Welcome to the home page of Anim8or. Anim8or is a 3D modeling and character animation program that I have written over the past couple of years, not as a commercial endeavor, but because I love 3D graphics, animation, and programming. While it is far from a complete professional level application like 3DStudio MAX or Maya, I believe that it has enough capability to be of use to others.

Version v0.98 is now available with many new features including a ray tracer for making photo-realistic images. Anim8or has come a long way since the first release called v0.1. There are still may areas that need improvement, primarily the renderer, but it's getting close to what I had originally imagined as the magic v1.0. I don't plan on stopping there, but it'll be a nice milestone along the way.

R. Steven Glanville
December 6, 2013

System Requirements
What's New


  • 3D Modeler - Create and modify 3D models. Built-in primitives such as spheres, cylinders, platonic solids, etc.; mesh-edit and subdivision; splines, extrusion, lathing, modifiers, bevel and warps.
  • TrueType font support - 2D and 3D extruded text for any TrueType font.
  • OpenGL based real time operation.
  • Import and modify .3DS (3D Studio), .LWO (Lightwave), and .OBJ (Wavefront) object files,
  • Export .3DS files,
  • Built in 3D Object browser,
  • Jointed character editor,
  • Morph targets,
  • Anti-aliased software renderer for high quality, production quality images,
  • Create 3D scenes and animations and output .AVI movie files, .JPG and .BMP images,
  • Supports textures, bump maps, soft shadows, spotlights, fog, and much more,
  • Texture support for .BMP, .GIF, and .JPG format files,
  • Print images of scenes and models.
  • OpenGL shaders for realistic previews.
  • Scripting language.
  • Plug-ins for parameteric shape and object export.

System Requirements

  • Windows WinXP, Vista, Windiws 7 or Windows 8.
  • OpenGL accelerated graphics card, (ala GeForce).
  • 512 MB memory, 1 GB recommended.
  • 25MB disk space.

New Anim8or Course

Check out Ian's fantastic new Anim8or course now available for download. It show you step-by-step how to make models, characters, movies and more, all using Anim8or, naturally. You can watch a short introduction on the web or download the full course.

What's New

January 7, 2014 - Space Slice - New indie game using anim8or!

November 28, 2013 - Cannadian High School Class in Anim8or

November 20, 2013 - Anim8or v0.98 released

August 16, 2011 - New Anim8or course available on CD

May 6, 2008 - New Issues of DotAn8 Magazine

April 14, 2008 - Interview with Tyson Ibele, a very talented early Anim8or user

April 14, 2007 - Anim8or in the Movies: Two short films made with Anim8or

March 31, 2007 - Fix for V0.95 "Missing Textures" bug

January 7, 2007 - Anim8or Art Covers a Book

November 4, 2006 - Version 0.95 is ready to download.

March 31, 2006 - V0.95 progress.

December 5, 2005 - Scottish Student wins National Award with Anim8or.

January 29, 2005 - Version v0.9 is ready to download.

November 16, 2004 - V0.9 beta is ready to download.

August 2, 2004 - The first issue of a new e-magazine .an8 is ready to read.

June 2, 2004 - Version v0.9 is getting closer...

May 20, 2004 - Anim8or on the Cover of 3D User Magazine (and More)

September 6, 2003 - Version v0.85 is ready to download!

August 10, 2003 - The long awaited v0.85 beta is ready to download. Check it out!

July 14, 2003 - Anim8or in the News!

June 29, 2003 - The next release is getting close.

January 19, 2003 - A minor upgrade v0.81 is ready to download. Read about it here and see if you need a copy.

August 4, 2002 - V0.8 is finished. Get your copy from the download page!

June 30, 2002 - V0.8 beta is out. Read about it here and get your copy.

June 27, 2002 - V0.8 beta ready this weekend ???

April 1, 2002 - V0.8 is coming along.

April 1, 2002 - Record number of Anim8or downloads in March.

October 31, 2001 - V0.7 is ready. Be the first on your block with your own copy!

August 30, 2001 - V0.7 Beta is out! Get your copy and see what it can do.

June 18, 2001 - V0.7 Status. Version v0.7 is still a ways off but it's beginning to take shape.

June 18, 2001 - A v0.65 PDF version of manual is available for download.

June 18, 2001 - Anim8or on the Mac! I've been told that can be run Anim8or on a Macintosh.

March 5, 2001 - Fantastic new Lighting Effects tutorial, and many new Gallery images.

December 24, 2000 - There is a new tutorial about Coils and Springs, thanks to Lloyd.

July 27, 1999 - Thanks for the Support.

July 20, 1999 - Anim8or Introduced.