Cool Free Progs


Some great free (mostly) fully functional (almost) software

From the Indigo Renderer Forums. For names of contributors to this list, visit the thread originally started by tungee here.

Key:

if anyone has any information on platform compatibility please contact me.

Runs under Windows

Runs under Linux

Runs under Linux running Wine

Runs under OSX

Links last checked 25 March 2007

Freeware

Free software.

Acme Online Masonry Designer
Brick face generator. Must have for anyone who does architectural visualization!
http://www.brick.com/md/md2.swf 

Chaoscope
A 3D strange attractors rendering software
http://www.chaoscope.org

Genetica
Seamless texture viewer
Lets you get the free libraries and export them as jpegs.
http://www.spiralgraphics.biz/viewer/index.htm

Indigo
The best free unbiased renderer ever in the world ever.
Ever.
http://www.indigorenderer.com

Irfanview
Image viewer and corrector
http://www.irfanview.com

Lego digital designer
Erm.., it's a digital designer for Lego
http://ldd.lego.com/

Mapzone

Texture generator
http://www.mapzoneeditor.com/index.php?PAGE=HOME

Moment of Inspiration

"MoI" is a spline-based modeller. Currently free because it is in public beta. This software may expire.
http://moi3d.com

Picasa
Picture library viewer and organizer

http://picasa.google.com

Plasma pong(being developed)
You will get hooked

http://www.plasmapong.com

Poseray

3D Models Viewer
Supported Import Formats:Wavefront(OBJ & MTL),3D studio(3DS), LightWave(LWO), AutoCAD(DXF), POV-Ray 3.X mesh or mesh2, VRML(WRL, GZ), Raw Triangle(RAW)
Supported Export Formats: POV-Ray full scene with camera, lights, materials and geometry, Wavefront (OBJ & MTL), Moray(UDO, INC)
http://mysite.verizon.net/sfg0000

SBC Archiver
Archiver (command line only - no GUI) with advanced encryption
http://www.geocities.com/sbcarchiver

ShapeShop v002
A very curious modeller. Check the demo reel
http://unknownroad.com/index.html

Super ©
Video format convertor
http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html

TopMod

Would make for some great abstract indigo renders
http://www-viz.tamu.edu/faculty/ergun/research/topology

Voodoo camera tracker
Does what it says on the tin
http://www.digilab.uni-hannover.de/docs/manual.html

Xnormal
normal / ambient occlusion / parallax displacement map generator
http://www.xnormal.net/

 

Open Source

Free to use and modify software (check the license)

Apophysis
Really fun fractal generator. Renders at extremely high res
http://www.apophysis.org

Arbaro
Tree generator
http://arbaro.sourceforge.net/

Ardour
HD Recorder with unlimited audio tracks, a lot of plug-ins and surround mixing inclusive!

http://www.ardour.org
 

Audacity
Audio editor

http://audacity.sourceforge.net

Ayam
Nurbs modelling software
http://ayam.sourceforge.net/ayam.html

Bacula
Network backup solution
http://bacula.org

Blender
Full featured 3D graphics suite

http://blender.org/cms/Home.2.0.html

ClamWin
Free antivirus for windows
http://www.clamwin.com

DVD Flick
Quick and simple video file to DVD convertor

http://www.dvdflick.net/

Electric sheep
Evolving and awesome screen saver

http://www.electricsheep.org

Eraser
File shredder

http://www.tolvanen.com/eraser

Freestyle NPR
For non-photographic renders

http://freestyle.sourceforge.net

GIMP
Somebody had to post it sooner or later.

http://www.gimp.org

GREYCstoration
Noise remover
http://www.greyc.ensicaen.fr/~dtschump/greycstoration

Filezilla
File Transfer Protocol (FTP) client and server
http://filezilla.sourceforge.net/

Hugin
GUI for Panotools (see further down in this list)
http://hugin.sourceforge.net/

