ShapeScript 4+

Text-based 3D modeling tool

Charcoal Design

    • 4.2 • 12 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



ShapeScript is a 3D modeling program for people who don’t like 3D modeling programs.

Instead of dragging polygons and vertices around in a GUI, ShapeScript lets you define your models precisely using code. No artistic skills are required - ShapeScript does all the drawing for you.

The ShapeScript app includes a parser for a simple language (also called “ShapeScript”). ShapeScript (the language) is a cross between a markup language and a programming language.

You don’t need to be a programmer to use ShapeScript. If you have ever worked with any kind of structured text like JSON or HTML then it should come naturally. But if you do have experience with programming, then you can apply those skills to create even more complex models by using loops, functions and variables to procedurally generate geometry.

What’s New

Version 1.11.4

• Export — Added SVG export.
• Syntax — Added "in" operator for testing if a value lies within a tuple or range.
• Syntax — Negative subscript indices can now be used to access elements at the end of a list.

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Hasan&Laura ,

Getting better

I was caught off gaurd by the need for an external editor.

The developer has added several useful tools.
In the meantime the state of the art has changed, and I now have a tool that completly replaces my need for this. It is much more expensive, so if I am looking to have a good tutorial and a commercial product this is a reasonable choice that the developer is making better.

Overall I decided it was not worth paying, so I can't say how well the export feature works.

If the developer makes the edit experience more user friendly I would consider paying to be able to export.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the feedback! Many of your feature requests have now been implemented, including axis display, different camera options and background color/image.

CaraQuinn ,

This app is a Godsend!

As a visually impaired (blind) software engineer and designer, this app rocks my world and is an unbelievable find! After going through a vast amount of CAD apps which were completely inaccessible to me (even preventing me from defining the simplest shapes) Finding Shape Script has changed my world! :) This is quite literally one of the best and most useful apps I've downloaded. Thank you so much to your team for all your efforts in creating this! You rock! :)

ihhecgijhedfu ,

Straightforward, but makes complex things possible

I'm useless at traditional 3D modelling, but after a little bit of exploration I've found I can do quite complex things in a straightforward fashion. And since the source files are just text, I can keep them under source control and just revert when I inevitably muck something up. As a bonus, it's a well-behaved Mac app, comes with great help documentation and Nick is very responsive to support emails.

App Privacy

The developer, Charcoal Design, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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