well i personally bought 3dsmax for myself and my freelance work but i use viz2008 at where work in my day job so i’m REALLY looking forward to getting 3dsmax2009 rather than sticking with viz2008 as it mostly feels like the ‘‘2nd kid’’ getting hand me down clothing!
the reason for the design version of max is i think to START a fresh new path and eventually drop viz as a product…
at the start there will be hardly any difference between 3dsmax design and 3dsmax both will have ik, bones, hair/fur, pro boolean, light tracer, animated modifiers and biped but i think the design version will borrow some of the u.i. look and feel from viz2008 regard the autodesk colour swatches and the viewport grid etc.
it’s a much better option than that of say introducing bits n bobs from max2008 into viz2008
on balance it’s a great announcement and also note that it’s not all about the design version…we have some new things for biped for example…
and finally the need in arch tech and design to have '‘populated and animated’ design spaces to show off your proposed buildings is now a REAL need so Viz simply wasn’t cutting it up against it’s competitors…so having biped and bones/skin etc is VERY welcome
along with the new lighting analysis of course!