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Post » Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:02 pm

Anim8or is kind of nice for what it is. a free 3D program.
Most should find it easier than blender.
http://www.anim8or.com/main/index.html

Blender is a sort of "standard" as far as open source software goes.
http://www.blender.org/download/get-blender/

pre-rendering sprites is fun once you get the hang of it :wink:



Sorry if anyone else posted this already,but I failed to see it if they did.
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Post » Wed Mar 04, 2009 6:13 am

Shviller mentioned Anim8or in chat, for which I'm very grateful. Haven't had much time to try it out but the interface is very clean.

Analogy for Blender:


It's what I'd be trying to learn if I weren't spending every spare minute with Construct :)

(I also lust after Swift3D for it's Flash-integrated rendering, but I gotta save up some..)
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Post » Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:59 pm

There's one thing you might want to look out for with Anim8or, though: mirroring objects is a pain. Also, ironically enough Anim8or isn't well suited for animation.

Another free 3d editor I know is Wings3D. Haven't tried It for long, though, so I can't really tell if it's any good.
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Post » Wed Mar 04, 2009 1:22 pm

Wings is pretty much the same as Anim8or for modeling, just no render, or bones.
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Post » Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:50 am

Another 3d editor to keep in mind is trueSpace. I think Caligari got bought by Microsoft, or something. Anyway, trueSpace 7.6 is now free.
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Post » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:54 pm

I just finished reading the anim8or manual, but it looks like it's time to move on..TrueSpace looks great. Probably won't give up on Blender just yet, but might have to re-learn it when 2.5 comes out. Thanks for the great resources!
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Post » Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:05 am

If you can't, don't want to afford a commercial 3d app, I'm pretty sure Blender is your best bet. It's grown immensly in the last couple of years and is freaking powerful in a lot of regards already.

Its interface sucks though.
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Post » Tue Mar 17, 2009 4:47 am

Just ran across Gmax "free game development level editor based on the 3D animation platform Autodesk 3ds Max" - mentioned at Reality Factory.
[url:a4e03ydj]http://www.turbosquid.com/gmax[/url:a4e03ydj]

Requires registration with Discreet, but interface looks very much like 3Ds Max.
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Post » Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:09 am

Gmax is a very cut down free version of 3D Studio Max designed for low poly game models, and as such cannot produce 2D renders.
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