ok!maya and softimage are called highend tools for broadcast films but not max
,,,,it's not true, max is very powerfull tool it's depend who is behind him we can call him highend tool
the only thing was that the biggest studios get maya with multi rendering (mentalray-renderman...)
and he will be very fast for movies .maya is the king in nurbs modeling,max is the king in polygonal modeling
max has the best renderer engine (brasil finalrender vray and finaly mentaray...there's other's but...)
dont forgot the community on the web for max when you'll learning.
many people ignore that maya is not what we see on the viewport(interface)the hell of maya is at underground
especialy the mel programming wich give's the biggest studios the freedom to do what they want easily.
dont forgot that max is now developped by discreet the compagny behind the best movies( xmen2-matrix....see discreet.com).
finaly each programm has pros and cons .beleive me it's depend the artist behind.
the question is what maya can do and max can't do?no answer.hihihihi stupide question
maya do and max do but in different form ok!
i'm a maxer and very glad with and if you want to go very far, every 3d artist touch the compositing and here there's a big brother for max called combustion witch have perfect integration.
and a big respect for the guru MAYA.
for people whi want learn softwar's i suggest the video tutorial forget the papers too long .
for the MAYA community here never forgot this site for learning(thegnomonworkshop).
excuse my english ,sure i'll buy the arabic keyboard to write in ower (loughati el koran).