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Various Free 3D Programs

Post by Calie on Wed May 11, 2011 6:46 pm

This is not my list, it was generously researched and provided by Mikedazfan at the Daz site. It's his painstaking and time consuming efforts that make this list possible and all credit for this should go to him. I am simply making the list available here.


From Mikedazfan thread over at Daz...
I compiled and re-edited this list of free programs from the first 8 pages of the "List of FREE 3d programs" in DAZ forums General Freepozitory. It eliminates a few dead links, is better organized, better commented, and more concise than what you will find on those 8 pages, while intending to be complete and not exclude any of the programs that people posted links to in that thread. It also has some added operating systems compatibility information.

THIS THREAD IS NOT A DISCUSSION THREAD. IT IS FOR CONCISE SUMMARY. PLEASE POST ALL SUGGESTIONS, CORRECTIONS OR ADDITIONS THAT YOU HAVE IN THIS OTHER THREAD:
List of FREE 3d programs
http://forum.daz3d.com/viewtopic.php?t=44215


I hope this information will be helpful to other people! Best of luck to everyone who is trying to learn this really challenging subject without having much money to spend on it.

FREE 3D PROGRAMS:

DAZ STUDIO (character posing, animation and rendering, can import Poser file types)
http://www.daz3d.com/program/studio/1_0index.php
Mac and Windows

DAZ BRYCE AND DAZ BRYCE LIGHTNING
Here is the DAZ newsletter announcing that Bryce 5.5 is now available for free download at download.com, and providing a link to it:
http://www.daz3d.com/newsletter/2007/dn/newsletter6_12_07.html
Bryce 5.5 windows
http://www.download.com/Bryce/3000-6677_4-10696717.html?tag=lst-0-1
Bryce 5.5 macintosh
http://www.download.com/Bryce/3000-2187_4-10696719.html?tag=lst-0-2

An e-mail that I received from DAZ informs people that Bryce Lightning 2.0 is also available for free download:
"You are receiving this email because our records show that you have registered Bryce 5.5 at www.daz3d.com.
It has come to our attention that many people may not be aware that the network render plugin, Bryce Lightning 2.0, is also available to download for free on your account page at https://www.daz3d.com/i.x/account/0/-/.
This plugin will dramatically increase work workflow by allowing you to render your Bryce 5.5 scenes across various computers on your internal network while you continue to work on your computer."

Blender (multi-function advanced 3D program)
http://www.blender.org/
Mac, Windows, Linux
(Blender works best (much faster) in my experience with hardware acceleration turned off. Here is how to do that (using Windows XP):
Right click on the desktop, click Properties, click Advanced, click Troubleshoot, drag the slider control to Hardware acceleration None, OK, OK.
Most 3d programs run best with hardware acceleration full, but a few that I've tried needed to have hardware acceleration turned off on my computer.)

TrueSpace7.6 (now is freeware) http://cart1.caligari.com/web/Truespacemainreg.aspx
Truespace video courses(free)
http://www.caligari.com/products/trueSpace/ts5/Courses/Newspirit.asp?Cate=Training&Subcate=Fundamental
Truespace advanced video courses(free)
http://www.caligari.com/products/trueSpace/ts5/Courses/coursesinst.asp
Windows
a note for anyone using trueSpace 3.2 to 6.6 -

a required TSX is LUUV - allows you to import and export OBJ files.

get it here - http://pinacoderm.com/tsx/luuv/

Mediamachines Flux Studio (for use with VRML(.wrl) and X3D(.x3d) file types primarily)
http://www.mediamachines.com/make.php
Windows

VRML(.wrl) and X3D(.x3d) viewers and web browser plug-ins
http://cic.nist.gov/vrml/vbdetect.html

Anim8or (modelling, animation, rendering)
http://www.anim8or.com/main/index.html
Windows

Wings3D (simple modeller)
http://www.wings3d.com/
Mac and Windows
Wings 3d sculpty plugin, to import and export second life sculpties
http://pkpounceworks.com/index.php?option=com_remository&Itemid=28&func=startdown&id=119

sPatch (simple modeller)
http://www.geocities.com/getspatch/
Windows

3d canvas (simple modeller)
http://www.amabilis.com/
Windows

Serif 3dplus (comes with a collection of .x and .af models, no characters, that can be used to create simple images and simple animations)
http://www.freeserifsoftware.com/software/3dPlus/default.asp
Windows

