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Blender is an open source 3D creation suite that supports the 3D pipeline, modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing, and motion tracking, video editing, and game creation.

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Blender review by Charles M.
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"3d design available to everyone."

What do you like best?

A decent interface, with good looks and professional tools for 3d modeling, includes timeline for 3d animation and a pretty good rendering engine to start with acceptable design work, it is free software that also seems surprisingly light and with a good technical support and quality.

To create games is very good and works correctly.

What do you dislike?

It is in constant evolution and still needs to be a complete tool to apply in major industries as a primary design software, it is still of complementary use, it seems to me that some modeling tools work correctly only when you use a graphic drawing tablet.

Modeling vehicles and engineering parts seems insufficient, precision tools are very ineffective and are little developed in that sense you should support other programs to develop the desired model.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is perfect to start a 3d mode and know all the possibilities and tools of animation and realism, if you need help you will find a lot of information on the web about the product and its use and efficiency and that is really important to be able to exploit the capabilities of the software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it as a complementary tool to make animations and realistic compositions and add certain effects that the program masters well.

For independent work it is very useful and it is a flexible tool to work collectively in a complex project that way I can participate in several projects since it is a free software.

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Blender review by Julio Alberto A.
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"Excellent opportunity to enter the world of virtual reality"

What do you like best?

The interface is less complex than it seemed at the beginning of using it, it is free and the programs to complement them are very efficient, it is a very complete program in 3d modeling and animation and the results are more than amazing, reaching to have very real appearances in the renders.

The possibility of exporting and importing in different formats is ideal to allow the development of projects with different complementary tools, that makes it a very flexible program.

What do you dislike?

The adaptation for architecture works may take a little more time than estimated, plus you should understand that it will be essential to complement it with other programs like unreal engine 4 to get the most professional results, some complex modeling tools are less efficient than in other programs like 3d max.

Recommendations to others considering the product

must be taken into account to obtain very real and professional results should be handled well program tools which requires time and dedication in learning all available resources, but it will be worth it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using blender to work renders and animations of architecture projects, it is a very flexible and open program and that allows me to complement it with sketchup pro and other programs of the same line, making the visualization work much more professional since the results when It works correctly, they are amazing.

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Blender review by Janne J.
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"The best despite being free"

What do you like best?

I love how customizable and flexible Blender is. If there's anything you don't like about it, you can change it. You can twist and bend the software into whatever best suits your workflow. During the last 7 years I've used Blender for whole lot of things from .svg logo designs to architectural visualization and game asset creation and animation. I've done a huge range of one-of-a-kind tasks and never faced a wall I couldn't overcome. If anything else fails, there's always python scripting that you can use to automate things and transform complex data models that would be near impossible by hand.

Another beneficial feature is how you can use Blender with hotkeys almost entirely. Once you master using the keyboard that your other hand is going to reside on anyway, slowly navigating multi-level menus and pop-up dialogs feels inferior and outdated.

What do you dislike?

The fact that Blender is free and worked on by volunteer programmers means that you can't often find a clear documentation on the upcoming features or release schedule. When refining your workflow you don't want to grow dependent on Blender developers improving and solving things for you, but instead you have all the means to extend and find a way forward yourself.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Blender is the ideal default choice for 3D modeling since it's free and its feature set compares well to the commercial giants of the industry. If Blender is your first 3D software don't misinterpret the difficulty in grasping aspects of 3D design as difficulty with Blender in particular.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Blender is free and due to GPL licencing will always stay that way so there's no risk investing your time into learning Blender or making it the company standard. With other companies these days you need to buy a per-seat subscription the price of which will vary (only upwards, most probably). Blender has great documentation, tutorials and community support on various sites on the internet, and if we're being honest that is the only support you can expect these days regardless on if you pay for the software or not.

Blender review by Arianna S.
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"Blender - One of the best FREE 3D Modeling Programs"

What do you like best?

The thing I like best about Blender is that once you get the hang of all of the key shortcuts and know what things do in it, it's so easy to handle. Every day that I work in it, I end up learning something new that I can do in the program and improve on my models.

What do you dislike?

The one major thing I dislike about Blender is the amount of time it takes to actually learn it. It deters a lot of people away. When I was younger, I used a different program for 3D modeling because Blender was really confusing for me. It took me over a year to effectively learn how to use it due to a highschool course I took that sped up the learning process.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

If you have smart staff, or if you are a smart individual who can get the hang of things easily and if you aren't hard to frustrate and give up, and you aren't willing to shell out an arm and a leg for the paid software until after you've established your business, it's a great starter program! You can pretty much create anything you want in it, sell it, do whatever you'd like. So that's a huge benefit - Practice in the free 3D modeling software, gain enough skills to be able to sell models or renders, and then if you want to, upgrade to one of the easier to navigate paid softwares.

Blender review by Pablo T.
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"The best free 3D software"

What do you like best?

The best, i'ts free, so we all at the office can use it no matters if we get a new computer no extra payment needed, the software it's very user intuiteve for everyone, we manage the learning of our coworkers and they love to mess arroung, perfect for bussiness and no bussines. The posibilities over this program are beyond the infinity.

What do you dislike?

They need to do more guides for newcomers, the particle system need to be perfectioned, we use this alot and this have alot of tweaks and menus that are very tiny and sometimes you can lose much time finding what you want to modify so definitely they have to improve the menus.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's free and they have a nice support, you can easy download via Steam.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

infraestructure building, item modeling, displays.

Blender review by Ben H.
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"Blender - An excellent 3D package that does more than you expect"

What do you like best?

One of the best parts of Blender is obviously that it's free, but it's got a whole lot of features hidden away that many people might not know about. Just to name a few of them; full 3D modelling/editing, realistic physical based rendering, video editing, UV editing, texture painting, animation, it's own built-in game engine, compositing, material editor and a whole lot more! You get so many features for free, and they all work surprisingly well. I mostly use Blender for 3D modelling and animation in game development, but I've found myself using it's other features such as the video editor purely because it was available and easy to use and I didn't need to go find some additional software. A lot of people complain about the user interface, but it's one of those things you have to give some time, especially with how reliant the software is on using hotkeys for shortcuts and navigation. Once you've got used to these, you'll soon find the software is pretty consistent with how the various features/editors use the same keys. For example, pressing 'G' triggers the grab mode, i.e with some vertices selected, pressing G will allow you to move these around with the mouse. Similarly, if you're editing some frames on a timeline, pressing G will allow you to move the selected frames around. This consistency means you'll be able to jump between the various features of Blender without having to relearn a bunch of new things each time. Another thing I like about Blender is that the software is regularly updated and new and impressive features are constantly being added and improved upon, but the main developers and the general public, this is the beauty of open source software! I recommend everyone give Blender a go, and give yourself a chance to get used to the interface and the way it works. It does some things differently to other commercial 3D software, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, so don't write it off immediately just because it doesn't work the way other software does!

