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    Oblivion2500
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    Question Any 3d programs that are free - legal?

    Are there any 3d modeling programs that I can use for UT3 for free legally?

    Is blender any good? Is a trial of 3ds max 9 good (I have a demo disc from a book)?

    I want a high quality 3d program that would be perfect for UT3.

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    neo158
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    I haven't really used Blender that much but for a free 3D modelling program it's probably the best out there. All the people I've spoken to highly recommend it.

    One of the big advantages with Blender is that it will run on just about anything, even a netbook.

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    Oblivion2500
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    I got 3ds Max 2009 now. It a trial disc. But I can add add-ons such as ActorX and keep reinstalling it every 30 days. So yaaah!

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    ShadeMistress
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    Blender is an amazing piece of free software. The learning curve is very steep (especially when getting into animating), but if you can get comfortable with the interface, there's nothing it can't do (it even has it's own embedded Game Engine!).

    In particular, if you have to UV map something by hand, Blender has (IMO) the BEST UV mapping editor.

    Add to that a whole lot of user-created plugins and a very active community.

    If you do decide to go the Blender route, might I suggest 2 books that I found invaluable when starting out in Blender:

    - "The Essential Blender" (Written by the The Blender Foundation, it will get you off to a fast start getting used to the interface and workflow).

    - "Introducing Character Animation with Blender" (From the Basics of animating simple models, to creating a fully rigged model and using them to create complex animations for characters and even facial animation).

    The second one there is only needed if you intend to create animated models (characters and weapons), but I highly recommend the first book, it's kind of an instruction manual to Blender and how to use it most effectively.

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    darknet
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    Blender is free program. It good tool to use and easy to use once you get to know how to set up some part up. There are tons of tutorial and video tutorial about blender.

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    boomy
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    If you are interest in learning only Maya is a good solution,you cant save.There are cheap
    3d programs but Blender is free and well supporting tool.Games prefer 3dsMax and Xsi(good
    tools for conversion and best interconnect for game engines)

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    WedgeBob
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    I miss the old days when you could have Maya Personal Learning Edition for free... Autodesk is gonna regret buying out Alias and getting rid of that option.

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    ADPdirty
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    Big CORP's make out life better everyday dont they ?
    Where is that terrorist when we need one.

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    DokEnkephalin
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    Is anyone using SoftImage? I thought they were giving particular support to Unreal 3 engine. I started working through the tutorials and learning the interface, but had a HD crash since then.

    Btw, Autodesk owns SoftImage now, so that free option is there, just under a different name. And they're making it harder to find their free 'Mod Tool' version, but it's still available, and still free.

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    Oblivion2500
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    Quote Originally Posted by DokEnkephalin View Post
    Is anyone using SoftImage? I thought they were giving particular support to Unreal 3 engine. I started working through the tutorials and learning the interface, but had a HD crash since then.

    Btw, Autodesk owns SoftImage now, so that free option is there, just under a different name. And they're making it harder to find their free 'Mod Tool' version, but it's still available, and still free.
    I have both XSI ModTool 6.1 & 7.5 non-commercial use. It not that good plus it not easy to use. You can download it at the autodesk site XSI page...(7.5 version). I found 6.1 from cnet.com. If only autodesk would make a non-commercial/free edition of 3ds max for modders....That would be awesome!

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