Summary of Blender Open Source Software

of Blender Open Source Software

of Blender Open Source Software

Opensource software refers to a program that has its source codeavailable to the public. The public can use the source code and evendo some modifications on the source code. The modification is donefrom the original design free of charge (Coll et al., 2008). Usually,the creation of the source code is as a result of the combined effortof programmers in improving the code and sharing the various changesthat are made in given set up. In this study, the research will focuson Blender used for 3D graphics and packaging as an example of theopen source software.

Capabilities

Thissoftware has the capability of photorealistic rendering usuallyreferred to as cycles and this offers a superb ultra-realistic kindof rendering. Through it, the users get to enjoy both GPU and CPUrendering, the HDR lighting support and even the viewport preview(Coll et al., 2008).

Theblender offers fast modeling that occurs through keyboard shortcutsfor a fast workflow and edge slide. This software also uses realmaterials with a complete node support that offers fullcustomization. It also has the aspect of fast UV unwrapping (Coll etal., 2008). Last, the software comes handy with a built in videoeditor that allows execution of basics such as video cuts andsplicing.

Advantages

Oneof the advantages of using blender is that it offers good speed interms of workflow and this is fast enough in comparison to programslike Maya and 3DMax (Coll et al., 2008). Further, it has the polygonmodeler that has good speed, fast enough and executes really well.Additionally, using the software allows one to do good postprocessing by use of node system. Overall, the software offers one ofthe best sculpting tools in the field of design (Coll et al., 2008).

Disadvantages

Onemajor disadvantage is that Blender does not offer global illuminationfor instance individuals planning to do extreme displacement may notlike the software (Coll et al., 2008). Further, the interface inwhich the software runs is a bit complicated and is only practicalwhen used with S5 or 6 pupils and above and the younger pupils mightnot find the interface any interesting.

References

Coll,H., Bri, D., Garcia, M., &amp Lloret, J. (2008, July). Free softwareand open source applications in higher education. In J. L. Mauri, A.Zaharim, A. Kolyshkin, M. Hatziprokopiou, A. Lazakidou, M.Kalogiannakis, … &amp N. Bardis (Eds.),&nbspWSEASInternational Conference. Proceedings. Mathematics and Computers inScience and Engineering&nbsp(No.5). WSEAS.