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Open Source (FREE) 3D Software List: Must See Update

Postby evanschaible on 06/11/2009, 6:08 pm

ALL of this software is provided free of charge. Any re-distribution must include with it the source code and all copyrights ust be honored. This is not a complete list, and is always subject to upgrade, but this is the open source best of the best when it comes to 3D work.

Full Applications:

Blender 3D: http://www.Blender.org
Blender is the premiere open source full 3D package. Modeling, fluids, particles, materials and shaders, as well as rendering are all supported. There is also a very powerful realtime rendering system, and game engine.

TrueSpace: http://www.caligari.com
TureSpace is a full 3D modelling and rendering package. While the UI iws quite chunky, and the viewport navigation is very unintuitive, for a free app it definitely has promise if the time is taken to get to know it.

DAZ3d: http://www.daz3d.com
DAZ3D is a posing and animation application that is used by many high end boutiques such as Geek at Play studios. They are also an avid content provider.

Anim8or: http://www.anim8or.com
Anim8or is, like DAZ3D a poser and animation tool for 3D models.

Google Sketch Up: http://sketchup.google.com/
Originally created as a Google earth content development ploy, Sketch Up now has VRay support, and is based in the art of drawing. Many, many architectural firms utilize the professional version of Sketch Up, but the free version can be quite powerful.

External Renderers (Like Maxwell Render, Mental Ray stand alone, etc.):

LUX Render: http://www.luxrender.net
Lux render is a physically correct render engine that has great power and is similar to Maxwell in many ways. Export scripts (usually Python I think) are available, as well as plugins for Maya, XSI, Lightwave, and Blender for exporting. No MAX export yet it seems.

Aqsis (Renderman Standard): http://www.aqsis.org/
This is both a shader development tool, as well as a render engine based on the renderman standard. It has support for Renderman shaders, you can develop them, ans also render amazing ouput.

Yafaray
(similar to Mental Ray): http://www.yafaray.org
A ray tracing engine that is quite capable of producing production quality results. Also has close integration with Blender.
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Re: Open Source (FREE) 3D Software List: Incomplete

Postby evanschaible on 06/20/2009, 1:24 am

MUST HAVE: Gmax: http://www.turbosquid.com/gmax
Gmax is developed from the source code of 3DS Max and has an identical GUI, but is made for modelling and basic texturing. No reactor, particles or rendering. Still, I own 3D Max, and still have a copy of this. It is avidly used among artists who develop flight simulators.

Softimage XSI Mod Tool:
http://softimage.com/products/modtool/
Like Gmax, this is a free alternative that is based on XSI's UI. Full XSI modelling and animation tools, for free. AND IT EVEN HAS I.C.E!

Terragen: http://www.planetside.co.uk/content/view/19/31/
Terragen is much like Vue, only it is free for personal and non-commercial use. If you register the free version (Terragen Classic) than the image size restriction is lifted and you can render HD. There is also a cheap version that allows limited animation. I used this a bit before I finally broke down and got Vue 6 xStream. Some would say that Terragen is better than Vue, but that is kind of laughable. Anyhow, a must have for the hobbyist.

Ogre: http://www.ogre3d.org/
Ogre is a game engine that is being used in many new games, and it is open source. Runic Games is even using it.

Wings 3D: http://www.wings3d.com/
A subD modeling app that is widely respected and used. It even has Renderman support.

POV Ray: http://www.povray.org/
A ray tracer that has close integration with Blender. It also comes with a recently acquired modelling software that allow you to create POV ray scenes utilizing a GUI.

K-3D: http://www.k-3d.org/wiki/Main_Page
Another powerful free app that has integration with Render Man (I am implementing Renderman right now in my Max pipeline, so you might see a trend plugging the apps that support it) :)

Blink 3D:
http://www.pelicancrossing.com/Blink3DOverview.htm
A free(?) environment creator that allows real time immersive viewing.

3D Via
: http://www.3dvia.com/
A modeller with a UI that is alot like Art Rage.

