The 3D Cheapskate's Brief Guide To Software That Does It All

You name it, you can do it with this sort of software. It's used to create the CGI for anything you can think of - TV, movies, commercials, computer games, etc. Do you need a Zortzbergan Wart-Troll? You can make one yourself (if you know what it looks like!)

Blender

b266-t.jpgThe blurb for Blender from blender.org used to say that it's "3D creation for everyone, free to use for any purpose". I think it still is, but I can't find those words now.

There are versions for Linux, MAC and Windows and all versions are free. The latest stable release of Blender is currently 2.71 (although all previous versions can still be downloaded). There's also a Windows portable version of Blender from PortableApps.com that you can run from a flashdrive. You can download any version of Blender immediately, no sign-up or anything.

For documentation start at the Support page and go from there.

Personally I'm still using Blender 2.49b to create must of my models. It's purely a case of familiarity, and the fact that I does everything I need. The picture here is one of the models I put to one side a year and a bit ago. I do intend to finish it at some time!

3DS Max

Top-end software for CG professionals! 3DS Max from AutoDesk, with a basic price of well over $3000 (three thousand), is way, way, way (did I get enough 'ways' in there?) beyond the scope of this website. But there is a 30-day free trial available (no credit card required!) if you want to see what the big boys play with...

Maya

Top-end software for CG professionals! Maya from AutoDesk, with a basic price of well over $3000 (three thousand), is way, way, way (did I get enough 'ways' in there?) beyond the scope of this website. But there is a 30-day free trial available (no credit card required!) if you want to see what the big boys play with...

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