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3D Applications
We have put together a partial list of applications used by 3D artists: each software has a link which will take you to the appropriate site. Please contact us if you know of other software solutions we do not have listed.
Maya: http://www.alias.com/
"Academy Award® winning Maya® software is the world 's most powerfully integrated 3D modeling, animation, effects, and rendering solution. Maya also adds to the quality and realism of 2D graphics. That's why film and video artists, game developers, visualization professionals, Web and print designers turn to Maya to realize their creative vision." - From Autodesks Website

Studio Tools: http://www.alias.com/
"Alias StudioTools is a scalable software solution with the right product for your design tasks from 2D sketches to production models. More so than ever before, the design of a product determines how successful it will be. To keep up with rapidly changing consumer trends, designers need specialized tools to develop, communicate, and produce compelling designs within tight deadlines - plus the flexibility to make changes throughout the design process. Alias equips you with software tools that are the standard for outstanding design in transportation and consumer products - including sporting goods, electronic devices, toys, appliances and computers. If design is important to your success, use StudioTools." - From Autodesks Website

AutoCAD: http://usa.autodesk.com/
"Use AutoCAD® 2006 software to realize your ideas with maximum speed, power, and efficiency. Beginning with dramatically smaller file sizes in AutoCAD® 2004, and continuing with the Sheet Set Manager in AutoCAD® 2005, Autodesk is raising the bar on productivity once again with AutoCAD 2006. From the new dynamic blocks capability that allows you to quickly create, manipulate, and extract data from blocks, to heads-up design, which keeps your focus on your work rather than on the software, AutoCAD 2006 makes an impact on the way you work, every single day." - From Autodesks Website

3ds Max: http://usa.autodesk.com/
"Realize your most complex, creative ideas. Bring 3D film effects to the big screen. Generate realistic characters in a top-selling game. Create rich and complex design visualization. Introduce a new dimension to your school curriculum. Autodesk® 3ds Max® 8 software builds on our promise to deliver state-of-the-art tools for creative and media professionals. Developed as a total animation package with a deep, productive feature set designed to accelerate workflow, 3ds Max is the leader in 3D animation for game development, design visualization, visual effects, and education." - From 3ds Max's Website

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ZBrush: http://pixologic.com/
"ZBrush 2 is a huge leap forward in speed, performance and technology. Modeling, texturing and painting features have all benefited from unprecedented code enhancements. New tools and options provide even more versatility in all areas, boosting the artist's productivity and streamlining workflow in surprising ways.

Z2 is fast. It boasts handsomely optimized code innovations, combined with unique features, providing more power to create models with unparalleled detailing capabilities. Even medium- to high-resolution models respond instantly to sculpting actions, constantly rendered and shaded in real time.

Building on the freedom to sculpt high-frequency details with ease, Z2 offers revolutionary new modeling, surfacing and texturing techniques, while intuitive controls focus these powerful resources on the creation process." - From ZBrush's Website

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Blender: http://www.blender.org/
"Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License." - From Blenders Website

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Brazil: http://www.splutterfish.com/
"Brazil r/s has already earned its reputation with top CG professionals who demand the highest-quality imagery. Now you can get all the flexibility, power and ease-of-use the pros have come to rely on, and when 2.0 is released you'll receive an upgrade at no charge! Along with a host of new features, Version 2 presents and exciting new platform-independent, plugin-based rendering architecture which enables greater flexibility and adaptability as new technologies develop and artist demands evolve." - From Brazil's Website

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Bryce: http://www.daz3d.com/
"Whether you're designing for print, multimedia, video or the Web, Bryce provides you with the tools to literally create a world of your own. An ideal way to integrate 3D technology into your creative process, Bryce 5.5 will save you valuable time by bringing the power of creation to your hands and allowing you to magnify that across multiple computers. Whether you are a professional designer, or a 3D graphics enthusiast, Bryce 5.5 will help bring your ideas to life with exceptional power and ease of use." - From Bryce's Website

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CINEMA 4D R9.5: http://www.maxon.net/
"CINEMA 4D R9.5 offers you more possibilities than ever before, whether for film, television, advertising, scientific simulations, architecture, product design or any other field that demands professional results. Its one-of-a-kind modular system and the ease with which it can be learned make CINEMA 4D R9.5 the ideal tool for any purpose and every budget." - From CINEMA 4D's Website

BodyPaint 3D: http://www.maxon.net/
"Wave goodbye to UV seams, inaccurate texturing and the constant back-and-forth switch to your 2D image editor. Say hello to hassle-free texturing that lets you quickly paint highly detailed textures directly on your 3D objects.

