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Blender, the open source software for 3D modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback.

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Version:2.71 History
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2.71 (June 26, 2014)


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Blender 2.71 Release Notes

The Blender Foundation and online developer community is proud to present Blender 2.71. Much awaited new features for Cycles renderer include deformation motion blur, fire/smoke and volume rendering and a baking API. User interface now allows for draggable popups and resizable preview widgets. Animation has new interpolation types with “easing equations” presets. Modeling now allows to “split normals” and Sculpting/Painting has new HSL color wheel and constant detail in dyntopo. Game development now allows deactivating logic bricks, multi-threaded animations, cast only materials and “unlimited” action layers. Freestyle NPR rendering has a new textured strokes feature, along with line sorting options.

Cycles Rendering
Blender-2.71-cycles-smoke.png
Cycles now includes support for rendering volume textures, fire and smoke, deformation motion blur, baking textures from cycles materials, more texture interpolation modes and a dedicated UV layer node.
Animation
271-fcurve easing equations.png
More easing equations added to the IPO editor for better animation control, locking time to other windows is again possible, auto snapping is now independent from display type.

The user interface now offers more feedback, especially on errors, updates driver expressions automatically on editing, includes more icons and offers more editing tools.

New tools also include lasso selection support, non-linked duplication for strips, and setting preview range based on selected strips.

Modelling
Release 271 split.png
The new per-face normals feature allows blender to display and export sharp edges correctly without geometry duplication.

In addition, selection tools offer more options.

Sculpting/Painting
Sculpt constand detail.png
New features include a HSL color wheel for color selection and tools to handle homogenous density in dynamic topology sculpting.

Dyntopo and matcap display for sculpt mode have also had performance optimizations.
Game Engine
Deactivate-Logic-Brick.png
UI to deactivate logic bricks, multi-threaded animations, shadows-only materials and more action layers are among the new features for the game engine

Freestyle NPR Rendering
Rim sketch.jpg
Freestyle has been upgraded with textured stroke support. Textured stroke support makes it possible to apply patterns to the lines and simulate rough surfaces or different kinds of brush tips for the strokes themselves.

Line sorting also gives artists more control over the order of line drawing

User Interface
2.71 new brush previews release.png
Interface features include new icons for texture painting, resizeable preview widgets and draggable popups.

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This is an exciting time, with the new-vamped Blender 2.5 currently under strong development. The alpha version is already very solid (try the latest build from graphicall.org - the "official" 2.5 alpha 2 on the Blender site, hmm, maybe not so stable). It's the perfect opportunity to get your feet wet with this marvellous and fun app, in readiness for the looming production-ready version 2.6. Start with basic 3D modeling, then to animating those models, then you can learn the video sequence editor (built-in NLE!) and even the built-in game engine! It's a powerful and actively-developed work of software art, I can only urge you to jump onboard and bring your dreams alive! I gave it a 10 for ease of use, not because it's easy (there is a considerable learning curve), but because once you've got your foot in the door, you begin to realise just how brilliantly-designed and fun this thing is! Congrats to the Blender Foundation (send 'em donations!). I've linked some guides (applicable to 2.5) that I can recommend for noobs to ease them gently into Blender. Happy blending!


Posted June 11, 2010 by . Tool version 2.52.5 r29387 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10
Guides: Getting Started With Blender 2.5 - http://www.mediafire.com/?yjjnj3ydzzy Blender 2.5 Guide - http://www.hamsterking.com/?q=node/9 Super3boy's video tutorials - Part 1 (Basics) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BwptkZCWwU Part 2 (Objects) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XloEwL0H5lw Part 3 (Subsurf) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxbV_-jRpjQ Part 4 (Editing) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL-cYoTQI4Q Blender 3D Design Course - http://gryllus.net/Blender/3D.html BlenderCookie's Getting Started With Blender - http://www.blendercookie.com/getting-started-with-blender/


I have tried all of the various "Personal Learning" versions of the major 3D packages, and I have to say that Blender can stand up to all of them any day. And it does it without being hobbled by resolution limitations or watermarks on your images.

The only thing that I don't like about it is that it does not seem to have a readily-apparent way to get the conventional 4-view setup that other packages have. Other than that, I really have no complaints. I use it primarily in Linux, and it's very fast. I can run it with ease, while Houdini Apprentice crashes my Linux system and wheezes hard in Vista.

I'll keep using Blender there until Lightwave shows up in Linux, and probably even beyond that. Even if they charged $100 for it, it's still a bargain. Fortunately, they don't.



Posted October 23, 2008 by . Tool version 2.48 using OS Vista
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


Just started using this wonderful software. Looks very promising. Open source just doesnt get better than this.. !!!


Posted September 25, 2007 by . Tool version 2.45 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10
Guides: http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Manual

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