ImageMagick
Batch image processor
http://www.imagemagick.org/script/index.php

Inkscape
free vector drawing app
http://www.inkscape.org
You can import svg into blender and use it for further modelling. There's a great tutorial on how to use inkscape to draw a floorplan and then import it into blender here:
http://www.opendimension.org/ida/inkscape.php

Ivy Generator
A vegetation creator
http://graphics.uni-konstanz.de/%7Eluft/ivy_generator

Jahshaka

Realtime editing and effects
http://www.jahshaka.org

Jedit

IDE for xml and such
http://www.jedit.org

K3DSurf
Visualize and manipulate Mathematical models in three, four, five and six dimensions
http://k3dsurf.sourceforge.net/

Makehuman

Excellent for making humanoids
http://www.dedalo-3d.com

MeshLab
An open source, portable, and extendible system for the processing and editing of unstructured 3D triangular meshes
http://meshlab.sourceforge.net

MySQL
SQL database that's very fast and versatile
http://www.mysql.org

NGPlant(source code is platform independent)
Plant modelling software
http://ngplant.sourceforge.net/

Notepad++
Source code editor and Notepad replacement
http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net

Openlaszlo
Website authoring with flash
http://www.openlaszlo.org

OpenOffice
90% the functionality, 0% of the price
http://www.openoffice.org

Paint.net
Image and photo manipulation software
http://www.getpaint.net/index.html

Panotools
Panoramic imaging tools. See also Open Source: Hugin
http://panotools.sourceforge.net/

Plantstudio
Tool for creating 3D plant models and 2D illustrations
http://www.kurtz-fernhout.com/PlantStudio/

SciTE

Text editor. Supports syntax highlighting and collapsing for about 30 different programming languages - including xml
http://www.scintilla.org/SciTE.html

Screenweaver
Turns flash into .exe executable
http://screenweaver.com

Scribus
Award-winning professional page layout application
http://www.scribus.net/

Smartision ScreenCopy
Screenshot utility
http://smartision-sc.sourceforge.net/

Swftools
Allows you to author .swf in various ways
http://www.swftools.org

TA Springs
Open Source real time strategy
http://taspring.clan-sy.com

TortoiseSVN
All you ever need for versioning
http://tortoisesvn.net

Truecrypt
For encryption
http://www.truecrypt.org

Ubuntu(obviously)

or any version of linux
http://www.ubuntu.com

VirtualBox
OS virtualization package
http://www.virtualbox.org/

Virtualdub
For linear video editing
http://www.virtualdub.org

Wings 3D
Subdivision modeller
http://www.wings3d.com

 

Free Versions

Free versions of commercial software

Alibre Express
2D/3D solid modeller
http://www.alibre.com/xpress/software/alibre-design-xpress.asp

ArtRage

Free Edition
Paint program for sketches etc.
http://www.artrage.com/artrage.html

Autostitch
An image stitching program that requires no user-input whatsoever. Fully automatic but, apparently, only a demo.
http://www.cs.ubc.ca/~mbrown/autostitch/autostitch.html

Bricks 'n' tiles

Brick texture generator
http://www.3d-rekonstruktionen.de/bricksntiles 

Google Earth
Has mapquest functionality (directions, point-of-interests, etc.)

http://earth.google.com/download-earth.html

Google

Sketchup
Sketch-based 3D modelling

http://sketchup.google.com

HDRShop
High Dynamic Range image editor
http://www.hdrshop.com

Medusa4
CAD program

http://www.cad-schroer.com/index.php?screen=1.28&land=com&ziel=Products-M4Personal

Noiseware(OSX as a plug-in only)
Noise remover
http://www.imagenomic.com/nwsa.aspx

Terragen
Landscape generator
http://www.planetside.co.uk/terragen

Vmware
Server/player for all your virtualisation needs
http://www.vmware.com

WinTopo

App for converting raster to vector (dxf) images
http://wintopo.com

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