Comparison of 3D computer graphics software

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3D computer graphics software refers to programs used to create 3D computer-generated imagery.

General information[edit]

This is a chart about notable software on basic comparative elements that is based on the raw software without the inclusion of additional plugins.

Application Latest release date
and version
Developed by Platforms Mainly Used For License
3ds Max 2017-04-12
v 2018
Autodesk Microsoft Windows Modeling, Animation (Video Games), Lighting, Rendering Proprietary
AC3D 2015-05-01
v 7.5
Inivis Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows Modeling Proprietary
Alibre Design 2017-07-05
v 2017
Alibre, LLC Microsoft Windows Computer Aided Design Proprietary
AutoCAD 2017 Autodesk Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows 2D Computer Aided Design, 3D Modeling, Basic Rendering, Rudimentary Animation (of Camera, not objects) Proprietary
Blender 2017-28-02
v 2.79a
Blender Foundation Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, BSD, Solaris, AmigaOS 4, MorphOS 2D/3D toon Animation, Lighting, Modeling, Node based Material Creation / Texturing / 3D Texture Painting/ UV Mapping, Rendering (Internal, External, 3D Anaglyph and VR), 3D Rigging and Animation, Sculpting, Video Game Creation and Player, Visual 3D Effects, Basic Post-Production Video Editing, Motion Tracking, Python Scripting, Fluid Simulation, Particles, Physics, Compositing GNU GPLv2+ / Apache 2.0 [1]
Carrara 2013-08-26
8.5.1.19
DAZ 3D Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X Animation, Modeling Proprietary
Cheetah 3D 2017-12-07
v 7.1
Dr. Martin Wengenmayer Mac OS X Animation, Modeling Proprietary
Cinema 4D 2016-09-01
R18
MAXON Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Amiga OS[2] Animation, Lighting, Modeling, Visual 3D Effects, Rendering, Simulation Proprietary
CityEngine 2017-11-07
v 2017.1
Procedural Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Linux Procedural Modeling of 3D Cities Proprietary
Clara.io redesigned in 2015-03-31 Exocortex Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer Modeling, Animation, Rendering Proprietary
Cobalt 2009-12-11
v8 SP2r3
Ashlar-Vellum Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows Modeling, Computer Aided Design, Animation Proprietary
DesignSpark Mechanical 2015-11-18
v2.0.1
SpaceClaim, RS Components Microsoft Windows Modeling, Computer Aided Design, Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing Proprietary
Electric Image Animation System 2013-06
v9.1.0
EIAS3D Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows Animation, Lighting, Rendering, Film, Television, Visual 3D Effects Proprietary
form-Z pro/jr/free 2015-09-28
8.5.0.1
autodessys, Inc. Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows Animation, Modeling, Lighting, Render, Fabrication, Set Design Proprietary
Hexagon 2017-11-29
2.5.2.109
DAZ 3D Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X Subdivision Modeling, UV Mapping Proprietary
HiCAD 2017
v 2200.0
ISD Software und Systeme Microsoft Windows 2D/3D Modeling, Computer Aided Design, Automatic drawing generation, BIM, Animation, HELiOS PDM integration, API scripting Proprietary
Houdini 2017-02-21
v 16
Side Effects Software Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Animation, Lighting, Modeling, Visual 3D Effects Proprietary
iClone 2017-12-21
v 7.2.1220.1
Reallusion Microsoft Windows Animation, Film and Television Previz, Videogame Asset Creation, Lighting, Visual 3D Effects Proprietary
Inventor v 2018 Autodesk Microsoft Windows Modeling, Computer Aided Design, Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing Proprietary
LightWave 3D 2018-05-01
v 2018.0.4
NewTek Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Amiga OS[3] Modeling, Animation, Lighting, Rendering, Film and Television Previz, Videogame Asset Creation Proprietary
MASSIVE ?
v 3.5
Massive Software Microsoft Windows, Linux Artificial Intelligence in Models Proprietary
Maya 2016
"2017"
Autodesk Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Modeling, Animation (Video), Lighting, Rendering, Visual 3D Effects Proprietary
Metasequoia 2016-10-12
4.5.7
O. Mizno Microsoft Windows Modeling Proprietary
MODO 2015-05-27
10.1v2
The Foundry Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Linux Modeling, Animation, Rendering Proprietary
Mudbox 2016
"2017"
Autodesk Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Linux Lighting, Sculpting (the deformation of the model) Proprietary
POV-Ray 2018-05-27
v3.7.0.8
The POV-Team Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Linux, AmigaOS Lighting, Visual 3D effects GNU AGPLv3
PTC Creo (formerly Pro/Engineer) 2018
v 5.0
Parametric Technology Corporation Microsoft Windows, HP-UX, Unix Modeling, Computer Aided Design Proprietary
Remo 3D v 2.7 Remograph Microsoft Windows, Linux Modeling, Virtual Reality, Real-time modeling, Video Game Creation, Computer Aided Design Proprietary
Rhinoceros 3D 2018-02-06
v 6
McNeel Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X in beta Modeling, Computer Aided Design Proprietary
Shade 3D 2017-11-30
v 17.1
Shade3D Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows Modeling, Rendering, Animation Proprietary
Silo 2018
v 2.5.3
Nevercenter Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows Modeling Proprietary
SketchUp Pro 2017-11-14 [4]
v 18.0.16975 (Win64)
v 18.0.16976 (Mac64)
Trimble Navigation Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows Modeling, Computer Aided Design Proprietary
Solid Edge 2017
ST10
Siemens PLM Software Microsoft Windows Computer Aided Design Proprietary
solidThinking Evolve 2016-12
v 2017
solidThinking Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows Modeling Proprietary
SolidWorks 2018-01-10
v 2018 SP1
Dassault Systèmes Microsoft Windows Computer Aided Design Proprietary
SpaceClaim 2017
v 2017
SpaceClaim Corporation Microsoft Windows Computer Aided Design Proprietary
TopSolid 2018
v 7.12
Missler Software Microsoft Windows Computer Aided Design/ Computer Aided Manufacturing Proprietary
E-on Vue 2017
v 2016 R5
E-on Software Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows Animation, Landscape Modeling, Lighting Proprietary
Verto Studio 3D 2018-05-06
v2.3.8
Michael L. Farrell Mac OS X, iOS Mobile Modeling, Texture Mapping, Lighting Proprietary
Wings 3D 2016-12-16
v 2.1.5
Dan Gudmundsson (maintainer) Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, BSD, Linux Modeling, Sculpting (the deformation of the model), UV mapping BSD
ZBrush 2018-03-27
v 2018
Pixologic Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows Modeling, Texturing, Lighting, Sculpting (the deformation of the model), Rendering Proprietary

