View Full Version : 3D graphics programs

11-18-2002, 08:22 PM
I've noticed a few posts on graphics programs, however, has anyone got any recommendations for a 3D graphics program.

I just want the faculity to bend and move objects with a greater range of options than the standard PhotoShop 6 program.

BTW. I've just received PhotoShop 7 - haven't loaded it yet, but anything in there?

Thanx in advance


11-18-2002, 09:03 PM
3D Studio Max (http://www.discreet.com/products/3dsmax/)

Bryce (http://www3.corel.com/cgi-bin/gx.cgi/AppLogic+FTContentServer?pagename=Corel/Product/Details&id=CC1M72VRBAC)

Lightwave 3D (http://www.lightwave3d.com/)

11-19-2002, 11:01 AM
Softimage (www.softimage.com)
Maya (it costs around 8 grand, but if you have the money... (www.maya.com)).


11-19-2002, 08:15 PM
Xara3D - there's a free trial download
also www.computerarts.com -- call themselves the 'ultimate' in 3D software downloads

11-19-2002, 08:35 PM
btw, which 3D programs can work with Flash?

11-20-2002, 09:12 AM
More or less all of them which work with frames, all you need to do is save the output frames individually and import them one by one into Flash.

You can do it with Maya, or SoftImage. I am not too sure about xara - I downloaded the trial, and I did not like it at all.

I prefer Swift 3D, it does more with text, same with Ulead Cool3D. They are much better.


11-20-2002, 01:00 PM
tnx i'll try those out.

oh and that url i posted wasn't supposed to be www.computerarts.com, it's www.computerarts.co.uk

11-26-2002, 11:20 PM
I recommend Xara3D if you want a Cheap, Easy to Use program that will do about all you want to do with 3d Text. I use it once in a while.

11-26-2002, 11:32 PM
Maya only works on certain box configurations, Lightwave is very nice, Cinema 4D XL is very nice, 3DS is over-rated but does serve its purposes (specifically for gaming or collision art), and Bryce is getting too old and too boring doing landscapes.

If you are a student, look for student discounts, you can get them at virtually nothing with a student ID. I have all of the above (paid for) and lightwave and Cinema are the best for traditional 3d scenery, though Maya would be best for character animation (you could do it all with Maya, but lightwave has better caustics (lighting), depth of field and numerous other reasons). Though to be honest, C4D is getting pretty close for a more moderately ranged off-the-shelf product... http://www.maxon.net/

If you are wanting the software in order to break into 3d design houses, its a good idea, but getting internships would be even better (if you're in school, they can also count as credits for your degree)...

11-27-2002, 01:52 PM
If you do go for Maya or Softimage, you can get insightful professional help from www.highend3d.com - it is an amazing place with an amazing environment, and is a great place to be a part of.

But this is a place for pros, so you may have probs understanding what the people are on about.


12-29-2002, 02:14 AM
hey again
haven't been around for a while. *deep happy breath* so good to be back.
NEway, just wanted to say thanks ionsurge and feyd. I got Swift3D for half the price! :) (btw, electric rain ships anywhere themselves, and there's no problem ordering from them directly as a student).

12-30-2002, 12:46 AM
I use 3D studio Max 5, it's full of bugs as it's new. It is however AMAZING! :D Maya is the other leading modelling/animation package and only costs 1700 as opposed to 3Dsmax's 3000. I'm currently using a trial of 3Dstudio and hope to compare with Maya sometime soon. I'm not an animator at all but 3D studio has loads of crossovers and is great for modelling aswell producing decent renderings even without plugins like mental ray. I personally wouldn't bother with Lightwave, I find it awful tbh, very poor user interface and having used 3D studio would never go back. 3D studio max has a plugin to enable exporting to flash called Plasma that looks fairly stunning.

Rhino 3D might be good if you wish to learn a bit of nurbs modelling, it's very easy to use, however the rendering is no good.

My main advice would be to find something that you can use rather than picking top end software that only confuses and frustrates.

12-30-2002, 06:37 AM
in jan 2003 you can get a maya learning edition for free at
they used to have a free one, i guess they made improvements, and will make you wait 3 or 4 days for the new one.

01-01-2003, 05:02 PM
GMax 3D is a great, free program, with no visible ads.
Plugins are available, and it is a huge program. I cant see why nobody's mentioned it!
I dont know about the Flash compatibility, though;)

01-01-2003, 11:02 PM
Originally posted by CRASH_OVERRIDE
GMax 3D is a great, free program, with no visible ads.
Plugins are available, and it is a huge program. I cant see why nobody's mentioned it!
I dont know about the Flash compatibility, though;)

Gmax only lets you export in .gmax file format, not very useful for web:)
Lightwave 3D is probably the best 3d graphics program for the web. It even has a plugin available for swift 3D that lets you export 3D animations in Flash format :D

01-01-2003, 11:03 PM
Almost forgot to mention anim8or, it's totally free, and has a pretty kick-butt renderer considering it's pricetag!