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  • 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...

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    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. ...

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  • 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

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    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...

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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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    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

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  • 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.

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  • 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...

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  • 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

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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

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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...

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    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

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    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

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  • 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

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  • Houdini icon

    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...

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    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...

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  • 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...

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    OpenFX

    OpenFX is an Open-Source 3D modeling, animation and rendering suite. A powerful feature-set includes a full renderer and raytrace engine, NURBS support, kinematics-based animation, morphing, and an extensive plugin API. Plugin...

    Open Source Windows

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    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...

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  • Hexagon icon

    Hexagon

    Hexagon delivers all the tools a graphic artist needs to create complete, detailed, textured 3D models ready to be rendered.

    Commercial Mac Windows

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  • Awakening icon

    Awakening

    Awakening is a powerful professional real-time 3D solution. With it, you can easily create eye-catching interactive 3D presentations, brief films, games... Awakening 3D solution includes three modules: Scene Editor ( Awakening.exe...

    Freemium Windows

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  • Cheetah 3d icon

    Cheetah 3d

    Powerful 3D modelling, rendering and animation software for Mac OS X

    Commercial Mac

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  • Swift 3D icon

    Swift 3D

    Swift 3D software is a easy-to-use 3D modeling and animation tool that converts 3D into vector files in Flash swf, WPF, and Silverlight XAML. The software works with Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight and Expression Blend, 3ds Max...

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  • Fragmentarium icon

    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

  • Carrara 8.5 icon

    Carrara 8.5

    Carrara 8.5 offers the latest in DAZ technology. Our software engineers have worked meticulously to ensure that the new features in Carrara 8.5 exceed the standard you've come to expect for Carrara. Carrara 8.5 provides seamless...

    Commercial Mac Windows DAZ Studio

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  • Realsoft 3D icon

    Realsoft 3D

    Realsoft 3D is a full-featured 3D software package with a relatively low price tag. Realsoft 3D is available for Windows, Linux, IRIX and Mac OS X. The most recent version 7 has only been released for Windows.

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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  • DX Studio icon

    DX Studio

    DX Studio combines the latest in real time 3D graphics technology from industry and gaming with rapid application development tools in a powerful 3d engine.

    Freemium Windows

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  • Zmodeler icon

    Zmodeler

    ZModeler (or Zanoza Modeler) is a 3D modeling application. It is aimed at modelers who model for computer games such as 18 Wheels of Steel, Grand Theft Auto, Need for Speed, Midtown Madness or similar video games.

    Freemium Windows

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    Lumion

    Lumion is a real-time 3D visualization tool for making movies and still shots of architecture, planning and design. It is also possible to give live demonstrations. The power of Lumion is that it offers excellent graphics in...

    Commercial Windows

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  • Moonlight|3D icon

    Moonlight|3D

    Moonlight|3D is a free modern, flexible and extensible modelling and animation tool developed by a small but dedicated team. Moonlight|3D 0.2.0 has the following features: Modelling * Unique history-based approach *...

    Open Source Windows Linux

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  • Electric Image Animation System (EIAS) icon

    Electric Image Animation System (EIAS)

    The Electric Image Animation System (EIAS) is an eminent 3D animation and rendering package. Available for the Mac and PC, with it, you can texture, animate and render your 3D scenes. Extraordinarily, EIAS includes the ability to...

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    3DCrafter

    3DCrafter (formerly 3D Canvas) is a real-time 3D modeling and animation tool that incorporates an intuitive drag-and-drop approach to 3D modeling. Complex models can be constructed from simple 3D primitives, or created using 3D...

    Freemium Windows

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    trueSpace

    trueSpace is a free fully-featured 3D authoring package that will let you model, texture, light, animate and render 3D content. As well as traditional images and movies, you can also make 3D content for online shared spaces, and for...

    Free Windows

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Autodesk Softimage Comments

Damn shame... 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by menace97
about Autodesk Softimage and Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya Nov 2016

Being in the 'biz' using various applications for all things 3D, it certainly was a disappointment to hear not only that 3ds Max's Autodesk decided to effectively eliminate 3ds Max's competition by buying up two of its major competitors: Maya and Softimage, many of us knew this wouldn't be a good thing. I've worked with all 3 applications in various environments, and they all have their strengths and weaknesses of course, as do all software packages.

Having three of the top 3D applications all under one company was obviously not going to end well for the three separate philosophies of design under one roof - something was going to have to go, there is no room for a company, nor does it make sense to have three similar packages being sold to consumers. They did try for a while, and it was ridiculously funny for many of us. I can only imagine what Autodesk employees would say when asked, "well which one should we buy?" or the never-ending "which one is the best?" They tried to categorize 3ds Max as a gaming-centric application and Maya for Film/TV, and Softimage could do a bit of it all.

To be honest, they all could do basically everything, just in varying degrees of ease or quality, but that period where studios or individuals purchased one package over another must have been a very confusing time. I have no idea how they convinced buyers to purchase one over another - maybe they just suggesting buying all three!

I should point out, although that we all of course have personal favorites, with that aside, I own 3ds Max and have worked extensively with Maya and Softimage, so hopefully this bears some weight, but in my humble opinion Softimage was the creme of the crop. It just felt better and more refined and truly was an amazing piece of software that was the culmination of perfecting the 3D scene. I thought Maya was wonderful in many regards, and I was excellent to work with, it was second, but not even close to Softimage. Then of course, as you may have guessed, 3ds Max was the very least favorite of the three. It was being used extensively by many game companies across the world, but with prices coming down for Maya and Softimage, it was only a matter of time in my opinion, that if these game developers had even been given the chance to try the other two options, they would've dropped 3ds Max like a hot potato! But fortunately for Autodesk, someone over there was clever enough to see this coming, and pounced on their competition before their clients got a scent of something better. So to top it all off, Autodesk announced that it would be dropping Softimage from their lineup and focusing on the other two. Lol, it sounds about right, the best was tossed out so they could assimilate Softimage's features into their subpar flagship and keep Maya around for whatever reason. Maya IS a very good program, but let me say, that if you can get your hands on any of the versions of Softimage XSI, although they will be older in features and standards due to lack of development - my guess is you'll be having an absolute blast creating the imaginations from your mind with ease, in a flow that almost feels too good to be true. Perhaps you'll wonder as many of my colleagues and I shook our heads in confusion as this great piece of software was dropped for poorer alternates, that were ultimately chosen for matters that I can surmise were not in the best interest for the consumer.

Autodesk, you should be ashamed of yourself, but of course that is not possible, it is a large company, not a person - doing what was best for itself and not the artists that create the end products with these tools.

As of today my 3ds Max box collects dust, and would probably make for a good paper-weight or door-stop (both of which are utterly useless today as well).

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