Autodesk Maya Alternatives

    Autodesk Maya is described as 'software is a powerful, integrated 3D modeling, animation, visual effects, and rendering solution' and is a well-known app in the Photos & Graphics category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Autodesk Maya for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad and Online / Web-based. The best alternative is Blender, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Autodesk Maya are SketchUp (Freemium), Wings 3D (Free, Open Source), Cinema 4D (Paid) and Autodesk 3ds Max (Paid).

    This page was last updated Oct 21, 2021

    1. 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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      Blender vs Autodesk Maya opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Blender is a great alternative to Autodesk Maya.
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      The team is continually adding updates, and the features are excellent. Unfortunately, the UI is hard to navigate.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      Mostly because it's free, but it is also a fully-functioning and constantly improving 3D package. Nearly everything you can do in Maya is possible in Blender.
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

      It is free, has a big community on Youtube, a pretty friendly user interface
      Positive comment 3 months ago

      tobin In the 2.8 update it went from being terrible to awesome, a great alternative, plus it's free!
      Positive comment 8 months ago

      nyaleymomoh open source and versatile
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      It's free and Open Source. It has equal or way better 3D features than Autodesk Maya on it's frequent updates.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      Its free and open source and very powerful.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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    2. SketchUp (formerly Google Sketchup) is a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, civil and mechanical engineering, film, and video game design—and available in a freeware version, SketchUp Make, and a paid...
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      tobin SketchUp is geared towards architecture, whereas Maya is for 3D modelling and animation.
      Negative comment 8 months ago


    3. 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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      Some users think Wings 3D is a great alternative to Autodesk Maya, some don't.
      Wings 3D only does modeling, it does not do animation.
      Negative comment over 6 years ago

    4. CINEMA 4D is a commercial, cross-platform, high-end 3-D graphics application, produced by MAXON Computer GmbH of Friedrichsdorf, Germany.
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      Cinema 4D vs Autodesk Maya opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Cinema 4D is a great alternative to Autodesk Maya.
      It's faster, more stable, easier to use and more powerful and it's made for artist not programmer. Don't believe the marketing hype that Maya is the standard, it's a software made in the 90's for the 90's by programmer for programmer. In Maya you will work on 1 idea for 1 week. In Cinema 4D you will work on 5 ideas per day.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      It's exactly the same but better
      Positive comment over 6 years ago

    5. Overview Model your vision down to the last detail 3ds Max offers a rich and flexible toolset to create premium designs with full artistic control.
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      This alternative is disputed. Autodesk 3ds Max is still a legitimate alternative to Autodesk Maya, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    6. Bforartists is a complete 3D suite to create 3D content. It offers you the full 3D art pipeline to create game graphics, prerendered movies and stills.
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    7. 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.
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    8. 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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      MODO vs Autodesk Maya opinions
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      Modo only does modeling, not animation.
      Negative comment over 6 years ago

    9. 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 and raw channel manipulation (CHOPs), motion...
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    10. Rocket 3F is polygonal modeller created for Concept Artists and Designers. Modeling with Rocket 3F is like drawing - very Simple and Inspiring! The Most important feature of Rocket 3F is Workflow! It is Fast Fun and Friendly!
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