Inactive software[edit]

There are many discontinued software.

Application Latest release date
and version
Developed by Platforms Mainly Used For License
Bryce 2010-12-23
7.1.0.109
DAZ 3D Microsoft Windows (32-bit), Mac OS X (10.7 and above) Animation, Landscape Modeling, Fractal Geometry Proprietary
Sculptris 2011-07-22
v Alpha 6
Pixologic Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows Sculpting, Texturing Proprietary
Softimage
"2015" (Final Release)
Autodesk Microsoft Windows, Linux Modeling, Animation, Video Game Creation, Lighting, Rendering, Visual 3d Effects Proprietary
SketchUp Make 2017-11-14 [5]
v 18.0.16975 (Win64)
v 18.0.16976 (Mac64)
Trimble Navigation Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows Modeling, Computer Aided Design Proprietary
trueSpace 2009-05-25
v 7.61
Caligari Corporation Microsoft Windows, AmigaOS Animation, Modeling Proprietary

Operating system support[edit]

The operating systems on which the editors can run natively (without emulation or compatibility layers), meaning which operating systems have which editors specifically coded for them (not, for example, Wings 3D for Windows running on Linux with Wine).

Name Windows Mac OS X Linux Unix BSD Other
3ds Max Yes No No No No No
AC3D Yes Yes Yes No No No
Art of Illusion Yes Yes Yes Yes No Anything with Java support
AutoCAD Yes No No No No No
Blender Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Solaris, AmigaOS 4, MorphOS
Carrara Yes Yes No No No No
Cheetah 3D No Yes No No No No
Cinema 4D Yes Yes No No No Amiga OS
Clara.io Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Chrome OS, Android
DesignSpark Mechanical Yes No No No No No
Electric Image Animation System Yes Yes No No No No
form-Z Yes Yes No No No No
HiCAD Yes No No No No No
Houdini Yes Yes Yes No No No
IClone Yes No No No No No
LightWave 3D Yes Yes No No No AmigaOS
MakeHuman Yes Yes Yes No No No
Massive Yes No Yes No No No
Maya Yes Yes Yes No No No
Metasequoia Yes No No No No No
Modo Yes Yes Yes No No No
POV-Ray Yes Yes Yes No No Amiga OS, Atari TOS
Remo 3D Yes No Yes No No No
Shade Yes Yes No No No No
Silo Yes Yes Yes No No No
SketchUp Make Yes Yes No No No No
SketchUp Pro Yes Yes No No No No
Softimage Yes No Yes No No No
Solid Edge Yes No No No No No
solidThinking Yes Yes No No No No
solidWorks Yes No No No No No
SpaceClaim Yes No No No No No
TopSolid Yes No No No No No
trueSpace Yes No No No No Amiga OS
Verto Studio 3D No Yes No No No iOS
E-on Vue Yes Yes No No No No
Wings 3D Yes Yes Yes No No No
ZBrush Yes Yes No No No No

Features[edit]

Modeling 3D Painting Animation Rendering 3D Tracking Compositing
3ds Max Yes Yes Yes Yes Autodesk MatchMover Some
AC3D Yes ? ? No No No
Blender Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Electric Image Animation System dropped[6] ? Yes Yes No ?
Cinema 4D Yes Yes Yes Yes R16 or later No
Clara.io Yes ? Yes Yes No ?
Cobalt Yes ? Yes Yes No ?
HiCAD Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Houdini Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
IClone Yes ? Yes Yes ? ?
Lightwave 3D Yes No Yes Yes No No
MakeHuman parameter-based No No No No No
Maya Yes Yes Yes Yes Autodesk MatchMover Autodesk Composite
Metasequoia Yes No No Yes No No
Modo Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Remo 3D Yes No Yes Yes No No
Shade Yes No Yes Yes No No
Softimage Yes 3.7 or later Yes Yes No Yes
Solid Edge Yes ? Yes Yes No ?
SketchUp Make Yes[7][8] ? Yes[7] Yes[7] No No
SketchUp Pro Yes[7][8] ? Yes[7] Yes[7] No No
Wings3D Yes ? No Yes No ?

I/O[edit]

Image, video, and audio files[edit]

