3D Modeling tool question
I'm hoping someone out there will have some advice on a good (and hopefully not too expensive) program for modeling 3D objects. Basically I'm looking for something in which I can start to make my own props and clothing pieces for use with Poser figures.
I have a copy of Shade 7 designer LE that came bundled with Poser 6, which seems to do what I want Ã¢â‚¬â€œ except for one thing. I need to be able to import Poser figures (Victoria, etc.) so that I can design clothing around the figure. Shade has a "PoserFusion" feature that is supposed to do this, but I can't get it to work.
So... what would you recommend to get started on doing my own 3D modeling, specifically for Poser props and clothing items? I'm somewhat considering getting the Shade 8 product, which is supposed to integrate with Poser 7, but it doesn't seem like Shade is very widely used. I'd be very grateful for any thoughts you might have regarding any tools or techniques to do this.
As for tutorials, the only one I've found are specific to Shade (naturally)... don't know how useful it would be, but reading this gives me an idea of the basic process. Of course, making conforming clothing would be a lot more involved, but to start with I'm hoping to at least create some dynamic pieces I can use in the cloth room.
So, here is a list - some I've used, of others I've heard good things:
AC3D $74.95 - http://www.inivis.com/buy.html
3D Canvass/Plus/Pro (Free/$34.95/$69.95) http://www.amabilis.com/onlineregistration.htm
4DBlue (still in beta, but welcomes testers) http://www.4dblue.com/
CB MOdel Pro (Functional Beta, welcomes users and their feedback) http://www.cbmodelpro.com/
Milkshape 3D (functional development) http://chumbalum.swissquake.ch/ms3d/index.html
trueSpace v3.2 (Free) http://forms.caligari.com/forms/ts3all_free.html
TreeMagik G3 (Free) http://www.aliencodec.com/product_treemagik.php
TreeGenerator (Free) http://membres.lycos.fr/treegenerator/
Tha...that's 'bout it...
there's also one called Blender, Las (steve that runs deezsites) uses that one.
there's also hexagon over at DAZ, but i dont think its for $2 anymore :/ I picked it up when it first came out, with a huge sale on for it.