SoulDreamX (souldreamx) wrote in ljmug,
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Any recommendations?

Hey, guys. I was wondering if anyone out there had any recommendations for a good general reference book for Maya 6.0 or 6.5. I've used Maya in the past (versions 3.0, 4.0, and a little bit of 5.0), but there are still a lot of features I'm unfamiliar with, especially the newer stuff. I'm trying to get back into 3D modeling/animation after not doing it for a year or two and will be taking a class this fall (and hopefully looking for a job in the field soon as well), and I believe we'll be using 6.5 in the class. Also the Mac version, which is completely new to me. :) Right now I have a Maya 3 and a Maya 4.5 reference book, and I'm wondering if it's time for an upgrade or if I should just stick with the help files and books on more specific topics (character building, rendering, etc.). Despite having worked with Maya for some time, I still find myself completely lost when entering new territory, especially when it comes to the specifics of all the tools.

So, any recommendations? Either general reference books or more specific books that you just can't live without? Also, being new to the Mac version of Maya, will it be a problem going back and forth between the Macs at school and my PC at home when I'm doing homework?

Any help would be much appreciated. :)
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