I'm trying cinema 4D and it is really powerful like you said. But I'm having a problem with the modeling/create tools. Is not appearing when I click on mesh. Can you help? Do you know why?
Modeling tools are severly imited in the LTE version bundled with AE. There is a chart on the Maxon site that shows the differences.
You could always use Blender (open source and free) to create and export .obj files and the import them into the LTE version of AE.
I checked the chart and tools like extrude are suppose to be included. And they don't come up