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 3D Studio MAX or Maya, I believe that it has enough capability to be of use to others.

Anim8or v1.0 is now available with many new features including updated user interface, new modeling tools, inverse kinematics to speed up animation, STL support for 3D printing, and more. Read more about it here v1.0 and download you own copy.

Anim8or has come a long way since the first release v0.1 on July 20, 1999. It's now close enough to what I had originally imagined to be called v1.0. I don't plan on stopping development here but will continue to improve and enhance Anim8or in the future.

The previous major release, Version v0.98, is still available here if you run into any problems with the new release.

R. Steven Glanville
August 20, 2022

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), .OBJ (Wavefront), and .STL (3D printing) object files,
  • Export .3DS, .OBJ, and .STL files,
  • Jointed character editor,
  • Inverse Kinematics,
  • Morph targets,
  • Anti-aliased software renderer for high quality, production quality images,
  • Create 3D scenes and animations and output .AVI movie files, .JPG, .PNG and .BMP images,
  • Supports textures, bump maps, soft shadows, spotlights, fog, and much more,
  • Texture support for .JPG, .PNG, .GIF, and .BMP format files,
  • OpenGL shaders for realistic previews.
  • Scripting language.
  • Plug-ins for parameteric shape, object export, editing tools.

System Requirements

  • Windows WinXP, Vista, Windiws 7, 8 or 10.
  • OpenGL accelerated graphics card or integrated graphics,
  • 512 MB memory, 1 GB recommended.
  • 25MB disk space.

New Anim8or Book

Ian Ross has just released a book on Anim8or. The book contains 295 pages; it is a super nanny guide for first timers learning 3d animation and modeling.

It is a step-by-step tutor course, which teaches the up to date version of anim8or including the new sound developments. The book has been written with the objective to give the reader confidence to create their own mini movie studio.

Here's a link with more details about the book:

Anim8or Course

Ian's original Anim8or course is also 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

March 5, 2021 - New Anim8or Tutorial Book

May 29, 2017 - Anim8or v1.0 is ready!

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.

Anim8or® is a registered trademark of R. Steven Glanville.