I’d like to know one thing: How good is Blender compared to so-called professional, proprietary software costing lots of dollars?
I do know that I could simply take the feature list of some other software and that of Blender and compare them, but that says nothing about the quality of things.
For example modelling: I do know that each and every single one of those programs allows me somehow to model, but the ease of use and the quality of the tools are quite different. An other thing is simulation: As far as I know, there are particles in Blender. But how good are they implemented? Is there cloth simulation?
So, what I need is some knowledge about the drawbacks of using Blender. Is it comparable to those costy apps like Maya, Lightwave, Softimage? Can I learn the things that are needed in the animation industry by using Blender or are some of those only possible in proprietary apps?
Currently, I’m using Lightwave. Is has a ton of drawbacks and I can’t afford to buy the upcoming Version 9.
Thanks in advance.