Documentation/Third-Party Content Creation Tools

From NeoAxis 3D Engine Wiki

Jump to: navigation, search
Go to higher level

There is links to useful third-party tools which can help work with NeoAxis Engine.


General 3D Modelling Software

Name Description License Screenshot
ZBrush ZBrush is a digital sculpting tool that combines 3D/2.5D modeling, texturing and painting. Proprietary
Blender Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite. Freeware
Autodesk 3ds Max Autodesk 3ds Max, formerly 3D Studio Max, is 3D computer graphics software for making 3D animations, models, and images. It was developed and produced by Autodesk Media and Entertainment. It has modeling capabilities, a flexible plugin architecture and can be used on the Microsoft Windows platform. It is frequently used by video game developers, TV commercial studios and architectural visualization studios. It is also used for movie effects and movie pre-visualization. Proprietary
3dsmax2011 quicksilver large 1400x852-1-.jpg
Autodesk Maya Autodesk Maya, commonly shortened to Maya, is 3D computer graphics software that runs on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and Linux, originally developed by Alias Systems Corporation and currently owned and developed by Autodesk, Inc. It is used to create interactive 3D applications, including video games, animated film, TV series, or visual effects. The product is named after the Sanskrit word Maya, the Hindu concept of illusion. Proprietary
Autodesk Maya 2011 x64 Modeling a Lada-1-.png
Autodesk Mudbox Mudbox is a computer-based 3D sculpting and painting tool. Currently developed by Autodesk, Mudbox was created by Skymatter, founded by former artists of Weta Digital, where it was first used to produce the 2005 Peter Jackson remake of King Kong. With a very simplified interface to allow for a more intuitive experience, Mudbox's primary application is high-res digital sculpting, texture painting, and displacement and normal map creation, though it's also used as a design tool. Proprietary
modo Modo is a polygon and subdivision surface modeling, sculpting, 3D painting, animation and rendering package developed by Luxology, LLC. The program incorporates features such as n-gons and edge weighting, and runs on Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows platforms. Proprietary
Google SketchUp SketchUp is a 3D modeling program optimized for a broad range of applications such as architectural, civil, mechanical, film as well as video game design — and available in free as well as 'professional' versions. Proprietary, freeware
Google sketchup-61165-1283494305-1-.jpeg
MakeHuman MakeHuman is an Open Source software application that generates 3D humanoid meshes. The project prioritizes a quick learning curve rather than a large feature set, anatomical accuracy rather than ideal beauty, and speed of modeling rather than a high degree of modeling flexibility. Because of this, the program is geared towards the most common body types. Freeware, open source
Wings 3D Wings 3D is a free, open source, subdivision modeler inspired by Nendo and Mirai from Izware. Wings 3D is named after the winged-edge data structure it uses internally to store coordinate and adjacency data, and is commonly referred to by its users simply as Wings. Wings 3D is available for most platforms, including Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, using the Erlang environment. Freeware, open source
Wings-3D S44729-1-.jpg
3D-Coat 3D-Coat is a commercial digital sculpting program from Pilgway designed to create free-form organic and hard surfaced 3D models from scratch, with tools which enable users to sculpt, add polygonal topology (automatically or manually), create UV maps (automatically or manually), texture the resulting models with natural painting tools, and render static images or animated "turntable" movies. Proprietary
16524147bdd87a6942882f5f873c04a9 full-1-.jpg
K-3D K-3D is a free 3D modelling and animation software. Despite its name it is not a KDE application. It features a plug-in-oriented procedural engine for all of its content. K-3D supports polygonal modelling, and includes basic tools for NURBS, patches, curves and animation. Freeware
K3d software screenshot-1-.png
MeshLab MeshLab, is an advanced 3D mesh processing software system which is well known in the more technical fields of 3D development and data handling. As free software it is used both as a complete package, and also as libraries powering other software. Freeware
MeshLabv121 david-1-.png
Cinema 4D CINEMA 4D is a 3D modeling, animation and rendering application developed by MAXON Computer GmbH of Friedrichsdorf, Germany. It is capable of procedural and polygonal/subd modeling, animating, lighting, texturing, rendering, and common features found in 3d modelling applications. Proprietary
Seamless3d Seamless3d is open source 3D modeling software free and available for all under the MIT license Freeware, open source
Art of Illusion Art of Illusion is a software package used for 3D modeling, texturing, ray tracing, and otherwise rendering computer generated imagery stills or animations (movies). Freeware, open source
Houdini Houdini is a high-end 3D animation package developed by Side Effects Software which is headquartered in Toronto, Canada. It is a rewrite of the PRISMS ecosystem of standalone tools. Its chief distinction from other packages is that it has been designed as a purely procedural environment. A version of the product, called Houdini Apprentice, is available as a free download for non-commercial use. Proprietary, freeware
LightWave 3D LightWave 3D is a 3D computer graphics software program developed by NewTek. The latest release of LightWave runs on Windows and Mac OS X. Proprietary
Poser Poser is a 3D CGI rendering and animation software program optimized for models that depict the human figure in three-dimensional form, mostly used to pose and animate the figures in a similar way as a mannequin. The program has gained popularity due to allowing beginners to produce basic animations and digital images, and the extensive availability of third-party digital models. Proprietary
Remo 3D Remo 3D is a 3D computer graphics software specialized in creating 3D models for realtime visualization. As opposed to many other 3D modeling products that are primarily intended for rendering, Remo 3D focuses on supporting realtime features like full control of the model scene graph and modification of features like degrees-of-freedom nodes (DOF), levels-of-detail (LOD), switches, etc. Remo 3D's primary file format is OpenFlight and it allows for importing from and exporting to different file formats. All in all, this makes Remo 3D suitable for creating realtime 3D models intended for use in virtual reality software, simulators and computer games. Proprietary
Remo3d screenshot4-1-.png
OpenFX OpenFX is an open-source, free modeling and animation studio, distributed under the GNU General Public License, created by Dr. Stuart Ferguson. He made the decision to release the source code to the public in the middle of 1999 and released a stable version a year and a half later. The product, formerly named SoftF/X, was renamed to OpenFX. Freeware, open source
Openfx 926-1-.jpg

