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  • Sketchfab icon

    Sketchfab

    Sketchfab is the first web service to publish interactive 3D content online in real-time without plugins. Every new format has its global platform: videos have Youtube, photos have flickr, sounds have Soundcloud... Now 3D files...

    Freemium Web / Cloud

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    LuxRender

    LuxRender is a physically based and unbiased rendering engine. Based on state of the art algorithms, LuxRender simulates the flow of light according to physical equations, thus producing realistic images of photographic quality. ...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    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

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    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

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    Mitsuba

    Physically based renderer. Mitsuba is an extensible rendering framework written in portable C++. It implements unbiased as well as biased techniques and contains heavy optimizations targeted towards current CPU architectures. ...

    Free Mac Windows Linux

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    RenderMan

    PhotoRealistic RenderMan, or PRMan for short, is a proprietary photorealistic RenderMan-compliant renderer. It primarily uses the REYES algorithm but is also fully capable of doing ray tracing and global illumination. PRMan is...

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux

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    Kerkythea

    Powerful, feature-rich and fast standalone raytracing renderer. Exporters from Blender and Google SketchUp are also available. Allows network rendering of images and animation Supported Features* - Bump Mapping -...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Sketchup Blender

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  • Picogen icon

    Picogen

    A free Terrain Synthesizer and RendererPicogen is an outdoor ray tracing system, a free Terrain Synthesizer and Renderer targeting large-scale terrain with realistic day/night-illumination and detailed plant populations.

    Open Source Windows Linux

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    • Discontinued No recent releases since 2010. See https://code.google.com/archive/p/picogen/downloads
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    Fragmentarium

    Fragmentarium is an open source, cross-platform IDE for exploring pixel based graphics on the GPU. It is inspired by Adobe's Pixel Bender, but uses GLSL, and is created specifically with fractals and generative systems in mind.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    MiniLight

    MiniLight is a minimal global illumination renderer. It is primarily an exercise in simplicity. But that makes it a good base and benchmark (in some sense) for development and experimentation. And it just might be the neatest renderer...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    3Delight

    3Delight is a fast, high quality, RenderMan®-compliant renderer designed to produce photo-realistic images in demanding production environments. The renderer was introduced to the public in the year 2000 after being used for more...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux

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    appleseed

    appleseed is a modern, open source, physically-based rendering engine designed to produce photorealistic images, animations and visual effects.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • NOX Renderer icon

    NOX Renderer

    NOX Renderer is a rendering software based on unbiased methods. The renderer is available as a standalone Windows executable with a plug-in to link it to 3ds Max. A linking script is also available for Blender users. As with...

    Free Windows

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    fryrender

    fryrender is the physically-based light simulator developed by RandomControl. It is a photo-realistic render engine where all the elements involved in the generation of the final image (materials, lights and cameras) are based on...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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    Arion

    Arion is the hybrid-accelerated and physically-based light simulator developed by RandomControl. It inherits all our expertise in light simulation and makes it run on steroids, thanks to our very unique approach to massive CPU+GPU+LAN...

    Commercial Windows

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    Arnold

    Arnold is an unbiased, physically based, ray tracing 3D rendering application, based on Monte Carlo Ray Tracing.

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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    Indigo Renderer

    Indigo Renderer is an unbiased, physically based and photorealistic renderer which simulates the physics of light to achieve near-perfect image realism. With an advanced physical camera model, a super-realistic materials system and...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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    Thea Render

    Thea Render is a state-of-the-art biased/unbiased renderer with a rich set of innovative features, a powerful material system and its own advanced studio, all-in-one. Plugins are available for 3dsMax, Blender, Cinema4D, Rhino...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Autodesk 3ds Max Sketchup Autodesk Softimage ... Blender

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    owlet

    Owlet is a stanadlone, unbiased, physically-based raytracing renderer. It takes your 3D files in many formats, allows you to setup the scene and renders them using a high-quality raytracing renderer.

    Commercial Mac Windows

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    Freestyle

    Freestyle is a software for Non-Photorealistic Line Drawing rendering from 3D scenes. It is designed as a programmable interface to allow maximum control over the style of the final drawing: the user "programs" how the...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Pixie Renderer

    Pixie is an open source RenderMan renderer for generating photorealistic images. You can compile Pixie on Windows (using Visual Studio 2005), Linux and on OSX (using XCode or unix style configure script). Pixie is an open source...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Artlantis Studio

    Artlantis Studio is the ideal tool for anyone who wants very high resolution rendering not only for images, but for QuickTime VR Panoramas, Objects and animations as well. Artlantis Studio the fastest stand-alone 3D rendering and...

    Commercial Mac Windows

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    YafaRay

    YafaRay is an open source raytracing render engine. As an open source project, users and developers have free access to the source code and it is free, as in free speech. Ray tracing is a rendering technique for generating an image...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Blender

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    mental ray

    mental ray® is a rendering software which generates images of outstanding quality and unsurpassed realism. The software combines the physically correct simulation of the behavior of light with full programmability for the...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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    Octane Render

    Octane Render is the world's first GPU based, un-biased, physically based renderer. What does that mean? It uses the video card in your computer to render photorealistic results fast...really fast. This allows the user to create...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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  • Twilight Render icon

    Twilight Render

    Twilight Render, one of the photorealistic 3D rendering systems for SketchUp,

    Commercial Mac Windows Sketchup

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  • Click-VR Visualizer icon

    Click-VR Visualizer

    REAL TIME RENDER VIEWPORT PLUGIN FOR 3DS MAX. Be productive instantly. Click-VR Visualizer is completely integrated in Autodesk 3ds Max. You do not need to waste time exporting data or learning new 3D software. Everything has been...

    Commercial Windows Autodesk 3ds Max

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    lucille

    lucille is a fast photo-realistic global illumination renderer. lucille acts as a plug-in for Autodesk 3ds max. There are plan to develop plug-ins for other modeling software in the future. lucille Specifications: - Core...

    Commercial Windows

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    FurryBall

    FurryBall is the first unique real-time GPU renderer in production quality implemented directly into Maya. No more time-consuming exports, waiting and tuning in new applications!! You can see your render in real-time hairs, Maya...

    Commercial Windows Autodesk Maya

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    RenderZone

    RenderZone allows you to create photorealistic renderings based on the LightWorks® rendering engine. It offers three levels of rendering: simple, z-buffer, and raytrace. A user can start developing the image of a 3D model at the...

    Commercial Mac Windows

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    Indigo RT

    Indigo RT is a new rendering solution which delivers unmatched value in the high end rendering market. Indigo is an unbiased, physically based and photo-realistic renderer which simulates the physics of light to achieve...

    Commercial Mac Windows

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    FPrime Rendering System

    Realtime rendering, giving you instant feedback on every step of your work. Interactive texturing, lighting, shadows and radiosity. Even Nodes! The key tool to efficient LightWave workflow.

    Commercial Mac Windows LightWave

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    Flamingo

    Raytracing and Radiosity Rendering for Rhino. Flamingo brings the raytrace and radiosity rendering inside Rhino. This plug-in includes: Rendering: Photometrically accurate images with reflections, refraction, diffusion...

    Commercial Windows Rhinoceros

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    Kray

    Kray is the fastest global illumination renderer for LightWave. Kray is a state of the art Global Illumination renderer that allows very fast and accurate rendering of scenes where indirect light plays important role. It includes...

    Commercial Mac Windows LightWave

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