Centurian128;5170196 Where did you see that?
It's a bit more though $365 and it's a student version.
The actual one is around $4,100 from the same website.
FYI if you are REALLY desperate and want to model in the near future, buy max 2009 soon. Stores are already selling 2010 instead of 2009 (yeah I have checked and some stores still leave 2009 in their websites but it's sold out) and when 2011 comes out, 2009 will be harder to find and get. But some sites do offer digital downloads instead of shipping...if you have a fast enough internet connection to download it.
the_Farseer;5169898Talking like that on these forums is likely to get you in trouble...just an FYI. Even talking about illegal downloading is discouraged here...and should be. You do realize that people make their living from the money that program brings in right? You would be robbing them of the reward they deserve for their hard work. Don't tell me that "they make enough money from the people that do buy it because it's soooo expensive anyway." While it's true that programs like this are quite pricey, the guys actually doing the work (the programmers, testers, etc.) make not much more money than any other Joe. Most of the profits go right back to the company and to investing in the technology to make the next version...not to payroll. Just remember that before you download. You wouldn't want someone to take the models you produce without proper permission or accreditation would you? Same principal.
It made me to think.. Yes, I think that it's so expensive, but no, I will not say that they make enough money. Then, in begining I want to use 2-3 of its functions, that is why I don't want to have full version. I want to have a 'narrow' version... Or I'll try to use my friend's 3dsMax..