The Blender Portable App packs in modeling, animation, and rendering features all into one small file. Flawless in its features, flexibility, ease-of-use, and variety, Blender Portable is an immense undertaking and one that paid off completely when it was launched.
Blender Portable is a smaller, lighter, no-install version of the original powerhouse 3D content creation suite. You don’t have to install this program onto your computer, so that means you don’t have to mess around administrative permissions or complicated set up processes that are involved with the full suite. You simply open up the file by clicking on its icon, and does the rest all on its own. If you’ve never used this software before, the Blender Portable interface can be a little overwhelming.
There are quite a few different panels and bars, all full of explanations and icons, with tooltips for everything. The interface is also completely customizable, as you can add and remove sections as desired, as well as moving them around and resizing them. Beneath the options menus are a world of functions, ranging from rigging and modeling to animation and game creation. In fact, Blender Portable has so many functions that listing them all here would take hours, so take a peek at the definitive feature guide here. Among the more surprising elements included in the program are a built-in text editor, audio playback/editing and a game engine.
Blender Portable has no configuration options since the entire suite of features can be accessed directly from the main interface provided. It really is a program built more for expert designers, or for users who would like to become a whole lot more proficient in 3D animation and design.
There are a lot of good tutorials online that will get you making basic animations and 3D creations, but in general, Blender Portable is not a program that casual users would – or should – play around with. If 3D creation is your thing and you don’t have a copy, you’re almost certainly missing out.
Blender Portable is a hugely impressive 3D creation program that is very likely to scare off the uninitiated.
Blender Portable supports the following formats
- TGA, JPG, PNG, OpenEXR, DPX, Cineon, Radiance HDR, Iris, SGI Movie, IFF, AVI and Quicktime GIF, TIFF, PSD, MOV (Windows and Mac OS X)
- 3D Studio, AC3D, COLLADA, FBX Export, DXF, Wavefront OBJ, DEC Object File Format, DirectX, Lightwave, MD2
- Incredible variety of features
- Extensive online help
- Non-overlapping interface
- Aimed at advanced users
- Sheer degree of variety is overwhelming