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Create your own fantasy 3D world using Vue 7 Pioneer for Free!

We had earlier featured 3D modeling software tools like Blender and K-3d. Here we have an amazing freeware 3D software that lets you create surrealistic fantasy world with ease.

Create vast expanses of terrains, add trees, select the best point of view and render hyper-realistic images of your landscapes in moody atmospheres… in a few mouse clicks. Here is Vue 7 Pioneer which is absolutely free (not open-source) and a great way to learn 3D. It’s so easy to use that you’ll be composing amazing 3D landscapes in no time.

Vue 7 Pioneer includes free access to the Cornucopia3D community: get help, exchange tips and suggestions with other users, find inspiration by looking at their art, or show your own creations to the world!

Why should you care?

  • Easy to learn, easy to use!
  • Breathtaking 3D landscapes!
  • Photo-realistic results!
  • Wide selection of presets!
  • Unrivaled natural 3D power!
  • Renders at Full HD resolution!
  • Direct access to Cornucopia3D content!
  • Welcoming, hyper-active community!
  • It’s completely FREE!

Here are some of the fantasy worlds for you to ponder on!


Image by Eisbärchen
Winner of the Vue 3D Environment Competition 2006


Image by Vincent Ferrand


Image by Philippe Bouyer


Image by Jonj1611


Image by Artur Rosa


Image by Kenwas


Image by Robert Czarny


Image by Kenwas


Image by Artur Rosa

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K-3D – 3D Modeling and Animation Software with Complete Freedom

In our earlier post we had reviewed Blender, one of the most Competent free 3D modeling alternative to Autodesk’s 3ds Max, Maya, RenderMan etc. While Blender has an exhaustive feature set, the K-3D has a potential to get more features added because of its good design and "everything is a plugin" philosophy. Blender has a built-in render engine, and poor support for integrating third-party render engines such as Aqsis. On the other hand any rendering engine can be integrated to K-3D because everything in K-3D is a plugin, including render engines, lights, and materials.


Author Tim Shead began work on in early 1994, on an Amiga computer. At that time, the program was called Equus-3D and work was subsequently moved to Win32. The application evolved and the plan was to commercialize the product under the name K-3D. However, in 1999 Tim opted to release K-3D under the free-as-in-freedom GNU General Public Licence, which led to K-3D’s slogan: "Seven Degrees of Freedom".

K-3D is a complete free-as-in-freedom 3D modeling, animation and rendering system that  features a robust plugin architecture and visualization pipeline, designed to scale to the needs of professional artists. K-3D is designed from-the-ground-up to generate motion-picture-quality animation using RenderMan-compliant render engines. Volunteers have built K-3D on nearly any platform you can imagine, including Linux, Mac OSX, Windows, BSD Unix, and Solaris.

The main features of K-3D include:

  • Record interactive tutorials and macros.
  • Unlimited undos / redos
  • Create and edit documents in multiple realtime OpenGL solid, shaded, texture-mapped views
  • Scripting interface supports K3DScript and Python, with an open API for other scripting languages
  • Model, animate, and interact with animations while they play back for maximum productivity
  • Highly-evolved architecture allows complete extensibility at runtime through third-party plugins
  • Animated geometric procedural effects
  • Powerful control-spline based animation in a uniform interface
  • Uses the Pixar Renderman Interface to render motion-picture-quality images with a wide variety of rendering engines
  • Supports Renderman Subdivision Mesh output.
  • Background rendering and batch rendering.

Here are some images from the Still Gallery:

  • Tribble





    Checkout the Animation Gallery here.


  • Blender – Competent free 3D modeling alternative to Autodesk’s 3ds Max, Maya

    Blender is Free and Open Source 3d Computer Graphics software that runs on most of the operating systems and alternative to the very famous Autodesk’s 3ds Max, Maya, Pixar’s RenderMan etc. Blender is lightweight compared to Autodesk solutions, offers completive features like Rigging, Modeling, UV wrapping, Animation, Rendering, Shading and many other features that one would expect from a 3d software.


    Most recent version is the Blender 2.49 with lots of improvements, Blender is constantly evolving. Considering the fact that the Blender is community driven, it has had its ups and downs.

    Notable downside of Blender:

    • Blender developed as an in-house project and slowly became popular. Its lack of Documentation is one of the main issues. There have been attempts to improve the documentation and many initiatives like Blender documentation project, the 2006 Blender Summer of Documentation project, and the June 2007 introductory book "Essential Blender", which was published by Blender Foundation. It is good know that the Blender community is doing its best to improve things but proprietary software’s do have the best of training materials and videos.
    • Blender’s UI has also had issues though it offers a lot of keyboard shortcuts, users have felt that the UI is less intuitive when compared to the proprietary counterparts. Again, there have been attempts to improve the UI look and feel, widget support etc.

    Blender IDE

    However the bottom line is Blender community is very strong and it will take big steps in the coming years.

    Most notable commercial usage of Blender in the media industry has been in the movie Spider Man 2, History channel etc.

    Some of the best 3d models rendered by Blender – Please see Blender Gallery for more details on artists.








    Detailed 3D software comparison:

    European CG Network – http://www.tdt3d.be/articles_viewer.php?art_id=99

    Computer Society for Digital Artists – http://wiki.cgsociety.org/index.php/Comparison_of_3d_tools

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    Top Free Open Products for Personal Productivity

    InfoWorld’s 2008 Bossies recognize the top free and open products for personal productivity apps:


    1. Sound editing – Audacity

    Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to:

    • – Record live audio.
    • – Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
    • – Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
    • – Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
    • – Change the speed or pitch of a recording.
    • – For a complete list of features check the Audacity Feature List


    2. 3-D modeling – Blender

    Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License. Its a 3-D modeling and rendering suite that runs on Windows, Linux, OS X, Irix, and FreeBSD — a breadth of platform support unmatched by commercial offerings.

    For a complete list of features check the Blender Feature List


    3. Web Browser – Firefox

    Firefox 3 sets the pace with dozens of new features, including the smart location bar, one-click bookmarking and blindingly fast performance. It provides some cool features like Password Manager, One Click Bookmarking and Smart Location Bar.

    For a complete list of features check the Firefox Feature List


    4. Image Editing – GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

    GIMP is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

    It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.

    For a complete list of features and capabilities check the GIMP Feature List


    5. Productivity suite – OpenOffice.org

    OpenOffice.org 3 is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

    For more details on the features check Why OpenOffice.org


    6. PDF creation – PDFCreator

    PDFCreator is a free tool to create PDF files from nearly any Windows application.Key features include creating PDF from any program that is able to print, creating encrypted PDF, creating PNG, JPG, TIFF etc.

    For a complete list of features check the PDFCreator Feature List



    Best of Open Source Software Awards 2008 InfoWorld’s 2008 Bossies recognize the top free and open products for business, IT, and personal productivity
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