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 Sep 24, 2021

    1. 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.
      • Windows
      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 graphics, 3D animation and video compositing.
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    2. 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.
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    3. LightWave 3D combines a state-of-the-art renderer with powerful, intuitive modeling, and animation tools.
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      • PortableApps.com
      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.

      Discontinued

      According to the official website k-3d.org :
      The latest "source code" release is from November 2015. And the latest binary executable release is even older. According to its Sourceforge page ( https://sourceforge.net/projects/k3d/files/K-3D Win32 Binaries/ ), latest release is from june 2010.

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      • Windows
      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.
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      Lumion vs Autodesk Maya opinions
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      Lumion is for the planning stages of the animation, it doesn’t do animation itself.
      Negative comment over 6 years ago

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

      Discontinued

      The addon is no longer updated. Last version, 2.5, can be still downloaded from the official website. DAZ 3D offers it as free since December 2017.

      Hexagon vs Autodesk Maya opinions
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      Hexagon is only for modeling, not animation.
      Negative comment over 6 years ago

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      • DAZ Studio
      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.
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      Carrara 8.5 vs Autodesk Maya opinions
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      Full featured 3d Modeling and animation at a very affordable price, there aren't many programs like that currently.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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      • Windows
      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.
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      Gmsh is a 3D finite element grid generator with a build-in CAD engine and post-processor. Its design goal is to provide a fast, light and user-friendly meshing tool with parametric input and advanced visualization capabilities.
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      Gmsh vs Autodesk Maya opinions
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      Gmsh is for modeling, not animation.
      Negative comment over 6 years ago

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