Imports Exports
3ds Max BMP, Cineon, TGA, JPG, PNG, OpenEXR, Cineon, Radiance HDR, SGI, RLA, RPF, AVI, MPEG and QuickTime, GIF, TIFF, PSD, MOV, YUV, DDS ?
Art of Illusion GIF, JPG, PNG, BMP, HDR, SVG JPG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, HDR, QuickTime
AC3D GIF, JPG, PNG, BMP, DDS, PPM, Targa, TIFF GIF, JPG, PNG, BMP, DDS, PPM, Targa, TIFF
Blender TGA, JPG, PNG, OpenEXR, DPX, Cineon, Radiance HDR, Iris, SGI Movie, IFF, AVI and QuickTime, GIF, TIFF, PSD, MOV TGA, JPG, PNG, OpenEXR, DPX, Cineon, Radiance HDR, Iris, SGI Movie, IFF, AVI and QuickTime, GIF, TIFF, PSD, MOV
Electric Image Animation System TGA, JPG, PNG, BMP, Radiance HDR, AVI and QuickTime, TIFF, PSD, MOV PNG, BMP, AVI and QuickTime GIF, TIFF, MOV
Cinema 4D ? ?
Clara.io PNG, JPG ?
Cobalt BMP, GIF, JPEG, PICT, PNG, PPM, XBM, XPM BMP, GIF, JPEG, PICT, PNG, PPM, XBM, XPM
Houdini ? ?
IClone JPG, BMP, GIF, TGA, PNG, AVI, WMV, MP3, WAV, popVideo JPG, BMP, GIF, TGA, PNG, WMV, AVI, MP4, popVideo, FLV, iWidget
Lightwave 3D TGA, JPG, PNG, AI, EPS, BMP, IFF, Radiance HDR, AVI and QuickTime, GIF, TIFF, PSD, MOV TGA, JPG, PNG, BMP, Radiance HDR, IFF, AVI and QuickTime, GIF, TIFF, PSD, MOV
MakeHuman ? ?
Maya Ai, Aiff, Pix, AVI, Cineon, EPS, GIF, Jpeg, Swf, Maya IFF, Maya16 IFF, MacPaint, PSD, PNG, Quantel, Quickdraw, MOV, RLA, SVG, SGI, SGI16, SGI Movie, TGA, TIF, BMP, HDR Maya IFF, AVI, QT, GIF, Softimage, RLA, BMP, TIF, SGI RGB, Alias PIX, Jpeg, EPS, Cineon, Quantel, TGA, Macpaint, PSD, PNG, Quickdraw, DDS
Metasequoia ? ?
Modo TGA, BMP, FLX, GIF, HDR, HDR, JP2, JPG, JPEG, PNG, SGI, openEXR, EPS, AI, PSD TGA, BMP, FLX, GIF, HDR, JP2, JPG, JPEG, PNG, TIF, openEXR, MOV, MWV, PSD
Remo 3D ? ?
Shade ? QuickTime VR, Piranesi EPix
Softimage ? ?
Solid Edge ? ?
SketchUp Make JPG, PNG, TIF, TGA, BMP JPG, PNG, TIF, BMP
SketchUp Pro JPG, PNG, TIF, TGA, BMP JPG, PNG, TIF, BMP, MOV(on Mac), AVI (on Windows)[9]
Wings3D ? ?

3D, and others files[edit]

