Alternatives to Blender for all platforms with any license

  • Wings 3D icon

    Wings 3D

    Wings 3D is a subdivision modeler inspired by Nendo and Mirai from Izware. It is possible to assign materials, vertex color, UV coordinates and textures, but there will be improvements in those features before Wings goes 1.0. ...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Autodesk Maya icon

    Autodesk Maya

    Autodesk Maya software is a powerful, integrated 3D modeling, animation, visual effects, and rendering solution. Maya addresses the challenges faced by everyone from artists handling an entire project alone or with a small team to...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • MakeHuman icon

    MakeHuman

    MakeHuman is a free, Open Source, interactive modeling tool for creating custom 3D human characters. These characters can be modeled in minutes and can then be used with many other modeling and rendering programs to incorporate...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Autodesk 3ds Max icon

    Autodesk 3ds Max

    Autodesk 3ds Max (formerly 3D Studio MAX) is a production-proven 3D modeling, animation and rendering package for games, film, television and digital publishing.

    Commercial Windows

  • Cinema 4D icon

    Cinema 4D

    CINEMA 4D is a commercial, cross-platform, high-end 3-D graphics application, produced by MAXON Computer GmbH of Friedrichsdorf, Germany. Noted for its flexible interface and ease of use, it is capable of procedural and polygonal/subd...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • FXhome HitFilm icon

    FXhome HitFilm

    Providing the best tools for indie filmmakers. Free software great for composting and editing. All in one single app!.

    Freemium Mac Windows

  • Art of Illusion icon

    Art of Illusion

    Art of Illusion is a free, open source 3D modelling and rendering studio. It is written entirely in Java, and should be usable on any Java Virtual Machine which is compatible with Java 5 or later. The current version is 2.7.2...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • K-3D icon

    K-3D

    K-3D is free-as-in-freedom 3D modeling and animation software. It features a plugin-oriented procedural engine for all of its content, making K-3D a very versatile and powerful package. K-3D excels at polygonal modeling, and includes...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com

  • MODO icon

    MODO

    MODO is a fully featured 3D content creation application, famous primarily for it's modelling capabilities, MODO also offers a fast renderer, sculpting, painting, dynamics and animation tools.

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • 3D-Coat icon

    3D-Coat

    3D sculpting and painting application. 3D-Coat is the one application that has all the tools you need to take your 3D idea from a block of digital clay all the way to a production ready, fully textured organic or hard surface model.

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • 3D Model Maker icon

    3D Model Maker

    3D Model Maker lets you create virtual 3D models in your computer. You can create anything your imagination can think of. (Not limited to simple cubes or blocks like some apps!) It uses meshes of polygons just like they used in Toy...

    Commercial Windows Android Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad

  • SculptGL icon

    SculptGL

    SculptGL is a browser-based 3d-modeling application.

    Free Web / Cloud

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  • 123D icon

    123D

    Autodesk 123D is a suite of hobbyist CAD and modelling tools created by Autodesk. As well as the more basic drawing and modelling capabilities it also has assembly and constraint support and STL export. Available for the software is...

    Free Personal Mac Windows iPad

  • Vue icon

    Vue

    Create vast expanses of terrains, add trees, select the best point of view and render hyper-realistic images of your landscapes in moody atmospheres... in a few mouse clicks. Vue Pioneer is a great way to learn 3D. It's so easy...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • 123D Sculpt icon

    123D Sculpt

    Free for a limited time! With Autodesk® 123D™ Sculpt you can sculpt and paint interesting and realistic 3D shapes. It’s easy to get started. Choose a shape from the library of creatures, humans, vehicles, and more. Then...

    Free Android iPad

  • Clara.io icon

    Clara.io

    Clara.io is a full-featured cloud-based 3D modeling, animation and rendering software tool that runs in your web browser. With Clara.io you can make complex 3D models, create beautiful photorealistic renderings, and share them...

    Freemium Web / Cloud

  • Autodesk Mudbox icon

    Autodesk Mudbox

    Autodesk Mudbox digital sculpting and texture painting software offers 3D modeling professionals the ability to quickly and easily create highly detailed organic and inorganic 3D assets. 3D Layers Store different detail passes...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • LightWave icon

    LightWave

    LightWave 3D combines a state-of-the-art renderer with powerful, intuitive modeling, and animation tools. Tools that may cost extra in other professional 3D applications are part of the product package, including 999 free...

    Commercial Mac Windows

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  • Sunny 3D icon

    Sunny 3D

    With ultimate simple user interface, you can create 3D model by using freehand sketch and directly apply painting to your 3D model without learning difficult texture mapping. Features: - 3D modeling and painting. - Multiple...

    Commercial iPhone iPad

  • Structure Synth icon

    Structure Synth

    Structure Synth is a cross-platform application for generating 3D structures by specifying a design grammar. Even simple systems may generate surprising and complex structures. The design grammar approach was originally devised by...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • ShapeShop icon

    ShapeShop

    ShapeShop is a new 3D modeling and design tool with a fun, easy-to-learn interface. Sketch-based shape creation and editing tools make it simple to quickly translate your ideas into a 3D shape, and drag-and-drop decal compositing...

    Free Windows

  • Apple Motion icon

    Apple Motion

    Motion is a compositing application used to create and edit motion graphics, titling for video and film production, and 2D and 3D compositing for visual effects. Motion is now included in the Final Cut Pro X video post-production...

