It seems that every day I learn about a new addon so I was thinking what addons is everyone using, I mean which ones are a must-have for you (free or paid, doesn’t matter)? I wish there was a central site where all of them are listed…
Well, there are several sides about addons, e.g.:
And the addon section at Blender Market will give a good overview as well.
About my must have list.
Shipped with Blender:
Nodewrangler, Looptools, ExtraObjects.
When I’ll start to learn rigging/posing in Blender, Rigify might become useful as well.
Other must have addons:
GoB and DAZ Importer
I also bought some addons lately, all of them are nice to have, none of them are essential:
Hops, Fluent, Transportation, Simply Cloth.
But of course this depends on what one is doing with Blender
and what other software and tools he use.
Seems like GoB is for Blender-ZBrush work. So you’re using both Blender and ZBrush? Transportation add-on looks cool.
I bought ZBrush originally as a supplementation for Cinema4d.
I didn’t like their texturing tool, called Bodypaint and the
sculpting abilities of C4d were /are very basic.
As I got ZBrush anyway, I still use it together with Blender
and GoB works great for my basic needs.
As for Transportation, yeah, it’s nice to have.
A good range of Vehicles with some parts that are not found that often,
like bikes and bicycle.
You also get a library with preview and quick access to a lot of HDRIs.
(useful even if you don’t want to use the vehicles)
On the other hand, though the exterior of the Vehicles looks good, the interiors are quite basic.
E.g. for close up renders and/or for animating of car doors you need to do additional work.
But you get a good base to start with and detail renders of car parts isn’t the purpose of
this addon as it would slow down the animations.
I found an attempt to list all Blender addons but it looks abandoned:
I guess this topic is more of a jungle than I thought
Mahcin3 tools is amazing
Auto rig pro is a god send
Blend it! Is great
drop it is small but useful
Havent used Fluent yet but it looks great so i bought it
Auto car rig pro is nice
Lightning boy shader is good for outlines
Oh and smart fill is good too
Do hops and fluent work together?
List is not that active as it was, but website is.
btw my favourite addons are addons that a) add functionality that blender doesn’t offer, and/or b) addons I really frequently use.
(Mind, I experiment also with organic modeling).
- UV Packmaster (paid)
- Quad remesher (paid)
- Mesh Fairing (Now buildi in 2.92, sculptmode)
- Boundary aligned remesh
- Volume preserve smoothing
- Bake Wrangler (paid)
- EEVEE Production Suite (paid)
- Asset Management (Though there is now asset management in 2.92, build in)
- Bevel After Boolean
- Tissue (build in, has also curvature in Weigh paint mode, and convert weight paint to colors).
- Array Tools
- Landscape (build in).
- Commotion (offset animation)
@Psaebrail Hops and Fluent work together mainly, but there might be a few functions overlapping/reduntant or clinching a bit. But Never got really a problem with it, works fine to me.