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With all of the open source offerings available these days, you might sometimes wonder about the motivations of the developers who put together those packages. For some, it might be the ability to tout their programming abilities. What is also interesting is a case like Cinema, which is indeed open source, but is produced by a for profit German company, Maxon. The book starts by explaining that Cinema 4D comes in 4 versions - prime, broadcast, visualise and studio. Prime is the base [ie. simplest and free] version. Largely, the book describes prime. The others are definitely not free and are meant for professionals in motion graphics, architecture and design. In essence, if you like the book's material and try out prime, the other versions form a natural migration path in functionality. The book starts with an exposition on 3d geometry and how easy it is to work in it using Cinema. All the expected stuff is here. Like being able to extrude polygons. The example is to make a desk - a piece of furniture, and to put it into a room - a 3d space. Users who may have used ProE or SDRC Ideas will recognise the abilities. With of course the distinction that Cinema is free, unlike those professional layout tools. Unfortunately, for a book on graphics, it is marred by poorly taken screen shots of the 3d spaces in which the graphics operations are depicted. These images are grey scale and are very hard to read. A little ironic because the very topic is about being able to visualise and operate within 3d. Yet the book's examples will involve much squinting by the reader. Let's talk User Experience here! If you are interested in the broadcast or studio versions of Cinema, chapter 7 on MoGraph describes how this is only available in those versions. A teaser that perhaps can induce you to upgrade to them. So you can regard the chapter as a hypothetical guide to animation. MoGraph also comes with built in physics. For making single images you don't need it. But for animation it is a great help. Lets you make motion and collision of objects more realistic.