Free-ware (produced under international collaboration). Application originally authored by Ton Roosendal, Netherlands
A very powerful free software used for 3D modelling and visualisation similar to 3DS Max.
Next version release:
Weekly. Check www.graphicall.org for compilations
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Blender is akin to 3DS Max but it is free! The great advantage of freeware (apart from it not costing) is that it usually comes with a fine array of community support. This is certainly the case for Blender. The program is designed to maximise usability according to its own internal logic and is principally used for the production of 3D models, 3D visualisation and simulation.
Blender¿s primary functions lie in:
The primary outputs for which Blender is currently used are:
Blender has a good logical interface oriented entirely towards the production and visualisation of 3D models.
Over and above those strengths and weaknesses listed already, Blender at present is:
Blender provide provides a good deal of online support and learning resources. Manuals are for sale on Blender¿s website of which Media Lab stock one or two.
First published Mon. 1 Feb. 2010