I have a 3d model with opaque and transparent parts that has a light bulb in it. (A lamp) I would like to be able to see what shadows are cast onto the planes below and above it(floor and ceiling) AND I would like to see how the projected shapes change as I distort the object. As I am not familiar with the abilities of the numerous softwares (sketchup, cinema4D, rhinoceros, etc) does anyone know what a noob like me could use?
Ease of use is most important. I tried blender and was blown away by the interface. Windows preferred but I do have an old macbook pro with an nvidia card.