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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

News: UpComing Book Review for "Blender 2.49 Scripting"

A new Blender book has just been released by Packt Publishing called "Blender 2.49 Scripting" (by Michel J. Anders). I'll be reviewing the book after I receive it and have had time to read through it.

I was a little bit hesitant at first because its focus is on Blender 2.49. However, when you consider that the Blender 2.5/2.6 Python API has quite a ways to go before it's as good as the Blender 2.49 implementation, it may be more practical to get up to speed with Blender 2.49 Python scripting.

There's a great deal of extra power and control that can be introduced into Blender via Python scripting and it's nice to see a book dedicated to the subject. I'm sure there will be an edition released for Blender 2.5/2.6 once it becomes stabilized.

Here's a sample chapter from the book "Chapter 5: Acting on Frame Changes"

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John R. Nyquist said...

You're right, Kernon. with the 2.5 APIs still in flux, 2.49b scripting is a practical approach for serious production.

I bought the eBook version of this book from the Packt site (they had a very good deal) and learned new things in the first hour of reading it.

Anyone interesting in automating or extending Blender ought to check it out.

PixelFractor said...

I am curious to see your impression of the book. I bought a book on architectural modeling in Blender from Packt and was very disappointed. Less than 5% of the book was about architectural modeling. The rest was just general Blender info. Their idea of "scenery" was a clunky chair and sofa tutorial.
There were no .blend files available for the book.

john_r_nyquist said...

So far, this book is very good, it does not shy away from the tough stuff. And the author is responsive! (not the case with many titles). I have two other Packt Blender books and the print quality is poor (looks like a laser printer printed it). This book I bought as an eBook and it looks good (and saved money). The files are on the website if you buy the book. It's nice, the author has a README in each chapter's directory.

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