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  1. how can Blender be free?

    My suggestion would be to wait for the upcoming 2.8 release with its GUI overhaul. V2.8 is going to be a game changer. Eevee by itself will change the way we approach rendering with (near) real-time rendering. The new viewport's performance is excellent, and on par with the best 3d apps out there with render quality options. The beta is expected in week 2 of August next month. Learn more about the upcoming release here: https://www.blender.org/2-8/
  2. how can Blender be free?

    Nope, rendering is absolutely free in Blender. As are various other render engines, such as AMD's ProRender, which is also completely free to download and install in Blender, unlike ProRender in Cinema4D. Climbingair is correct in stating that the Blender Foundation offers a Cloud subscription which gives access to extras such as a library of HDRI images, textures, a wide range of tutorials, full simplified access to all the Blender Foundation's open movies and the production files, and much more. For example, you also get an add-on to integrate production management software ("Attract") which allows you to manage your 3d productions with shot management for example, and with a team of people, if needed. Your Blender settings can be synced across devices as well via the cloud subscription. Perhaps what you were told is that Flamenco is part of that same subscription service? Flamenco is a render manager/computing infrastructure managing tool developed and used by the Blender Foundation for their latest open movies. But to be clear, you can set up as many render nodes as you like with Blender, of course. Flamenco is more of a dedicated server-based render manager for more complex projects.
  3. how can Blender be free?

    Blender's community and the developers seem to have a zest to it like never before. Hardly a day goes by without some interesting new plugin or news item - it's incredible to watch, and during this summer it was hard to keep track of all the new developments. And with the new GUI overhaul 2.8 is receiving I think traction will only grow and grow. They have an official news channel "Blender Live Today" now with a likeable and enthusiastic guy, which I think is a great idea. They've been broadcasting the entire Summer.
  4. how can Blender be free?

    New Eevee demos: New Disney Zootopia hair shader implementation, which is also available in the latest 2.79 builds. And the new version of Blender's 2d animation tools are about to be merged in time for the August V2.8 beta release. For those who aren't aware of the new 2d animation Grease Pencil, the Blender Foundation produced a 2d short animation to develop the 2d animation tools to "production ready" level. "HERO" showcases the 2d animation tool set and its capabilities quite nicely. There's is nothing equivalent on the market today: 2d and 3d animation tools are completely and seamlessly integrated. More info about these 2d animation developments here: https://code.blender.org/2018/07/grease-pencil-status-update/ https://code.blender.org/2017/12/drawing-2d-animation-in-blender-2-8/
  5. how can Blender be free?

    Tangent Animation's newest feature animation, "Next Gen", is the studio's second animated film. Rendered 100% using Blender Cycles, according to a source at the studio (it seems this film was also produced using Blender). https://www.weibo.com/tv/v/e843ea96a612b86d41927e3cf3aab574?fid=1034:e843ea96a612b86d41927e3cf3aab574 Interestingly enough Netflix paid 30 million to pick it up for Western audiences: https://www.cartoonbrew.com/feature-film/why-did-netflix-pay-30-million-at-cannes-for-the-chinese-animated-film-next-gen-158348.html Tangent Animation's first animated feature (also done in Blender) was "Ozzy": https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5770430/ "Next Gen" looks and feels much more advanced than their first film.
  6. how can Blender be free?

    Check out the current state of Eevee in the upcoming v2.8 version (this Summer / Autum) Amazing. The hardware specs are nothing out of the ordinary: D18-0105 - i7-8700K / 16GB / 500GB SSD + 1TB HDD / gtx1080 / Win 10 Remember, this is real-time viewport stuff! Check out 2:56 where real-time refraction is demonstrated.
  7. C4D R20 - what do you guys expect?

