Blender

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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 <span>PJ M.</span>
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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

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Blender review by <span>Ben H.</span>
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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.

What Game Engine solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Blender review by <span>Ankit A.</span>
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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 <span>Mohamed A.</span>
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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 <span>Raphael H.</span>
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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 <span>James I. M.</span>
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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...

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