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  • 4.0 stars

    "Best free 3D package you can get."

    January 24, 2011  |   By MrFiber

    Pros

    Expandable with plug-ins, kind community, modeling tools, complete workstation for modeling, animating, video game prototyping, composting and rendering all inside Blender, GNU license allows modification of Blender and all your work is your property

    Cons

    Poor internal renderer, slow learning curve and somewhat frequent crashes.

    Summary

    Blender is the absolute best 3D package for the price - nothing.

    Blender has a very clean non-overlapping interface that's very easy to operate and work with. The interface can also be adjusted to your liking with a complete theme editor to change the color of the interface.

    The internal renderer is a problem, though. It's slow and low-quality. Although this can easily be forgiven for you can easily install a external renderer such as Luxrender (which is GNU free) for much higher quality renders.

    Blender's GNU license means that you can modify and release your own version of Blender with no trouble. And thanks to the GNU license all work produced with Blender is solely your property and can be distributed under any terms that you prefer.

    This is a software that I highly recommend for anyone interested in 3D graphics and can easily compete with more expensive higher-end 3D suits. This software is very easy to use once learned and can be quite powerful when used correctly. If you don't like the idea of crashes just download the stable version of Blender (2.49b).

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