Just a quick few words on Blender 3D. I must say it works awesomely well, especially for being freeware. Extraordinarily so, in fact. I tried some commercial 3d apps previous to this one, and none proved to be as nice and good as Blender. It has all the stuff Maya and the other ones have, it produces the same good quality pics, it does animation, it is surrounded by a huge community, all support questions answered just by googling. It is very intuitively organized. In fact the only thing I did to it was I installed another rendering engine, which is also freeware, because it is quicker and - to my eyes - offers nicer results. A huge list of textures available, and tutorials, on all the uses one might need.
All in all a splendid application with all one might need.
Skei (the waiting for tomorrow's rain to start falling one)
Ophelia was a preference, not humanly accessible, not as such.