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ABOUT BLENDER
Blender is a free downloadable opensource 3d package that can match it with the big boys like Maya, 3ds Max and XSI.  Blender has an exceptional quality toolset, that can be seen in the short film Big Buck Bunny. Blender's other advantages include a huge support community and tutorials, regular updates and bug fixes by the army of people working on the project.


ABOUT MAYA
Autodesk's Maya is a highend 3d package used on many feature films, games, architectural-visualisation and product design. Maya covers most areas of 3d creation and animation with the exception of digital sculpting. Maya has cemented itself as one of the top 3d packages used by professionals due to it's robust array of features.

In 2003, Maya (then owned by Alias|Wavefront) won an Academy Award "for scientific and technical achievement", citing use "on nearly every feature using 3-D computer-generated images."

ABOUT 3DS MAX
Autodesk's 3ds Max is the most popular of the commercial 3d graphic software packages. It's favoured by game developers and architectural-visualisation companies, and it produces great results for film and TV.  3ds Max covers most areas of 3d creation and animation with the exception of digital sculpting.

3ds Max's flexible plug-in architecture has allowed 3d party developers to easily create their own new plug-ins to the base program.So a variety of add-ons are available.

ABOUT SOFTIMAGE XSI
*Avid's Softimage XSI is a highend 3d graphic software package used on many films, games, design and architectural-visualisation projects. XSI is the major competitor for 3ds Max and Maya and has a very loyal fan base. Like it's competitors it features customizability and extensibility via a number of scripting languages.   It has a reputation as straightforward package to learn with a great deal of depth and features.

Softimage XSI comes in a number of versions to suit the needs and budget of the user, including a freely downloadable "mod" program for games.

*Softimage has recently been bought by Autodesk


ABOUT LIGHTWAVE
NewTek's Lightwave is a commercial 3d graphic program used in film, game and architectural-visualisation.  It has a particular speciality in television series where it's used extensively. Lightwave comes with two separate programs, one dedicated to modelling (modeler) and the other for rendering and animation (layout) which some argue make some tasks more intuitive.  It also sports a much lower price tag than Softimage, 3ds Max, and Maya, which make it perfect for lower budget work like TV series. Though in the right hands Lightwave can match it it's competitors for quality, as can be seen on some recent feature films.


ABOUT MUDBOX
Autodesk's Mudbox is a *digital sculpting and texturing tool for 3d artists.  It was developed with an interface that closely resembles that of traditional 3d packages. So with any prior 3d experience Mudbox is easy to learn.  Now that it is owned by Autodesk it is fully compatible with their other products Maya and 3dsMax, but it will export to other programs too.  Mudbox has just expanded it's functionality to include texture painting and shading.

*Digital Sculpting is the process of using tools on extremely high polygon meshes.  These polygon counts can exceed into the millions, and the process is very intuitive much like sculpting real clay.

ABOUT ZBRUSH
ZBrush is the original *digital sculpting tool, it also comes with a wide range of texturing and 2d paint features. It uses a unique interface paradigm because it grew out of a painting discipline, however it is an impressive 3d sculpting tool that can handle millions of polygons on screen at any time (so long as a computer can handle it).  It's big community encourages artists to share their work and tips and sports some incredible artwork.

*Digital Sculpting is the process of using tools on extremely high polygon meshes.  These polygon counts can exceed into the millions, and the process is very intuitive much like sculpting real clay.


ABOUT CINEMA 4D
Maxon's Cinema 4D has a reputation of being one of the easiest 3d generalist programs to learn.  Although it might not have the depth of Maya, 3ds Max or XSI it's popular among matte painters and motion graphic designers because it integrates with other products like compositing packages and texturing tools, especially Maxon's Bodypaint and Adobe products.  Needless to say Cinema 4D has been used on many impressive films and projects.

ABOUT SILO
Silo 2 is a focused 3D modeling application with the ability to effortlessly switch between organically sculpting high-polygon models and precisely controlling hard-edged surfaces. It can be used for anything from creating 3D characters for video games and movies to quickly exploring 3D architectural ideas.

Silo is currently being used at top studios worldwide as both a stand-alone design tool and as a versatile element of a multi-software 3D graphics workflow. It is available for both Windows and Mac OS.


Author: Weiye Yin
Software: 3ds Max
Covers: Texturing
Detail: Overview
Media: Free web (2 pages)
Site: free3dTutorials.com
Link : here

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