What do you dislike?

Although the UI has improved a lot over the years, there's still a few bits that could do with ironing out. I'm sure these things will be ironed out as time goes on, though. Blender is also lacking some more advanced features, like PBR painting, although this is likely to change as they start to introduce their new real-time PBR render engine, Eevee.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's free software, there's absolutely nothing to lose from trying it out for yourself, give it a chance and you won't regret it!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Blender for modelling, unwrapping, texturing and animating the models for my 3D games that I develop in my spare time.

Blender review by Ankit A.
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"Blender Animation Tool"

What do you like best?

Ease of navigation , Customization Features, Faster rendering, Live rendering, Camera based view to make you feel how will the animation look like,

What do you dislike?

Image based Animation becomes difficult to perform, For me personally i tried to get an image hand created and perform animation but it kept getting difficult to animate the image. Blender can provide some sample projects along with where in user can use that project modify the same to get better understanding and clarity so that going forward it can be a learning as well as hands on experience to attract.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great tool to start learning Animation and grow further more in same tool. Can be very handy in many ways but only consideration which i feel is its bit difficult to do animation based upon the images. For example its bit tricky to just create a character and perform animation on that. Better to view some tutorials online before trying your hand on the tool considering it helps in understanding the navigation, how to start, what to use etc.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able upskill and design animation using the tool

Blender review by Jared R.
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"Blender is the ultimate solution for new 3D modelers"

What do you like best?

I've been using Blender since 2009 and have been continuously impressed by their constant iterations year after year. For a platform to be available freely for users all these years is quite impressive and I laud them for their commitment.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve is quite high and the interfaces aren't very intuitive. One of the drawbacks of being a free software is that creature comforts around UI and UX are typically minimal at best.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it, it's free and worth a test.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I help businesses realize the visions they're after using 3D modeled assets. Blender is available for multiple operating systems and allows for users to utilize their tech on different rigs quite easily.

Blender review by PJ M.
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"Such an amazing application"

What do you like best?

It's FREE for anything, forever! It's awesome to use once you get past the learning curve. It has better features, usability, and utilities than any other 3D software I have used. The new Principled BSDF shader is AMAZING and the new Eevee render engine (based on game-industry PBR) is one of the greatest upgrades in any 3D software of late.

The very best features of blender for me are as follows:

• It's free and open source, you can see literally every single piece being made, who is making it, and how it's made

• It crashes only on the rarest of occasions

• You can render right in the viewport

• Cross-compatibility (mac/linux/pc)

• single-file workflows (no insane auto-generated folder tree when making a new project)

• Modeling is incredibly easy (once you know the hotkeys)

• Search function

• Node-based everything

• Built-in compositor

• Built-in clip editor (albeit, that feature needs major work)

• Principled material shader

• plugins plugins plugins

• There's more, but honestly if you're not sold already

What do you dislike?

As of version 3.79, here are my dislikes:

• It seems to be incompatible with older graphics cards (crashes when trying to render with GPU)

• Movie clip editor needs a lot of work to be useful

• Blender cloud is kind of expensive for me

• Plugins can be very pricy, but not nearly as pricy as industry standard 3D plugins (FumeFX, V-Ray, etc.)

• Image thumbnails load very slowly in the file browser

• I wish there could be an option to use the native file browser (Finder, explorer, etc.)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just give it a chance. Put some effort into learning it's unique interface and interactions. It's very, very worth it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

3D and motion graphics production

Blender review by Sophie W.
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"The Best Free 3D Models Solution"

What do you like best?

Blender is great because it is free and exists on every major platform, such as Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. Alternatives to Blender can cost thousands of dollars, or hefty subscription fees to even be eligible to use them. This keeps Blender seated near the top of the CG market, as it's one of the best solutions for hobbyists and students to learn their way around 3D modeling, rendering and designing.

What do you dislike?

Blender is hard to use. Many things require learning dozens of shortcut hotkey commands to do that can be easy achieved by better UI offered by competitors. This keeps me wanting to use something other than Blender when I can.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's worth trying, but you will need to be ready to work a lot harder to learn this application than you would have to in order to learn most others. There are a lot of hotkey combos that you must learn to be able to use this software effectively and efficiently. This is the thing that keeps me away from doing more with this application more than anything else.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Blender is great for file format conversion for me, and that's my primary use for it. Plugins exist for unsupported formats and it allows me to easily take and change the format of some files into something I can use in other applications more easily. This has been the best and most useful solution I've found from Blender in my time using it.

Blender review by jaby d.
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"I moved to use Blender "

What do you like best?

importing models with extension *.3ds from other 3D designing and modelling apps like autodesk 3D max, Maya, Unreal Engine and Unity.

I like the free downloading from speed servers.

software platform is creative and promising.

tools used for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, interactive 3D applications and video games.

It's an open source 3D software.

a lot of features such as scripts, add-ons, modeling, drawing, texturing, painting.

allowing to use a lot of materials and components.

Blender Market is also very useful.

Blender is more intuitive in some areas than 3d Max. One can create the exact same animation, asset or render in 3d Max or Blender even in Unity.

What do you dislike?

difficult to use, so you need to watch tutorials first.

modeling needs a couple of hours to be done .

it can create short animation movies, but it's quality is less than autodesk 3d max, maya, Unreal Engine and Unity.

I failed to use V-Ray 3.0 for Blender.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend others to try using Blender as it's free and open source program

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'd designed some animations about banners and texture for my work team. Blender features a simple and node editor which allows for advance manipulation of videos and motion tracker. Besides, blender game engine has improved, blender can be used alongside other software's like unity to build really cool games. I can build 3d models directly on blender and import to Unity.

Blender review by Oral T.
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"My Blender Review"

What do you like best?

