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Discussion in 'Computer Software and Operating Systems' started by keven3477, Jul 10, 2016.
I already know about blender but I want to know if there is anything that is better.
Better in what way?
The UI for blender can be hard to get the hang of but once you get it then it is pretty good.
http://www.sketchup.com/ is worth looking at if you never have.
On the other hand if you are doing 3d for any kind of engineering purposes then most 3d modelling software is not good. There are then plenty of free CAD programs out there, many are slightly crippled or dumbed down versions of paid software (if you are not autodesk, PTC or Dassault then you struggle to make a dent, give or take siemens which is the "if sir has to ask" priced stuff).
Said companies will have free things, though some are more 2d focused (CAD started from engineering drawing which is a 2d affair what with the being on paper).
Autodesk used to do a tool called autodesk inventor fusion which I really liked but they stopped having downloads in favour seemingly of that 123d thing above.
Actually free/open source
http://www.openscad.org/ (powerful but a scripting/programming tool)
If I am mentioning free I should also mention http://brlcad.org/ , I have not checked it out in a while but it had an odd way of working when i did. Some really like its way of doing things though.
If you only want to model houses then http://sweethome3d.com/ is fantastic.
One of the top free ones but 2d focused so you may not care for it for what you want http://librecad.org/cms/home.html and dassault do a free 2d program as well which is great http://www.3ds.com/products-services/draftsight-cad-software/free-download/
You might like http://www.wings3d.com/ but I never got on well with it.
There's nothing better than Blender. The UI had a rewamp since 2.5 and is usage follows a unique schema you just have to learn once, unlike 3DS Max which mixes multiple slow UI techniques with different usage principles all over because it just has grown over more than a decade and never got a rewamp.
Blender really isn't harder than other 3D software, more the opposite. There are still a lot of people just comparing Blender to other software with its pre-2.5 release which had the same issue as 3DS Max - it also had grown over time and wasn't optimized for todays use. So if you search docs about Blender, make sure it's for version 2.5+ and you're good to go.
ok guess ill go with blender then, I was just asking incase there was some other better program I was unaware of.
if you search something *beginner friendly *, you probably wanna take sketchup, but last time i saw it it was really limited in features. anyway for blender, search the 'noob to pro' tutorials or click the documentation link on the splash screen and follow the sections one by one.