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What is currently the best quick 3D landscape creation software, and why? In terms of ease-of-use, interface, speed, features, reliablility, compatibility. Thanks.
Vue or Terragen, depending on personal taste.
What do you need to generate landscapes for? The "best" softeware is going to be determined by what you need your final product to be.
Not that I have an awful lot of experience with landscape-generating software. At work we build our landscapes in an in-house worldbuilder program. But in cases where we want mountains extending off into the distance, I also use a program called World Machine to generate random mountains, and an intermediary program called Leveller to combine those mountains with the hand-built landscape already in our game.
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I don't know if this is exactly what you want but SketchUp is freckin amazing for building levels quickly and then exporting it to 3dsmax or Maya for tweeking and refining. It's pretty basic and geared towards industrial designers but with sketchup you can build a rough industrial level/scene in about five minutes. I have used it a few times building levels for the source engine and it's soooo awesome.
There is also Corel's Bryce (easy to use). As he stated though, the newest version of terragen will be nice.
Mojoworld is a world generator using fractal based technology. Haha takes a long ass time to study it but it's fun once you get the hang of it.
BRICE!!!!!!! HAHA... I remember in HS that was the shit
Mainloop- man i must be dyslexic.. cuz i thought you asked how many people are on lsd