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Full user review
"best entry level 3d app"
Very easy to use (once a few GUI quirks are learned)
Gives great results.
Very broad support 100's of gigabytes of stuff you can DL to use in your compositions.
You can import nearly all common formats. You can even import in 1 format and export in another using this app as a low cost format converter.
Very easy to animate with as well.
This program has been used to create 100's of highly-detailed, superbly animated add-on units for Civ3, for example.
The GUI has a few quirks. For example, you have to move the mouse to the top to get to that menu.
You can not export models created within Bryce for use in another 3d app.
The built in modeler is a bit limited. But you can also DL the free Truespace 3.2 to have a great free 3d package. If you need a free full featured paint program, add TheGimp.