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Tidbits: Blender, ArchiCAD and other news

Mac CAD and 3D News: We have tidbits on Blender receiving best open source software award in the graphic category; news on the Danish version of ArchiCAD 14 and Luxion’s KeyShot.


Blender News

The open-source 3D software suite, Blender, has won the inaugural Open Source Graphics Software Award Category in the 2010 Open Source Awards. The Open Source Software Award is a new category introduced to the Award this year, featuring various different types of Graphic Application software.

While Blender took the top honor with open source in the graphics category GIMP took the first runner up position while open source SVG graphics editor, Inkscape, took the second runners up category.

01 - Blender - the world's top open-source 3D software suite. Runs on Mac, Windows and many other operating systems.

In other Blender news Blender 2.55 beta was released in early November. Blender is a very accomplished 3D production software suite and is fully open-source. Managed by the Blender Foundation, Blender supports 3D modeling, rigging, rendering and animation. It also supports UV unwrapping, shading, physics and particles, realtime 3D game creation, and image and compositing. Supported platforms include: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Mac OS X Universal Binary, Linux PowerPC and Linux i386, FreeBSD Unix, SGI Irix, and Sun Solaris on Sparc, an impressive array of the world’s top platforms.

Blender is very capable as we noted above. There is an impressive gallery showing the products of Blender and in one particular note we’d like to draw your attention to the animated short film Sintel, produced in 2010 by the Blender Foundation. It is quite nice. Click here.

02 - A Blender Foundation Film. Sintel.

Click here to learn more about Blender.

ArchiCAD 14 Danish Version Released

Graphisoft has released the 22nd of 26 local versions of ArchiCAD, its global leading and innovative BIM (Building Information Modeling) software for Mac and Windows platforms. To learn more or obtain the Danish version of ArchiCAD 14 visit:

Luxion elevated to Gold Tier for PTC PartnerAdvantage

Luxion, the developer of KeyShot, the first realtime ray tracing and global illumination program, this week announced that PTC has elevated Luxion to the Gold Tier in its PTC PartnerAdvantage Program.

As noted on Architosh recently, Luxion has developed a plugin which connects its KeyShot product with PTC Creo Elements/Pro (formerly Pro/ENGINEER). Luxion works on Mac and Windows platforms.

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