Blender is an open source powerful CAD software which covers all aspects of CAD world. You could do 3d modelling, animation, rendering, sculpting etc. with Blender. Plus, it comes free. I want to add that Blender is the fastest launching CAD program I have ever used. It is lightning fast.

The other thing I like on Blender platform is its configurable interface and user preferences. Beside this Blender has a vast plug-in library. You could select your desired plug-ins to use in your projects.

What do you dislike?

Blender is a piece of nice software, but it contains a lot of features. It is not possible that one needs all of them. As a result of this feature richness, the user interface is quite complex for getting used to. The other tricky thing is" right mouse selection". It is rather difficult to get used to it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Blender advanced users are named as "Blender artists". That's different from other CAD tools. You can do everything you imagined related to 3d in Blender. Today, Bender is preferred mostly by game and film industry users. But again, you could do everything related to 3d in Blender.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My business is related to 3d printing. Blender provides a nice set of 3d modelling tools. I designed a lot of 3d models to serve my customers.

Blender review by User in Photography
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" It is the first tool with which you enter the 3D world."

What do you like best?

When I started I had no idea of ​​a program that was easy, I loved 3D art and I thought I would never be able to use a program of this, when I got into blender I got lost, but over time I realized that it was very easy, I just had to investigate and start to make sense of the tools, I like it because it is a light platform, my computer is not so high-end and yet it gives me good results, apart from working also with human forms and I like it because it is compatible with a human modeling program that I like.

What do you dislike?

What I dislike about blender is the render engine, I always try not to think that annoying grain, but I never find how to get it out, also the fact that there are actions that could be automatic, however they take a longer process, example I would like there to be an option that would work disintegrations, liquids, something that will be a little more specific without having to make so many nodes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a program that I recommend because it is light, if you are starting to want to do 3D do not see it complex, blender is a tool with which you can start and start to venture.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solved the biggest problem I had and was how to create images of 3d model

Blender review by Hentry S.
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"Feature Packed and Free"

What do you like best?

Its free..! with an great community and hundreds of tutorial.. Blender is the most powerful Modeling, Animation, And visualization software out there. cycles and eevee can produce amazing results without any 3rd party renderer. I love playing with the node editor and its easiness to produce great textures . Blender is light and does not require a high end PC.

What do you dislike?

Blender is a bit hard to learn.. especially the keypad shortcuts. it will require some time to get used.. but when you get better.. you can almost do anything. texturing is a bit difficult and complicated (Maybe for me.. ).

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for a low cost fulyl featured 3D modeler, Animator or 3D Renderer and you are ready to put some effort to it.. blender is the best option

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

3D Modeling and Rendering.. As a hobby and also for Architectural visualization works. Its really powerful and can do amazing work with no 3rd party softwares. most of all.. its free

Blender review by Shreyas B.
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"The best, free 3d Modelling and Animating software out there."

What do you like best?

The most amazing part about Blender is that it has such a large community. Many professionals use it and you can find a ton of videos to learn how to use it to make 3d models and so on. It's robust and stable and best part about it is that it's open sourced. The learning curve which may appear difficult is actually pretty easy because of this huge community. Any questions or doubts you may have can be solved by the community.

What do you dislike?

The UI could have been better because some people may not figure out what's what at first, but Blender apparently is solving this soon.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go for it ! Just because it's free doesn't mean it's a low-key product. It has all the features you would find in professional softwares ! The ease of use may be a burden at first but you can learn it pretty easily in a few days.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used Blender to produce 3d Models to use in my games. It was cheap, easy and fast, while still having amazing quality.

Blender review by Michael S.
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"Modeling and encouraging professional levels"

What do you like best?

It is a free software, easy to implement and with many tips and courses online, a toolbar for complex models very complete, ideal to introduce you to the world of 3d design, renders and professional animations, it is not a heavy program, it has included an acceptable render engine and does not require equipment with high performance to perform basic jobs.

has a large library and 3d files on the internet that will help you complement and facilitate your production work in addition to expanding your knowledge and facilitate design tasks by learning to use each tool efficiently.

What do you dislike?

As all modeling software requires a lot of learning time and interface management, it is more dedicated to animation for animated movies and shorts, in the area of ​​furniture, objects and architecture design, you will be a bit unsatisfied with the options you have available.

Being focused on the design of animated movies and video games lacks tools focused on the design of objects and pieces with defined measures and parameters, which may not always be the most useful software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is ideal to start modeling and design in the 3d field, enter the world of production 3d takes time and this free tool will allow you to start and learn the basics to perform render productions and professional animations.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In the field of design it is essential to manage all the tools available to generate the designs, some as blender allow you to make prolonged animations with very efficient and professional results since it has a variety of options designed to improve the production of scenes, views and times.

Blender review by Raphael H.
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"Blender - Powerful, Open-Source, Free"

What do you like best?

Cross-compatibility, real-time viewport preview, supports Python, it's free and open-source, meaning it has an active community, making easy to find solutions for your problems and to find tutorials all over the internet.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I dislike is that Blender can be difficult to use in the beginning. If you are new to 3d Modeling or comes from another program, you'll need to spend a good time to get used to the interface and hotkeys.

Recommendations to others considering the product

My recommendation is to research about Blender first, watch videos of people using it, read guides and tutorials. After that, start with something small to see if Blender is the tool for you. Take some time to get used to the interface, hotkeys, and tools.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Blender to create simple characters for animation.

Blender review by James I. M.
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"My opinion about Blender is an excellent design program."

What do you like best?

I like that it is a very good software for designing scenarios, characters or objects. Allow zero design with lots of powerful tools to create geometric figures. It also has an assortment of effects for the surfaces that can be customized, for example the same texture can be dwarfed or widened by pretending to be different objects. Also allows the recording of tours in the case of wanting to recreate a stage indicating the points where the camar must pass. Finally comment that you can render both images and scene recordings, that if, for a one minute animation rendering can take quite a while. Finally add that the program is freely available for both Linux and Windows.

What do you dislike?

I do not dislike anything about this software with him I had a very good experience at least in my field of work is very useful for me.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend you take full advantage of this Software is very good friends use it as you should have a lot of creativity.Do not be ultracompetitive, there will always be someone better than you. Therefore, do not try to compare your work with the achievements of others. Each person is unique and unique, with their own style. It makes no sense to emulate others to be just like them.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

At the moment I solved a problem of 3D animation for a website as I said in one of my opinions work as graphic designer and web designer in Freelancer and that is why this program is being very useful to me...