More to come as I find them.
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Re: Open Source (FREE) 3D Software List: Updated

Postby narenn on 06/20/2009, 7:01 pm

Good stuff. Keep it up.
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Re: Open Source (FREE) 3D Software List: Updated

Postby evanschaible on 06/23/2009, 4:04 pm

Here is a whole bucket load of plugins for Blender. They are in the form of Python scripts, but dont be intimidated, Python is probably the easiest code to learn next to MAXscript. But even so, these are already written just waiting for you to use them. They are full fledged plugins for a plethora of different applications within Blender.

http://www-users.cs.umn.edu/~mein/blend ... ython.html
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Re: Open Source (FREE) 3D Software List: Updated

Postby evanschaible on 06/23/2009, 10:19 pm

SimCloth 3: http://www.spot3d.com/simcloth/
A free, and stunning cloth simulation plugin that rivals nCloth in Maya, and blows reactor cloth away. This is a plugin for Max from The Chaos Group, the makers of VRay.
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Re: Open Source (FREE) 3D Software List: Updated

Postby evanschaible on 07/2/2009, 5:27 pm

3Delight: http://www.3delight.com/en/
This is by far, hands down, the best open source render engine. It has been used in numerous feature films like Superman Returns. It is a Renderman standard renderer, and has all of the fancy bells and whistles as Renderman, but 100% less in price. If you are serious about 3D rendering, even for high end feature film VFX, CHECK THIS RENDER ENGINE OUT! (It makes me regret getting Renderman).

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Re: Open Source (FREE) 3D Software List: Must See Update

Postby evanschaible on 07/2/2009, 5:33 pm

Blender Pocket: http://russose.free.fr/BlenderPocket/
This is a FULL Blender build that operates on handheld devices like my HP iPAQ. Any PDA or phone that runs Windows Mobile and has a touch screen can utilize this app. It has everything but, to my dismay,the fluid solver (that is the only thing I use Blender for). But you can light, relight, develop procedural shaders, model, animate, rig, render, develop particle systems, even use the viewport render preview, all from your Windows Mobile handheld device. I have to say, I really love this app and have been using it alot in my free time.
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Re: Open Source (FREE) 3D Software List: Must See Update

Postby Pigeon on 07/2/2009, 6:58 pm

evanschaible wrote:Blender Pocket: http://russose.free.fr/BlenderPocket/
This is a FULL Blender build that operates on handheld devices like my HP iPAQ. Any PDA or phone that runs Windows Mobile and has a touch screen can utilize this app. It has everything but, to my dismay,the fluid solver (that is the only thing I use Blender for). But you can light, relight, develop procedural shaders, model, animate, rig, render, develop particle systems, even use the viewport render preview, all from your Windows Mobile handheld device. I have to say, I really love this app and have been using it alot in my free time.
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Wow, that's cool! I actually thought about something like this before, but I thought it wouldn't work due to performance... so I gotta ask - Does it really work well?
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Re: Open Source (FREE) 3D Software List: Must See Update

Postby evanschaible on 07/2/2009, 7:23 pm

Pigeon wrote:Wow, that's cool! I actually thought about something like this before, but I thought it wouldn't work due to performance... so I gotta ask - Does it really work well?


It works surprisingly well on my iPAQ, but it has 32MB of RAM. The real kicker is the OpenGL implementation that was developed for embedded devices. There is even an older build that fully supports Python. But to answer your question, yes, it works quite well. Like I said, the fluid solver is missing, but everything else seems to work just fine. Just keep in mind that you have very little RAM, so dont expect to get production quality work from it. :)

But if you had a faster processor and more RAM in you PDA, it would work just like Blender works on a desktop.

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Re: Open Source (FREE) 3D Software List: Must See Update

Postby Pigeon on 07/2/2009, 7:55 pm

evanschaible wrote:
Pigeon wrote:Wow, that's cool! I actually thought about something like this before, but I thought it wouldn't work due to performance... so I gotta ask - Does it really work well?


