Linux • 3D Graphics

  • Topogun

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Website

    TopoGun is a stand-alone resurfacing, and maps baking application. The resurfacing functions in TopoGun will help you modify and/or recreate the edgeflow of your digital 3D models. The maps baking functions, will help you bake various types of texture maps from your high resolution 3D models and then allow you to apply them to your newly created optimized meshes. These texture maps contain information that will help you recover the appearance and features of the original high resolution mesh.

    In todays 3D graphics, high quality 3D models, due to their nature, usually have millions of polygons. This is because most of todays 3d models are created from real world scanned models, or they are digital sculptures, created using brush based 3D sculpting applications.
    In order to better serve their purposes, 3D models should have a much lower polycount and must provide for a deserved ease of handling. Even more than this, they need to have specific edgeflow in order to be more easily animated, or further detailed.

    A lot of artists nowadays create their concepts as 3D models, using brush based sculpting applications. They usually start from basic primitive objects, such as cubes. At a certain point, they need to rework the topology of their models. There are several reasons for doing this: to make the 3D models more animation friendly, to create lowpoly versions for gaming or further sculpting and detailing, or as a way to change the highres topology in order to improve the models capability of handling the highres information at a lower polygon budget. A tool like TopoGun is needed for this purpose.

    Furthermore, you can use TopoGun to bake multiple maps out of the original highres meshes. These maps can be used by texture artists when texturing the models. They can also be used by 3D engines in order to preserve the original mesh features, (i.e., small details that couldnt be recovered after retopologizing due to the limited polycount an engine can render in realtime).


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  • Dust3D

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Dust3D is a cross-platform open-source modeling software. It helps you create a 3D watertight model in seconds. Use it to speed up your character modeling in game making, 3D printing, and so on.


    • Auto UV unwrapping
    • Auto rigging with PBR Material support
    • Pose and motion authoring all in one
    • No experience needed, just good reference photos


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  • Packages

    Main 3D Software Packages

  • Autodesk Maya

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Website

    Professional, cross-platform 3D modeling, animation, rendering and visual FX for games, TV, films and more.


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  • Blender

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD ... Haiku Steam Website

    Blender is the free and open-source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing, video editing, and motion tracking.


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  • K-3D

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    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 basic tools for NURBS, patches, curves and animation.


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  • MODO

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Website

    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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  • Wings 3D

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    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.

    There is no support in Wings for doing animations.


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  • Modeling

    Main 3D Modeling Softwares

  • Silo

    Commercial Mac Windows Website

    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, re-topologization, and more. Read on for a feature breakdown and comparison.

    About Silo Core

    Silo Core is a focused version of Silo which offers robust modeling features at a reduced price. It is ideal for students, hobbyists, graphic designers, and anyone who doesn't need the additional features offered in Silo Professional. Silo Core and Professional share the same source code, design, and workflow, and are updated simultaneously. Features available in both Core and Professional can be seen in the left section below, while those available only in Silo Professional are described on the right.


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  • Animation

  • Sculpting

  • 3D-Coat

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Website

    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.


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  • Autodesk Mudbox

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Website

    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, libraries of morph targets, and more on multiple layers using the efficient Mudbox layer workflow. 3D layers can be blended, masked, erased, mirrored, and merged, just like layers in a 2D image-editing package. An intelligent, familiar layer user interface helps you quickly duplicate, merge, flatten, group, and reorder layers.


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  • Decimation

    Main mesh optimization softwares

  • MeshLab

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Website

    System for processing and editing 3D triangular meshes, provides a set of tools for editing, cleaning, healing, inspecting, rendering, texturing and converting meshes.


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  • Re-Topology

  • Painting

  • MARI

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Website

    MARI is a creative texture-painting tool that can handle extreme projects. MARI was developed at Weta Digital to handle the massively complex, highly detailed look development work demanded of the texture department by projects such as District 9, The Lovely Bones, and Avatar.

    MARI has a creative toolset which puts many stand-alone 2D paint systems to shame, allowing artists to concentrate on painting. The user interface is responsive and fluid. You can paint directly on to models and view the results immediately. Save time and take texturing way beyond what was previously possible.

    MARI's unrivalled ability to deal with colossal textures in vast numbers allows their development in intense detail.


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  • Substance 3D Painter

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Website

    Substance 3D Painter has the tools you need to texture your 3D assets, from advanced brushes to Smart Materials that automatically adapt to your model. Breathe life into your art.


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  • Normal Maps

    Main tools for baking maps for 3d meshes

  • MightyBake

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Website

    A powerful, yet easy to use, all-in-one texture baking solution for any 3D artist.


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  • Substance 3D Sampler

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Website

    Substance 3D Sampler is at the heart of your 3D workflow. Easily transform a real-life picture into a photorealistic surface or HDR environment.


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  • Substance Designer

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Website

    Substance Designer is a node-based non-destructive application for material authoring. Edit complete texture sets fast with the non-linear workflow and see your changes apply simultaneously to all your outputs.


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  • Texture Coordination

    Coordinate Your UV Textures with these packages

  • Special Effects

  • MotionBuilder

    Commercial Windows Linux Website

    MotionBuilder is professional 3D character animation software. It is used for Motion capture and traditional keyframe animation. MotionBuilder is produced by Autodesk in Montreal.

    It is used in the production of games, films, and other multimedia projects. MotionBuilder is widely used, for example in mainstream products like Assassins Creed, Killzone 2, and Avatar.


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