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3D applications that work with Unity

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These tools (on a Mac) can generate the following assets suitable for input in Unity

Note that the prices shown are only representative of values shown on the publishers' own websites on 25th June 2006, and may not include all additional costs.

Blender (FREE - available at http://www.blender.org/):

   meshes - yes
   textures - yes
   bones - no 
   animation - no 

Carrara ($249 to $549 - sold by Eovia):

   meshes - yes
   textures - yes
   bones - yes
   animation - no 

Cheetah3D ($99 - available at http://www.cheetah3d.de/):

   meshes - yes
   textures - yes
   bones - no 
   animation - yes

Cinema4D ($695 to $1,995 - sold by Maxon):

   meshes - yes
   textures - yes
   bones - yes
   animation - yes

dim3 Inspire (FREE - only for rigging and animating, available at Feline Entertainment):

   meshes - yes?
   textures - yes?
   bones - yes
   animation - yes

Lightwave ($795 - sold by NewTek):

   meshes - yes
   textures - yes
   bones - yes
   animation - yes

Maya ($1,999 to $6,999 - sold by Alias. Maya PLE doesn't work with Unity because it's restricted):

   meshes - yes
   textures - yes
   bones - yes
   animation - yes

modo ($895.00 - sold by Luxology):

   meshes - yes 
   textures - yes 
   bones - no (Modo can't author bones or animations)
   animation - no (Modo can't author bones or animations)

MotionBuilder ($4195 - sold by Alias):

   meshes - no (Motion builder can't author meshes but can import/export existing models) 
   textures - no (Motion builder can't author meshes but can import/export existing models) 
   bones - yes
   animation - yes

Wings3D (FREE - available at http://www.wings3d.com/):

   meshes - yes
   textures - yes
   bones - no (Wings3D can't author bones or animations)
   animation - no (Wings3D can't author bones or animations)

These tools (on Windows) can generate the following assets suitable for input in Unity

3D Studio Max ($3,495 - available from AutoDesk):

   meshes - yes
   textures - yes
   bones - yes
   animation - yes

Softimage XSI 5.x (using v5.0 FBX plugin):

   meshes - yes
   textures - yes
   bones - yes
   animation - yes
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