Free 3D Modeling and Animation Software
3D Crafter - for a fee it can be upgraded to one of two more powerful versions. The free version exports to POV-ray.
Art of Illusion - a free, open source 3D modelling and rendering studio. It is written entirely in Java, and should be usable on any Java Virtual Machine which is compatible with JDK 1.1 or later.
Blender - fully integrated 3D graphics creation suite allowing modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, realtime interactive 3D and game creation and playback with cross-platform compatibility.
DAZ|Studio - a "feature rich 3D figure posing and animation tool".
Delgine Project - This project focuses on the development of 3D game development tools.
Dryad - lets you intuitively create beautiful trees for your virtual world or game. Unfortunately "The Dryad software and related source code for collaborative design space exploration are now available upon request."
MachStudio Pro - "Leveraging the horsepower of off-the-shelf professional graphics processing units (GPUs) and an innovative real-time rendering engine, it delivers a dynamic, feature-rich, non-linear work-space for creating superior CG images"
OpenFX - an Open-Source 3D modeling, animation and rendering suite. A powerful feature-set includes a full renderer and raytrace engine, NURBS support, kinematics-based animation, morphing, and an extensive plugin API.
Pov-Ray - a free raytracing program. Provides a great environment to learn 3D graphics.
Wings 3D - an open source modeler based on Nichimen's Nendo, a professional application.
UVMapper Classic - a free tool for mapping and editing the UV coordinates of low poly models. There is also a professional version.
GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program runs on many operating systems.
MapZone - a procedural texturing tool.
Paint.NET - image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.
PhotoFiltre - free for a private, non commercial or educational use (including non-profit organizations).
Cinefx - a suite of open source, cross platform digital content creation tools.
VirtualDub - captures and cleans up video.