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  • 4.0 stars

    "Powerful Professional level freeware 3D Modeller"

    November 9, 2010  |   By rowanwood

    Pros

    Blender is a freeware application that rivals high end 3D software costing hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

    Cons

    Not as well known as the Big Name packages, and does not yet have a large selection of prefabbed objects and models.

    Summary

    Blender is a cross-platform 3D modeller that can be used in versions from Mac OS X, through Windows to various flavors of X86 based Linux, and even a version of Solaris.

    The good... gobs of power at an unbeatable price... free.

    The bad... Still being developed, so expect some problems with the beta releases. Fortunately, There is always an older stable version available,

    The real problem is that although the home site for Blender has a large user community for support and tutorials, there not a lot of prefabbed models available to use. Hopefully someone will start a centralized database of models and objects for Blender users to download.


    There is one large problem though here at Download.com... The page here erroneously states that this is an Intel only product. This is not true!

    Yes... there is a PPC version of Blender 2.55 beta that also runs under Mac OS X 10.4 listed there for download, and it works just fine.

    Go to the home page of Blender and go to the downloads page. Under Mac OS X there are TWO Mac OS X versions listed... an Intel version and a PPC version. The same is true of the beta page.


    If you want the PPC version, do NOT use the link listed here at Download.com! Go directly to http://www.blender.org/ and go to the downloads page (downloads is listed at the top of he page...). If you want the older stable version (currently 2.49b), scroll down to the Mac OS X listing and select the PPC version. If you want the current beta (2.55 beta), click on the "get 2.55 beta" choice listed under the big orange Get Bender listing near the to of the page. As with the stable version, scroll down the beta page to the Mac OS X version and select the PPC version of Blender 2.55 beta.

    Borborygmus

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