Free utilities (and hundreds of user-made movies) for 3D Movie Maker
(It can be bought on e-bay for $5-$10. It is very user friendly, but not graphically sophisticated. You need the program to view the movies.)
http://www.3dmmstudio.co.uk/
Windows

FREE UTILITIES FOR EDITING THE FILE TYPES USED BY DAZ STUDIO AND POSER

CR2 editor and Morph Manager
http://www.morphography.uk.vu/dlutility.html
Windows

MAT Pose Edit
http://koti.mbnet.fi/~ilaripih/MPEHome/
Windows

Pozers little helper
http://home.online.no/~kjellil/Index-AllStuff.htm
Windows

UVmapper
http://www.uvmapper.com/downloads.html
Mac and Windows

Compose:
A link to Compose is at the bottom of the page here:
Undoubtedly Useful Utilities
http://www.morphography.uk.vu/utilities.html
Direct link to Compose:
http://home.tir.com/~johnwind/Compose11.zip
Java Runtime is a free download here:
http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp
Compose tutorial:
http://www.4shared.com/account/file/34675269/549fa5f6/Using_Compose_and_Blender_to_make_Morphs.html
Windows, Mac, Linux

CorrectReference
http://www.hogsoft.com/content/index.php?name=Content&pid=2
Scans your content and corrects bad texture references
Hogsoft CorrectReference is a free utility which scans through your content library and will repair any bad image references it finds.
Windows

NewSkin, a utility in Visual Basic for changing texture files in Poser files. It loads a variety of Poser file types (*.cr2, *.pp2, *.pz2 *.pz3, *.hr2, *.mt5, and *.mc6), and allows you to swap the texture files by the file names.
NewSkin 1.4 Upgrade Install:
http://www.sharecg.com/v/22948/software-and-tools/NewSkin1-Upgrade---A-Simple-MAT-Pose-Cloner
NewSkin 1.4 Full Install:
http://www.sharecg.com/v/23335/software-and-tools/NewSkin1-Full-Install---A-Simple-MAT-Pose-Cloner
Windows

Cross Dresser
http://www.evilinnocence.com/xd/
A free program which converts clothing which was made for one character so that it will fit a different character (supports 80+ characters).
http://www.evilinnocence.com/xd/module.php?module=articles&module_template=article&article_id=4
(But each figure that you convert clothing to requires purchasing a license. Only Sara and a very few other figures have free licenses.)
Windows

CR2Builder and other utilities
http://www.geocities.co.jp/kim99x2003/tool/CR2Builder/index.html
http://www.geocities.co.jp/kim99x2003/tool/index_e.html
Windows

Free DAZ Studio scripts can be found here, in the DAZ Studio Freepozitory:
Index of free DAZ|Studio scripts
http://forum.daz3d.com/viewtopic.php?t=42376&start=0&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=


FREE 3D DEMO PROGRAMS WHICH ARE NOT TIME-LIMITED TO A RESTRICTED TRIAL PERIOD:

Maya PLE(Personal Learning Edition) (renders with a watermark, saves to a file type used only by Maya PLE)
(multi-function 3d program)
http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/index?siteID=123112&id=7639525
Mac and Windows

Rhinoceros 3D (can save to a file only 25 times)
(NURBS modeller)
http://www.rhino3d.com/
Windows

Cinema 4d demo and Bodypaint 3D demo (cannot save files)
http://www.maxoncomputer.com/download_demo.asp
Mac OSX, Windows

FREE 3D RENDERING PROGRAMS:

POV-ray
http://www.povray.org/
Windows, Mac and Linux

Pose-Ray (can import a Poser or DAZ studio scene file, then use POV-ray to render it)
http://mysite.verizon.net/sfg0000/
Windows, runs with Linux Wine

Yafray(command line only)
http://www.yafray.org/
Mac, Windows, Linux


FILE ORGANIZERS

ShaderWorks (by Semidieu Pro-Pack, P5, P6 runtime management, P5-P6 Shader management, Python tools, and other Poser utilities for managing large runtimes)
http://poser.rois-sorciers.com/ShaderWorks/index.html
Windows

P3dO Explorer (obj file viewer, runtime management for DAZ Studio, Poser, plus Vue, Carrara, 3D files, BVH files and other 2D-3D utilities)
http://www.senosoft.com
Windows

Advanced Library for Poser (Poser runtime management, editing, and Python tools used as a better replacement for Poser's built in library interface)
http://www.neocron.lunarpages.com/library/
Windows

