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Thursday, April 22, 2010

News: 2.5 DVD Update

Hello there! It's been a while since my last post!

I've been busily working on the BlenderNewbies 2.5 DVD. I've gotten a lot of Reference videos recorded and have been able to draft out some cool project ideas. However, I've come to realize that 2.5 isn't quite ready for solid documentation. It's still Alpha software so, no surprise there!

More info on Blender 2.5 development...

I had hoped that my waiting so long before starting the dvd project would have me be more in line with the development cycle. But, Blender is constantly changing at this point and I can see that some of my Reference videos will have to be redone. It's no problem, though, because all of the videos that have been recorded are still in their unedited state to help minimize the amount of double work.

I must say that the developers are doing an incredible job and every day Blender grows stronger and more stable. It's just not strong and stable enough, yet. Most of the development is focused on supporting the Sintel Open Movie project so a lot of features and issues aren't a top priority at this point.

So, my initial dvd release date of May 7th cannot be met. I don't want to release a dvd based on Alpha software, and maybe not even Beta software. I want this dvd package to be as strong and reliable as possible. I apologize for any delays, but I'm sure you understand. The good news is that this allows me to refine things even more and produce a better learning resource!

I'll keep the 5% discount in effect until the dvd is released. Thanks again to all of the pre-orders as they have made my continuing efforts possible. If you're interested in the dvd, please consider ordering while the 5% discount is in effect.

Also, I'll be creating some short tutorials to help breathe some life into the site. I've had a bit of tunnel vision while focusing on the dvd to the point where I almost forgot I have a website! D'oh!

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comeinandburn said...

I for one appreciate that you're not rushing to get this out, it makes no sense if Blender 2.5 isn't ready. I'm sure everyone is grateful to be updated on your progress.

I look forward to some tutorials in the meantime.


artandlogic said...

I'm with you on this one... I started my latest Blender video with 2.5 ("Blender and SecondLife", released yesterday!), but after encountering too many alpha issues, I went back and did it in 2.49b (which was blissfully stable). I'm looking forward to your DVD, it sounds like it will be a good one!

Tobey said...

Thanks for the news Kernon, I believe the wait will be well worth it and conceive this procrastination in a positive way. Better make it good than hastened.

Kernon Dillon said...

Thanks for understanding! I'm chomping at the bit, but there are still a few things that just aren't stable enough (and other things that are very likely to change considerably).

I have switched to doing tutorials for 2.5 now, so hopefully that will help make the delay less troublesome.

The DVD will still contain unreleased content, though. So, you won't see the same tutorials on the blog copied to the DVD (IMO, diminishing the value of the DVD's content).


greg p said...

I am much preferring to use 2.49 anytime, i run into various problems on 2.5, usually getting lost in the interface, or alternately-crashing! The 2.5 training dvd sounds like a winner in my circumstance, can't wait to see it, thanks for your great tuts.

Anonymous said...

I must have missed the DVD tutorial I ordered isnt being sent yet?? Or did I just not recieve one. Sorry if this has already been addressed.


Kernon Dillon said...

I'll need some more info on your order (which dvd was ordered, name and email address). Send it to: support at blendernewbies dot com.

Also, be sure to check your junk mail folder for an email sent from the one mentioned above.


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