Tree Generation Tools

Name Description License Screenshot
tree[d] Tree generator with ability export to .x, .obj or .b3d. Freeware
Tree IT Tree IT is a simple to use tree generator. Proprietary

Environment and Terrain Generation

Name Description License Screenshot
L3DT L3DT is a Windows application for generating terrain maps and textures. It is intended to help game developers and digital artists create vast high-quality 3D worlds. Proprietary, freeware
Bryce Bryce is a 3D modeling, rendering and animation program specializing in fractal landscapes. Proprietary, freeware
Terragen 2 Terragen is a scenery generator program for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X developed and published by Planetside Software. It can be used to create renderings and animations of landscapes. Proprietary
TG2 Deep UI-1-.png
Esri CityEngine Esri CityEngine specialized in the generation of three dimensional urban environments. With the procedural modeling approach, CityEngine enables the efficient creation of detailed large-scale 3D city models with merely a few clicks of the mouse instead of the time exhaustive & work intensive method of object creation & manual placement. Proprietary

Graphics Editors

Name Description License Screenshot
GIMP GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free and open source software image retouching and editing tool and is freely available in versions tailored for most popular operating systems including Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X, and Linux. Freeware, open source
Paint.NET Paint.NET is a proprietary freeware raster graphics editor program for Microsoft Windows, developed on the .NET Framework. Freeware
Adobe Fireworks Adobe Fireworks (formerly Macromedia Fireworks) is a bitmap and vector graphics editor with some advanced features. Proprietary
Adobe Fireworks CS 6-1-.png
Adobe Photoshop Adobe Photoshop is a graphics editing program developed and published by Adobe Systems. Proprietary
Adobe Photoshop.png
Inkscape Inkscape is a vector graphics editor. Its goal is to implement full support for the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 standard. Freeware, open source
Autodesk SketchBook Pro SketchBook Pro, also referred to as SketchBook, is drawing software that features a gesture-based user interface. It was originally developed by Alias Systems Corporation, but is now owned by Autodesk. Proprietary
Artweaver Artweaver is a freeware raster graphics editor for Windows developed by Boris Eyrich, mainly oriented to professional and amateur artists who are familiar with commercial programs like Adobe Photoshop and especially Corel Painter. Like the latter, Artweaver is capable of simulating a wide range of classical effects (such as oil paints, acrylics, pastels, pencils, airbrushes, etc.) to create natural-looking artistic images.