Blender review by Mohamed A.
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"You will get almost everything you need at zero cost"

What do you like best?

Open source and free

Wide variety of tool-kits that cover almost all your needs

lot's of free scrips and plugins that can extend the power of blender

The fluid sims

Frequent updates

Amazing modeling tools

Nice and helpful community

What do you dislike?

Some stability issues specially with large scenes

The interface could be better

Limited import and export options

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just give it a try and you will never be disappointed .

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mainly we use two other commercial packages but they are lacking lots of tools which puts us in need to purchase many additional commercial plugins at high cost, but now we are able to settle that with blender as our savior, no matter what we need fluid sims, rigid body dynamics or even advanced modeling requirements Blender can do it for free.

Blender review by Véronique D.
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"Ce logiciel a de l avenir devant lui"

What do you like best?

Blender permet de faire des intro pour YouTube en mp4 des photo 3D de crée même de jeux YouTube de quoi faire de Blender son service graphique pour toutes les taches que l on veut.

Je suis fan du terminal et du mode graphique qui sont tous les deux très utile pour faire notre travail on peut tous faire des deux

What do you dislike?

Apres avoir utilisés Bleder on peut s en servir sans probleme mais il demande quelque etude pour pouvoir l utliser gratuitment bien

Recommendations to others considering the product

Blender vas vous epater si vous faite ou vous intéressez à la 3D

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Faire un mini jeu de haute qualité 3D ou un grand jeu tant que l'on a Blender tout est possible

Blender review by Jote J.
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"Great for 3D design and animation"

What do you like best?

I like how fast blender is with the workflow. The polygon modeller is also extremely fast and everything renders really smoothly. This is very comparable to other 3d programs. The sculpting tools are really easy to use and you can create almost anything with them.

What do you dislike?

I do not like the lighting simulations at all. The shading feature also doesn't seem to work as well as other 3d software. I have also had problems with blender randomly crashing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Blender is one of the best free 3d design programs. If you are looking to not spend a lot of money then I would recommend you try blender.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use blender for 3d design creation.

Blender review by Joe D.
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"Very few downsides to this awesome free program"

What do you like best?

I am not a 3D artist, but I do periodically need to render 3D objects for my graphic design work. Blender is a powerful tool for modeling, sculpting, and rendering on par with Maya, Lightwave, and zBrush. It has most if not all of the features of industry standard programs, and combines them in a (relatively) simple package. Of course, I don't have the needs of a professional 3D artist, but it's an excellent program to start with at the very least, and you can't beat free.

What do you dislike?

The interface appears extremely complicated and daunting at first, but once you go through enough tutorials it begins to become second nature. The 3D controls are a bit counterintuitive, but can be changed. It is not particularly easy to model hard-surface objects, but that is a limitation of the medium, not of the software. However, applications like Moi3D have made major headway into a more natural experience.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are familiar with Illustrator and would like a similar experience in 3D, Blender will not be an easy switch. It is very similar to other 3D Art software in it's controls and interface. Moi3D is more along the lines of illustrator. If you are interested in sculpting with software like zBrush, Blender is a powerful free alternative that may meet all of your needs. I would take the time to review tutorials, many actions and features in Blender do not act like you would expect them to, but once you get used to the workflow, it is fairly simple.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Blender when I need graphic design with clearly 3D objects, or if I want to render objects to incorporate into existing photos that I don't have access to in real life.

Blender review by amin r.
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"good software"

What do you like best?

the Variety of the colors and ability to blend the colors makes this software great. the quality of the models that makes with this app is good.supporting of the animation,2D objects,3D objects,rendering and ... is the points.

What do you dislike?

the Interface of the software is complicated and it needs time to learn how to work with this.As all modeling software requires a lot of learning time and interface management.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

this app can be used for creating games and makes easy this industry, the other industry like filming and animationing .

Blender review by User in Media Production
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"Fabulous open-source software - with a learning curve"

What do you like best?

Blender is a feature-rich 3D modeling and design program with a lot to offer. The program includes plenty of powerful tools for object creation, refinement, manipulation and animation. Particles, liquids, physics, game dynamics and more can be accomplished within Blender, and the program includes two powerful rendering engines that produce beautiful results. The toolbars pack in the many features in a reasonably intuitive way, and the appearance and organization of the toolbars and menus can be customized down to the last detail, which I appreciated quite a bit, since out-of-the-box Blender wasn't particularly easy on my eyes. Best of all, Blender is a free program, which more than makes up for it sometimes-steep learning curve.

What do you dislike?

When I began using Blender, I knew that I should expect a steep learning curve and a less-friendly interface than competitor Maya. And it's true that I spent a while floundering around in Blender-- more than I would have liked! Once up-and-running, I've encountered few issues, but one of them is the frequent failure of the Boolean modifier, which allows objects to be selectively modified based on the parameters of other objects.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Blender is an excellent free option, but be prepared to study the documentation thoroughly and expect a little more time to get employees started on the software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Blender to design and build static 3D illustrations for the web. It has tremendously extended my abilities as an illustrator, no matter the project type. My last project involved modelling medical equipment for an educational project, and I appreciated the way I could quickly build and render illustrations that were unique and stood out from the crowd.

Blender review by beth a.
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"Great for basic animations and design"

What do you like best?

Blender is a free animaiton software ,but do not let that deter you from trying it. It is a really powerful software that I use to make 3d designs. I like how Blender offers a lot of tutorials for free on their website. A lot of other animation software does not have a lot of tutorials that they offer. Another thing that I like about Blender is that you can easily imports outside objects like textures and animations. The lighting and shadow functions also look really professional.

What do you dislike?

Blender does require a computer to have a really good 3d graphics card. If you try to run the program on a computer without a very good graphics card, then Blender will lag. Overall, the software is really hard to learn. I had to watch a lot of tutorials when I first started. The user interface is also not very intuitive. The shortcut keys are also very complex.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Blender is hard to learn, but there are a lot of tutorials on their website. I would recommend starting by watching a few tutorials so you wont get overwhelmed.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use blender for 3d animations and cut scenes.

Blender review by User in Fine Art
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"Powerful free 3D tool with supportive learning community"

What do you like best?

When I first opened the program, I had a specific animation task I needed to accomplish, but I didn't know what I was doing. Because blender is free and open source, there's a huge community of creators who provide tutorials and information that helped me learn how to do, EXACTLY what I needed for my project.