It works surprisingly well on my iPAQ, but it has 32MB of RAM. The real kicker is the OpenGL implementation that was developed for embedded devices. There is even an older build that fully supports Python. But to answer your question, yes, it works quite well. Like I said, the fluid solver is missing, but everything else seems to work just fine. Just keep in mind that you have very little RAM, so dont expect to get production quality work from it. :)

But if you had a faster processor and more RAM in you PDA, it would work just like Blender works on a desktop.

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cool! Might be nice for developing shaders or something while you're on the bus!

Think of what you'll be able to do 20 years from now :D You might create feature films while shopping groceries ;D
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Re: Open Source (FREE) 3D Software List: Must See Update

Postby evanschaible on 07/2/2009, 8:36 pm

In a week or so I will will be able to manage my render node from anywhere in the world. :)

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Re: Open Source (FREE) 3D Software List: Must See Update

Postby KaliTos on 07/15/2009, 8:20 pm

:o really cool man..well with all this i guess i just completed my check list :D
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Re: Open Source (FREE) 3D Software List: Must See Update

Postby Rafael Guerrra on 07/17/2009, 2:19 pm

Hey Evan, I am looking hard over the net, but I really can´t find a free matchmoving program for MAC. I know there is one called PFHoe and one other called Voodo, but they aren´t for Mac (at least not in the sources I looked), if you guys know any...I will keep looking, if I find I will post it here.
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Re: Open Source (FREE) 3D Software List: Must See Update

Postby evanschaible on 07/17/2009, 4:30 pm

Hey Rafael,

The best I can do for you regarding open source is as follows:

I have included two links that you will need to run Voodoo on your Mac, assuming it is intel based. You must run the Virtual Box x86 emulator in order to run Voodoo. This is similar to a platform game emulator except it creates a virtual environment in which you can run windows based application.

Voodoo: http://www.digilab.uni-hannover.de/download.html
Free open source 3D camera tracking package for Linux and Windows.

Virtual Box:
http://www.virtualbox.org/
A free open source solution to emulate a x86 environment in which to run Windows and Unix based applications on a Mac.
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Re: Open Source (FREE) 3D Software List: Must See Update

Postby evanschaible on 07/17/2009, 4:40 pm

Hey Rafael,

Here is another called Icarus. It runs natively on Mac. The code was bought a updated to make PFtrack, but Icarus can still be found for free. It is really powerful, but be careful how you use it because it once replaced my bootlog text file with some tracking data (dont know how it happened) and crashed my computer. That was a fluke though and it is really powerful.

It is nigh impossible to find... but I found it.

Icarus for Mac and Widows (mirror):
http://hodgkiss.wordpress.com/2008/05/09/matchmoving/
A robust 3D camera tracking application that runs on both Max and Windows. This application has been used in many professional levels, and is still used today by many. NOTE: The mirror may not be around forever as they tend to lose interest or just go stagnant. I will upload this onto my own server if this link goes dead.
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Re: Open Source (FREE) 3D Software List: Must See Update

Postby Rafael Guerrra on 07/17/2009, 7:34 pm

Wow, thanks Evan...that´s what I call efficient work. I am trying Icarus now...
Now, just a question, if I install Virtual Box, it will allow me to run Windows applications on a Mac or does that refer specifically to Voodoo? Can we run other applications like Max and Vue with Virtual Box? But just at any rate, thanks for those links, I am sure it will help a lot of Mac users.
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Re: Open Source (FREE) 3D Software List: Must See Update

Postby evanschaible on 07/17/2009, 7:50 pm

Rafael Guerrra wrote:Wow, thanks Evan...that´s what I call efficient work. I am trying Icarus now...
Now, just a question, if I install Virtual Box, it will allow me to run Windows applications on a Mac or does that refer specifically to Voodoo? Can we run other applications like Max and Vue with Virtual Box? But just at any rate, thanks for those links, I am sure it will help a lot of Mac users.


Virtual Box will allow you to run Windows, therefore you can run anything that requires Windows. You should be able to run Max. Let me know how it works when you try it.

Rafael Guerrra wrote:Wow, thanks Evan...that´s what I call efficient work.


