I don't believe that 3D Studio Viz is available anymore or at least it isn't in the US. It was Autodesks' feature 3d modeling/rendering tool until they purchased the company that created 3D Max and after that purchase was made they phased out Viz. But they are virtually the same and #D max has a stronger rendering engine. And if you are looking for another tool that might be less graphic and more useful for producing construction documents you could always use Revit. But if you are interested in a more graphic software there is always Archicad, Sketch Up, or Rhino. They are all good and it is really which one you feel most comfortable with in any 3D program. And for a more architecture based version of 3D Max you could get 3D Max Design Studio which has an added feature for doing light analysis within a model. I personally have used Revit, Viz, 3D Max, and sketchup, I like Revit for building my main model and construction documents and then exporting that model to 3D Max in the form of an FBX file and then rendering it.
Thanks for your comment, it is really helpful. I think I will go for 3D Max, as I also want to start learning Revit. I am very bored using Autocad, I have been using Allplan and it is much exciting working directly on 3D than 2D.
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good to know dat theres som1 here who luvs virtual world as an architect,....
i hav come across quite a few architects who know the potential of virtual modelling but in spite o that , dey stil prefer hand drawn stuff (paper stuff)....
well i got a few real punch to rendering , not wit 3ds max rendering but wit Revit rendering.....
i must say that....though 3ds max has a powerful mental ray render engine than revit....
but if a play around in wit revit....u could get somthing like this....
this pic show the transition space from exit to the arrival-departure zone...cheers!
that looks great, I love Revit, and I know that you can get some really great renderings from it but it just goes faster in 3ds Max for the same quility. Below are some rendeirings that I did in revit that tooke on average 20 hours each.