    Commercial Mac

  • Silo icon

    Silo

    Silo Professional is the main version of Silo, which gives users access to everything Silo has to offer. This includes Silo's core modeling toolset, as well as advanced features for UV editing, displacement painting...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • iClone icon

    iClone

    Real-time animation evolves with 3D Video FX, motion paths, HDR and rapid drag & drop creation inside iClone. iClone combines video production with 3D real-time animation. The result is a powerful production tool for motion...

    Freemium Windows

  • 3DTin icon

    3DTin

    3DTin is a browser based 3D modelling tool. It gives you a simple user interface to create 3D models, and runs in any HTML5 browser (Firefox, Google Chrome, Safar, IE9), no matter which operating system you use. It is absolutely...

    Free Web / Cloud

  • AC3D icon

    AC3D

    AC3D is one of the longest established 3D design software programs available today. In development from 1994 and commercially available since 1996, AC3D has grown to become a highly regarded and popular program. Use AC3D™ to create...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • Gmsh icon

    Gmsh

    Gmsh is a 3D finite element grid generator with a build-in CAD engine and post-processor. Its design goal is to provide a fast, light and user-friendly meshing tool with parametric input and advanced visualization capabilities. Gmsh...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • DeleD CE icon

    DeleD CE

    DeleD is a 3D modeler and level-editor combined into one. It focuses at game development and is specifically designed to create static objects/worlds. Other areas in which you can put DeleD to good use are, for example, educational...

    Open Source Windows

  • meshmixer icon

    meshmixer

    meshmixer is an experimental 3D modeling tool for making crazy-ass 3D stuff without too much hassle. The goal of meshmixer is to make it easy to compose new 3D models from existing meshes.

    Free Mac Windows

  • Anim8or icon

    Anim8or

    Anim8or is a free 3D modeling and character animation program

    Free Windows

  • Face Gen icon

    Face Gen

    The easy way to create realistic faces 3D human faces from 1 or 2 photographs or at random. Adjust age, race, gender and 150 other controls. Apply faces to any polygonal mesh and UV map. The free version has the full...

    Commercial Windows

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    Houdini

    Houdini covers all the major areas of 3D production, including: * Modeling - All standard geometry entities including Polygons, (Hierarchical) NURBs/Bezier Curves/Patches & Trims, Metaballs * Animation - Keyframed animation...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • Mandelbulber icon

    Mandelbulber

    Mandelbulber is an experimental application that helps to make rendering 3D Mandelbrot fractals much more accessible. A few of the supported 3D fractals: Mandelbulb, Mandelbox, BulbBox, JuliaBulb, Menger Sponge, Quaternion...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Rhinoceros

    Rhino can create, edit, analyze, document, render, animate, and translate NURBS* curves, surfaces, and solids, point clouds, and polygon meshes. There are no limits on complexity, degree, or size beyond those of your hardware.

    Commercial macOS Windows

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Blender Comments

Video editor 2 Helpful

Positive Comment by brunofin
about Blender May 2016

Don't forget that Blender features a professional-level video editing tool, more complete than and as stable as any commercial tool available (including Vegas), better than any other open-source video editors.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te9HFQVaSUE

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alternative to Adobe Premiere Pro?

Comment by Xuul
about Blender and Adobe Premiere Pro Nov 2015

I quite often see people mention Blender as an alternative to Premiere Pro. Is that even close to true? Can Blender capture and edit video?

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THE BEST

Positive Comment by cvetko
about Blender Jan 2014

For me, Blender is best 3d editor.

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I'm still learning the ropes in Blender, but I have to say ...

Comment by peterstaack
about Blender Jun 2011

I'm still learning the ropes in Blender, but I have to say I'm quite enjoying Blender - particularly the $0.00 price tag, compared to 3DS and Maya (I'm usually a generation or two behind because of the cost). Google Sketchup is interesting as well.

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Just added Blender as an alternative to AfterEffects. Whil ...

Comment by kddubb
about Blender Jun 2011

Just added Blender as an alternative to AfterEffects. While Blender does things very differently than After Effects, it holds most if not all the the same type of functionality in it's full 3D editing environment, node-based compositing system, and video sequence editor.

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I've been learning to use blender, and while the interface ...

Comment by Rockidr4
about Blender Jun 2011

I've been learning to use blender, and while the interface is difficult to get use to, even at my remedial stage, I have a much easier time making something exactly how I want it than with other programs. If I had to pick a second favorite 3d program though, I would pick sculptris. I have achieved things with it that are comparable to what has been done with zbrushes, I just didn't pay anything for it.

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Blender is a brilliant 3D programme. Its full of features, ...

Comment by Furgelnod
about Blender Jun 2011

Blender is a brilliant 3D programme. Its full of features, but best of all open source; by far better than the like of 3ds Max. The only draw back I can really see for Blender is that the interface takes a lot of getting use too, but then again so do many of the commercial programmes.

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Blender's VSE is one of the most stable video editors for t ...

Comment by enthdegree
about Blender Jun 2011

Blender's VSE is one of the most stable video editors for the Linux platform. You might not think of Blender as a video editor, but it really does work quite well and is pretty powerful after you learn it.
It does have a rather steep learning curve, though. It's also a bit more resource intensive than other editing software.

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I've seen a lot of very nice results achieved with Blender, ...

Comment by genba
about Blender Jun 2011

I've seen a lot of very nice results achieved with Blender, but it's quite hard to learn to use it for beginners. Anyway, I'm still keen to learn to use it, although I've also tried other easier programmes and like them.

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This should be tagged as 3d-graphics, too. Can we users do ...

Comment by JT
about Blender Jun 2011

This should be tagged as 3d-graphics, too. Can we users do it?

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