Imports Exports
3D 3D game CAD and GIS Web and mobile[io 1] 3D 3D game 3D renderers CAD and GIS Web and mobile[io 1]
3ds Max FBX, 3DS, PRJ, ABC, AI, DAE, HTR, OBJ, SHP, SKP, STL, TRC, VRML Openflight FLT DEM, XML, DDF, DWG, DXF, IGE, IGS, IGES, IPT, WIRE, IAM, LS, VW, LP, SAT, Catia V4/V5, JT, ProE, RVT, PRT, SolidWorks[io 2], STEP, WIRE FBX, 3DS, AI, ASE, DAE, HTR, OBJ, STL Openflight FLT ATR, BLK, DF, DWG, DXF, IGS, LAY, LP, SAT, VW M3G, VRML97
AC3D 3DS, AC3D, COLLADA, Lightwave, Massive, Milkshape Ascii, OBJ, OFF, Pointfield, Points, STL (ascii), Terragen, Triangle, Vector Quake BSP, Quake MD2, Renderware, SMF DXF, LDraw (Lego), SOF Airfoil VRML 1.0[10] 3DS, 3D Studio ASE, AC3D, Dive, DVS, DXF, COLLADA, Lightwave, Massive, Milkshape Ascii, OBJ, STL (ascii), Triangle DirectX, Ogre, Quake MD2, Quake Map, SMF, Unreal Tournament POV-Ray, Renderman Inventor, LDraw (Lego) VRML 1.0, VRML 2.0, X3D[10]
Blender 3DS, FBX, AC3D, COLLADA, OBJ, DEC Object File Format, Lightwave LWO, MD2, Motion Capture, Nendo, PLY, Radiosity, Raw Triangle, Softimage, STL, TrueSpace, VideoScape DirectX DXF, Pro Engineer, VRML, VRML97, X3D Extensible 3D 3DS, AC3D, COLLADA, FBX, Adobe After Effects JSX, DXF, OBJ, DEC Object File Format, Lightwave LWO, MD2, Motion Capture, Nendo, PLY, Radiosity, Raw Triangle, Softimage, STL, TrueSpace, VideoScape, xfig export DirectX Pro Enginee VRML, VRML97, X3D Extensible 3D
Electric Image Animation System 3DS, FBX, OBJ, LWO, MDD DXF 3DS, OBJ, LWO DXF
Cinema 4D FBX, OBJ, 3DS, QD3D, STL, DEM, LWO/LWS DXF VRML 1, VRML 2 FBX, OBJ, 3DS, QD3D, STL, W3D DXF VRML 1, VRML 2
Clara.io FBX, OBJ, Collada, MD2, MD3, MD5, 3DS, STL, LWO, GEO, IRR, PLY, POV, SHP, XGL, ZGL, AC, BLEND, BVH, CSM, LWS X DXF VRML, Three.js FBX, OBJ, Collada, STL Three.js, Babylon.js
Cobalt 3DS, AI, ASCII Text ACIS SAT, CATIA v4, CCAD, CGM, CO (native), Drawing board, DWG/DXF, Facet, Grid Surface, IGS (IGES), Parasolid XT, Pro/E, Rhino 3DM, Spline, STP (STEP) VRML AI, ASCII Text, RAW Triangle ACIS SAT, CATIA v4, CGM, CO (native), Drawing board, DWG/DXF, Facet, Grid Surface, IGS (IGES),Parasolid XT, PDF, Pro/E, STP (STEP) Shockwave 3D, VRML
