List of 3D Modeling Software
Note: 3D modeling software are quite complex and diverse.
Software designed for engineering, architecture, CAD, is almost useless for
creating commercial animations that's mostly free-form shapes, and vice versa. Similarly,
those from gaming community has its own purposes, features, requirements.
Also, the underlying modeling approach is very different. Most popular are
mesh/polygon based. (they represent a object by its surface) Then there are solid based,
that represent objects with a thickness as in real life. And there are ones focused on
spline/nurb free-form curve based. There are ones based on sculpting and painting
directly to the surface.
Even within a field, the interface is very diverse and totally different.
In other software, such as word processor, image editors, different ones are still pretty
similar. You know one, and you know them all. But this is entirely different for 3D
software. Each one will have completely different user interface and the ways you create
AutoCAD is a CAD (Computer Aided Design or Computer Aided Drafting) software
application for 2D and 3D design and drafting.
AutoCAD LT is a lower cost version of AutoCAD with reduced capabilities first released
in November 1993.
AutoCAD Freestyle is a simplified, low-cost (US$149) application that makes it easy to
create accurate, professional-looking 2D drawings and sketches.
Autodesk 3ds Max
Autodesk 3ds Max, formerly 3D Studio MAX, is a modeling, animation and rendering
package. It has modeling capabilities, a flexible plugin architecture. It's frequently
used by video game developers, TV commercial studios and architectural
visualization studios. It is also used for movie effects and movie pre-visualization.
In addition to its modeling and animation tools, the latest version of 3ds Max also
features shaders (such as ambient occlusion and subsurface scattering), dynamic
simulation, particle systems, radiosity, normal map creation and rendering, global
illumination, a customizable user interface, and its own scripting language.
Autodesk Maya is a software application used for 3D animation, 3D modeling
simulation, visual effects, rendering, match moving, and compositing.
Maya is used in the film and TV industry, as well as for computer and video games,
architectural visualization and design.
Autodesk Softimage is a 3D computer graphics application for producing 3D
computer graphics, 3D modeling, and computer animation. The software is
predominantly used in the film, video game and advertising industries for creating
computer generated characters, objects, and environments.
Zbrush is a digital sculpting tool that combines
3D/2.5D modeling, texturing and painting. It uses a
proprietary "pixol" technology (see below) which
stores lighting, color, material, and depth
information for all objects on the screen. The main
difference between ZBrush and more traditional
modeling packages is that it is more akin to
Mudbox is a computer-based 3D
sculpting tool, akin to Zbrush.
Mudbox was created by
Skymatter, founded by former
artists of Weta Digital, where it
was first used to produce the 2005
Peter Jackson remake of King
Kong. With a simplified interface
to allow for a more intuitive
experience, Mudbox's primary
application is high-res digital
sculpting, displacement and
normal map creation, though it's
also used as a design tool.
Lightwave 3D - (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LightWave_3D)
Modo - ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modo_(software) )
Form-Z (solid modeler) - ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Form-Z )
Cinema4D - ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema4D )
Rhinoceros 3D - ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhinoceros_3D )
Strata 3D - ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strata_3D )
Houdini (software) - ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houdini_(software) )
Bryce (software) - ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryce_(software) )
Poser (human body) amazon - ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poser )
Blender (Free.) - ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blender_(software) )
TrueSpace - ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TrueSpace )
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