Sep 07, 2002
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Blender is a free and open-source 3D computer graphics software product used for creating animated films, visual effects, interactive 3D applications or video games.
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Blender isn't for someone starting out, and it's not really all that good for gamemaking in general, either, as it's exporters export messed up meshes or screwed up animations in nearly every engine there is. All Blender is for is for making cute renders. ( I don't care about that half game Yo!Frankie or that elephant thing, those are not games. That's art masquerading as something fun.)
Features. 4 stars .Has everything you think you could want in a modeling program.
Main problem with this is, they hid the very very nice polygon decimate button somewhere....and the save/load /import/export system needs a ton of improvement to bring it in line with the new interface of the 2.6x version.
Support . 4 stars . Every question you ask will be answered by someone who has extensive knowledge of the program.....but the answer will be filled with linux-style tech speak, so you will have to ask for clarification.
Ease of use . 1 star . Heck no. Even though they vastly improved the interface in the newer versions, this thing is still not easy for a beginner to understand. Even if you come from another modeling software, you are going to be stumped for a while trying to wrangle through the mess that is inherent in a linux-derived product.
Blender would be the greatest modeling program ever...if they would fix that save/load import/export stuff , and toss 99% of the renderer stuff , or make a version for gamemakers and one for artists.
Many people still think "Oh Blender, a free software for beginners and wannabe's!"... Biggest misunderstanding ever!
Blender is everything you'll need for your 3D arts and assets. It easily beats commercial solutions.
If you need the feeling to pay hundrets or thousands of dollars to feel like an professional I can't recommend Blender to you.
In any other instance Blender is the thing you want. Not because its free, because its better in general. Promise!