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I am a professor at a university in Illinois and use this book as a required text for a 3D visualization course that I teach. I have found this book to be well suited for all users from novice to expert. The authors have taken great care to explain concepts thoroughly and illustrations are aplenty. I recommend this text for both personal and classroom use without reservation.
This is a great book for anyone using 3ds max. I have gone through this book from cover to cover and it is, simply, the most imformative and educational tool with regard to 3ds Max that I have come across.
I specialize in Architectural Visualization and this book covers everything necessary to complete my tasks.
Although I hava a good knowledge of Max, I always find a new tip or trick that I hadn't thought of to get the job done more efficiently. That being said, I consistently go back to the book as a reference guide.
It covers everything you need to know regarding modeling, rendering, lighting, and materials.
I brought this book for my daughter who was only taught a few lessons of 3Dmax in her first year at Uni in England. She wanted to do a very complex 3D Interactive Touchscreen Guide for her major project in her last year. I hunted high and low to find books to help her and came across this book and web page. She has told me that it is the only book she has needed to learn 3Dmax, as it tells her everything she needs to know in a very thorough way. It's so good that I have now ordered the other two books to go with it! I don't know what she would have done without it! It's the only book that explains all the tools and how you use them. She has other books on 3Dmax but none have helped her as much as this one.