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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

News: The Blender Browser Toolbar


I've been trying to think of ways to make it easier to find the Blender information you need. I believe I've come up with one way that will certainly make a difference. It's a browser toolbar that includes some features that definitely add some convenience and efficiency to your quest for Blender information.

I'm sure you've already noticed the link and I decided to create a video demonstration of the toolbar and its features. This tool is definitely a work-in-progress so, any comments or suggestions will be appreciated. One thing that I'm considering is using the toolbar's messaging features to broadcast Blender tips.

Anyway, I use the toolbar quite a bit as it saves me a lot of time while researching Blender-related info and I hope that you'll find it useful as well.

NOTE: I decided to change the toolbar's main logo and link to be Blender instead of BlenderNewbies. I think that has more of a community appeal than having my logo stamped on it.

Here's an 8-minute video demonstrating the original features of the toolbar. (New content is always being added).

You can use this link to go to the toolbar's installation page:

Be sure to check the BlenderNewbies Forums for a log of the Toolbar's content management.

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Trip Eight said...

Very cool, Kernon!

Kernon Dillon said...

Thanks! It's a 30DC idea.

However, I'm seriously thinking about changing it to the "Blender" Community Toolbar. I don't how much appeal it has with my logo on it. Hmmm...

I think the best feature of it is the community-wide search. It saves a LOT of time and it's nice that it's always available. Great for research.

Trip Eight said...

I thought it looked a little like the TDC toolbar, which has some of the same functionality. Personally I liked the BlenderNewbies logo! But I understand your wanting to make it more general.

I'm behind in 30DC, hoping to catch up this weekend. I have a somewhat important side job to work on that's going to leave my spare time unspare. Still I'm expecting to be able to apply much of what I learn (excepting pink thongs) but I'm not going to be able to immerse myself as much as I wanted.

Still I expect to learn a ton and am looking forward to my catching up time this weekend.

Anonymous said...

OH NO!!!!!

The bar is for Windows only?! What about us Linux folks hmm???


Kernon Dillon said...

I didn't forget about the Linux users :).

It will run fine in Firefox with the exception of the Radio feature (which requires the Windows Media Player).

Check it out.

It's a WIP so, I'm adding content as I go.

Anonymous said...

OK I will check it out thanks!

Unknown said...

Hm, I get only blank toolbar in Firefox. I would use that community-wide search a lot... If I could make that damn thing to work :(

Kernon Dillon said...

It should be working fine. Do you have an older version of Firefox? Have you checked for any conflicting Firefox preferences?

Let me know. Thanks!

Nixon said...

Hey Mr. Dillon,

i just found out that this cool toolbar is around,
its certainly a great shortcut to lots of subjects on blender.
Thanks so much for all the passion you put into blender and its community!!!
Much appreciation and regards


Kernon Dillon said...


Ira Krakow said...

I posted a Youtube video describing the toolbar.

I hope this encourages even more people to use your fantastic toolbar.

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