3ds Max vs. Maya EULA, what does it mean in practice for the end user?

loocas | 3ds Max,opinions,software | Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

max_maya_packshots.jpgEULA stands for End User Licence Agreement and everyone that has ever at least intended to install a US manufactured software must have met this caluse’o'law. So what’s so special about 3ds Max’s and Maya’s EULA that I should write about it? Well, first of all, EULA is, arguably, completely void in other countries outside of the US, especially Europe, due to its nature. That’s not only my own opinion, but also a lot of actual lawyers agree on the same argument.

But I’m no lawyer so, that’s not what I want to write about. What I want to write about are some significant differences in those two softwares’ EULAs. As you probably know by now, 3ds Max and Maya both belong to the same company, Autodesk, after, not long ago, aquiring Alias’ intellectual property. (more…)

The UPP force II

loocas | photos | Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Here we go again! I took my camera to work today and took some (crappy needless to say) pictures with it. So, here are some more pictures of the UPP folks working on the Nutcracker project.

buf_olin.jpg buf_phone.jpg buf_sleepy.jpg david_coffee.jpg dubers_butchery_band.jpg fanny_grin.jpg francesco_weird.jpg ice_workout.jpg kristyna_buf.jpg kristyna_kitchen.jpg loocas_bored.jpg loocas_smile.jpg sirpetr.jpg viky_smoke.jpg vseta.jpg

finalRender Stage-1 material set 02

loocas | 3ds Max,finalRender | Monday, January 28th, 2008

The materials are back on-line! I’ve decided to move these downloadable materials here, so that anyone can download and use them as they like! I was quite surprised by the response I got from people around the world when I temporarily took the materials down from my business web site, duber.cz, so here they are in their original form in one, convenient, package:

finalRender Stage-1 material set 02 (requires WinRAR to unpack)

Here are the preview renders of the materials included in the package (Advanced Car Paint, Aniso Metal, Carbon Fibre, Electron, Neon, Sand, Sex Toys, Snow and newly added Gold!)

adv_car_paint.jpg aniso_metal.jpg carbon_fibre.jpg electron.jpg neon.jpg sand.jpg sex_toys.jpg snow.jpg fr_gold.jpg

One last note about usage, all the materials are provided under the Creative Commons licence!

Creative Commons License

finalRender Stage-1 material set 01 by
loocas duber is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

finalRender Stage-1 material set 01

loocas | 3ds Max,finalRender | Monday, January 28th, 2008

The materials are back on-line! I’ve decided to move these downloadable materials here, so that anyone can download and use them as they like! I was quite surprised by the response I got from people around the world when I temporarily took the materials down from my business web site, duber.cz, so here they are in their original form in one, convenient, package:

finalRender Stage-1 material set 01 (requires WinRAR to unpack)

Here are the preview renders of the materials included in the package (Black Car Paint, Red Car Paint, Glass, Chrome, Ice, Stainless Steel, Wax and X-Ray)

car_paint_black.jpg car_paint_red.jpg glass.jpg chrome.jpg ice.jpg stainless_steel.jpg wax.jpg x_ray.jpg

One last note about usage, all the materials are provided under the Creative Commons licence!

Creative Commons License

finalRender Stage-1 material set 01 by
loocas duber is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Summerhouse visit

loocas | photos | Friday, January 25th, 2008

I’d like to show some more photos I liked. This bunch was shot when on a rare visit to our summerhouse in Chrenovice nad Sazavou. I used to spend summer holidays there and therefore have quite nice and nostalgic memories of the place. We went to visit our ount and uncle last October who were there for a short vacation. The photos mostly picture my bro, mom, my paren’ts dog, Channela, and the beatiful nature and environments of Chrenovice. I really miss those summers.

bridge_crossing.jpg cottage.jpg flowers.jpg channela_attention.jpg channela_chewing.jpg channela_laying.jpg channela_weir.jpg chrenovice_railstation.jpg kyoob_thinking.jpg kyoob_working.jpg ladin.jpg marry.jpg mutti_bridge.jpg mutti_weir.jpg nazi_kyoob.jpg night_club.jpg railroad_01.jpg railroad_02.jpg railroad_03.jpg sazava_river.jpg weir.jpg

