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Posted by freewarealternative on February 23, 2007

Blender is the open source software for 3D modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback. Available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.


  • Revolutionary non-overlapping and non-blocking UI delivers unsurpassed workflow
  • Flexible and fully configurable window layout with as many screen setups as you prefer video sequence editing, character animation action editor, non-linear animation mixer, image/UV editing, file/image selection and file management
  • Built-in text editor for annotations and editing Python scripts
  • Consistent interface across all platforms
  • A range of 3D object types including polygon meshes, NURBS surfaces, bezier and B-spline curves, metaballs, vector fonts (TrueType, PostScript, OpenType)
  • ‘Smooth proxy’ style catmull-clark subdivision surfaces with optimal iso-lines display and sharpness editing
  • Armature (skeleton) deformation with forward/inverse kinematics, auto skinning and interactive 3D paint for vertex weighting
  • Non-linear animation mixer with automated walkcycles along paths
  • Constraint system
  • Vertex key framing for morphing, with controlling sliders
  • Oversampling, motion blur, post-production effects, fields, non-square pixels
  • Environment maps, halos, lens flares, fog
  • Various surface shaders such as Lambert, Phong, Oren-nayar, Blinn, Toon
  • Edge rendering for toon shading
  • Procedural Textures
  • Graphical editor for defining interactive behavior without programming
  • Collision detection and dynamics simulation
  • Playback of games and interactive 3D content without compiling or preprocessing
  • Audio, using the SDL toolkit
  • Multi-layering of Scenes for overlay interfaces
  • Read / Write TGA, JPG, PNG, Iris, SGI Movie, IFF, AVI and Quicktime GIF, TIFF, PSD, MOV (Windows and Mac OS X)
  • And much much more


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