Originally Posted by Dillster
That seems to be true also in the teaching and learning areas. Looking at old college course booklets from as far back as 2006, Maya and ZBrush courses are more numerous since about 2009/10. I don't see Softimage courses listed at all in recent years booklets, and even Max isn't as popular a course as Maya now. I suppose it's an always evolving and changing thing, and Maya will eventually play second fiddle to something newer and better. The one program that seems to have staying power in college courses is Photoshop. They seem to have been teaching PS forever and it is still a highly sought course, always fully subscribed at my local college. I think the fact that Photoshop is widely used in many industries is what makes it appeal to all sorts of students.
Talk about PS, its ridiculously price in Continental Europe. The CS6 Standard version cost $699 list on US website, but cost 950€ on Germany website. I check this just today, as I need to get a new copy for my new PC. Seeing the big price difference left a sour taste in my mouth.
I used mainly Zbrush & Maya, & the good things about using popular software is support as well as more resources (tutorial, plugins, models, books etc).
I actually started with max made some of my early models in it, but I thought of giving Maya a try, & never went back to Max. I liked Maya Interface much better. Its also easier to borrow books at my local libraries on maya. The earlier adaption of Mental ray was pretty bad, & need a lot of technical know-how, & steps (link this node to this node) to get it working, but now its much better. I have few complain about Maya except the price! Zbrush however, is such a frustration, now its better, but the earlier version are so dark & moody, & menus that do not make senses.
Overall, I am happy with the tools I use.