I would like to review Marmoset Toolbag 2. I have been using Marmoset software for a long time, few years now, so I know a thing or two… At first, let me talk about Toolbag 1, the original. At it’s time, 2010ish it was, in my opinion, one of the best real time rendering softwares out there. Easy to use, relatively cheap and pretty much, every 3d model you put there, looked awesome. At first I used it only for low poly models, game art and so on. However in time, I started to render high poly meshes too. There was three main problems with it, things that I did not like.
- It only supported textures in TGA and PSD format. That means, no PNG and it was kind of a pain in the ass.
- Setting up materials. The whole system was kinda funky, it took too long and you had to save every material. And the worst was, when you reopened the scene, you had to set it again.
- You could not move objects around, rotate them and so on.
So, that being said, we now come to Marmoset Toolbag 2. This time, they got all absolutely right. All three things that I mentioned was corrected and added tons of new features. The Toolbag 2 costs a bit more, but it’s totally worth it. They added cool sky-boxes, a lot of post-effect tools and best of all, awesome material system. For those who loved the first version, I suggest buying the second. Overall, Marmoset Toolbag is probably the best real time rendering software out there! You can buy it at www.marmoset.co