Cross-platform 3D animation app with an intuitive user interface and a powerful set of design tools
Blender was developed as a multi-platform application, meaning that you can easily create projects on a platform and edit them on any other supported platform. The Blender application is targeted towards media professionals and artists, but it's also suitable for home users.
Moreover, Blender comes with an interface which, despite its complexity, is designed to help you get the job done as fast as possible. On top of that, it includes undo support on all model levels, a consistent interface for all platforms and it even comes with anti-aliased fonts.
Extensive Python scripting automation support
Blender feature full multi-resolution sculpting capabilities and it even provides a smooth soft selection editing tools that are suitable for organic modeling. In addition, it also includes Python scripting access for automating the most boring and time consuming tasks in your design workflow.
After you finish creating models, you can bring them to life using the advanced rigging features. These include fast envelope based skinning, a volume deformer, bone layers, mirror editing, constraint stack and double quaternion deformation.
Ray-trace rendering engine for natural looking models
Blender provides professional grade rendering capabilities that include multiple layer support, ambient occlusion and approximate global illumination. As an added bonus, Blender also provides ray-trace rendering, which makes it easier for you to create spectacular models with realistic lighting and lifelike looking textures.
What’s more, Blender features a dynamic and complex set of materials that, when combined with a realistic physics engine and particle system, will enable you to deliver stunning results.
Powerful and comprehensive 3D modeler and animator with an inbuilt shading system for real-life model colors
Blender also bundles a node based shading system, designed to make it as simple as possible to obtain true to life colors using a combination of special textures, lighting and base materials.
To sum it all up, Blender comes with the features and the intuitive interface needed to create highly complex 3D models and animation. Also, its ability to boost and speed-up your workflow with scripting, makes it a must-have for both beginner and advanced designers.
Reviewed by Sergiu Gatlan, last updated on October 22nd, 2014
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- Cycles GPU rendering supports Volume and Subsurface Scattering now. The User Interface comes with optional Pie Menus now and the Tooltips have been improved. For Modeling, a new intersection tool has been added in Edit Mode. Texture painting workflow has been streamlined with easy access to painted images and UV layers. The Compositor now comes with a Sun Beam node. Freestyle NPR rendering is now available with Cycles as well. Additionally, Blender 2.72 features three new addons.
- Cycles Rendering:
- Volume rendering and Subsurface Scattering are available on GPU, Volume and Glossy sampling was improved, new Ashikhmin-Shirley distribution for Glossy and Anisotropic BSDFs, memory usage during rendering was lowered, faster OSL rendering, Anamorphic Bokeh support, and better control over caustics.
Application descriptionBlender is a free and open source 3D animation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigg...