I've been learning DirectX, and overall, I'm really happy, it's not to hard and i can do tons of stuff. Now that I'm on more advanced things like meshes, i've run into a couple questions that i needed answering.

1. What is a good free program for making meshes? (One that isn't blender; sorry, but I'm a 3D noob :()
2. Can you use .obj files in DirectX, and if so, how? I have a great program, but it won't spit out .x files

I hope you people can help me :)