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Old 04-01-2003, 04:42 PM   #1
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Hello all,
I need some advice on purchasing a new Maya book.

There are a few coming out soon next week.

I'm thinking of getting either

Maya 4.5 fundamentals
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...01608?v=glance

Or Maya Savvy.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...books&n=507846

Which would you recommend for intermediate use.. in all areas of Maya ex. Modeling, texturing, rendering, UI tips and production work flow.. Rigging books and animation I have already, so not as important.

Thanks for the help.
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Welcome to Simply Maya GCastro! I don't have either one of the books, so I can't really give you my opinion. I say - Get them both!
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Thanks Darkware!

You know you're right, these books don't come out for a week and half. So let's try this. Let's look at these books'/authors' previous releases.

I'm guessing they'd be the same, just updated to maya 4.5.

so there's a fundamentals 4.0 book that's been out a while by same authors
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...books&n=507846

and Maya Savvy is the next installement from Mastering Maya guys. here's that book.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books

Which would you say, if you have these books, is more geared towards intermediate or is just plain better?

According to my budget, I can only afford one at the moment.
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My bet right now is on Maya Savvy. Based on the 2 previous versions of the books, the Maya Fundamentals book is good for getting started and covering a little bit about most features in Maya, but the Mastering Maya series is great for in-depth coverage on just about everything. There's a good reason the Maya Savvy book is going to be over 800 pages long. Maya Savvy is probably going to be a better buy for intermediate level users.
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I think you should wait for Mastering Maya 4.5. Old versions of this book are very helpfull for intermediate user.
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