Lightwave vs 3DS for Flash

I’m new in 3D world and I want to improve my graphic for Flash. What do you suggest 3D Studio Max or Lightwave? I have heard that Lightwave is more intuitive for learning, but 3DS has more tutorials and resources. What is better for exporting to Flash or combining with Swift 3D? Do I need Swift 3D at all? Are texture resource CD-s the same for both programs, or they use some unique extensions? Is 1 year learning (books & DVD-s) enough to get the basics of modeling, lighting and texturing?