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CG Society 2011 Retrospective: Blender in 4th place!


Blender 2.61 has ranked 4th in the CG Society 2011 retrospective.

CG Society writes:

It is amazingly great to see the Open Source apps bringing in such impressive figures for popularity over the past year. This can mean two things are happening. There are more artists taking advantage of cheaper (free) software, and that software is kicking some goals in quality. Delivering more of what the better artists require to do their work, and play. Otherwise, there’d be all kinds of bad press.

The Blender Foundation have consistently pushed out shorts to display the talent of the artists using it, but also, in creating this free entertainment creation software, has paved the way for more talent to enter the industry. And that cannot be a bad thing.


About the Author

Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. Awesome! :D

    A bit suspicious that no Autodesk product shows up in the ranking, tho ... Has there been some incident with cgsociety?

    • well, you could say that some of the movies could be a marvel made with autodesk software, but i am not sure on what software they use, so i can be wrong..Still Blender placed #4, thats great!

    • The thread reads: "
      As the process of compiling and voting was public, there was and is no conspiracy or bias from the CGSociety towards any items listed in this year's Top 20. "

      It seem that it's more of a popularity vote from users and viewers. If increasing number of your present and potential customers feel threatened or enslaved, your future cannot be bright. I have great respect for Autodesk for its contribution to the industry but I think they have valid reason to take this result very seriously.

  2. Rango is visually impressive, but I never though it could be at first place, somehow never got myself  to really love it or even like it.. mehh
    a matter of taste I guess...

  3. At first I was like '4th place, whaaaat?' but when I saw the list, it was pretty impressive to see blender ranking so high among so many other commercial applications and productions. Go Blender!!!

  4. But how about Daz Studio used to make the amazing Rosa?
    Rango number 1!!!!
    How do you want me to take you seriously guys!!

  5. It is cool that Blender is getting some attention but I don't quite get this list. There are tools being ranks along with finished products. That is like comparing apples, apple juice, apple pie, and applesauce. Then placing apple sauce ahead of apples as the most important food... weird, but whatever. Good job Blender. 

  6. It's true that Blender is free (it respects a user's freedoms), but it certainly isn't cheap. A lot of valuable, hard work went into it, including your excellent work of providing us with an online gathering place, Bart!

  7. Yes, this is really good to see. Ton should be proud. 1. starting this FOSS project. 2. having the incredibly talented programmers whether contribution be large or small, who are so generous with their gifts is just amazing. 3. a strong community who supports itself. 4. no boundaries to worry about. Many who could not imagine entering this medium due to the high costs are now some of the best producers of quality work thanks to Blender.

     But once in a position where people take note it becomes ever increasingly important to keep the high level up. Thanks BF and Blendernation for this great news.

  8. Kirill Poltavets on

    Blender is going up and up! I'm very happy because all it's happening :)
    Dunno why (mb CG Society isn't the whole CG world?) but new Houdini's 12 beta is at so low place... I saw their features' trailer - very promising and really cool! I wish we (Blender and it's community) will get the same (in Blender's way of course!) or better.
    ILM's Rango is the BRILLIANT movie!!! By many points :) Did you noticed Star Wars' shadow there (in Rango) BTW? ;)

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