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SubstanceSubstance - Discussions - Scratching my head
 on: February 17, 2013, 10:45:06 pm 
Hi, I'm confused.

I recently discovered Substances, and from what I have seen, it looks like some good stuff.
Now there are some problems with this. And the reason why I'm scratching my head. I'll try to be clear and objective.
Well what are Substances? I read around the web and I find its a texture, material, map, etc... Either you (Allegorithmic) and some other people out there who know all the jargon, apply it in the wrong place, or you aren't sure about what is is. Everyone knows what a jpeg is, a text file...etc. Get the point?
I kind of know what it is but I don't. That leads to another question. I know where I can get these "golden" files. That I found right away. Perhaps that is your goal as a business I don't know. But something isn't right.
You have from my point of view a great "something" here, but it's poorly publicized, explained, and to be honest looks hard to use.
It feels like you rely on the fact that people know all the works, all the jargon. Of course it's not intended to be used by anyone, but than again neither is photoshop and I know some people who aren't photographers or designers that use it once in a while (even badly and in a primitive way).
I'm saying this because as I tried to further discover and learn more about the whole Substance concept I only got more confused.
You have "xyz" softwares but I can't figure out clearly what each one is for, what it does.
How does one create a Substance? Plain and simple. Google it, search on the tube, you find nothing understandable. As something developed intended to save time and effort to create, there is clearly a page missing in the book.
Picture this, I have a photograph of some material say a brick wall. I can use it in say 3ds max, the traditional way.
But I hear of this magic called Substances and how it will save me countless hours of work. I want some of that!
Ok, I'll go down to the site and... now what? Which software do I buy? What does it do? How to use it? Which one suits my interests? I'm willing to learn but it's confusing... and I give up.
And with all the fuss you end up loosing a potential customer.

My advice, be more clear and objective about your product. And think why are "xxxxxx for dummies" books so popular.

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