    @3D-Pangel Blender underwent a complete rewrite in its 2.5 cycle, and that initially wasn't that stable. Tools at that time were flaky, but the entire reason for that was that 2.49 did not support n-gons - which changed with that rewrite. The old internal raytracer then was replaced with Cycles, and several years were spent on making it as robust as it is now (similar situation compared to C4D's ProRender right now). The GUI was improved quite a lot as well, but a number of the 2.5 GUI targets weren't reached, and work on it saved for later. For example, layers are pretty limited compared to other software, and the outliner can't compare to the one in Cinema4d. And my main pet peeve: the more tools are added via plugins, the more convoluted the GUI becomes, because it is not (yet) possible to easily create workspaces with custom tool sets (which is one of the strengths of C4D's interface). Blender V2.8's GUI is being reworked, and one of the things I really like are collections: the concept of layers is taken to the next level, and objects, lights, cameras, etc. can be easily grouped and sub-grouped using "collections". These can work as layers, or as an outliner, or both, and it simplifies scene organization a lot. The old layer system in Blender is quite limited (no more than 20 layers, no sub-layers, etc.), so I am looking forward to this. The collections will be hooked into the render layer system as well. Otherwise, Blender already offers quite nice scene management tools, and I miss some of these in C4D. Give and take, I guess. No 3d app is perfect. The other thing I am looking forward to in V2.8 is Eevee: real-time opengl rendering that is meant to replace the old Blender internal raytracer. Eevee is a bit of a game-changer, and it already works quite well, although V2.8 is still in alpha (meant to be released later this year). Google "Blender Eevee" on Youtube to see what I mean. I am very excited about this development. Anyway, I wish MAXON would be a bit more open in regards to its roadmap. Having access to public alpha and beta versions and an open roadmap are two things that made me switch for most of my work to Blender years ago. MAXON's secrecy can be stifling, if you ask me. Although I realize open source institute and a commercial company like MAXON can't be compared, really. Still, a bit more openness would be nice. Interestingly enough Newtek released a new version of Lightwave last January, and they decided to replace the old raytracer (which was still REALLY good) completely with a new CPU-only path tracer as well, similar to MAXON. It is a half-successful endeavour so far: Lightwave was always quite artist-friendly, and nice render results were easily obtainable. That changed in this new version. The GUI is confusing, the default settings resulting in long render times, and being CPU only means the user's hardware options are limited. More troublesome is that, in contrast with both Blender and Cinema4D, they ripped out the old render engine completely. That is a big mistake, in my opinion. Old scenes won't render the same anymore, if at all. Anyway, 2018 is revving up to be another interesting year for 3d applications. Real-time rendering is now already used (Star Wars, for example), and we may see the end of slow render engines for most of our work.
  8. C4D R20 - what do you guys expect?

    @3D-Pangel Agree with everything, except for you comment about Blender's instability. In my years of working with 3d software, the two that stood out for their robust stability were Cinema4D and Blender. Houdini is doing pretty good so far as well, but I haven't really gone very deep yet in it. Lightwave is/was rather crash-prone. Blender V2.8 is going to simplify and streamline the GUI. Even a Blender 101 for beginners is being worked on. MAXON and other 3d app vendors should take note, if they haven't already done so. For example, one of Blender's modeling disadvantages is that it is not possible to edit multiple objects. That is now being worked on, and already solved - the other day a demo was uploaded how this issue is going to be past tense in 2.8. And widgets will make things much easier as well.
  9. C4D R20 - what do you guys expect?

    I can only compare to Blender. ProRender in Blender is nicely integrated, easy to use, and is reliable. Hardware acceleration works very well, and a library of common preset materials makes it very quick to set up scenes. Denoiser is built-in. All in all, works just fine. When I compared the C4D version a while ago, I was struck by how shoddy C4D's implementation of ProRender was/is compared. I found ProRender in Blender to be much easier to use and setup. Having said all this, C4D's ProRender integration should be much better in V20. I regard V19 as a public alpha/beta version.
  10. Krita 4 Released!

    For me the masked (stacked) brushes are the one thing I missed in the previous version. And the multi-threaded brushes really give Krita an enormous speed boost. I experience no lagging, nothing. With my Wacom I don't even need to touch the keyboard anymore. The right-mouse click widget take care of that. I am very impressed with this release.
  11. Krita 4 Released!

    A major release with major new features and improvements: improved vector tools, SVG support, a new text tool, Python scripting and much, much, much more! Amazing this is open source and free! Get it here: https://krita.org/en/item/krita-4-0-0-released/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-CY4hmkg_I New features include... multi-threaded brushes New Text Tool Improved Vector Tools based on SVG Python Scripting Improved brush settings dialog Colorize Mask New Filters: Height to Normal map, Edge Detection, improved gradient map, Improved helpers (isometric grid, pixel grid) Bigger brushes Saving in background Masked brushes Wet edges Shape Library A Ton of Fixes And much much more
  12. Best software

    If you can model nice in one application, you can learn to model just as nicely in another application after a couple of days of learning the tools. Each 3d app has its own advantages and caveats. I'd say it's a good idea to become somewhat software-agnostic.
  13. C4D R20 - what do you guys expect?

    It stings a bit to realize that ProRender users on other platforms (Maya, Blender, Max, Solidworks) all get the latest version directly from the ProRender site for free, while MAXON users are forced to wait for a proprietary integration that is quite expensive. As far as nodal materials are concerned: come on, this is 2018. MAXON NEEDS to integrate nodal materials to prevent it from becoming a laughing stock in this area. ProRender is literally screaming for material nodes.
  14. Leaving C4D-Land.

    Of course! Pure polygonal modeling is just as simple as it is in most other 3d apps. But in Houdini every modeling step is retained in the nodal view, and each node remains editable until you decide to collapse it.
  15. Anyone has a resource like this one ?

    If you're lazy (and cheeky ;-P ), download the official Blender shader ball here: http://archive.blender.org/development/release-logs/blender-261/blender-261-demo-files/index.html Open in Blender, and convert to an obj file for use in C4d. It's actually a pretty good shader ball scene (if you can stomach the Blender logo - perhaps replace with MAXON's logo?) This shader ball comes prepared for transparent and sub-surface materials as well. Here's a ProRender test. It demonstrates the transparency additions, and reflection objects in the environment.