Forget flat compromises and paint in three dimensions. BodyPaint 3D offers the ultimate control over your textures with complete layers, filters and tablet support - all optimized for working in 3D. With BodyPaint 3D you can paint on up to ten channels with a single stroke, so a single brush can define an entire material rather than a single color. Plus, BodyPaint 3D's exclusive RayBrush™ technology lets you view the results of your painting realtime in a rendered image.

BodyPaint 3D's Projection Painting tool makes distortion-free painting a snap. This quick and easy tool lets you paint across UV seams or even multiple objects.

Even the most complex UV coordinates can be tamed with the help of a complete suite of UV editing tools. BodyPaint 3D includes three automatic UV unwrapping algorithms, including the new Optimal Cubic Mapping system." - From BodyPaint 3D's Website

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FormZ: http://www.formz.com/
"Award winning general purpose solid and surface modeler with an extensive set of 2D/3D form manipulating and sculpting capabilities, many of which are unique. It is an effective design tool for architects, landscape architects, urban designers, C246075_enginetaers, animators and illustrators, industrial and interior designers, and all design fields that deal with the articulation of 3D spaces and forms. Form•Z is highly responsive to the needs of mature designers and, at the same time, novices can use it with ease." - From FormZ's Website

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Houdini: http://www.sidefx.com/
"Houdini 8 combines innovation with practicality with powerful features such as new dynamics architecture, light linking, Interactive Photorealistic Rendering (IPR), character animation enhancements and more." - From Houdini's Website

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LightWave 3D: http://www.newtek.com/
"NewTek's LightWave® [8] software! LightWave version 8.5 is the fifth free update in the LightWave [8] series, and includes the 64-bit port for Emmy® award-winning LightWave 3D® for Windows XP Pro x64 OS. Version 8.5 offers hardware support of OpenGL 2.0, the new multi-shift tool with editable history, Photoshop style texture blending modes, improved dynamics, and easier integration of third-party file formats. LightWave's 64-bit version leverages the increased memory available with 64-bit systems plus the power of the new processors and faster RAM access to provide digital artists with a streamlined workflow that allows them greater flexibility and creative freedom." - From LightWave 3D's Website

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Maxwell Render: http://www.maxwellrender.com/
"Render C246075_engineta based on the physics of real light, it’s algorithms and equations reproduce the behavior of light in a completely accurate way. All of the elements in Maxwell, such as light emitters, material shaders, cameras etc., are entirely based on physically accurate models." - From Maxwell Render's Website

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Modo: http://www.luxology.com/
"Modo is the fastest, most advanced polygonal and subdivision surface modeling environment available, specifically designed to help you accomplish more in less time than ever before." - From Modo's Website

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Mudbox: http://www.mudbox3d.com/
"The first advanced, high resolution brush-based 3D sculpting software that is built from the ground up to address the needs of the professional digital sculptor.

Designed by production artists for production artists, Mudbox introduces new ideas and combines familiar concepts in fresh ways to offer a unique solution for high-end commercial modeling and design.

With its friendly interface, consistent structure, respect for industry convention, and a "get it done" focus, Mudbox is quick to learn and easy to use, integrating seamlessly with existing pipelines. Digital artists with previous 3D experience are quickly productive in Mudbox with minimal or even no orientation." - From Mudbox's Website

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Silo: http://nevercenter.com/
"Thousands of users, including many in the most respected and advanced graphics studios and video game development houses in the world, have decided to use Silo as their modeler of choice for its steady progression, its emphasis on workflow, its speed, its uncluttered interface, and its intuitive and powerful toolset." - From Silo's Website

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SketchUp: http://www.sketchup.com/
"Developed for the conceptual stages of design, SketchUp is powerful yet easy-to-learn 3D software. We think of it as the pencil of digital design. This award-winning software combines a simple, yet robust tool-set that streamlines and simplifies 3D design inside your computer. SketchUp is being used by anyone with the desire to... Dream, Design and Communicate in 3D!" - From SketchUp's Website

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SOFTIMAGE|XSI: http://www.softimage.com
"Acclaimed for its ease of use, XSI v5.0 introduces a comprehensive set of migration tools for Maya users. New interface layouts and navigation modes let artists transfer their existing skills and muscle memory to XSI, and migrate in days, not weeks." - From SOFTIMAGE XSI's Website

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V-Ray: http://www.chaosgroup.com/
"After its enormous success on the market V-Ray has become the renderer of choice in big production studios across the world. Feature film productions, multi-million dollar game productions, huge and small architectural visualizations have trusted their visuals to V-Ray. Wouldn't you too? V-Ray has become a benchmark for speed used by many hardware vendors and other renderer developers to test against. Richest set of features, cost-effective and production-ready - you have to give it a try!" - From V-Ray's Website