For PC and Mac Users, Blender is one of the most accessible 3D modeling programs on the market, as it is free to download, install, and begin using for anyone with an internet connection. But while it is easy to access regardless of your operating system on PC, is it still accessible on a tablet device such as an iPad?
Blender 3D does not have a mobile version, so you cannot download Blender to be used on an iPad. You can jump through some loopholes to get Blender working, but there is no support for using Blender on the iPad.
Despite the fact that Blender is a highly accessible software application it is not available on every single device, and that includes the various iterations of the popular apple device. But is this true for all apple devices, and are there alternatives?
Why Is Blender Not Available On The iPad?
Blender is a complicated application that has the primary function of serving as a 3D modeling suite. It can also be used for a variety of similar tasks such as 3D Animation, Sculpting, and Image Editing.
The sheer number of tools and workflows that Blender can use is far more than what you would typically expect from a mobile app. Therefore it may only be possible to use Blender on a mobileOS if it is a slimmed-down version such as a 3D viewer.
There are by the way many 3D viewer apps available on mobile, so you can export your models from Blender and then view them on your phone or tablet using the viewer app.
Most 3D modeling applications are too complex to be run on mobile devices despite the fact that mobile phones and tablets continue to grow more powerful.
You also require a screen that is large enough to work with when 3D modeling. Most tablets are on the mall side for this, and even the largest phones are way too small for the Blender UI.
Can I Get Blender On Apples Devices At All?
While you cannot technically use Blender on an iPad or iPhone, you can use it on a Mac device such as the Mac Pro or the Mac Air. Blender is made available on all desktop-based operating systems and MacOS does fall into this category.
Can Any Other Tablets Install And Use Blender?
Most tablets will typically use mobile operating systems, and Blender is currently only available on desktop operating systems such as Windows, Linux, and Mac. There are ways to use Linux OS on android tablets, but this can be a complicated process.
You also have windows tablets that use windows OS as their operating system. This is perhaps the easiest way to run Blender on a tablet, as the operating system is naturally integrated with the tablet.
Is There Any Way I Can Use Blender On The iPad?
Even though you cannot directly use the Blender software on your iPad, there is still a way to use the iPad as your display for the Blender interface.
To do this, you will require a PC, as the iPad will act as a second screen. This means that you will not be able to take your iPad anywhere and begin using Blender on it, as you need to be close to the PC that Blender is installed on.
There are a couple of apps that you can download on the iPad that will allow you to link your devices, and the ones that we have tested are Duet, Astropad, and easy canvas.
Note that these are not necessarily free apps to download. For Duet, you can download the software on your PC for free, but for the Duet App, it is currently $13.99 at the time of writing, although the free Duet air is also an option.
These apps effectively do the same thing, allowing you to use the iPad as a second screen where you can position the Blender window and then begin using the tablet for modeling in Blender.
Because it only functions as a second screen, the computer will still be doing all of the heavy lifting. The only thing you need here otherwise is a decent internet connection to continue using the tablet.
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