I just stumbled across Blender by accident, and I must say I’m quite impressed with it. I’ve used Adobe Illustrator 11, but for 3D objects it’s a joke. I knew there had to be something better out there!
However, I am on Mac OS X, and I do technical illustrations for books, so I am wondering if Blender can output images in vector PDF format instead of JPEG bitmaps? True, unflattened vector CMYK PDFs are what the publishers want.
If Blender can’t do this, or if it can only convert a JPEG bitmap into a PDF formatted file, then I might have to go the Maya route – which I really hesitate to do, as the learning curve is steep, and so is the cash outlay! :o