What do you dislike?

If you're an avid adobe user like me, shortcuts are a problem. You'll want to use their hotkey editor to make it more similar to adobe apps... otherwise it will drive you crazy.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you take advantage of the tutorials out there! This is a very complex program with tons of features, and it's user interface is a bit jumbled. Do a web search for some beginner tutorials - or even search for the specific thing you need to learn. You will likely find several videos providing step by step instructions for you.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Blender enabled me to create a 3D animated online html5 ad for my employer - without needing to pay for a high-priced program. Since 3D isn't a frequent need, it's helpful that no huge investment is needed for something we only use occasionally.

Blender review by Michael M.
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"Powerful program, painful interface, but unbeatable at the price--FREE!"

What do you like best?

Blender--model, render and animate 3D models, dynamic particle systems, video tracking and compositing, photorealistic results, import and export a wide range of model types to and from other software, including Alembic animations and all for free!

If you have the patience for it's steep learning curve, Blender is capable of first-class results, and the active community means thousands of tutorials are just a Youtube search away.

What do you dislike?

Blender's user interface is frustrating--What other program out there uses the RIGHT-CLICK as the primary selection tool? The interface, besides being confusing, changes with every new version. Being open source, sometimes promised new features arrive years late.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Blender is so powerful and has so many features it's overwhelming. Approach with disclipline. Decide what aspect you want to tackle first (modelling, animation, lighting, compositing, etc...), then work through a lot of Youtube tutorials.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Blender for light modelling and for cleaning up problem geometry with downloaded models before importing them into other animation or compositing software. Of course, being free, it's value is, literally, incaluculable.

Blender review by Spenser W.
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"Great Open Source Software With A Strong Future"

What do you like best?

Blender has great modeling tools. They are intuitive, and very powerful and quick once you get the hang of a lot of the hotkeys that are almost required learning, if you have any desire to really know the program. The Cycles renderer is a great ray tracing renderer that gives the artist the ability to produce some great stuff.

What do you dislike?

The pivot center system needs some work. Right out of the box it's a rather limited system that needs some tweaking to work in a robust enough way to actually compete with the likes of the action centers featured in other sofware, which are much more powerful. The keymapping is also inconsistent in some places, especially the right click select. Learning and subsequently remembering which keys do what in what area of the program is quite a process, especially since so many functions in Blender require the use of hotkeys. However, as far as I know, the next major update to the software (ver. 2.8) will bring an updated keymap to the program, as well as other usability and consistency updates.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If Blender is intimidating because of the learning curve, maybe wait until 2018 to jump in and learn from scratch once version 2.8 is released. When you do learn Blender, rest assured there is a giant community that is very knowledgable, and willing to help you figure out any problems you may have.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Blender for modeling, texturing, rendering and animation.

Blender review by Jennifer S.
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"The Best Free Tool Out There?"

What do you like best?

There are so many useful things you can use this software for. I personally have used it for video editing and it was a lot easier to learn that I thought it would be. I only produce a few videos a year, but I always use Blender when I need to render and edit them.

What do you dislike?

It can take a bit of time to learn how to use the product, but there are a lot of helpful tutorials around the internet made by the Blender community.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely check this out before you go and spend money on another product. It's quite powerful and easy enough to learn how to use it for whatever you are looking to do. From game design to 3D modeling and beyond.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With so many expensive video editing software options out there, I was looking for something that was readily available on multiple platforms and as inexpensive as possible. Blender was the answer to everything I was looking for. I can use it on my desktop at home, and on my MacBook Pro on the go.

Blender review by Nicola F.
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"Free and open source 3d Modeling Software"

What do you like best?

Definitely the best free and open source 3D modeling tool out there. The insanely high number of features available makes it as good as other AAA products on the market.

It's a great resource for 3d Modeling, sculpting high quality rendering, and animation and game making.

The fact that you can do all that inside one single software speeds up the whole workflow, without worrying about import/export and file formats.

The community is huge and loads of tutorials and plugins are published regularly. Bugs are fixed quite quickly and they're always working on new, better and faster versions of it. At the time of this review, they have released an experimental branch of Blender which includes EEVEE, a realtime rendering engine. Can't wait to put my hands on that!

What do you dislike?

The user interface is literally the biggest pain, making the first approach with the software almost unbearable. It takes quite some time to get used to it.

Also the learning curve is crazy steep. It needs a lot of practice and tutorials and more practice to get some great results -even though eventually they'll come, and that's when the real fun starts

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are literally no reasons not to use Blender, especially for starters. It's free and it's incredibly powerful. The learning curve won't be easy but there are loads and loads of resources and tutorials to make your way out of the initial mess.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Modelling in blender is fast and easy, animating is also very user friendly. But the main thing is the really good rendering engine: some really good shaders and a very nice node-based system makes the crafting of materials a real fun-ride. Also the results can get top quality!

Blender review by Administrator in Computer Software
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"twisted beast "

What do you like best?

the amazing tutorial provided by app makes the user's experience amazing and personally the characters provided are such detailed and this helps the users to make minor changes and blend it the way it wants. the amazing micro detail editing feature helps the users to have clarity and can express their ideas through blender.

What do you dislike?

the access to importing figures in the software is a bit disappointing because it requires a specific format which is a bit confusing. the multiple features makes it a bit confusing for the newbies using the software. though there is nothing more to dislike about this software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

amazing software and i would recommend this to the famous companies out there to innovate in their respective industries.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

my school projects are being helped by this software. the benefits i have realized are that it helps us to convey an individuals ideas with enhanced quality of the work. the app is versatile in the software industry with exceptionally amazing controls.

Blender review by Angelina B.
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"The best 3-d modeling software ever!!"

What do you like best?

I really enjoy how easy it is to create anything without screaming in agony like some other software. I really like the mods I can download so that I can easily make figures at ease.

What do you dislike?

I really don't dislike much about the program other than the slight confusion with the lighting.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a little difficult at first but when you learn properly it's very fun!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have made many 3-d models so that my clients can look at before anything gets produces

Blender review by User in Military
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"Total solution for rendering"

What do you like best?

Blender is the most powerful application for rendering. I have used blnder for 3D modeling and also for animation. The animation tools are complets. you can do everything and there is a big community which is helpful for animate what you are expecting. Th ebest think is that blender is totally a creattive commons license.

What do you dislike?

