Comparison of 3D computer graphics software

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3D computer graphics software refers to programs used to create 3D computer-generated imagery.

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General information

This is a chart on basic comparative elements that is based on the raw software without the inclusion of additional plugins.

Application Latest release date
and version
Developed by Platforms User Interface Language(s) Price
3ds Max 2009-04-18
"2010" (v12)
Autodesk Microsoft Windows English $3,495
AC3D 2009-06
v 6.5
Inivis Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows English $79.95
Ayam 2009-09
v 1.16
Randolf Schultz BSD, IRIX, Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows English Free
Blender 2009-05-30
v 2.49
Blender Foundation BSD, IRIX, Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Pocket PC, Solaris, BeOS, SkyOS, AmigaOS, MorphOS English, Finnish, Turkish, Chinese, Thai, Swedish, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Japanese, Italian, German, French, Czech, Brazilian. Free
Carrara 2009-06-16
7.2
DAZ 3D Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, English, French $89.95 - $549.00
Cinema 4D ?
R11
MAXON Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows English, German, French, Spanish and more $995 - $3,695
Electric Image Animation System 2009-05
v8.0.
EI Technology Group Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows English $895
form-Z / form-Z Renderzone Plus ?
6.6
autodessys, Inc. Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows ? form-Z $1,495 Renderzone $495
Houdini ?
v 10.0
Side Effects Software Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Template:English from $1995
to $9995
Hypershot v 1.9 Bunkspeed Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows Template:English ?
HyperMove v 1.0 Bunkspeed Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows Template:English ?
LightWave 3D 2008-12
v 9.6
NewTek Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows English, Japanese $995
MASSIVE ?
v 3.5
Massive Software Microsoft Windows, Linux Template:English ?
Maya ?
"2010" (v10)
Autodesk Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Template:English $3,495
modo 302
v 302
Luxology Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows Template:English from $995 to $1195
POV-Ray 2004-10-03
v 3.6
The POV-Team Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Linux Template:English Free
Quest3D Creative  ?
v 4.0
Act-3D Microsoft Windows Template:English 1249 €
Quest3D Power  ?
v 4.0
Act-3D Microsoft Windows Template:English 2499 €
Quest3D VR  ?
v 4.0
Act-3D Microsoft Windows Template:English 9999 € [1]
Relux Professional ?
v "2007"
Relux Informatik AG ? ? ?
Rhinoceros 3D v 4.0 McNeel Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X in beta English, German, French, Spanish and more US$995
Silo 2008-08-13
v 2.1
Nevercenter Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows Template:English $99 Core, $159 Professional
SketchUp 2008-11-17
v 7.0
Google Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows English, German Free
SketchUp Pro 2008-11-17
v 7.0
Google Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows English, German $495
Softimage 2009-09-15
"2010" v8
Autodesk Microsoft Windows, Linux English, Japanese $2,995
Solid Edge 2009-06
ST2
Siemens PLM Software Microsoft Windows Template:English ?
solidThinking Template:2008-07
Template:7.6
solidThinking Ltd Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows Template:English ?
SolidWorks ?
2009 SP3.0
SolidWorks Corporation Microsoft Windows ? ?
Swift 3D 2009-06-03
v6.0
Electric Rain Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows English $249
trueSpace 2008-07-24
v 7.6
Caligari Corporation Microsoft Windows English Free
ViewBuildUSA ?
?
VEC3D ? ? ?
Vue 7 ?
v 7
E-on Software Microsoft Windows English ?
ZBrush 2007-08
v 3.1
Pixologic Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows English $595

Operating system support

The operating systems on which the editors can run natively (without emulation or compatibility layers), meaning which operating systems have which editors specifically coded for them (not, for example, Wings 3D for Windows running on Linux with Wine).