Saturday hike

loocas | photos | Thursday, January 24th, 2008

In early December 2007 me and a good ol’ friend of mine, Hardy (pictured on some of the photos), went for a hike and since it was an exceptionally nice day I didn’t want to forget to take my camera with me. So, here are some pictures I personally liked and postprocessed a bit in Photoshop. All originally taken at 10mpix res. in a RAW format (which I personally prefer) and scaled down to a “desktop” res.

drain.jpg fuckin_gods.jpg chicken_shit.jpg lookout_01.jpg lookout_02.jpg lookout_03.jpg relative_scale.jpg ruins_01.jpg ruins_02.jpg ruins_03.jpg ruins_04.jpg ruins_05.jpg ruins_06.jpg ruins_07.jpg ruins_08.jpg ruins_09.jpg ruins_10.jpg smoke_joy_01.jpg thinker.jpg trees_01.jpg

How is it with W@R3Z?

loocas | opinions | Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

vista_photoshop_boxes.jpgDisclaimer: this article is in NO WAY intednded to guide anyone to using pirated software! It’s solely my own opinion based on my own experience.

So, what is all about that oh-so-prohibited word “warez”? Is it really that bad, evil and immoral using pirated software? It all depends on your point of view and other circumstances. On one hand, companies try very hard to avoid their software being pirated all over the web and even go as far as “hiring” legal force to do whatever it takes to stop you or anyone else from using their software without a “legally” obtained licence. On the other hand, there’re always hobbyists, students who can’t afford it or simply people who don’t like paying big bucks for software that they’re not sure they’ll be able to handle/use and the trials (that are often being crippled by the manufacturers) aren’t good enough for a full and thorough evaluation. Of course, there are also users who simply don’t give a damn and pirate even open source software ;)

One of the major features the companies scream about when it comes to software piracy is support. This, almost mythical, word should mean something like when you run into serious problems with your software, you’re, as a valued customer, eligible for some professional advice, help or simply a solution to the problem of yours. I say “should” as you’ll see it is not always true that you will get an answer to your question/problem, if any!

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Where is Autodesk headed with 3ds Max?

loocas | 3ds Max,opinions | Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Autodesk 3ds Max 2008 banner

The “new” version of 3ds Max, renamed to a fancy “3ds Max 2008″, has been out for a few months now and one can’t resist to ask one self a question: “where the hell is Autodesk aiming at with 3ds Max?”
I don’t know, but let’s take a look at the features that might at least suggest the way Autodesk might target the market with 3ds Max:

  1. The, I need to say great, new MAXScript Pro Editor
  2. Some modeling enhancements
  3. New Scene Explorer lists
  4. Very nice “WYSIWYG” viewport systems
  5. Couple more additions and features, but mainly some bug fixes and polishing

All these are great and very much welcomed additions to 3ds Max, however, something “feels” wrong about all this.

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The UPP force

loocas | photos | Monday, January 21st, 2008

I’ve been working with UPP for the past four months on an upcoming movie “Nutcracker: The Untold Story” and here are some pictures I’d taken last week and edited slightly in Photoshop, of some of my collegues and friends, working on the project:

Our head of 3d, awesome dude, Buf (btw: I highly admire his stamina!):

buf_smoking.jpg buf_sleepy.jpg buf_loocas.jpg buf_lighting.jpg buf_cool.jpg buf_ut3.jpg

Another great 3d dude, Tom:

atom_typing.jpg atom_tough.jpg atom_wtf.jpg atom_screaming.jpg

Other folks, I only took one photo of (from left to right): Viky, fantastic Maya VFX artist, Francesco, XSI guru, JohnBruk, superb Cinema 4D artist, Blitz, great XSI artist and a real good lighting TD and last, but not least, IcemanJ, great 3ds Max modeler:

viky.jpg francesco.jpg johnbruk.jpg blitz.jpg ice_croissant.jpg

Here’s one of our cute receptionists, Bara and a picture of the backyard we go to for cigarette breaks ;)

bara_shy.jpg bara.jpg corners.jpg

duber’s blog is here! ALL TAKE COVER!

loocas | miscellaneous | Sunday, January 20th, 2008

Hey! Welcome to duber’s blog. I’ll be sharing my stuff, pictures, scripts, technical articles and what not, on these pages so I hope you’ll keep coming back for more juicy content ;)

- loocas

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