.X). I would like to see some additional enhancements to add to camera projection workflows. Maybe something that allows for the perspective of an imported photo to be calculated (similar to the way SketchUp works, or C4D, and now Blender with a user-created add-on)... where you have control lines that you can move over the image that will calculate the camera. This would make camera projection setups move much faster. It would also be nice to have a better workflow between EIAS and AfterEffects... C4D has
  10. Excellent!!! I'm VERY happy to hear that Northern Lights is alive and well. Can't wait for the updates!! Hopefully this is also a sign that Northern Lights will be ramping up the development of new tools?!
  11. I don't know about everyone else here, but the "aging interface" noted towards the end of the revue is actually something I like. It's clean and simple and does exactly what I need it to do. I don't like the interface for many of the more "popular" 3D applications, as the GUI eats up valuable real estate or is "pretty" for the sake of being pretty... but otherwise does nothing more than eat up space.
  12. I've given up on Silo, as I do enjoy keeping my Macintosh current and don't prefer working on buggy software that the developers just decided to ignore. I prefer to model on a Mac, rather than on one of my Windows machines, so that does limit my choices. I used to be a Form•Z guy -- LOVED Form•Z. I moved away from commercial work for a while and Form•Z was just too expensive to maintain. When I eventually got back into 3D modeling and animation (more focused on 'corporate' and less 'commercial') I decided to go with Punch!CAD's ViaCAD Pro. I have to say, I have been VERY happy wi
  13. Tom -- although I plan to upgrade to EIAS 9, it's nice to know that the "demo" version will cover the loss of Transporter for those who choose to stay with EIAS 8. Good thinking!!
  14. In Mac OS X 10.7 all my windows would "freeze" when I tried to move a window (in other words, I can not see the outline of the window I'm moving until I let go of the mouse button). In Mac OS X 10.8 my screen simply turns black when I try to move a window. Very odd.
  15. Thomas -- you said that you solved this for Lion. What is the solution?
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