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Arnold is described as 'advanced Monte Carlo ray tracing renderer built for the demands of feature-length animation and visual effects. Originally co-developed with Sony Pictures Imageworks and now their main renderer, Arnold is used at over 300 studios worldwide including ILM, Framestore' and is an app. There are more than 10 alternatives to Arnold for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Blender and LightWave. The best alternative is Adobe Dimension. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try LuxCoreRender or POV-Ray. Other great apps like Arnold are appleseed, Mitsuba, RenderMan and Kerkythea.

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    Adobe Dimension

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Adobe Creative Cloud
    65 alternatives to Adobe Dimension 

    Adobe Dimension (formerly Project Felix and then Adobe Dimension CC) is the 3D design tool made for graphic designers. With extensive integration with Adobe Stock, you can easily composite 2D and 3D assets to build product shots, scene visualizations, and abstract art.

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    LuxCoreRender

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    48 alternatives to LuxCoreRender 

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

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    POV-Ray

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    41 alternatives to POV-Ray 

    The Persistence of Vision Raytracer is a high-quality, totally free tool for creating stunning three-dimensional graphics. It is available in official versions for Windows, Mac OS/Mac OS X and i86 Linux. The source code is available for those wanting to do their own ports.

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    appleseed

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    51 alternatives to appleseed 

    appleseed is a modern, open source, physically-based rendering engine designed to produce photorealistic images, animations and visual effects. It provides individuals and small studios with an efficient, reliable suite of tools built on robust foundations and open technologies.

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    1.  Portableappleseed can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Mitsuba

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    51 alternatives to 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.

    The program currently runs on Linux, MacOS X and Mic.

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    RenderMan

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    49 alternatives to RenderMan 

    PhotoRealistic RenderMan, or PRMan for short, is a proprietary photorealistic RenderMan-compliant renderer.

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    Kerkythea

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Sketchup
    • Blender
    45 alternatives to 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
    • Normal Mapping
    • Clip Mapping
    • Bevel Mapping (an.
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    Indigo Renderer

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    49 alternatives to 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 the ability to simulate complex lighting...

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    Octane Render

    • Mac
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    • Linux
    50 alternatives to 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 stunning works in a fraction of the time of...

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    Sunflow Rendering System

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    49 alternatives to Sunflow Rendering System 

    Sunflow is an open source rendering system for photo-realistic image synthesis. It is written in Java and built around a flexible ray tracing core and an extensible object-oriented design. It was created as a framework for experimenting with global illumination algorithms and...

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