Yeah, I'm not a fan of the Autodesk buyouts that are happening. (Not a fan of monopolies :evil: ) I've recently purchased Modo and Lightwave. Personally I love using both of them. I absolutely love Modo's texturing/painting/sculpting features. I also like its quick layering/UV creation and it works very well for level/map design. Lightwave, personally I like its animation features, it seems very user friendly and fast to learn. Both also have an excellent amount of tutorials/videos/docs available.