Houdini ? ?
IClone FBX, OBJ, BVH, SKP (via 3DXChange) FBX, OBJ, BVH (via 3DXChange)
Lightwave 3D 3DS, COLLADA, FBX, OBJ, LWO, FBX, MD2, VideoScape DXF VRML, VRML97 3DS, COLLADA, FBX, OBJ, LWO, MD2 DXF VRML, VRML97
MakeHuman N/A COLLADA, FBX Export, MD5, MHX, OBJ, STL Ogre3D
Maya Maya Ascii, Maya Binary, MEL, FBX, OBJ, STL Openflight FLT DXF, IGES, StudioTools Wire VRML2 Maya Ascii, Maya Binary, Mel, FBX, OBJ, GE2, RTG OpenFlight FLT Mental Ray, RIB DXF, IGES, StudioTools Wire, Open Inventor2 VRML2
Metasequoia 3DS, COB (Caligari Object), LWO, OBJ, ROK (Rokkaku Daiō), SUF (DoGA CGA System) RSD (PlayStation) DXF 3DS, COB (Caligari Object), LWO, OBJ, RDS (Ray Dream Studio), ROK (Rokkaku Daiō), SCE (SoftF/X Model), SUF (DoGA CGA System) DirectX, RSD (PlayStation) POV-Ray, RIB DXF VRML 1.0
Modo LXO, LWO2, LWOB, FBX, 3DS, GEO, OBJ, DAE, MDD DXF, SolidWorks[io 2] LXO, LWO, FBX, PLT, GEO, OBJ, DAE DXF X3D
Remo 3D 3DC, 3DS, AC, Collada, FBX, LWO, LWS, MD2, OBJ, OpenSceneGraph,[io 3] P3D, PLY, STL, STA, SHP X DW, DXF 3DS, AC, Collada, DOT, FBX, OBJ, OpenSceneGraph,[io 3] P3D, STL
Shade OBJ, SketchUp, XML; (Pro) 3DS, BVH, COLLADA, LWO DXF COLLADA, DXF, OBJ, XML; (Pro) 3DS, LWO DirectX, Second Life Sculpted Prim, Blue Mars RIB VRML 2.0、Flash (SWF)
Softimage ? ?
Solid Edge STL IGES, STEP, DXF, JT, ACIS (SAT), ProE, SolidWorks[io 2], NX, SDRC, Microstation, Inventor, CATIA (V4/V5), Parasolid, Autocad, XML, MDS IGES, STEP, STL, EMS, JT, XGL, XML, DXF, Parasolid, CATIA (V4/V5), ACIS (SAT), Microstation, Autocad PDF
SketchUp Make SKP DEM, DDF[9], SKP+KMZ, 3DS[9] DAE, SKP SKP+KMZ[9]
SketchUp Pro SKP, 3DS[9] DWG, DXF, DEM, DDF[9], SKP+KMZ DAE, SKP, EPS, EPX (removed v16+), 3DS, FBX, OBJ dotXSI DWG, DXF, SKP+KMZ PDF, VRML
Wings3D 3DS, AI, EPS, LWO, LXO, Nendo, OBJ, STL, SVG, Wings3D 3DS, COLLADA, LWO, LXO, Nendo, OBJ, STL, SVG, Wings3D BZFlag, DirectX, Renderware Kerkythea, POV-Ray VRML 2.0
  1. ^ a b VRML, Java 3D, Adobe Flash, Shockwave 3D, Acrobat 3D, WebGL-related formats, etc...
  2. ^ a b c SLDPRT and SLDASM
  3. ^ a b OSG, OSGB, OSGT, OSGX, IVE and OSGA

