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Newbies can expect to spend time learning this program....
on September 12, 2011
First I began the fun way...by manipulating the Andy figure. It was fun & easy, but I wasn't learning anything so I spent over two hours with the basic tutorial. Whew! I kept reminding myself...'patience is a virtue.' Yeah, it took lots of patience on my part. After about 5 'start overs' with the basic tutorial, I was ready to call it an evening & try again another day...at which time...I will update my review. (I really want to work with some of the ready-to-use characters in the library).
To begin, I chose the 'Basic Tutorial'. I added the two boxes & the ball, but didn't see them on the screen. I finally found one box & the ball when I used the transform/move tool, but couldn't find the 2nd box. I adjusted the camera to the top & saw the 2nd box. I adjusted the camera to the left & lost the 2nd box. Also the floor/ground kept moving & I couldn't find it. One of the next steps wanted me to change the size of the box using the parameters, but for some reason I couldn't keep the box selected...so it wasn't changing size. At this time, I decided to close the program & start fresh. This time the ground/floor didn't disappear, but during parts of the tutorial, somehow the scene changed to 4 scenes which included a main camera view as well as a top & right camera view & a ground view/main scene. How did this happen? I wondered. I discovered an icon on the bottom left of the preview screen that had choices full port, 4 ports, etc. I chose full port and the main scene was back. I continued following the tutorial, but everything wasn't intuitive for me. By exploring the icons & following the tutorial I was finally learning the basics, but it was trying my patience. For example, zooming in was easy, but I couldn't figure how to zoom out. Finally, I used the Help menu and opened the .pdf manual & searched for zoom. I found my answer...you can zoom in by clicking the magnifying glass...very easy, I already knew that. To zoom out you use command/control and click your mouse. Somehow it wasn't working for me. I don't want to bore you with any more step by step details of my experience. I just wanted you to know a little of what I went through. For me the program isn't easy to learn; however, I know with time, patience & practice I can learn to use it. You might have a totally different experience, but if you are a newbie with these type of programs, be prepared to spend some time & patience while learning it.
Included in the box:
1 Mac DVD; 1 Windows DVD; 1 User Guide; 1 Quick Reference Card
Installation went smoothly on my ASUS, Pentium Dual-Core T4500 @ 2.30GHZ, 4GB memory, 450GB, Windows 7 OS