"For this list, we collected some of the best open
source apps to help you view, find, buy, share, create, organize
and manage multimedia files. While they may not be as well known as
the commercial software they can replace, many of them are just as
good if not better than their counterparts. As always, if you know
of other open source apps that should have made our list, feel free
to post in the comments section below.
"3D Graphics and Animation
"1. Art of Illusion Replaces: AutoDesk Maya
"While far less robust than Maya, Art of Illusion lets amateurs
try their hand at creating and rendering 3D animations. The
controls are easy to use, and the Web site's art gallery includes
some fairly impressive examples created with the software.
Operating System: OS Independent.
"2. Blender Replaces: AutoDesk Maya
"Much more mature than Art of Illusion, Blender is a
professional-quality tool that has even been used to create some
commercial productions. It offers a huge range of features for
rigging, modeling, rendering, animating, shading, UV unwrapping,
imaging and compositing and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux,