In computers, 3-D (three-dimensional) describes an image that provides the perception of depth in a two-dimensional space.

A 3-D image creation can be viewed as a three-phase process of tessellation, geometry, and rendering.

Popular products for creating 3-D effects include Extreme 3D, LightWave 3D, Ray Dream Studio, 3D Studio MAX, Softimage 3D, and Visual Reality. The Virtual Reality Modeling Language allows the creator to specify images and the rules for their display and interaction using textual language statements.

Please submit your Company''s web site to this category, if you offer 3D computer graphics software for photorealistic simulation, rendering of natural environments, animations, and modeling software. Companies that produce products such as, shaders or modeling tools are excepted for inclusion in this category.

When submitting your site for inclusion in this category use you Company name not product name.

  • Please submit only sites that offer resources for Poser users: tutorials, morphs, characters, props, poses, textures, utilities, Python scripts, et cetera. If your web site is primarily a gallery or showcase for artistic works and renders, please submit instead to Arts: Visual_Arts: Computer Graphics: 3D: Bryce and Poser.
  • Submissions must be for English language sites. Sites with English translations are also acceptable. Exclusively non-English language sites should be submitted to the most appropriate category in World.
  • Sites with Adult content or Adult advertising (including pop-up ads), will not be listed in this category. Please submit such sites to the relevant sub-category in Adult: Adult: Arts: Visual Arts: Computer Graphics: 3D.
This category lists websites for companies who develop and/or distribute 3D graphics software products.

3D software companies that offer software in one of the following specific areas:

  • Animation and Design Tools
  • Ray Tracing
  • Rendering and Modelling
  • Terrain
  • Textures
  • Virtual Reality

Should suggest their site to the more specific category under: Computers: Software: Graphics: 3D instead.
Please only suggest sites for businesses that develop or distribute 3D computer graphics software products.

3D software companies that offer software focused on one* of the following more specific areas:

  • Animation and Design Tools
  • Ray Tracing
  • Rendering and Modelling
  • Terrain
  • Textures
  • Virtual Reality

Should suggest their site to the more specific category under: Computers: Software: Graphics: 3D instead.


* Sites that covers multiple areas from the list should be listed here, rather than in the more specific category.

This category contains sites which offer 3D models, also called meshes. These models generally represent everyday objects, but can also be abstract or futuristic. They are made using modelling software such as 3D Studio or Lightwave, and can be used in rendering programs such as Bryce.
A technique used in computer graphics to create realistic images by calculating the paths taken by rays of light entering the observer's eye at different angles. The paths are traced backwards from the viewpoint, through a point (a pixel) in the image plane until they hit some object in the scene or go off to infinity.
  • Submit only sites that have Amapi 3D resources for download as in NURBS, Plugins, and Tutorials.
  • If your Web Site has only a Amapi 3D Gallery submit your site here Arts/Visual_Arts/Computer_Graphics/3D/.
  • Please submit your site to the appropriate subcategories.
  • The Open Directory editors reserve the right to delete sites under construction, duplicate domains or submissions and sites submitted to incorrect categories.
This category is for sites that provide a comprehensive overview of 3D graphics.
Submit your site to this category, if you offer informative information for the 3D-community.

Your site should include several of the following; directories, FAQs, chats and forums, industry news, publications, reviews, interviews, articles, software downloads, models, tutorials, including characters, textures and, galleries, discussions, and contests.

This category is for software whose primary purpose is three dimensional visualizing of terrain.
Programs which merely offer terrain visualization as one of their many features belong in the parent category.

For example 3D Studio and MAM-Virtual Reality System belong in /Computers/Software/Graphics/3D while Animatek World Builder, World Construction Set, Terragen, and Virtual Terrain Project can all live here in 3D/Terrain.

There is a separate category for GIS based terrain modellers at http://dmoz.org/Science/Social_Sciences/Geography/Geographic_Information_Systems/Software/Visualization_Software/