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Program of the Month @ Freeware-Guide.com (November 2004)



Blender
(3D modeler/renderer)
Version: 2.35a
Release: November 18, 2004
Download file size: 4.5 MB
License: Blender is being released with source codes under the GNU Public License.
System Requirements: Windows, Linux, Irix, Sun Solaris, FreeBSD or Mac OS X



Blender is the first and only fully integrated 3D graphics creation suite allowing modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, realtime interactive 3D and game creation and playback with cross-platform compatibility - all in one tidy, easily and free downloadable package!
Blender therefore is fully free to use and distribute within any educational, professional or commercial environment. Artwork created with Blender - including python scripts - is the sole property of the creator.

Interface
  • Revolutionary non-overlapping and non-blocking UI delivers unsurpassing workflow
  • Flexible and fully configurable window layout with as many screen setups as you prefer
  • Undo support on all levels
  • Powerful built-in database system allowing instances, scene management, and dynamic linking multiple project files
  • Anti-aliased fonts with international translation support
  • Windows for animation curves/keys, outliner, schematic scene diagram, non-linear 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
    Modeling
  • 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
  • Mesh modeling based on vertex, edge and/or face selection
  • Boolean mesh functions
  • Editing functions such as extrude, bevel, cut, spin, screw, warp, subdivide, noise, smooth Soft selection editing tools for organic modeling
  • Python scripting access for custom tools
    Animation
  • 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
  • Character animation pose editor
  • Animatable lattice deformation
  • 'Ipo' system integrates both motion curve and traditional key-frame editing
  • Audio playback, mixing and editing support for sound synchronisation
  • Python scripting access for custom and procedural animation effects
    Rendering
  • Very fast inbuilt raytracer
  • Integral support for the famous Yafray render engine
  • 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
  • Ambient Occlusion
  • Radiosity solver
  • Export scripts available for external renderers such as Renderman (RIB), Povray, Virtualight
  • UV texture editor with various mesh unwrap modes
    Realtime 3D/game creation
  • Graphical editor for defining interactive behavior without programming
  • Collision detection and dynamics simulation
  • Python scripting API for sophisticated control and AI, fully defined advanced game logic
  • Supports all OpenGL™ lighting modes, including transparencies, Animated and reflection-mapped textures
  • Playback of games and interactive 3D content without compiling or preprocessing
  • Audio, using the fmod toolkit
  • Multi-layering of Scenes for overlay interfaces
    Files
  • Save all scene data in a single .blend file
  • .blend format supports compression, digital signatures, encryption, forwards/backwards compatibility and can be used as a library to link to from other .blend files
  • Read / Write TGA, JPG, PNG, Iris, SGI Movie, IFF, AVI and Quicktime GIF, TIFF, PSD, MOV (Windows and Mac OS X)
  • Native import and export for DXF, Inventor and VRML files, with python scripts available for many other 3D formats
  • Create stand-alone executables containing interactive 3D content or play back with the 3d web browser plugin

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