When it comes to open source software, I am pretty well read as I have been contemplating for quite some time switching to all open source applications. At the current state of the open source community and its resources it is just hard to replace everything in my pipeline without having gaping holes that will be debilitating for my work.

Anyhow, I really support the open source community as they are genuinely concerned about the user, over and against the price gouging big business companies that only care about making a buck.

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Re: Open Source (FREE) 3D Software List: Must See Update

Postby Rafael Guerrra on 07/21/2009, 5:15 pm

Ok...after some work, I tried both Icarus and VirtualBox...

Icarus: Very good, unfortunately the free version is very limited and you can only track SD videos, but I think its a good tool to learn and it might be worth buying it, since its way cheaper than Boujou (apparently).

VirtualBox: It is working well on the Mac...It didn´t work when I tried using Vista but it worked with Windows XP. I tried Max and it is working...now I will try Voodoo as a matchmoving software for Windows. This "parallel OS experience" is very interesting, I have to say. Thanks again Evan.
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Re: Open Source (FREE) 3D Software List: Must See Update

Postby evanschaible on 07/21/2009, 8:27 pm

Rafael Guerrra wrote:Ok...after some work, I tried both Icarus and VirtualBox...

Icarus: Very good, unfortunately the free version is very limited and you can only track SD videos, but I think its a good tool to learn and it might be worth buying it, since its way cheaper than Boujou (apparently).

VirtualBox: It is working well on the Mac...It didn´t work when I tried using Vista but it worked with Windows XP. I tried Max and it is working...now I will try Voodoo as a matchmoving software for Windows. This "parallel OS experience" is very interesting, I have to say. Thanks again Evan.


Thats great to hear it works. Icarus I think is now PFtrack. Pixel Farm bought the code and of course started charging outrageous amounts for something that was made to be open source.

I was wondering how Virtual Box would work. That is great to hear it works.

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Re: Open Source (FREE) 3D Software List: Must See Update

Postby evanschaible on 07/23/2009, 3:49 pm

Toxic Engine: http://www.toxicengine.org/
Another pretty decent looking photorealistc GI render engine.

Sunflow Image Synthesis (render engine): http://sunflow.sourceforge.net/
Another GI renderer.

Dr.Que: http://www.drqueue.org/cwebsite/
A distributed render farm management software that has been prouduction proven on project such as The Pirates of the Caribean.
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Re: Open Source (FREE) 3D Software List: Must See Update

Postby bobloblaw on 07/24/2009, 9:23 am

http://freestyle.sourceforge.net/
-A really great open source renderer i've found--imports 3ds files, but you can output a ton of 2d non-photorealistic images from it, and code your own styles in python
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Re: Open Source (FREE) 3D Software List: Must See Update

Postby TheDarkKinigit on 07/26/2009, 11:41 am

Anybody here use World-Machine for generating terrain? The "basic" version is free, and there's a "standard" for $89.

I don't know anything about terrain generation, but the favorite around here seems to be "Terragen," so I was curious as to how these two stacked up against each other.
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Re: Open Source (FREE) 3D Software List: Must See Update

Postby evanschaible on 07/27/2009, 2:27 am

TheDarkKinigit wrote:Anybody here use World-Machine for generating terrain? The "basic" version is free, and there's a "standard" for $89.

I don't know anything about terrain generation, but the favorite around here seems to be "Terragen," so I was curious as to how these two stacked up against each other.


Just a quick note, this thread is for open source software. This program isnt open source or free, plus it seems like a knockoff of both GeoControl and Terragen.

Anyway, lets try and keep to open source software. :)

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Re: Open Source (FREE) 3D Software List: Must See Update

Postby TheDarkKinigit on 07/27/2009, 2:36 pm

Well, there is a free version of it, but you're right, I didn't consider that free!= open source. My bad!
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Re: Open Source (FREE) 3D Software List: Must See Update

Postby advdst123 on 08/11/2009, 5:57 pm

I downloaded Icarus and it just keeps quitting unexpectedly on my mac. Any suggestions?
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