Project Management

GanttProject is currently what I’m using for my project management duties. Why?

  • it is multi-platform (works on Windows, Linux, and MacOS X);
  • simple to use;
  • open source;
  • allows me to manage well dependencies, resources and milestones.

ganttproject-house-building-sample

The main drawback is that it is Java based so a bit slower to run than other native programs.

3D modeling with Blender

Blender is an open source, cross-platform 3D content creation program. This kind of stuff is way too off my league, but if you’re in to creating images and want to do some 3D work, Blender will surely be for you.

I’ve heard a great many things about this software. First and undoubtedly that it is feature rich and extremely resourceful. I’ve seen a lots and lots of work done on Blender and they look amazing. But, there is the other side of the world who says that Blender is useless if you want to be a real pro, mainly because the UI and standards it uses will not be the same as those found in other proprietary programs.

Blender example image

Blender's UI and example image

In my opinion, it is surely worth a shot specially for those that are starting out and interested to do this kind of work. If you’re smart and talented enough to do a nice 3D image or animation,  you’ll be smart enough later on to use that expensive software your company bought for you to use.

Want more proof that Blender is good? Check out the animated movie Big Buck Bunny, made entirely with Blender (download of the movie file is also available on their website):

Want to share with us your experiences with Blender? Please write them on the comments bellow.