Supported Primitives[edit]

Application Polygon Curves Spline/Bézier Surface Metaball Point Clouds Particles Voxel Bone Text Camera Light Speaker
tris quads N-gon donut Linear Quadratic Bézier Cubic Bézier B-Spline Cardinal spline Hermite Spline TCB spline Smooth-step Akima Spline NURBS NURBS regular patch NURBS trimmed surface Bicubic Bézier patch
Blender Yes Yes Yes No[11] Bézier curve without subdivision No Yes No No No No No No Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes 3D Texture Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Maya Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes 3D Texture Yes Yes Yes Yes No
3ds Max Yes Yes Yes ? Yes ? Yes Yes No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Cinema 4D Yes Yes Yes ? Yes No Yes Yes No ? No No Yes ? ? ? ? Yes ? Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Null object with Sound Track
LightWave Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes ? only in Graph Editor only in Graph Editor ? No ? (LWCAD plugin) ? No Yes No Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Shade 3D Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes ? No No No No No Yes ? ? Yes Yes No Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Sound Object

Modeling[edit]

Application Hard surface Modeling Sculpt Modeling Non-destructive Modeling
Polygon Modeling Subdivision Modeling Base-mesh Creation Sculpting Retopology Boolean Bevel Procedural
Maya Yes Yes (SOuP BMesh) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
3ds Max Yes Yes (Form) Paint Deform Yes Yes Yes Yes
Blender Yes Yes Skin Modifier Yes Yes Yes Yes stack only
ZBrush ZModeler ZModeler ZSphere and ZSketch Yes Yes 4R8 and later ? No
Curvy 3D No No sketch-based Yes ? ? ? No

Lookdev / Shader writing[edit]

Application PBR viewport Viewport effects Interactive GI Rendering Integrated Compositing Text editor for shader writing Material Nodes Turntable Rendering
Maya Yes Some Arnold No ? Hypershade, Node Editor, ShaderFX Yes[12]
3ds Max Yes Some Arnold (State Set) OSL Map[13] Slate Material Editor, ShaderFX Easy Turntable script
MODO Yes ? Yes No ? Nodal Shading Render Turntable[14]
Blender Eevee (2.8 and later) Some Cycles Yes Text Editor Yes Turnaround Camera addon
Gaffer No No external renderers Yes OSLCode Node No No
Marmoset Toolbag Yes Yes No No ? Uber PBR shaders only Yes[15]
Substance Designer Yes YEBIS NVIDIA Iray ? ? MDL graph ?

