3ds Max vs. Maya: Is One Better than the Other?
So you're ready to dive into the world of 3D graphics, the next step now is to choose a program to use, that's easier said than done, as there are many different 3D applications to choose from. The most popular in the CG industry is 3ds Max and Maya, and a very common question is which 3D application is better? Does one program allow you to create amazing 3D models much faster? And can knowing either 3ds Max or Maya land you that job at your dream studio? Let's break down the differences between the two, as well as each program's strengths and weaknesses and answer the all important question, "Max or Maya?" The first question that needs to be answered is, "Can knowing either 3ds Max or Maya increase your chances at landing a job?" The answer is simple, no. If you're weighing the two applications based on if you get brownie points for knowing Maya over 3ds Max or vise versa is probably not a viable question. Skills always comes first among recruiters, if you're an amazing 3D modeler in Maya, and the job requires you to use 3ds Max then that place will likely train you in 3ds Max, because your work speaks for itself, not the application you used to create it. That being said, both 3ds Max and Maya both have their strengths and depending on how you want to use the application will determine which program you should choose. There is a reason these two applications have become industry standards, they both are powerful programs, but yes, depending on how you want to use the programs, it might be smart to use one over the other.