Hi everyone. I have been doing special effects for a while now but this is my first time to venture over to the 3D forum. I am wanting to start some tests in this medium. I just found a copy of 3ds max 6 on academicsuperstore.com for $600. However, I am not sure if this would be too difficult for a newbie to learn. Should I get my feet wet with something else or jump right in. Thanks for your time.