Artweaver is offered in two different versions: a "Free version", which can be downloaded free of charge, and the "Artweaver Plus" version, which has a cost of €25 and offers more advanced features, like compatibility with Photoshop filters and higher maximum supported image size, among others.

Proprietary, freeware
Chasys Draw IES Chasys Draw IES (formerly known as Chasys Draw Artist) is a suite of applications including a layer-based raster graphics editor with animation, vista-style icon support and super-resolution via image stacking (Chasys Draw IES Artist), a multi-threaded image file converter (Chasys Draw IES Converter) and a fast image viewer (Chasys Draw IES Viewer). Freeware
Chasys draw ies-1-.jpg
Corel Paint Shop Pro Paint Shop Pro (PSP) is a raster graphics editor and, later in the series, a vector graphics editor for computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system that was originally published by Minneapolis-based Jasc Software. In October 2004, Corel Corporation purchased Jasc Software and the distribution rights to Paint Shop Pro. PSP functionality can be extended by Photoshop-compatible plugins. Proprietary
Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2-1-.png
Corel Photo-Paint Corel PHOTO-PAINT is a raster graphics editor developed and marketed by Corel since 1992. Corel currently markets the software for Windows operating systems, previously having marketed versions for Linux (Version 9, requiring Wine) and Mac OS (through version 11). Its primary market competitor is Adobe Photoshop. Proprietary
Corel PhotoPaint X5-1-.png
Fotografix Fotografix is a freeware graphics editing program for Microsoft Windows. It has been noted for being portable and light on system resources while still providing features found in larger software. Proprietary (Freeware)
Helicon Filter Helicon Filter, also referred to as Helicon, Filter, or as HF, is a proprietary commercial and shareware photo editing software program for Microsoft Windows, similar to such programs as Adobe Photoshop and GIMP, developed and published by Helicon Soft Ltd. Unlike these other programs, Helicon Filter is designed primarily to edit and improve existing photos and not for graphics creation. Helicon Filter's interface also differs from other programs in that compact toolbars and menus containing editing tools are replaced with labeled "filter" tabs, each tab containing labeled edit options specific to a single aspect of the picture. Although some editors used to Photoshop-style programs may initially find this layout unfamiliar and unlike the standard toolbar layout, beginners and those who don't recognize the standard icons generally find this very helpful for getting through the editing process. Proprietary, freeware
Helicon Filter Screenshot-1-.png
KolourPaint KolourPaint is a free, raster graphics editor by KDE, similar to Microsoft's Paint application before Windows 7, but has some additional features such as support for transparency. Freeware
Krita Krita (Swedish for crayon) is the digital painting and illustration software included based on the KDE Platform and Calligra Suite libraries. Designed as a digital painting and illustration suite, Krita is free software and distributed under GNU General Public License. It was released for the first time as a part of KOffice version 1.4.0, on June 21, 2005. Freeware
openCanvas openCanvas is a paint/drawing software developed and published by PGN Co. Ltd. It was originally released as freeware in 2000, but moved to a demo/retail model starting with version 2. While it does not compete in larger markets and lacks many of the commonly used features of programs like Adobe Photoshop or Corel Painter, openCanvas has a growing community of users all over the world which can be found on the PGN User Community section of the portalgraphics website. Proprietary
PicMaster PicMaster is a bitmap graphics editor which is distributed as shareware. The software combines several fields of application and therefore is also referred to as a multi talented image editor. One can not only find the standard image editing functions (draw with pen, remove red eye, add text, etc.) but also extended functions such as displaying anaglyph images, morphing and an integrated webcam support. Proprietary
Picmaster 1-1-.png

