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Thursday, December 30, 2010

News: Blender 2.56 Beta is Officially Released

The Blender Foundation and online developer community is proud to present Blender 2.56 Beta. This release is the fourth official beta release of the Blender 2.5 series, representing the culmination of many years of redesign and development work.

This version is called a "Beta" because it's now for the most part feature complete. The Python API has had some extensive changes, most notably in naming conventions and in creation and access of properties.

Since Blender 2.55 beta over 440 bugs were fixed!

IMPORTANT: Between 2.53 and 2.56 an extensive renaming operation has changed the scripting API a lot, with repercussions also for loading 2.53 .blends with animation into 2.56. Make sure you try the FCurve/Driver 2.54 fix entry from the Help menu.

Get Blender 2.56 Beta...

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

News: BlenderNewbies Blender 2.5 Training DVDs Update

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Things are coming along with the completion of the DVDs. I suffered a few setbacks that caused some delays, but things are back on track.

The pre-order discount will end on Thursday, December 23rd.

For the Pre-Order customers only, I'm providing download links for groups of the video tutorials from the DVDs, starting near the "beginning" of the tutorial content (QuickStart section). So, you can begin receiving tutorials as soon as possible (within 24 hours).

I'll be providing new links to the DVD content about every other day until the actual DVDs are ready for shipping.

Each link in the group will be to single videos so you won't have to download huge files.

The interface, for the content linked to, isn't the same as the final DVD interface, but the videos are the same. This saves me some time in getting them setup. Videos like the QuickStart tutorials are at a resolution of 800x450, while the more involved tutorials are at 1280x720. However, the smaller videos have zoom effects to make it easier to see the key areas of focus. This approach has allowed me to pack more content onto the DVDs.

Thanks, everyone, for the patience! And, I look forward to finishing this project as soon as possible.


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Friday, December 03, 2010

News: All Blender Foundation Recordings from Blender Conference 2010

From the tonroosendaal twitter:

All main theatre recordings from Blender Conference are now online. Thanks to Jaap Harders for adding/editing saturday!

Blender Conference 2010 videos (brought to you by the Blender Foundation)...

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

News: Blender 2.5 Animesh Addon Test

Simple test animating the vertices of a uvsphere. Some object Location and Rotation keys were added to the keyed vertices. This was a no-Hook and no-ShapeKey experience, and very fast to achieve!

Thanks to Daniel Salazar (aka ZanQdo) and Campbell Barton (aka ideasman42).

The python script can be found at:
BlenderArtists Forum Thread...

To test:

  • Use a recent build from
  • Go to the script link provided, and save the page as a python file. (In Firefox, File, Save As...)
  • In the Blender Addons panel, click Install Addon, and locate the python file.
  • The installed Addon will be under Animation. Enable it via the checkbox.

'location': 'Select a Mesh: Toolbar > AniMesh panel',
'description': 'Allows animation of mesh data (Verts, VCols, VGroups, UVs)',
'warning': 'Blender API has some bugs around this still',

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