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Autodesk Maya Alternatives

Autodesk Maya is described as 'software is a powerful, integrated 3D modeling, animation, visual effects, and rendering solution' and is a very popular 3D Modeler in the photos & graphics category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Autodesk Maya for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and PortableApps.com. The best alternative is Blender, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Autodesk Maya are SketchUp, Wings 3D, Autodesk 3ds Max and Cinema 4D.

Autodesk Maya alternatives are mainly 3D Modelers but may also be VFX Software or 3D Painting Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Autodesk Maya.
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  1. Blender icon

    Blender

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    • PortableApps.com
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    149 alternatives to Blender 

    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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    1.  3D SculptingBlender offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
    2.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Blender, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    3.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsBlender can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    4.  Animation RiggingBlender supports bone structures to manipulate a 3D model like a puppet for animation.
    5.  Node BasedBlender supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
    6.  Physically-Based RenderingPrecise rendering method for Blender to represent of how light interacts with material properties.
    7.  Motion CaptureYou can capture and modify/animate faces, gestures, movements or objects within the Blender.
    8.  Parametric ModelingBlender can change the shape of model geometry as soon as the dimension value is modified.
    9.  Support for scriptingBlender supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    Cycles is Blender’s ray-trace based production render engine.
    Strong support of subdivision and displacement with Adaptive subdivision, Catmull-Clark and linear schemes, Displacement and Bump mapping.
    Blender Cycles renderer features Unidirectional path tracing with multiple importance sampling, Multi-core CPU rendering with SIMD acceleration, GPU rendering with NVidia CUDA & AMD OpenCL, Multi-GPU support and Unified rendering kernel for CPU and GPU.
    Blender vs Autodesk Maya opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Blender is a great alternative to Autodesk Maya.
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    It is free, has a big community on Youtube, a pretty friendly user interface

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    smess

    Blender has advanced to become a powerful tool. Just look at the improvements that have been made in the UI, viewport quality, performance improvements, and new feature releases. Just one simple download of about ~200Mb will give you a valuable 3D editor for your graphics career.

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    tobin

    In the 2.8 update it went from being terrible to awesome, a great alternative, plus it's free!

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    nyaleymomoh

    open source and versatile

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    Guest

    It's free and Open Source. It has equal or way better 3D features than Autodesk Maya on it's frequent updates.

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    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.

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    Guest

    Its free and open source and very powerful.

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    SketchUp

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    • Windows
    • Online
    161 alternatives to SketchUp 

    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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    SketchUp is geared towards architecture, whereas Maya is for 3D modelling and animation.

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    Wings 3D

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    56 alternatives to 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.

    There is no support in Wings for doing animations.

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    1.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Wings 3D, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
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    Some users think Wings 3D is a great alternative to Autodesk Maya, some don't.
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    Wings 3D only does modeling, it does not do animation.

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  4. Autodesk 3ds Max icon

    Autodesk 3ds Max

    89 alternatives to Autodesk 3ds Max 

    3D modeling and rendering software for design visualization, games, and animations.

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    1.  Parametric ModelingAutodesk 3ds Max can change the shape of model geometry as soon as the dimension value is modified.
    2.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Autodesk 3ds Max, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
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    Autodesk 3ds Max vs Autodesk Maya opinions
    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.
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    Cinema 4D

    • Mac
    • Windows
    52 alternatives to 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 modelling, animating, lighting, texturing...

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    1.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Cinema 4D, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    2.  Support for scriptingCinema 4D supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    3.  Procedural ModelingCinema 4D can create or modify 3D models and textures based on a sequence of rules.
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    Cinema 4D vs Autodesk Maya opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Cinema 4D is a great alternative to Autodesk Maya.
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    It's exactly the same but better

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    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.

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    Bforartists

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    • Windows
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    • Haiku
    • AmigaOS
    • MorphOS
    78 alternatives to Bforartists 

    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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    1.  Motion CaptureYou can capture and modify/animate faces, gestures, movements or objects within the Bforartists.
    2.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Bforartists, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    3.  LightweightBforartists consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    4.  3D SculptingBforartists offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
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    MODO

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    105 alternatives to 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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    1.  3D SculptingMODO offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
    2.  Support for scriptingMODO supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    3.  Physically-Based RenderingPrecise rendering method for MODO to represent of how light interacts with material properties.
    4.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in MODO, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
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    Modo only does modeling, not animation.

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    Houdini

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    48 alternatives to 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 and raw channel manipulation (CHOPs), motion captur.
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    1.  Procedural ModelingHoudini can create or modify 3D models and textures based on a sequence of rules.
    2.  Node BasedHoudini supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
    3.  Motion CaptureYou can capture and modify/animate faces, gestures, movements or objects within the Houdini.
    4.  3D SculptingHoudini offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
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    Rhinoceros

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    59 alternatives to Rhinoceros 

    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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    1.  Parametric ModelingRhinoceros can change the shape of model geometry as soon as the dimension value is modified.
    2.  Procedural ModelingRhinoceros can create or modify 3D models and textures based on a sequence of rules.
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    TouchDesigner

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Windows
    29 alternatives to TouchDesigner 

    TouchDesigner is a complete authoring tool for building interactive 3D art, visualizations, prototypes and UIs. Derivative makes and supports TouchDesigner and offers their services to do custom production using TouchDesigner.

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    1.  Node BasedTouchDesigner supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
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