Texture Maps Creation

Name Description License Screenshot
NVIDIA Melody NVIDIA Melody creates high quality normal maps that make a low-poly model look like a high-poly model. Freeware
NVIDIA Melody.jpg
xNormal xNormal is an application to generate normal / ambient occlusion / displacement maps. Freeware
Ultimate Unwrap 3D Ultimate Unwrap 3D is a specialty Windows UV mapping tool for unfolding and unwrapping 3D models. It includes an easy-to-use UV coordinate editor, a standard set of UV mapping projections such as planar, box, cylindrical, and spherical, as well as advanced UV mapping projections such as face UV mapping, camera UV mapping, and unwrap UV faces for those difficult to map areas on a model. It is ideal for gamers, artists, modellers, and hobbyists, and easy enough to use for all levels of computer users. Proprietary
ShaderMap ShaderMap is converting photographic textures to height, ambient occlusion, normal, dudv, and specular. Proprietary, freeware
CrazyBump CrazyBump allows you to bake good normal maps from 2D assets. Enhance normal maps, and blend different maps together. Bake displacement maps and cavity maps. Proprietary

Integrated Development Environment

Name Description License Screenshot
Microsoft Visual C# 2010 Express Visual C# 2010 Express is part of the Visual Studio 2010 Express family, a free set of tools that Windows developers at any level can use to create custom applications using basic and expert settings. Visual C# (pronounced C sharp) is designed for building a variety of applications that run on the .NET Framework. Visual C# is simple, powerful, type-safe, and object-oriented. With its many innovations, Visual C# enables rapid application development and also retains the expressiveness and elegance of C-style languages. Freeware
Visual-Studio-Express-Editions 1-1-.png
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Microsoft Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) from Microsoft. It is used to develop console and graphical user interface applications along with Windows Forms applications, web sites, web applications, and web services in both native code together with managed code for all platforms supported by Microsoft Windows, Windows Mobile, Windows CE, .NET Framework, .NET Compact Framework and Microsoft Silverlight. Proprietary
SharpDevelop SharpDevelop is a free and open source integrated development environment (IDE) for the Microsoft .NET, Mono, Gtk# and Glade# platforms, and supports development in C#, Visual Basic .NET, Boo, F#, IronPython and IronRuby programming languages. Freeware, open source
MonoDevelop MonoDevelop is an open source IDE for the Linux platform, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows. It currently has language support for C#, Java, Boo, Visual Basic.NET, Oxygene, CIL, Python, Vala, C and C++. Freeware, open source

Audio Editing Software

Name Description License Screenshot
Audacity Audacity is a free digital audio editor and recording application, available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and other operating systems. Freeware
Sound Forge Sony Sound Forge (formerly known as Sonic Foundry Sound Forge) is a digital audio editing suite by Sony Creative Software which is aimed at the professional and semi-professional markets. Proprietary
Jokosher Jokosher is a free software, non-linear multi-track digital audio editor, which is released under the GNU GPL. It is being developed in Python, using the GTK+ interface and GStreamer as an audio back-end, initially just for the Linux operating system but now also with support for Windows and Solaris. Freeware
Adobe Audition Adobe Audition (formerly Cool Edit Pro) is a digital audio workstation from Adobe Systems featuring both a multitrack, non-destructive mix/edit environment and a destructive-approach waveform editing view. Proprietary
Adobe Audition 5.5 Screenshot-1-.png

Video Capture

Name Description License Screenshot
Fraps Fraps (derived from Frames per second) is a benchmarking, screen capture and video capture utility for DirectX and OpenGL applications (such as games) for Windows computers. The Windows Vista and Windows 7 desktop can be captured if an Aero theme is used. Proprietary
CamStudio CamStudio is a screencasting program for Microsoft Windows released as free software. The software renders videos in an AVI format. It can also convert these AVIs into Flash Video format, embedded in SWF files. Freeware
CamStudio Main Screen-2-1-.png
Camtasia Studio Camtasia Studio and Camtasia for Mac are screen video capture software. The user defines the area of the screen or the window that is to be captured, a setting that is set before the recording begins. Camtasia Studio also allows the user to record audio from a microphone or speakers, and to place a webcam's video footage on the screen. Proprietary

