Blender

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 150 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.70
File Size:
42.21MB
Date Added:
April 11, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
440,390
Downloads Last Week:
630
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Blender allows you to create professional-grade animations and 3D models through a well-laid out interface equipped with a variety of tools. Whether you're experienced in digital animation or want to develop your skills, you'll find what you need in this comprehensive program.

Pros

Tons of features: This program is packed with features. There are options for 3D Unwrapping, Shading, Physics and Particles, Real Time 3D/Game Creation, and much more. Tools are also included for 2D and 3D procedural brushes, Edge Rendering, Collision Simulation, and Edge Rendering. And when you need to import something, you'll find that many 2D and 3D file formats are supported.

Nice interface and help: This app does a good job of packing a lot of features into a streamlined interface. Many frequently-used tools are included in the main screen, although they still leave plenty of room for the large viewing window. And other useful tools are quickly accessible via drop-down menus from the top of the screen. And to help even beginning users take advantage of all that the program has to offer, there are several extensive and complete Help options available.

Cons

Takes time: Even users experienced in using this type of program won't be able to jump right in and start getting results immediately. It takes a substantial time investment to really learn how to use all of the features and get the most out of the app. But if you do put in the time, you can get plenty back in return in terms of the value and convenience the program provides.

Bottom Line

Blender is excellent 3D modeling and animation software. It provides a wide range of tools, and its interface makes completing all tasks convenient and efficient. And while you do have to take the time to work through some of the supporting documentation to really learn how to use the program, it's well worth it in the end.

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  • All Versions:

    4.0

    out of 150 votes

    • 5 star: 85
    • 4 star: 28
    • 3 star: 12
    • 2 star: 8
    • 1 star: 17
  • Current Version:

    5.0

    out of 2 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 5 stars

    "Free and Awesome Stuff!!"

    June 03, 2014   |   By RadioactiveTeddyBear

    Version: Blender 2.70

    Pros

    Of course it does not cost thousands of dollars, and after you are done learning at least the basics from the thousands of tutorials on Youtube, many things are much less complicated than Maya. Not sure about C4D. Also, rendering is really good.

    Cons

    Harder to use at first and not many default custom settings. Also, no windows.

    Summary

    This free software is really different from others. But, it is much less cluttered after the 2.70 update and rendering is the same as others. It is really good for small to big projects. Even 2-D animation, video editing, compositing, and a bunch of things fits onto this software.

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  • 5 stars

    "One of the most powerful 3D packages ever."

    May 06, 2014   |   By JimmyCMP-IT

    Version: Blender 2.70

    Pros

    Powerful, fast, intuitive, versatile, unparalleled user support for tutorials, questions, plug-ins and software fixes.

    Cons

    the interface can be complex and daunting for first time users and if you are looking for instant results having never used this software before this is not going to happen.

    Summary

    Blender rivals software that costs thousands of dollars and you need nothing else to buy to use this software to it's fullest. Modeling, Sculpting, Mapping, Simulations, Animations, Green Screen, Weight Paining it does this and more. The vast majority of negative reviews were from people who did not bother use the resources needed to learn this software or from people directing you to use software that costs more than the safety deposit of a NYC apartment.

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