Poser Purchase Installer. We all know it can be a bit of a pain in the butt manually unzipping your days worth of freebies or Rendo purchases into your runtimes, so this little 2MB program can do it for you. Just set your runtime directories, select the zip you want to install and then press the little 'Install' button. Say, a couple of months down the line you decide you don't want a certain freebie in your runtime anymore, but can't be bothered to go through and find all the associated folders and stuff. Just open up your PPI, select the original zip again, and press 'Un-Install'.
http://www.hypervox.co.uk/programs.shtml
Windows

Meesoft Commander (file manager that can help you find and delete duplicate files)
http://logicnet.dk/Commander/
Windows

FILE FORMAT CONVERTERS

A free 3d converter at the link called wct2pov it can convert quite a few formats and can make 3d text using a truetype font.
http://www.angel-art.de/html/tools.htm
Windows

TREES AND PLANTS CREATORS

Arbaro is a program to generate 3d trees of several species. It can export the models in several formats, including pov-ray and wavefront obj. It's a Java program, so you will need Java Runtime installed. The trees can be easily textured in Bryce, as the program exports groups of trunk/stems and leaves.
http://arbaro.sourceforge.net/
Mac, Windows, Linux
Java Runtime Environment
http://www.java.com/en/download/index.jsp
Mac, Windows, Linux
PlantStudio (a 3d plant modelling freebie)
Registration Name: PlantStudio is now free
Registration Code: 574 127 4255
After installing and running the program, click on Help, Register... then enter the registration name and code.
http://www.kurtz-fernhout.com/download.htm
Windows


BEHAVIOURAL ANIMATION
Bugz and brainbugz behavioural animation freebie
Bugz is a free downloadable executable program which can export a text motion data file (lists of the 3d co-ordinates of the insects or whatever at successive keyframes) to a Lightwave or Maya script to realistically simulate the motion paths of a group of flying insects. Brainbugz is a Maya script. There are a lot of free Maya .mel scripts that can be downloaded but I don't know of any way that they can be used with free or cheap 3d programs (other than watermarked output from Maya PLE).
http://www.kolve.com/thesis/thesis.htm
http://www.kolve.com/mp_brainbugz/brainbugz.htm


OTHER 3D

Make-human(morphing humans with over 3000 morphs all for free, free mesh, open source)
http://www.dedalo-3d.com/
http://www.makehuman.org/blog/index.php?post=s1210866244 (download page)
Mac OSX, Windows, Linux

Google Sketchup
http://sketchup.google.com/index.html
Mac and Windows

4D Blue ("pre-alpha" stage of development)
http://www.4dblue.com/
Windows

Metasequoia
http://www.metaseq.net/english/index.html
(Metasequoia has a mostly Japanese language interface and I did not succeed in getting it to display in English.)
Windows

k-3d (3D modeling, animation and rendering)
http://www.k-3d.org/wiki/Main_Page
Windows, Linux

Photomodeler Lite is a program out there; the free version allows you to take photos of an object from various angle and construct a 3d model, which can export to 3ds and dxf formats. also gives textures from the photo
ftp://ftp.sunet.se/pub/simtelnet/win95/graphics/pmlt31_a.zip
Windows

Art of Illusion (3D modelling and rendering)
http://aoi.sourceforge.net/index
Art of Illusion forum: http://friendlyskies.net/aoiforum/index.php
Mac OSX, Windows, Linux

CB Model Pro (3D modeller)
http://www.cbmodelpro.com
Mac OSX, Windows

(To open CB model pro on my computer, I had to turn hardware acceleration to none. Here is how to do that (using Windows XP):
Right click on the desktop, click Properties, click Advanced, click Troubleshoot, drag the slider control to Hardware acceleration None, OK, OK.
Most 3d programs run best with hardware acceleration full, but a few that I've tried needed to have hardware acceleration turned off on my computer.)

Moment of Inspiration (nurbs modeler, simple CAD)
http://www.moi3d.com/
Windows

Blacksmith3D-Paint-Freeware 3.0
http://www.blacksmith3d.com
Mac OSX, Windows

Amapi 6.15 (modeller) was available as a free download at polyloop.net (although in a convoluted, time-consuming way), but the last information that I have is that Amapi "is no longer available on the Polyloop website."
http://forums.polyloop.net/showthread.php?t=8428
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