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TouchDesigner Alternatives

TouchDesigner is described as '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' and is an app in the video & movies category. There are more than 25 alternatives to TouchDesigner for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is Blender, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like TouchDesigner are Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max, Pure Data and Sketchfab.

TouchDesigner alternatives are mainly 3D Modelers but may also be VFX Software or 3D Animators. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of TouchDesigner.
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  • Windows

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  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.

    ⚫︎ 3D SculptingBlender offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Blender, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ Animation RiggingBlender supports bone structures to manipulate a 3D model like a puppet for animation.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsBlender can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Node BasedBlender supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
    ⚫︎ Motion CaptureYou can capture and modify/animate faces, gestures, movements or objects within the Blender.
    ⚫︎ Physically-Based RenderingPrecise rendering method for Blender to represent of how light interacts with material properties.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableBlender is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    Cycles is Blender’s ray-trace based production render engine.
    Blender vs TouchDesigner opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Blender is still a legitimate alternative to TouchDesigner, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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    Autodesk Maya

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Autodesk Maya software is a powerful, integrated 3D modeling, animation, visual effects, and rendering solution.

    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Autodesk Maya, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ 3D SculptingAutodesk Maya offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
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    Autodesk 3ds Max

    • Windows

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

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    Pure Data

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Pd (aka Pure Data) is a real-time graphical programming environment for audio, video, and graphical processing. It is the third major branch of the family of patcher programming languages known as Max (Max/FTS, ISPW Max, Max/MSP, jMax, etc.

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    Sketchfab

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online

    Sketchfab is the first web service to publish interactive 3D content online in real-time without plugins.

    ⚫︎ 3D SculptingSketchfab offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
    ⚫︎ Built-in viewerSketchfab shows you a quick preview of an image, page or file in supported formats.
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    Vvvv

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    vvvv is a graphical programming environment for easy prototyping and development. It is designed to facilitate the handling of large media environments with physical interfaces, real-time motion graphics, audio and video that can interact with many users simultaneously.

    ⚫︎ PortableVvvv can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Almost everyone thinks Vvvv is a great alternative to TouchDesigner.
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    Max/MSP

    • Mac
    • Windows

    Interactive visual programming environment for music, audio, and media.

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  8. Houdini icon

    Houdini

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Houdini covers all the major areas of 3D production, including:.

    ⚫︎ Procedural ModelingHoudini can create or modify 3D models and textures based on a sequence of rules.
    ⚫︎ Motion CaptureYou can capture and modify/animate faces, gestures, movements or objects within the Houdini.
    ⚫︎ 3D SculptingHoudini offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
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    LightWave

    • Mac
    • Windows

    LightWave 3D combines a state-of-the-art renderer with powerful, intuitive modeling, and animation tools.

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    Fragmentarium

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Fragmentarium is an open source, cross-platform IDE for exploring pixel based graphics on the GPU.

    ⚫︎ Procedural ModelingFragmentarium can create or modify 3D models and textures based on a sequence of rules.
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