3DCG software is plentiful, but sometimes overly complicated. While many overall packages exist to handle the various stages of 3D work – notably modeling and rendering – there are many specialized packages that handle specific tasks.
POV-Ray is a popular rendering engine. Models are built in another application, but POV-Ray is used for high-quality output.
DAZ Studio is an application for posing and rendering 3D models, chiefly the realistic human models that DAZ offers. The software is offered as a free download for Mac and PC users.
Blender is the undisputed king of open-source 3D programs, with a lively, active development community and a feature-rich, stable version for practically any platform.
Pixie is an "open-source Renderman," essentially the FOSS version of the popular Renderman rendering engine used by many professional studios, like Pixar (who developed Renderman) and Disney.
Aqsis is another Renderman-based rendering engine, with an emphasis on photorealistic lighting and rendering.
Art of Illusion is a Java-based 3D modeler.
Terragen is freeware that can be used to make realistic looking landscapes and environments in 3D.
OpenFX has been in development since 1999, so its feature-set is rather developed. But it is Windows-only.
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