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Jenn LaMay
Animation software?
on Apr 15, 2008 at 4:09:32 pm

I have to do this for an assignment for a class and we need to know the "top" animation software programs currently in use these days. Thanks!


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Animation software?
on Apr 15, 2008 at 6:38:02 pm

According to 3D World Magazine, based on installed copies, the list below is what you get (from most installed at the top):

Blender
Flash
3DS MAX
Truespace
Strata 3D
Lightwave
Cinema 4D
Hash Animation Master
Carrara
Maya
SketchUP
Softimage XSI
Electric Image (EIAS)
Realsoft 3D
Retas!Pro
Toon Boom Studio
Houdini
Animo

If you are looking for the top animation software packages in terms of professional users in the Television and Film industries, I would have to say (and this is my opinion - I hope others weigh in on this):

3D Studio
Lightwave
Maya
Softimage
Cinema4D

The above are not ranked in any order, they are just the packages that I would consider professional level and rock solid in terms of feature set.

The study for the first list in on:

http://www.blendernation.com/2007/06/04/blender-no1-animation-packaged-base...

Good luck with your assignment. Given the changing nature of the industry, it's tough to call the top players in any order. I've never heard of some of the packages in the first list (and some, such as Flash, I don't consider 3D programs), but I'm a 3D Studio user, and all of my time is spent trying to stay on top of its' features.

Joe Bourke
Art Director / WMUR-TV


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