I am used to the 3D modeling with solidworks and inventor. to made 3D models in blender you need to use a different way to design your thinks, and it takes a time to know how to do it.

Would be very helpful if some geometric restriccions could be easly included un the blender interface

Recommendations to others considering the product

The best program to start with rendering and have good results

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mainly I have used to made some animations and some 3D design. The profit is that you can do almost everything without inversion in a dedicate email

Blender review by Heten D.
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"Awesome product switched to it from a commercial application."

What do you like best?

The UI is non-overlapping, hence let me stay focused on work, includes all steps of 3d productions, from sketching concepts using grease pencil to modelling, unwrapping, texturing, shading, sculpting, baking, rigging, Camera Tracking, Animation, Rendering, Compositing and Editing + a Game Logic Editor for creating Interactive apps. An all round package, which is free for commercial use and open source, so no licensing issues. 3d pivot helps accomplish several tasks quicker. The installer is tiny (compared to any other full blown 3d app available) and the software is very stable, autosaves in background while working can continue uninterrupted. highly depends on keyboard shortcuts to accomplish tasks faster.

What do you dislike?

Very limited nurbs and cad support (Import/Export of cad data), hence class-a surfacing nearly not possible. Lacks the ability to expose modified topology without coding or without collapsing the modifier stack, think edit poly modifier in 3ds Max. e.g. (Cannot select newly created faces from solidify unless modifier is collapsed). Cannot hide 3d Pivot. Lacks Sculpt Layers and cannot use Shape keys to achieve the desired result as well. Lacks Painting/Baking textures with UDIM support by default. Does not have as many 3rd party commercial plugins, however a few good ones exist (V-Ray, Indigo render), instanced geometry with hair behaves unpredictably with hair length maps (geometry does not clip based on length maps).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Slightly steep learning, but with some persistence and online tutorials can be learned faster, once learned, speeds up workflow significantly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Doing a lot of image based modelling in blender, after generating point clouds in Visual SFM and importing it in blender. The ability to dynamically split viewports as required allows for multiple open viewpoints of an existing point cloud with image planes, and hence allows for much accurate 3d modelling. node editor has helped realise a lot of complex shading for cycles, compositing. Have used it to almost always quickly and cleanly unwrap geometry. Using it to quickly (within 15 minutes) create interactive configurators without typing a single line of code, to share with clients for setting reference angles of products to be rendered.

Blender review by Mieren T.
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"The most important piece of software I ever downloaded."

What do you like best?

Blender allows for anyone to not only dip their toes in the animation field, but it allows you to dive deep into nearly every aspect of this vast field. I got Blender to just try out this career, but five years later I am still using it, and for professional work.

What do you dislike?

The tool is a bit complicated initially, however once you pick up the skills and knowledge the interface makes perfect sense. It can just be a bit intimidating initially.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are just starting out and have not used any other animation tools then I highly recommend getting into the community on Blender artists, and Blender Guru. Those two websites will really help you to gain an edge over the initial complexity.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The CG animation industry is highly technical field, and as such the tools and equipment are very expensive. It's not the sort of thing that you would try out on a whim, but Blender solves that issue being open source and for anyone to corm into and not only get a feel for animation, but be able to compete with the higher end software as well.

Blender review by Carlos G.
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"The Best Alternative for a Freelancer"

What do you like best?

The best thing about Blender is that it's free! You can use it for all your 3D/CG needs no matter if it's for a personal project or a commercial project.

What do you dislike?

If you are new to the 3D world it may be a bit hard to understand. The learning curve is very steep but there are a lot of good tutorials out there to help out.

Recommendations to others considering the product

At first it may be somewhat confusing, but if you push through it you will find that Blender can compete with some of the industry standard programs used. And given the price (have I mentioned that it is free to use?), you'll be doing yourself a favor in spending a few hours learning how to use it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

If you have a very low budget or a small studio/company you might want to save every penny you can. Since Blender is free to use, you don't have to pay anything! It also runs on all major operating systems (Windows, Mac & Linux). All you gotta do is download, install and run. One of the benefits is that all the money you save on buying software you now don't need, you can put it towards better hardware and other equipment.

Blender review by Rodrigo D.
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"Perhaps your best 3D choice (And its free!)"

What do you like best?

The software as is, is perhaps one of the most complete 3D programs out there. Even though it's not an industry standard it is as powerful as its counterparts.

I think the best part of Blender is its modelling workflow. Even though it doesn't have too many modelling tools, the ones that come with the program are powerful enough to speed up your modelling process even if you are an experienced 3d artist.

The fact that it has other tools like sculpting and animation within makes transitions from one to another really smooth, without having to export/import to create high quality models/animations.

The community is great and is constantly growing. Bugs are fixed really quick and it gets huge improvements with every new version. And if there is a tool that you think is missing in the moment, you'll probably find an Addon that will solve it.

Also, its free.

What do you dislike?

Its interface is not as user friendly as I would like, therefore the learning curve is a bit steep at the very beginning.

Not many big studios use it in their workflow.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are a lot of tutorials out there to help you. Start with the very basics, like its interface, which is a little bit confusing at the beginning.

Try to learn as many shortcuts as you can since it will speed up your workflow a lot.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Modelling and animating in Blender is really fast, and whenever we need a 3D model, or we want to modify an existing one the process is really simple.

Export/import formats work perfectly if you use multiple programs in your workflow too.

Blender review by Luca F.
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"One of the most powerful and complete 3D modelling software for free!"

What do you like best?

Once you really get in to the software (it takes a while) you discover that Blender it’s a very powerful 3D modelling/animation tool, mostly thanks to the huge community that supports it: personally I found a lot of interesting plug-ins.

What do you dislike?

As I sad to get all the benefits of the program it tooks me a while, but thanks to the tutorials online now I can say that I’m pretty good with it, at least with the animations that I need to make..but at the end it’s free!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Blender it’s an amazing software: it’s free, it’s fully supported by a huge community, it has hundred features and plug-ins, switching from Cinema4D it should be the first choice of everyone. At least everyone should give it a shot!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The benefits, beyond the cost (it’s free), are hundreds, but the one that I like the most concern rendering features: the amazing rendering engine that uses GPU and CPU with a very good render timing, the HDR lighting support, the materials nodes system that allowed me to create very good realistic materials and the sculpting features are just some of them.

