So, my copy of ACAD-2010 appears to have been corrupted by my oldest installing somethings on my computer when I let him use it to do some work for school. This of course upset me. What upset me more is that I have not bought a licence since 2010 and my original install disk was lost when we moved last year. So, that comedy of errors aside I am looking at finally moving up to another 3-D package. I mostly use it for designing and rendering the ships from my books, but would love to be able to animate them. So here are my requirements.
#1 Robust 3-D modeler/renderer/animator
#2 Able to import ACAD .DWG models without too much difficulty#
#3 Cheap, the wife won't let me pay for a new ACAD license, so it has to be software easy on the pocketbook
#4 Relatively short learning curve for an ex-ACAD user
#5 Precision modelling capable, I'm used to actually entering coordinates and doing most of my modelling off the keyboard.