Installer Creation Tools

Name Description License Screenshot
Inno Setup Inno Setup is a free popular script-driven installation system created by Jordan Russell. Inno Script Studio is a new intuitive graphical interface for generating and compiling scripts. InnoIDE is a brand new interface for generating installations. InnoIDE simplifies the generation of installations by allowing InnoSetup scripts to be created and edited in a purely graphical way without having to edit the script manually. Freeware
800 InnoSetup2-1-.png

File Managers

Name Description License Screenshot
xplorer² xplorer² (formerly 2xExplorer) is a dual-pane file manager for Microsoft Windows operating systems, developed by Nikos Bozinis (Nikolaos Achilleos Bozinis). It offers the functionality of orthodox file managers through an interface similar to the familiar Windows Explorer. Proprietary, freeware
Far Far Manager is a program for managing files and archives in Windows operating systems. Far Manager works in text mode and provides a simple and intuitive interface for performing most of the necessary actions: viewing files and directories; editing, copying and renaming files; and many other actions. Freeware, open source
FAR manager-1-.png
Total Commander Total Commander is an Orthodox File Manager (OFM) software for Windows, Windows CE, Windows Mobile, and Android. Some features include a built-in FTP client, file compare, archive file navigation, and a versatile multi-rename tool with regular expression support. Proprietary
Total Commander-1-.gif

Image Viewers

Name Description License Screenshot
XnView XnView is a cross-platform image viewer used for viewing, converting, organising and editing graphical & video files. It is free of charge for private, educational and non-profit organisations. For commercial use and distribution, the user must register the program. Proprietary, freeware
XNView 1.95-1-.jpg
FastStone Image Viewer FastStone Image Viewer is an image viewer and organizer for Microsoft Windows, provided free of charge for personal and educational use, as of version 3.6. Proprietary, freeware
IrfanView IrfanView is a freeware/shareware image viewer for Microsoft Windows that can view, edit, and convert image files and play video/audio files. It is noted for its small size, speed, ease of use, and ability to handle a wide variety of graphic file formats, and has some image creation and painting capabilities. The software was first released in 1996. IrfanView is free for non-commercial use; commercial use requires paid registration. Proprietary, freeware

Utilities for File Comparison

Name Description License Screenshot
Active File Compare Active File Compare is an advanced utility for the comparison and synchronization of any text files in visual mode, it reports the results of the comparison in two side-by-side windows on the screen, the differing lines being marked with special color icons. Freeware
Active file compare-3798-1236912380-1-.jpeg
Beyond Compare Beyond Compare allows you to quickly and easily compare your files and folders. By using simple, powerful commands you can focus on the differences you're interested in and ignore those you're not. You can then merge the changes, synchronize your files, and generate reports for your records. Proprietary
Compare It! Compare It! - powerful file compare and merge tool. Colored side-by-side view, highlights changes within line and more. Proprietary
Compare Suite Compare Suite provides file and folder matching and comparison with merge and reporting abilities. Proprietary, freeware
Cmp pas-1-.png
ExamDiff Pro ExamDiff Pro is a software utility for visual file comparison and directory comparison. ExamDiff Pro runs on Microsoft Windows.

ExamDiff Pro features a double-pane view that allows for side-by-side comparisons, with color-coded line numbers indicating whether each line is added, deleted, or changed. ExamDiff Pro can compare text and binary files, and directories.

KDiff3 KDiff3 is a file and directory diff and merge tool which. compares and merges two or three text input files or directories, shows the differences line by line and character by character Freeware
UltraCompare UltraCompare Professional is folder/file compare utility loaded with features to enable you to compare text files and folders, word documents, and even zip files and jar archives. UltraCompare includes text compare, binary file compare with the capability to merge differences between compared files. Proprietary
Araxis Merge Merge is the visual file comparison (diff), merging and folder synchronization application from Araxis. Proprietary
64797-araxis merge-1-.gif
WinMerge WinMerge 3 will be modern compare/synchronization tool. It will be based on Qt library and cross-platform. You can use the same tool in Windows and in Linux. WinMerge will not be just WinMerge 2 with new GUI. There will be radical changes in how WinMerge works and how it looks. Many features won’t be available anymore and new features will be added. Freeware, open source