Blender review by reberson a.
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"Don´t uderestimate the power of a Open Software"

What do you like best?

-Speed compared to similar programs

-Versatile (From sculpting, texture painting, animation, compositing, movie editing)

-Great Stability

-User interface

-Compatible with every file format

-great for games

-Best Normal map baker.

-Cycles for rendering with Graphics Video card. (Much faster than CPU rendering).

-Free!

- Node based material setup and composition.

What do you dislike?

-Lack of Vertex Alpha Paint

-Industry doesn´t use it very much (Don´t know why)

-Not very popular.

-Some features are still in deveolpment compared to similar programs. (like muscular skinning for character rigging, or fluid simmulation.)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just use it! It´s the most versatile of all 3d softwares, but it´s always good to know other software if you want to work on big companies.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

-Open software makes very versatile and good variety of plugins

-Very active community

-Fast learning curve

-Adapts to every pipeline.

-The best choice for indie Development

-All arounder, can do a bit of everything.

-If you combine this with zbrush for sculpting, you can do pretty much everything

Blender review by Kunal S.
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"UNIQUE!"

What do you like best?

The best would be the exact commands and straight forward methods of modelling. the rendering quality is mind-blowing, the crisp and hyper-realism is as good as vray. or maybe better, the details the blender render can do, it's just perfect. The surfacing controls are detailed, giving you complete freedom over tesselation and modelling quality. The compact size of blender helps open the application and files really fast. compared to the other softwares iv'e worked on, blender works and opens way faster than the other's making it stand out as unique.

What do you dislike?

The complexity of user interface. first hand at blender! you will start pulling your hair within minutes. it is difficult to grasp compared to maya. being a polygon software, it lacks in ease of modelling. The render method is even more complex, making blender usable only to people with extreme patience.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Best use for Motorbike design and hyper-realistic rendering, UI can be really painful, but i guess, extensive practise would solve that. No problem for files, because the file size is managed very well by the software, being a free license, it amazing as to what you can do with the tools blender offers. finally! it launches faster than any other modelling software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Rapid modelling of motorbikes and aeronautics. Benefits would be the file size management, the exact keystrokes for almost everything, making them look like safety switches, so you accidentally don't select and move the wrong polygon.

Blender review by Michael M.
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"Open Source Power"

What do you like best?

The development speed is really what I like about it. The level of progression on each new version is inspiring and having fluid simulation, smoke, particles, rigging , tracking and a tons of other high end features in an open-source software is superb. The fact that it runs on Linux, OSX and Windows and it is so small in size, its mind blowing. I gotta say that a lot of times I rely on Blender to solve production issues simply because it is really fast and light.

What do you dislike?

What I dislike is the lack of full node integration, but apparently that is coming eventually, so I will just hold tight! It is really a great app.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Really spend some time watching some webniars and tutorials available at blender.org, they are really great sources of knowledge and if you are uncertain if it is worth investing the time on it, just watch some of the shorts produced in the last few years, they are a statement of quality and it stands tall side by side to any payed solution.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

3D Modeling and Animation.

Blender review by Christopher A.
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"The flagship free open source 3D Modeling program "

What do you like best?

Aside from the fact that Blender is a free software, the immense features that are included in this program make it an all-around versatile package for design and animation. Many CAD/3D programs tend to have specific focuses for different aspects of production, such as Mudbox for sculpting, Maya for animation, 3ds Max for model production (it should be noted that each program tackles each aspect of production in their own way, however each program does have their own specific use). Blender combines sculpting, modeling, texturing, physics, video editing, visual effects, and animation into one universal program, trying to contain as many uses in production as possible. While the learning curve is steep, the benefit to this is an appreciation for keyboard shortcuts, which allow for a very fast and pleasant modeling/animating experience in Blender, as well as such an appreciation for shortcuts carrying over into other, different media and programs.

What do you dislike?

The very strength of Blender is also one of its weaknesses, with such versatility, some of the most powerful and beloved tools from other specialized programs made for each respective aspect of production that Blender happens to incorporate are simply non-existent. This means that while Blender can tackle multiple aspects of a production, the capabilities of each tool set are indeed limited and, in comparison to the specialized programs, can be seen as lacking or weak. This can be likened to specialized programs acting as a nail, used to fill a specific hole that may happen to be the center of a project, whereas Blender is more of a blanket that can cover the hole, but not entirely.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking to get your feet wet with professional level modeling programs or are looking to get started with software that can offer you a little bit of everything within the field of design, then Blender is perfect for you. Its user interface is confusing at first glance, however, take the time to learn Blender inside and out, as the mass amounts of tools allow for a very well-rounded learning experience and can carry over into different specialized programs over time, possibly branching out into different career specialties over time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Blender is great for the enthusiast, those who are on a budget, beginners who don't want to spend $3000 for the industry-standard, but for professional level results to match those of the already-established companies that exist, or to exist as a freelancer with consistent expectations to create models with mathematical and functional capability in the real-world, Blender is simply not the best software to use,

In my case, Blender is great fun to toy around with potential ideas before using a more specialized CAD software to create professional level products/designs. As well as a very simple video editor, home projects and school projects alike have proven to be an easy task with Blender.

Blender review by Ethan L.
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"The best open source 3d modeler"

What do you like best?

Tons of functionality, from modeling, animation, fur and physics simulation, compositing, and lots of options for rendering.

The open source community is extremely strong and their are great resources for tutorials, forums, support, etc.

The interface can take a bit to get used to, but is actually very efficient. I believe the interface and 3d camera/view system is more intuitive compared to comparable products such as AutoCAD or Sketchup. I love that Blender is available on windows, linux and os x. Also the ability to extend Blender with python scripting opens up many possibilities for customized workflows.

Additionally, blender can be installed as a self-contained standalone application and doesn't require an installation which spews files all over the place.

What do you dislike?

It can be difficult to learn in the beginning (perhaps a little more difficult compared to Sketchup).

The main thing I dislike is when doing architectural/measurements based in real-life scales (feat, inches, etc.) can become difficult to keep track of. This is where CAD-based modelers are better suited. Blender is better for free-form modeling and is more non-linear approach (this is a plus and minus, depending on the project application).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely give it a try. While it may not be the perfect solution for every task, this is one powerful piece of open source software that should be in every digital artists arsenal for 3d graphics (both still and motion compositing).

