August 13th, 2007,02:03 AM
I think shake is pretty easy to learn, it's just like batch except you don't have to know all the buttons by heart.
In the long run though, I'm not sure if there will be many Flame workers. You're correct to say that companies want cheaper faster software, and they always want cheap labor too, which generally aren't the flame artists. It couldn't hurt to learn additional software, the concepts are all the same.
The other thing is, it's very hard for people now a days to learn flame, which I think is helping it die off. I mean you use to have assitants who you could teach, and there weren't a lot of other programs around. Now a days you can't really get an assitant flame job, and other packages can make great work without an expensive system like flame. Without people who know the software, the use of it is just going to keep dying down. Flame is also not user friendly and hard to learn, if you are going to have to teach someone a software you are going to teach them the software that's easier to learn so they will be able to get work done sooner.
This is all in my personal opinion. I still think you'll have flame guys out there, but just less jobs and more competition for them so of course you'll have to lower your rate. I mean really all our jobs are threatened anyway with all the outsourcing that goes on, so you just have to make money while you can and try to adapt to the changing market.