Spring Sales on Blender Market started today at 12:00 am CST! Since 2018 I have bought 124 products. I share the top 50 and best Blender add-ons. Check the one-and-half-hour video, or scroll down to the list.
Note that some products are affiliated, but let me explain. Sometimes a developer comes to me asking if I can promote their addon. It occasionally happens that I have to say no. This is because I have to keep also my audience happy. And sometimes, I promote products without being an affiliate. In short, what I do here is share a list of products I am genuinely enthusiastic about.
Please bear with me with the presentation in the video: This is the second time I recorded it, because a few hours before, I got halfway through the list, and it already took 2 hours. So I re-recorded without going too much into small details.
Six tips to improve buying experience on Blender Market
Check the Blender version. I once forgot it and had an add-on that was not compatible with the Blender version I used.
Check the reviews. It doesn’t say everything but might give an indication. For example, there could be just two reviews, and one review give two stars because the buyer had the wrong expectations. (He didn’t read the product page carefully). Or a developer gets bad reviews when he didn’t update for a year and starts to update later on again.
Is the add-on or product for something too specific, or is it a bunch of (handy) tools? If you know that you won’t buy that many add-ons, a bunch of tools is ok. But if you are an add-on junky like me, you want add-ons that are for a specific task.
Will you use the product frequently, like every week for a few hours? Some add-ons are too particular, like making snow. You might get excited but think about it. Will you specialize in making snow scenes? Or do you think you will make snow scenes over and over again?
Is the developer active on social media or has a presence online? For example, I bought a product, and no one knows who the developer is. He was an excellent developer but was not really into Blender. After there were no sales enough, he focussed on something else. As a result of no updates to make it compatible with the current Blender version. If a developer has a presence online, you can figure out if the developer is really into Blender or not.
Learning curve and documentation. Sometimes you use an add-on for a few weeks, do something else for a month and then turn back. If, in that case, you need to dive into lengthy documentation again, you might give up using the product. I prefer intuitive add-ons. Some add-ons are designed such that you can start right away. Maybe it’s the UI or a convention.
Why we buy Blender Products
Have some fun with explosions and other fancy stuff.
Be more productive so that we can make more revenue.
To learn from.
We don’t want to miss the boat.
We feel an urge to make our ideas a reality.
Blender Products I recommend
Boxcutter and Hardops Awesome products if you are a die-hard hard surface modeler. I used it for quite a while, but since I am not purely focused on modeling Fluent is fine for me.
Fluent A compact and user-friendly add-on for hard surface modeling.
Mesh Machine A must-have to fix all kinds of problems you will experience when you do hard surface modeling. My favorites: Boolean clean up, plugs, stash, fix normals, unf_ck.
KIT OPS Chipp Walter has quite some products. This is my favorite add-on of his. Kit-bash and hard surface. You can create your own assets.
Angle Tool I use this when I create modular assets. It is much easier to make angles than using Blender’s built-in tools.
Safe Ngon by Kushiro Wow, this is such a useful tool. When you do bevels on a hard surface model with ngons, the bevels will easily overshoot when some edges are not placed properly. Look up Safe Ngon on Gumroad to see it in action.
Amandeep gives away loads of free products. Check also his commercial product Rantools which is a huge collection of tools (Good thing to buy when you are not planning to buy loads of addons and want to have value).
Let me know if there is a Blender product missing here.
You can also check this one-hour long recorded live stream I made a few days ago: