GroBoto 2.1.8Now this is a program that will get your creativity flowing and get you out of any modeling rut that you may be in. GroBoto 2.1.8 is like a breath of fresh air as it’s unlike the majority of 3D programs out there that are complicated and expensive. This program is fun, easy to use, and best of all it’s very inexpensive! That’s almost unheard of these days because most users suffer before they can actually enjoy the 3D programs.

Why is GroBoto so cool? Well, GroBoto is designed to give the user organic 3D shapes quickly with very few modeling hassles. As a matter of fact, some of the standard 3D tools that you’re used to seeing aren’t even present. What you get here is something called a Bot, which is a preset 3D object in GroBoto derived from a collection of 3D primitives. Once you place a Bot into your scene, you use an abundant set of tools and options to customize the shape and textures that your Bot is made up of. While the ability to import your own 3D models isn’t available, there are more than 110 Bot types to inspire your creativity, and you can create some very cool stills and movies much quicker than you could in some of the other 3D programs.

GroBoto has to be one of the most enjoyable, visually stimulating software programs that I’ve reviewed. Although it isn’t a full-featured 3D program, it is a creative outlet to get the juices flowing again. I’ll definitely keep this one on my desktop! GroBoto is a great product to expand your creativity without spending a fortune.—Bruce Bicknell

Company: Braid Art Labs LLP
Price: $79
Web: www.groboto.com
Rating: 4.5

Hot: Unlimited creativity; 3D creation tools; render time; fun
Not: Can’t import 3D models