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    Illustration, design, character design, toy design

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    Designer and Illustrator who loves characters and toy design
  1. Many thanks Mylenium! Poly Scale seems to be doing a decent job so far, needs some tweaks to get it to stick. You mention a Surface Effector, but I can't find it in the menu system or documentation...?
  2. Hi, I'm a bit of a C4D noob as I'm moving over from several years with Maya and I'm trying to use the Cloner set to Object mode to cover a piece of text with clones. However,I can't get it to distribute the clones evenly and they either overlap or are separated with large gaps. I've seen some plugins that could in theory do the trick, but then you can't animate the results with effectors afterwards (as I am planning on doing). I realize these clones are distributed along the vertexes, edges or normals of the polygons, but is there a way to either size the clones to each polygon face perhaps? cheers, /Bard
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    Decent update! They should get PTEX texturing in there though now that they have sculpting. It's silly to have to do UVs on complex organic models when PTEX is so easy and functional.
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    The SSD advantage

    I don't think I'd recommend 60GB disks. My 128 was nearly running out of space due to serious temp file generation when using After Effects / Maya the other day. To be running optimally, I think it's better to invest in a larger SSD for your system drive. 128 GB is the smallest I'd use to be honest.
  5. I'd argue that getting a refurbed Octocore Mac Pro pre-Nehalem is a bad idea in comparison to the speed gain of the Nehalem architecture and hyperthreading. If you're getting an older machine, get a Nehalem. Ars Technica tells you why: Ars Technica Mac Pro Review. The new Westmere's are somewhat faster than the Nehalems, but it's hard to say how much the difference will be in real terms. The 12-core blows everything away on GeekBench's scores though: GeekBench Top Results
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    The SSD advantage

    For a laptop, SSD seems like a difficult choice. 128/256 is very little for a main drive. Only if you have a Mac Pro would I suggest an SSD as you will need a secondary internal drive for your work. 128 should be enough for the apps you mentioned if you remove all the templates and crap they install though. In regards to Macbooks, it's weird because Gizmodo has this article: Macbook Air SSD Performance Pretty Much Non-existent. Yet they did say that beach-balling was severely reduced with an SSD. SSD vs. 7200 rpms in normal machines in terms of performance; I disagree that there is little advantage in the SSD. I can open an uncompressed 1 GB video on my SSD in Quicktime without any choppy caching playback issues. That same does not go for my 7200 disks... When we get 1 TB SSDs, video-editing should be a whole new game ^-^ I agree that it's a real shame it's taken this long for SSDs to mature, it's about time we said bye-bye to standard drives.
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    The SSD advantage

    Essentially I agree with you, once the app is in the RAM, then it's all good. But getting it into the RAM from the harddrive is where it takes more time for a slower SATA/SCSI drive than an SSD. The entire OS is 2-3x faster, everything just loads right away instead of churning around on normal drives. 128GB drives are more than enough as a boot drive and they are actually quite reasonably priced.
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    The SSD advantage

    Hey! I'm new to the forum, this looks like a great place to exchange ideas and learn from. Looking forward to being an active member! I figured I'd post a little hardware upgrade tip to everyone, it's quite obvious, but here are the results that I got from just upgrading my system disk to an SSD drive: SSD Drive vs. SATA2 drive http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgNXd1Zay1k&feature=player_embedded Speed results: Shut-down/Boot up time: To get this 100% accurate, I decided to use the restart function to gauge boot times. Basically this also shows how much time the computer uses to shut down and then restart. Standard harddrive: 1 minute 26.6 seconds SSD harddrive: 26.7 seconds Application start-up time: I also did a test of how much different the application startup time was between the two harddrive types. All running Snow Leopard, no plugins installed. Adobe Photoshop CS5 Harddrive: 22.6 seconds SSD: 4.4 seconds Adobe Illustrator CS5 Harddrive: 21 seconds SSD: 5 seconds Adobe After Effects CS5 Harddrive: 35 seconds SSD: 29.9 seconds Autodesk Maya 2011 64 bits (1 plugin) Harddrive: 30 seconds SSD: 8.3 seconds It's really quite the incredible upgrade, my Mac is so much faster due to the SSD drive. I would really suggest upgrade to SSD to everyone doing hardware intensive work.
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