Text Editors

Name Description License Screenshot
AkelPad AkelPad is a small, expandable text editor written for the Windows family of operating systems. It can also be run under Wine, an application which allows users to run Windows applications on Unix-like systems such as Linux. AkelPad's author states that the program can "replace standard Notepad" and has many features which NotePad lacks. Freeware, open source
Bluefish Bluefish is an advanced text editor with lots of tools for development of dynamic websites. Bluefish supports development in (among others) HTML, XHTML, CSS, XML, PHP, C, C++, JavaScript, Java, Google Go, Vala, Ada, D, SQL, Perl, ColdFusion, JSP, Python, Ruby and shell. Bluefish is available on most platforms, including Linux, Solaris and Mac OS X, and Windows. Bluefish is developed in C/GTK+ and can be used integrated in GNOME or independent from GNOME. Bluefish fills the niche market between the plain text editors and the full swing IDE: Bluefish is relatively lightweight and easy to learn, while still providing many features to support the development of websites. Freeware, open source
ConTEXT ConTEXT is a text editor for Microsoft Windows. It has built-in syntax highlighters for C/C++, Delphi/Pascal, FORTRAN, 80x86 assembler, Java, JavaScript, Visual Basic, Perl/CGI, HTML, SQL, Python, PHP, Tcl/Tk, and its own syntax highlighter definition language. Other features are code templates and the ability to work with several document windows using the Multiple Document Interface. ConTEXT can integrate compilers to compile source code from within the editor, and run external tools to manipulate loaded files (e.g. Pretty Printer). The output of such external programs, e.g. error messages, can be captured for further use. Incremental search and basic regular expressions are supported for searching and replacing. ConTEXT is available in many languages. Freeware
Ss compiler-1-.png
Notepad++ Notepad++ is a text editor and source code editor for Windows. One advantage of Notepad++ over the built-in Windows text editor, Notepad, is tabbed editing, which allows working with multiple open files. Freeware, open source
1546b8c8-8025-4ed2-acaa-6fbfe211aaac 4 full-1-.gif
Notepad2 Notepad2 is an open-source text editor for Microsoft Windows, released under a BSD software license. It is written by Florian Balmer using the Scintilla editor component, and it was first publicly released in April 2004. Balmer based Notepad2 on the principles of Microsoft Notepad: small, fast, and usable. Freeware, open source
Notepad2 screenshot-1-.PNG
gedit gedit is a text editor for the GNOME desktop environment, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. Designed as a general purpose text editor, gedit emphasizes simplicity and ease of use. It includes tools for editing source code and structured text such as markup languages. Freeware
Gedit 3-2-1-1-.png
Programmer's Notepad Programmer's Notepad (PN1) is an open-source text editor targeted at users who work with source code. It was released in 1998 by Echo Software (a trading name for Simon Steele). PN1's successor, Programmer's Notepad 2 (PN2), was released in 2002 and is now based on Scintilla. Despite being based on Scintilla, PN2 supports multi-line regular expressions for search and replace actions. Freeware
RText RText is a text editor for programmers, available under the GNU General Public License. Freeware, open source
Rtext win 2-1-.jpg


Name Description License Screenshot
3D Object Converter 3D Object Converter is a powerful 3D model translation and interactive viewing shareware tool that allows arbitrary 3D model data to be imported from external sources and then exported to various industry standard 3D file formats with great accuracy and quality. The program also supports 468 file formats.

It's packed with features including automatic file format recognition, a batch converter module (handy for big jobs) and Drag and Drop support (to load objects). It's also got a super quick import and export process plus multiplatform ASCII file loader technology.

3D Photo Browser 3D Photo Browser for 3D Users is a browser for your 3D, photo, video and audio files. This is a fast and powerful media manager to browse thousands of files thanks to its thumbnails window. You’ll find user friendly features to display, organize and edit your 3D and images files. You’ll get the most complete tool to document and find your files on your computer or your local network.

3D Photo Browser recognizes more than 60 images and videos files format, many 3D files format and most of the audio files format.