Features

The Bforartists features at a glance.

Note that the features are the same than in Blender. Where we differ is the UI and the handling. Below the features you can find a short overview of the main differences!

Rendering

Features

Rendering is the process of generating an image from a 2D or 3D model, that’s how you create your images. The offline render engine Cycles offers GPU & CPU rendering, a Realtime viewport preview, HDR lighting support, and many more features. The realtime render engine Eevee offers speed and allows you to judge game asset content in realtime.

Modeling

Features

No 3D software without modeling. You have to create your meshes somehow. Bforartists offers a wide range of tools for polygon modeling. Many tools supports Ngons. And there is also Python scripting, with which you can perform and automate more than one modeling task.

Materials

Features

Bforartists comes with a node based material system to create your needed materials. It also has a material library with lots of predefined materials available.

Rigging

Features

Where there is a bones system there is rigging. It’s the process to connect your Mesh with the bones system. Bforartists offers Envelope, skeleton and automatic skinning, weight painting, mirror functionality, bone layers and colored groups for organization and B-spline interpolated bones.

Animation

Features

When you want to make a movie or animated game characters, then you need animation. Bforartists animation feature set offers automated walk-cycles along paths, a character animation pose editor, non Linear Animation (NLA) for independent movements, K forward/inverse kinematics for fast poses and Sound synchronization

Sculpting

Features

The modern art pipeline is nothing without sculpting. There is no other useful way to bring the fine structure to the mesh. Sculpting in Bforartists includes various different brush types, multi-res sculpting support, dynamic Topology sculpting, and mirrored sculpting.

UV Mapping

Features

When you want to use textures at your mesh then you need to do UV Mapping.

Bforartist offers various UV mapping methods. Fast Cube, Cylinder, Sphere and Camera projections are the traditional UV mapping methods. Conformal and Angle Based unwrapping (with edge seams and vertex pinning) is what is best known as unwrapping. And projects your mesh automatically onto your UV space.Bofrartists also offers multiple UV layers and UV layout image exporting. And once you have done the mapping you can paint directly onto the mesh.

Compositor

Features

Bforartists comes with a built in compositor. The compositor comes with a library of nodes for creating camera fx, color grading, vignettes and much more, supports Render-layers and Full compositing with images and video files. Is Multithreaded. And gives the ability to render to mulitlayer Open Exr files.

Simulations

Features

Bforartists offers a range of simulation tools too. The range goes from Fluid, Smoke, Hair, Cloth, Particles up to full Rigid Body physics.

Camera and Object tracking

Features

Tracking allows to mix real movie content with CG created content.

Bforartists includes production ready camera and object tracking. The Camera and Object Tracker includes: automatic and manual tracking, camera reconstruction, real-time preview of your tracked footage and 3d scene, and supports Planar tracking and Tripod solvers

Addons

Features

Since Bforartists is a Blender fork, you can use the full range of Blender addons inside Bforartists too. There are already quite a few onboard. Some of them already enabled, some still disabled.

The range of plugins goes from various generators, like for trees or terrains, across fracture scripts, 3d printing toolboxes up to various im- and export scripts.

File Formats

Features

Bforartists comes with various import and export formats to support a pipeline to many different programs. The range goes across the common 2D file formats like Jpg, PNG, OpenEXR, or Tiff, and various 3D file formats like Obj, X, FBX or Collada.

Scripting

Features

Bforartists comes with Python support. Python is a programming language that is widely used in the CG area. With Python you can change the UI since most of the parts are also made with Python. And you can write Bforartists Addons.

Interface

Features

The Bforartists UI is highly configurable and customizable, and offers an easy to access and to use graphical UI.

The useage in Bforartists is UI centered.

These features are equal to Blender. Now for the differences.

The Differences between Bforartists 2 and Blender 2.8x:

  • A own keymap, which is reduced to just the necessary hotkeys and a navigation that can be purely done by mouse.
  • Cleaned up User Interface. Lots of not necessary double, triple or even more equal menu entries removed.
  • Extended User Interface. Lots of formerly hotkey only tools have a menu entry now.
  • Rearranged User Interface. Some things are better accessible now, some are not so much in the way anymore.
  • Colored and as double as much icons than Blender.
  • A configurable Toolbar with icon buttons.
  • Improved Layouts.
  • Left aligned checkboxes and text where possible.
  • Better Tooltips.
  • Better readable standard theme.
  • Some neat addons to improve usability, like the reset 3D View addon or the Set Dimensions addon with which you can scale in world coordinates in edit mode.
  • And lots more small details like not so much confirm dialogs.

This all leads to a much intuitiver and easier to use interface. But the code is just half of the show. Another important bit are the non code things.

  • The target audience for Bforartists are hobbyists and indie developers. Blender tries to target professionals. That’s a completely different audience and approach.
  • We have a better manual. The Blender manual is in big parts unsearchable, has an odd structure, and still now relies heavily at the Blender keymap to name just a few flaws. This makes it nearly  unusable for users. And that’s why we rewrite it, piece by piece.
  • Bforartists is not bound to the Blender bubble. It has its own independant eco system.