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Why Use Blender 3D: What is So Special about It?

In 2002, Blender was released for public use after years of struggles and setbacks, under the GNU General Public License. That was on October 13th, a Sunday. Ever since that day, Blender has been able to astonish, overwhelm and motivate countless 3D enthusiasts all over the world.

But what is it in Blender that is so revitalizing and hard to ignore?

Well, the following are the top reasons that make Blender a fascinating, and deserving, 3D software:

Astonishingly non-demanding

Blender is open-source, and it is available for free download. Anyone can start using it right away, without having to pay thousands of dollars for securing a license. It can be even used commercially for free. Blender 3D is also light, so even if you do not have a computer with the highest configurations and specifications, there is no reason to worry really. Further, Blender files consume very less disk space. Most models and animations made with Blender occupy only a fraction of space compared to the space demanded by those same things made by other similar tools. In addition to that, Blender works well in all of the major operating systems, be it Mac, Linux or Windows. The software does not even need to be installed completely. Just having a folder does the trick. So when you want to work in a new computer, all you have to do is move the folder.

Surprisingly versatile

This 3D modeling tool can be used for a variety of purposes. Game makers use it to make animations, movie makers rely on it for creating beautifully animated scenes, advertisers trust it for its ability to put together fine visual effects, and the list goes on.

Powerfully packed

Most things that come for free cannot really compete against their paid competitors on an even ground. Not so with Blender. It is true that you can get it for free and use it for free, but it is also true that the software has countless great features packed inside. Soft Body Dynamics, Video Sequence Editor and Gaming Engine are just a few of the notable features Blender has on offer.

Commercially respected

When you think about the fact that the capability of Blender was utilized in movies such as Spiderman 2, Elephant’s Dream and Sintel, you truly realize that Blender is not just another free 3D software that comes and goes. Even some of the biggest and most respected brands used Blender effect at some point in their advertising campaigns.

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The Story of Blender: An Incredible and Inspiring Journey of Ups and Downs

The open source tool Blender that is now extensively used for making 3D animations and models did not always exist. Blender was welcomed in the world only after many ups and downs. The story of the creation of Blender is not only unique, but also very daring and inspiring.

The start of the fire

It was 1988 when Ton Roosendaal, now known as the creator of Blender, co-founded one Dutch animation studio named NeoGeo. It didn’t take the studio long to be recognized as the largest 3D house in the whole of Netherlands. However, the team soon realized that it needed more advanced tools, and writing everything from scratch was the only way to go. In 1995, the journey for rewriting the tool began, and eventually Tom started a company named NaN, or Not a Number. In 2000, NaN took the initiative for building a free creation platform of interactive 3D content online. But the whole thing did not produce great results financially. So, the investors who were with NaN decided to close all operations in the year 2002. That included discontinuation of Blender development, as well.

Not giving up

But Ton was not someone to give up. He started Blender Foundation in May in an attempt to bring together everyone who supported Blender. It was July, 2002, when Ton managed to convince the investors again to create a Free Blender Campaign – an attempt for an open source Blender. The idea involved raising of a single time fee of 100,000 EUR. Nobody thought it would be easy, but it had to be done.

Victory at last

Astonishingly enough, that amount was raised within just seven weeks after the campaign started. It seemed that Blender was not going to go away anytime soon. The tool was released to the public on a Sunday. The date was 13 October, 2002. The license under which it was released was the GNU General Public.

Success and beyond

Once Blender was released, it quickly gained momentum. Everyone started talking about it, and started loving to use it. Slowly, the Blender team grew bigger. In 2005, the beginning of a project called ‘Project Orange’ took place. That led to the creation of the first open source movie of the world, the Elephant’s Dream. There were many other successes that Blender and Ton savored proudly along the way. Many different versions of the 3D modeling tool were released afterward. And as well all know it, Blender is still kicking!