Lighting[edit]

Application Alembic
Importer
Rendering
Engine
Volume
Rendering
for clouds
Interactive
Rendering
Isolating
light contribution
Light
Lister
IES
Light
Physical Sun & Sky Sun Positioning
by location and times
Light Portal Shadow Catcher IBL and Environment texture Light Paint Light Layers
Lat Long sIBL Light Extraction[16]
Maya Yes Maya Hardware 2.0 ? Yes No[17] Light Editor ? ? ? ? ? Yes ? ? No No
Maya Software ? ? Light Linking No ? ? ? ? Env Sphere ? ? No No
Arnold Yes Yes Light Linking Ai Photometric Light Yes ? Yes Yes Yes ? ? No No
3ds Max Yes Quicksilver ? Yes No[18] Light Lister ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? No No
Scanline ? ? Light Exclude/Include ? ? ? ? Yes ? sIBL-GUI software ? No No
ART ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? No No
Arnold Yes Yes No[19] No Ai Photometric Light Yes Sun Positioner[20] Yes Yes Yes ? ? No No
Blender 2.78 and later Viewport ? Yes Light Groups Property Chart Addon / Gaffer addon No No ? No No Yes ? ? No No
Blender Internal ? Yes Light Groups No No ? No "Shadows Only" option Yes ? ? No No
Cycles Yes Yes D1985 Gaffer addon (2.8 and later)[21] Yes Sun Position addon from 2.75 from 2.79 Yes sIBL_GUI for Blender addon/
Add Environment nodes addon
? No No
MODO Yes MODO Renderer Yes Yes Light Linking[22] ? Photometric Light Directional Light[23] Portal Shadow Catcher Yes mm_sIBLToModoEnvironment script ? No No
LightWave 11.6 and later LightWave Renderer Yes Yes ? ? Photometric Light ? ? ? ? Yes ? ? No No
Houdini Yes Mantra (PT) Yes Yes Light categories ? Yes ? ? ? Shadow Matte Yes ? ? ? ?
Cinema 4D Yes CineRender ? Yes Exclude/Include ? Yes ? ? ? from R18 Yes ? ? ? ?

Path-tracing Rendering[edit]

Application MIPMAP
generation
Adaptive Tessellation Instansing Camera Culling Deep Pixel Rendering Fisheye Stereo
for Fulldome
Omnidirectional stereo
for HMD
Deforming Motion Blur GPU Rendering Texture Streaming
(GPU)
V-Ray img2tiledexr ? Yes ? Yes Domemaster Stereo Shader 3.2 and later Yes V-Ray GPU (formerly V-Ray RT) Yes[24]
RenderMan (RIS) txmake ? Yes ? Yes ? Yes[25] Yes In development[26] No
Arnold maketx Yes[27] Yes ? Yes Domemaster Stereo Shader 5 and later Yes In development No
Houdini Mantra (Path-Tracing mode) icp ? Yes ? Yes ? 15.5 and later Yes No No
Blender Cycles No 2.78 and later Some Camera Cull No 2.78 and later 2.78 and later Yes Yes 2.8 and later[28]

LoD Generation/Baking[edit]

Application LoD Generation Texture Baking
Automatic Normal Map AO Map Light Map
Tangent Space Normal Map Non-directional
(Traditional)
Directional
Maya (Turtle renderer) "Generate LOD Meshes" Yes Yes Yes RNM (Radiosity Normal Map), and SH (Spherical harmonics) coefficients
Enlighten No No ? Yes Yes
Blender Dark Blender scripts Yes Yes TextureAtlas addon No


See also[edit]

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  13. ^ 3ds Max integrates OSL: GDC Day 1, fxguide, March 21, 2018
  14. ^ Render Commands, Foundry
  15. ^ Getting Started with Toolbag 2, Marmoset LLC, December 1, 2015
  16. ^ Auto HDRI Light Gen for Maya Creates Practical Lighting Setups from HDR Images, Lesterbanks, April 30, 2013
  17. ^ Viewport 2.0 limitations Autodesk
  18. ^ Kelly L. Murdock's Autodesk 3ds Max 2016 Complete Reference Guide, P.685, Kelly Murdock, 2015
  19. ^ Lights, Solid Angle
  20. ^ Sun Positioner and Physical Sky Autodesk
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  22. ^ Shader The Foundry
  23. ^ Directional Light The Foundry
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