Start out by trying one of the many tutorials available at http://www.blenderguru.com/tutorials/

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've used blender since 2008. I have mostly used Blender for personal artistic projects.

Blender review by Abayomi O.
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"Blender Review"

What do you like best?

Blender 3D is very flexible, lightweight, premium level free 3D and video editing software.

Intuitive and user friendly

What do you dislike?

Cannot render PNG RGBA on MacOS which makes rendering abit difficult

Recommendations to others considering the product

Blender is now a full fledge software comprising of what you will spend thousands of dollars buying in the class of premiums and yet its free.

The beauty of the software showed when it was noted to be used in one of those big Holywood movies

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Graphics Design and Rendering

Blender review by Jeremy E.
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"Blender Enthusiast."

What do you like best?

The modeling workflow in blender is one of the best set ups I have ever seen in a 3D package. That said, it is not for people who do not enjoy hotkeys. Blender is based on the idea that there is a hotkey for everything and sometimes you just find yourself typing away and watching things happen on screen. The cycles render engine is also extremely fast and working with materials in the node editor are a joy. Also it's free.

What do you dislike?

It's open source so it's disadvantages always have to be seen in that light, but I would love for the deformers to be a little more powerful. Similar to the way Cinema 4D has them set up.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a very steep learning curve when it comes to picking up blender but once you understand how to use it it can be an extremely powerful tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

3D modeling and rendering.

Blender review by Lautaro Francisco R.
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"Complete and versatile. Amazing open source project."

What do you like best?

I love the idea behind the project. Started being a competitive 3D modelling software but now it's even better. I found it easy to learn, easy to personalize and easy to use. You can enlarge its functionalities with python scripts.

Whenever someone asks me to start in 3D modelling with PC I recommend Blender because it's free and easy to learn. It has a big community with lots of documentation to start learning.

What do you dislike?

Its purpose it's to use it for artistical work so it becomes difficult to define exact parameters, dimensions, color and other, so you must use slower tools or do technical work on other software and import the models.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I always recommend Blender to start. It's free, you can easy download and test it. If you feel comfortable and fullfill your needs great if not try Maya or 3dsMax afterwards.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It becomes tiny software but with enough power to perform most of my artistics work on 3D print, sculpting, animations, video mapping and other. With enough experience with the software it even becomes useful making presentations, interactive media, etc. with a very professional result. All its functionalities can be added to great results.

Blender review by User in Graphic Design
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"Blender Review"

What do you like best?

What I like best is that using Blender has expanded my abilities. Before Blender, I didn't know anything about 3D modeling. I have really enjoyed just playing around and creating things. I don't know if using Blender all the time is something I would want to do but I do like having it in my back pocket.

What do you dislike?

Blender isn't so user-friendly to new users. It was hard when I started using the program, trying to figure out how to do simple things was challenging. Once I started getting into it got a lot better.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Right now Blender is free to download. I would recommend downloading it and watching some tutorials to get the feel of it. Then start creating objects. It might be challenging and difficult in the beginning but it gets better and more fun to use. It doesn't hurt to try it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using this program has just made me think differently than how I do when using the Adobe software. I have had to think and overcome different challenges such as trying to figure out how to apply textures to objects and to make sure I have the right mapping on those objects.

Blender review by Kevin a.
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"On the Budget yet Powerful "

What do you like best?

Blender is a industry standard free and open source software used for creating animated shots , visual effects , 3D models , video game assets and stuff . Blender offers its users advanced options like unwrapping , radter effects , editing , rigging and skinning . Few other are fluids , moke simulations , particle simulations and sculpting . Blender can be integrated to many game engines .

What do you dislike?

Blender offers three modes CPU , CUDA and OpenGL .In which all three have different options availabe for its users . Since this is a open based platform they are still experimental and may have some bugs . Blender used some thing called Integrator , which is a special lighting and rendering algorithm . SOmetimes , its good , but sometimes its very bad .

Recommendations to others considering the product

If your considering not investing any amount of money in your software . Blender is good choice to go . Also if your a Maya or a 3Ds Max user , Blender gives an options to orient your shortcuts and working style to that style , which is quite useful for starters .

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As I had mentioned earlier , Blender is a free and open source software . It's total size comes around 85Mb , which is very less compared to a decent 3D software in the market . But very powerful nad one of the leading . Blender works on 32-but and 64-bit CPS's . which is good . They take in multiple input devices like the mouse , graphic tablet and track pad .

Blender review by John-Michael B.
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"Blender = Best 3D software "

What do you like best?

I love that blender is such a robust tool. In this one application I'm able to model, render, animate, & edit video. I found that the community surrounding this product is huge and helpful. Great support when you have questions. The support for addons is an A+ feature that I love. It makes blender my favorite tool for modeling for 3D printing. The user interface is intimidating at first but once you find what you need you'll never forget where it is.

What do you dislike?

The bad side of blender is that the fact that it is so huge. The amount of features is intimidating and without guidance when you first open the app you will be completely lost. But this is solved with the helpful tutorials and resources found on blender's website and other places like YouTube fixes this problem.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want to do 3D anything you need to have blender on your computer. It might be intimidating at first but once you get your sea legs you'll love it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm solving the problem of 3D modeling and animating. Other software that does this either is awful or way too expensive. When people are skeptical about open source software I always point them to blender.

Blender review by Derek D.
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"The most receptive and light package which is good for all your needs"

What do you like best?

Well, Blender can be as good as you make it: it all depends on your ability to model/animate/whatever you want to do.

Right now blender is growing very quickly as a program, with many wonderful new features in each release. What it doesn't have yet may soon become a reality (that's not saying every feature we request will make it in).

Go look at the gallery at blender.org and decide if its quality is good.

What do you dislike?

The complexity of the interface for people who are new to 3D, also if you're used to using the commercial 3D software.

The lack of commercial plugin availability, is one of the biggest shortcomings, and the lack of artists using it everyday in their pipeline to have it running for a commercial project.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would say just dive in its an all round amazing software, which is constantly developing and is super light on the system, unwrapping and modelling are the most fantastic features, so is sculpting.

I haven't used the native render engine 'cycles' but i have seen some world class results.

Its very good for beginners and professionals alike.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has immensely helped my studio in terms of modeling, in the automotive sector.

the projection planes from 'n' number of cameras to model really helps a lot in modeling with precision, and give the best results, as compared to the conventional softwares with just 3 orthographic views.

the projection techniques are just brilliant.

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