Name Windows Mac OS X Linux Unix BSD Other
3ds Max Yes No No No No No
AC3D Yes Yes Yes No No No
Ayam Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes IRIX
Art of Illusion Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Blender Yes
& Pocket PC
Yes Yes No Yes Solaris, BeOS, SkyOS, AmigaOS, MorphOS, IRIX
Carrara Yes Yes No No No No
Cinema 4D Yes Yes Yes No No No
Electric Image Animation System Yes Yes Yes No No No
form-Z Yes Yes No No No No
Houdini Yes Yes Yes No No No
Hypershot Yes Yes No No No No
HyperMove Yes Yes No No No No
LightWave 3D Yes Yes No No No AmigaOS
Massive Yes No Yes No No No
Maya Yes Yes Yes No No No
Modo Yes Yes No No No No
POV-Ray Yes Yes Yes No No No
Relux Professional Yes No No No No No
Silo Yes Yes No No No No
SketchUp Yes Yes No No No No
SketchUp Pro Yes Yes No No No No
Softimage Yes No Yes No No No
Solid Edge Yes No No No No No
solidThinking Yes Yes No No No No
solidWorks Yes No No No No No
Swift 3D Yes Yes No No No No
trueSpace Yes No No No No No
ViewBuildUSA Yes No No No No No
Vue 7 Yes Yes No No No No
Wings 3D Yes Yes Yes No No No
ZBrush Yes Yes No No No No

Features

Wireframe Animation Rendering Imports Exports
3ds Max Yes Yes Yes  ?  ?
Blender Yes Yes Yes TGA, JPG, PNG, OpenEXR, DPX, Cineon, Radiance HDR, Iris, SGI Movie, IFF, AVI and Quicktime GIF, TIFF, PSD, MOV (Windows and Mac OS X),3D Studio, AC3D, COLLADA, FBX Export, DXF, Wavefront OBJ, DEC Object File Format, DirectX, Lightwave, MD2, Motion Capture, Nendo, OpenFlight, PLY, Pro Engineer, Radiosity, Raw Triangle, Softimage, STL, TrueSpace, VideoScape, VRML, VRML97, X3D Extensible 3D TGA, JPG, PNG, OpenEXR, DPX, Cineon, Radiance HDR, Iris, SGI Movie, IFF, AVI and Quicktime GIF, TIFF, PSD, MOV (Windows and Mac OS X),3D Studio, AC3D, COLLADA, FBX Export, DXF, Wavefront OBJ, DEC Object File Format, DirectX, Lightwave, MD2, Motion Capture, Nendo, OpenFlight, PLY, Pro Engineer, Radiosity, Raw Triangle, Softimage, STL, TrueSpace, VideoScape, VRML, VRML97, X3D Extensible 3D, xfig export
Maya Yes Yes Yes  ?  ?
Cinema 4D Yes Yes Yes  ?  ?
Solid Edge  ?  ?  ? IGES, STEP, DXF, JT, ACIS (SAT), ProE, SolidWorks, NX, SDRC, Microstation, Inventor, CATIA (V4/V5), Parasolid, Autocad, STL, XML, MDS IGES, STEP, STL, PDF, EMS, JT, XGL, XML, DXF, Parasolid, CATIA (V4/V5), ACIS (SAT), Microstation, Autocad
SketchUp Yes[2] Yes[2] Yes[2] JPG, PNG, TIF, TGA, BMP, SKP, SKP+KMZ, 3DS, DWG, DXF, DEM, DDF [3] JPG, PNG, TIF, TGA, BMP, SKP, SKP+KMZ [4]
SketchUp Pro Yes[2] Yes[2] Yes[2] JPG, PNG, TIF, TGA, BMP, SKP, SKP+KMZ, 3DS, DWG, DXF, DEM, DDF [3] JPG, PNG, TIF, TGA, BMP, SKP, SKP+KMZ, PDF, EPS, EPX, DWG, DXF, 3DS, DAE, FBX, OBJ, XSI, VRML [4]

See also

References

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