Written by Daniel Hargreaves
Published: 24 April 2008
So you're looking for software? Here's our list of CAD and graphics related companies that have applications worth looking into. We have included textures, 3D models, and general software applications to round out the collection. Take a few minutes and browse the list, and perhaps check out a few of the links. Who knows, you may even find a few hidden gems in here.
coMOTION coMOTION Professional Animation Extensions for AccuRender® Object motion, animated backgrounds and decals, network rendering - and much more.
ArchVision The developer of Rich Photoreal Content, better known as RPC's... Photoquality 3D imagery without the high polygon count.
Revit The first parametric building modeler, with intelligent building components of real-world elements.
ArchT Powerful, easy-to-use yet affordable architectural software for AutoCAD. EasySite Make 3-D site and architectural models in record time. Runs inside AutoCAD Release 14 and AutoCAD 2000
Canoma Quickly create realistic 3D models from photographs. By MetaCreations
Poser 7 The premier 3D character animation and figure design tool. By Curious Labs
Bryce 6 Create 3D worlds, surface materials and skies. By Corel.
PhotoModeler The award-winning program for creating 3D models from photographs. From Eos Systems
Roof Builder Tools A 3D solids modeling tool for architects, designers and drafters. Create 3D roofs from 2D roof planes. From CAD Shareware.
ACD Systems Makers of ImageFox and PicaView. Nice utilities to preview image files in Windows Explorer and the standard Windows File-open and File-save windows
Rhinoceros 3D NURBS solid modeler. By Robert McNeel and Associates
Paint Shop Pro Image editing and management software including Paint Shop Pro, Media Center Plus, Animation Shop and Quick View Plus.
3D Cafe Store A wide variety of products for use with AccuRender and other rendering packages
Marlin Studios A collection of 9 different CD-ROM texture libraries. 30 free samples available from their web site.
Artbeats A varety of stock images including fabrics, marbles, papers and wood. Textures for surface mapping include exteriors and city surfaces.
Amazing 3D Graphics A huge collection of over 10,000 textures on CD.
Wetzel and Company Various patterns and textures. High resolution but non-tileable.
Jocelyn Fredman Textures Photo-realistic seamless tileable texture maps for a very modest price. Sold individually so you can buy only what you need.
Blocks and Materials As the title says. Buy it from Robert McNeel and Associates.
New World Graphics Floors and Textures CD with over 400 textures and patterns
4BYTES CD-ROM of bitmap texture libraries.
Dosch Design A large assortment of tileable texture libraries on CD-ROM.
Realworld Imagery Photorealistic entourage for architectural visualization.
3DM Models Creation
English/Russian site specializing in free models and textures, tutorials, articles, and a decent collection of links.
Amazing 3D Graphics
A large collection of models sold on-line by the piece. Very reasonable prices.
An extremely nice assortment of models, various objects in several CD collections.
Various collections of architectural 3D models and simple vehicles.
A variety of 3D models. Nice collection of vehicles, reasonably priced.
A huge collection of models for sale, but not for the person on a budget.
Blocks and Materials
As the title says. Buy it from Robert McNeel and Associates.
People for People
Simple dignified human models for computer artists.
3D models including characters and vehicles. Free texture samples.
Flash Fire Designs
3D models sold by the piece.
New World Graphics
3D models in various categories.
3D models on CD-ROM including vehicles, highway objects, and animated people. For 3DS MAX.
A wide array of 3D models including objects, people and Poser accessories.