Summary

MakeHuman

reviewed by Marius Tetlie

16/09/2017

The Good:

A friendly and inviting interface. Easy to use and intuitive controls. Ability to go pretty complex. Offers a good range of export formats. Able to set new backgrounds. Easily set up character-rigs. Seamless integration with Blender. Free of charge, libre and OpenSource

The Bad:

You can't fully customize your models. Skills are required to make a "unique" character. Limited options for accessories and clothes (although ability to uploud you own)

The Bottomline:

MakeHuman is undoubtedly a very useful program for fast character prototyping and modeling. However it has it's limitations for advanced users. It is recommended that you get acquainted with the interface to avoid missing out on any useful tools that would otherwise be glossed over by someone too eager to get right into it.

Overall Rating:

4

Specifications

The official website of the tool is

http://www.makehuman.org

The tool is made by

http://www.makehuman.org/halloffame.php

You can find the official doccumentation on:

http://www.makehumancommunity.org/wiki/

Is there a user forum/ bug tracker/ issue tracker and if so where?

https://bitbucket.org/MakeHuman/makehuman/overview http://bugtracker.makehumancommunity.org http://www.makehumancommunity.org/forum/

I reviewed version Version 1.1.1. (Released 03/06/2017) of the Software

The interface:

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  • what is it : application
  • what is it for ? animation, other, 3D-Character modelling
  • this tool functions : both
  • this tool is available for : Linux, Windows, Mac OS
  • this tool is : Free Speech
  • does this tool have a paid version available? no
  • Review

    The user interface:

    The UI is intuituve and, for a 3D-modelling program, very easy to grasp. Your options are neatly organized in branches. Once you understand what the different tags means, it all seems pretty transparent. There is sliders for parameters, like height, weight, gender, ethnicity, muscularity etc. You also have the option of using a GUI with elements from your native operating system.

    Tutorials / Instructions:

  • useful / helpful : 4
  • clear : 3
  • quick and easy to understand : 3

    What notable things do other users say about this tool? (either good or bad!)

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    Testing the tool (learning by doing – trial and error)

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    What would/could a designer use this tool for?

    Because of the freedom of the license, Makehuman software is widely used by researchers for scientific purposes: In industrial design, to verify the anthropometry of a project In virtual reality research, to quickly produce avatars from measures or camera views. In biomechanics and biomedical engineering, to simulate the behaviour of the human body under certain conditions or treatments For visuo-haptic surgical training system development Full-body 3D virtual reconstructions 3D analysis of early christian burials (archaeothanatology). To create characters to perform Sign Language movements.

    Depending on what kind of free this tool is, how “free” is this tool really?

    MakeHuman is Open Source, with the source code and database released under the GNU License Affero GPL. It is also a free (beer) download which is the full program with no restrictions. No advertising.

    Please add any additional comments below:

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    *As an official reviewer for the Great Free Graphic Software Review I confirm I have filled in the above review at the best of my abilities, with care, patience and without prior prejudice, so help me Tux.*

    Marius Tetlie, 16/09/2017

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