Blender

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.72
  • Total Downloads:
    448,467
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 21, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    51.4MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    627
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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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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5 stars

"The powerful software for 3d animation 2.70 the latest"

April 02, 2014  |  By winry_sha

 |  Version: Blender 2.68a

Pros

this software is awesome, i never thought this free software can performs super realistic scene, i saw from http://www.blenderartists.org/ of course i tried it.blender is really extraordinary software compare to those stupid free software.i rather buy blender if they sell it because of ease of use,complete pipeline for film production and faster for modelling

Cons

bugs are the problems for this software,of course free software need donations from us.lets say 1 million people donate only 10usd, for sure blender foundation can hire more professional coders.

Summary

i have been using 3ds max,maya,zbrush and mudbox including blender. i suggest blender for you not because of free but easy to use and faster for modelling and has features suits your needs

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5 stars

"Wonderful!"

February 05, 2014  |  By twiggyw

 |  Version: Blender 2.68a

Pros

Powerful 3D modeling and animation tool.
Open source which makes it free!

Cons

Buttons change positions frequently but this is not a problem if you keep up with all the updates

Summary

Some people complain it's hard to lean but of course it is! 3D modeling is not easy but if you dedicate and study you can learn it! And there's a lot of (free) material and tutorials out there. So if you love 3D modeling and animation you can start with Blender without cost. Of course donating to Blender.org is a good thing since thy give us the wonderful program for free. :)

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5 stars

"Easily the best open-source program on the planet"

February 01, 2014  |  By rschiwal

 |  Version: Blender 2.68a

Pros

Blender is an amazing, professional-level program. It easily compares with software that costs up to $6,000 a seat. While not superior to Maya, Zbrush, Houdini and Unity, it has all of the features of all of those programs combined. You can do an entire production in this one program.

Cons

The learning curve is a very big one.

Summary

I use it at work, in a cartoon studio, for training film and R&D production. The modelers tease me daily for not knowing Maya, but I frequently drop their jaws in amazement with what Blender can do.

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1 stars

"I CAN'T USE IT"

January 19, 2014  |  By Bamboo731

 |  Version: Blender 2.68a

Pros

NONE at all.

Cons

IT DOESN'T EVEN RUN FOR ME SO IT IS USELESS.

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5 stars

"All this power and it is free?!!"

August 15, 2013  |  By oabdalla

 |  Version: Blender 2.68

Pros

1. FREE
2. Flexible and fully customizable user interface with built-in layouts and themes
3. A great community of supports providing constant update to the software as well as video and written tutorials.
4. Cross-platform compatibility (Windows/Linux/Mac)
5. Rich features (modeling, texturing, still renders and animations, game engine, physics and simulation, scripting)

Cons

1. Some learning to fully grasp the capabilities of the tool and get used to its interface which may be intimedating at first with options and buttons distributed literally in all directions of your screen real estate
2. Power requires capabilities and that is where Blender may crash more often than your typical Windows/Linux application if your hardware is not up to the task plus the ongoing development of the tools also brings with it some unstable code.

Summary

Overall this is a must have tool for any one who want to venture into 3D modeling and animation or computer generated art in general.

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5 stars

"Purely Awesome!!!"

June 13, 2013  |  By tomagnew

 |  Version: Blender 2.67b

Pros

Its amazing that software like this is free. If you are a graphic artist of any sort, 3D or not, this program can do everything. Its fun and very addictive!

Cons

Steep learning curve, non-intuitive interface, but its stable, works great and its free, so who cares.

Summary

Probably the best open source software in the world.

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5 stars

"One tool for all 3D works."

December 07, 2012  |  By SreeSimha

 |  Version: Blender 2.64a

Pros

Cross Platform
Extensive Python api
All features at fingure tips
Support for various formats
Quick Development
Very good community
Good quality tutorials
Good number of tutorials
Streamlined interface
Uncluttered UI
Builtin Compositor
Builtin Game Engine
etc...

Cons

Not many except for a few rough edges.

Game engine and Video Sequencer needs more attention.
Doesn't have a good quality audio editor(It is expected since it has a good quality video editor)
Crash save feature.
Even more features from physics would be awesome. As of now, I cant get liquid and smoke interact with each other. Or even wind and rigid body interaction. All these are problems of a pro user who can by-pass them with simple tricks. Its difficult for first timers.

Summary

Blender is an amazing 3D software. Very soon it will have the complete potential to replace the leading industry standard softwares. Many budding animation studios in India are adapting to Blender which is actually a very interesting thing.

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5 stars

"More capabilities than I know what to do with"

April 23, 2012  |  By Dr_Hipopotamo

 |  Version: Blender 2.62

Pros

This is a great software. I'm not much of an animator, but I've tried some things with it and it works well. I've heard that it's professional quality, which is amazing for a freeware. If you can figure out a way to learn it, go for it. This should help. http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Blender_3D:_Noob_to_Pro

Cons

Hard to figure out. Maybe it's just me, but I'm totally new to animation software, and I would be lost without the link I provided. Also, I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to export a video that I had animated into an actual video file. It seems there are plugins you can download for that kind of thing. I know you can get one on creativecow.net to export into after effects. Only problem is that the tutorial and this plugin were both made for version 2.49. The current version is newer, and some things are different. If you can understand the software and have the plugins you need, I don't see anything wrong with it. Just be warned, rendering video takes a LONG time (hours), A faster computer does help, but even then, there's quite a wait. Make sure you save a lot as asking too much of your processor can also crash the program.

Summary

If you have a decent-sized hard drive, I don't see any reason not to get this. It's fun to have even if you can't do a tenth of the things that are possible. Don't expect it to be easy to learn, or to do complicated things (especially rendering) quickly. If you're looking for professional-quality software, I would strongly recommend it, but then again, I'm nowhere near professional quality, so what do I know?

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General
Publisher Blender Foundation
Publisher web site http://www.blender3d.org/
Release Date November 21, 2014
Date Added November 21, 2014
Version 2.72
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory 3D Modeling Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 51.4MB
File Name blender-2.72b-windows32.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 448,467
Downloads Last Week 627
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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