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Blender

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March 01, 2011    
 
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Blender is a 3D Animation Software for Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Solaris and Irix created by The Blender Foundation under GNU General Public License.

Setting Your Artistic Skills in Bloom for Free with Blender 3d

Blender 3D Product Summary

Anyone who has had the experience of downloading something in the internet would tell you that stuff for free in the World Wide Web has its bad connotations. Free software of file sharing on the internet is commonly associated with getting viruses and malware into your computer.  Then, a product like Blender 3D comes alone.  This program which presents itself as a 3D animation and modeling program can be yours for free.  Thus, anyone can now make computer-generated movies and images using a free program.  For most people, that may sound too good to be true.

Blender was first developed by NeoGeo, a Dutch company, which made the program commercially available through its subsidiary NaN, or Not a Number. NaN eventually closed, and of the company’s founders built a non-profit organization to gather enough funds to purchase the rights for Blender. Thus, Blender is now open source, and everyone can use it at no cost. The program can be run on most platforms, including Windows 98 to XP; Mac, Irix and Linux, among others. The downloaded program is 5.9 MB big and can be done in minutes if you have a DSL internet connection.

With most 3D modeling suites costing a lot, people are asking if Blender 3D is worth the disk space and effort to download.

Blender 3D Features

Blender 3D has features that most animation suites also contain, including modeling, texturing, UV-mapping, scripting, game creation, composting, simulation, post-production, and weighting among others. Among the most used features are:

Modeling: With a variety of 3D object types like vector fonts, polygon meshes, bezier and B-spline curves metaballs, and NURBS surfaces among others.  It also has Catmull-Clark subdivision surfaces which work very fast and has sharpness editing.  The program also has full multi-resolution sculpting capabilities with both 2D and 3D brushes that support symmetry.

Animation: You can manipulate skeleton forms with kinematics.  There is an on-linear animation editor, a system for animated constraint, morphing framing and an editor for character animation.

The rest of the features are highly technical and should prove to be useful for animation and 3D artists.

Blender 3d User Interface

The user interface of the Blender 3D is easy to use, even for those who are not really well-versed in the animation or 3D image generation. Manipulating the mouse will allow you to use basic commands such as move, rotate and scale.  On the other hand, the rest of the commands can be done shortcuts in the keyboard shortcuts. Many tutorials on the software provide a list of all the keyboard commands, but the lists are not extensive.  Some commands can only be found on the menus.

Blender 3D Software Review

As a kind of free software, Blender 3D boasts of features that can be compared to its contemporaries that are available commercially at exorbitant prices.  This software should be ideal for anyone who wants to get their feet wet on the basics of computer-generated imagery because it won’t cost them to try, and thus will be easy to part with in case they find out that it isn’t their cup of tea.  Blender 3D is recommended for those who cannot afford to spend a lot of money animation and modeling software, and also for practical animators who are searching for a program with great features for free.

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I find it amazing that such a full-bodied software like Blender is available free, as an open-source software. This piece of kit provides professional level animation and effects, even if you're not a particularly artistic person. If you have some patience and an artistic bent, you could easily create some magical imagery. I will say that it's very intimidating at first, as it's not very intuitive at all and most of the controls are tucked behind shortcuts. The user manual helps but not as much as it could. However, they offer some fantastic tutorial videos on the site that you can follow along and learn the software as you create.
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Reviewed by William June 04, 2013
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Can't believe this is free

I find it amazing that such a full-bodied software like Blender is available free, as an open-source software. This piece of kit provides professional level animation and effects, even if you're not a particularly artistic person. If you have some patience and an artistic bent, you could easily create some magical imagery. I will say that it's very intimidating at first, as it's not very intuitive at all and most of the controls are tucked behind shortcuts. The user manual helps but not as much as it could. However, they offer some fantastic tutorial videos on the site that you can follow along and learn the software as you create.

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