Free alternatives SketchUp Art of Illusion Wings 3D
Commercial alternatives 3ds Max
Operating systems Windows Linux FreeBSD Mac OS X

    * Supported 2D formats: TGA, JPG, PNG, OpenEXR, DPX, Cineon, Radiance HDR, Iris, SGI Movie, IFF, AVI and Quicktime GIF, TIFF, PSD, MOV (Windows and Mac OS X).

    * Supported 3D formats: 3D Studio, AC3D, COLLADA, FBX Export, DXF, Wavefront OBJ, DEC Object File Format, DirectX, Lightwave, MD2, Motion Capture, Nendo, OpenFlight, PLY, Pro Engineer, Radiosity, Raw Triangle, Softimage, STL, TrueSpace, VideoScape, VRML, VRML97, X3D Extensible 3D, xfig export.

Blender interface


Blender - one of the most versatile free 3D editors. The editor is able to almost everything you need, namely to create models and animation, texturing, lighting, offers a variety of materials. The program interface is pretty standard for 3D editors, ie it has a large number of panels and buttons. We'll have a long time to understand, to know that which you need.

It is worth noting that different modes you can select different interfaces: one for the animation to simulate another.

For modeling Blender supports many standard geometric shapes, curves B├ęzier, NURBS surfaces, sculptural modeling, subdivision surface, interactive coloring vertices quick creation of the skeleton and more. Below is the image:

Blender create model

Unlike many free 3D editors, Blender, and more able to create animations. To do this, the program supports: skeletal animation, non-linear animation (and the editor for this), morphing, inverse kinematics, different anchor keyframes, Python scripting language and more. Typical screen animation is as follows:

Blender animation

Of all the functions of the editor does not tell you, including they only have to list: physics and particles, 3D real-time and the creation of games, rendering and shading.


Blender - a very good toll free analogue 3D editors, such as 3D Max. Maybe it will be unusual, and the interface will have to retrain to work with it.

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