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Free PBR Textures Library

Blender 3D News - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 10:36

Here's a rich collection of PBR ready materials - containing all the PBR channels you need!Marco writes: This is a Library full of Free PBR Textures that will grow everyday. They are Seamless and contain all the Maps like Albedo, Reflectivity, Roughness, Normal and other maps. A single place, for all the texture you need, [...]

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A 16-part Blender workshop/course in Gistel (Belgium).

Blender 3D News - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 08:20

Alain writes: On 16/01/17 a course of 16 lessons for Blender starts at the Cervo Go (evening school) in Gistel (Belgium). When: every Monday (18h30 to 21h45) - starting on 16/01/17 (until 22/05/17). Where: Cervo Go, Callaertswalledreef 8, 8470 Gistel (Belgium) (058/41 51 61). Language: Dutch Site (Dutch): www.cervogo.be Menu: 3D Printing with Blender, Smoke-, [...]

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TED Video: The Trolley Problem

Blender 3D News - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 06:15

Eoin Duffy created this video to illustrate 'The Trolley Problem' - would you kill one person if that would save 5 others?  A short animation from Eoin Duffy for TED Ed. 90% of 3D created in Blender. Hand, brain, and bird models kindly provided by blend Swap users Super Dasil, Mahesh and Pranavjit Virdi. ABOUT [...]

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'Mechanical Blender' fork adds CAD tools to Blender

Blender 3D News - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 04:45

Mechanical Blender is a new Blender fork that aims to add CAD tools to Blender. The current features include snap tools, measurements and more. The team promises to keep their code in sync with the main Blender branch, so it should stay up to date. Jaume writes: Hi! I've uploaded new videos about mesh dimension [...]

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My favourite Blender Art on Sketchfab: 2017, week 3

Blender 3D News - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 02:05

Here's my latest overview of the best Blender work on Sketchfab this week. And remember: add the #Blender tag if you want me to find your work! siesta by SearKitchen on Sketchfab ?ommunist space ghosts Fan Art by diapasma on Sketchfab On the lake by cordy on Sketchfab g-w-3 by pzh145gmail on Sketchfab Phantom blade [...]

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Blender Developers meeting notes, January 15, 2017

Blender 3D News - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 00:22

Notes from today's 15 UTC meeting in irc.freenode.net #blendercoders. Ton writes: 1) Blender 2.79 targets The release target list is filling up. We need to confirm most targets still, depends reviews and approval by module owners. Luca Rood finished the new "Surface deform modifier". Joey Ferwerda has a Development Fund grant to work a month [...]

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UltiMaze [Pro] is a flexible maze generator [$]

Blender 3D News - Sun, 01/15/2017 - 04:37

JakeD7 writes: UltiMaze [Pro] is the one-stop solution for efficient designing and building of 3D mazes in Blender. Everything from building mazes using pre-modeled tiles to image maze creation is covered in this complete maze generation add-on. We originally developed this tool to meet a specific need in our studio for a game that is [...]

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Monocasual Laboratories updates Giada Loop Machine to v0.13.2 for Linux, Windows and OS X

Audio Freeware - Sun, 01/15/2017 - 02:06
Monocasual Laboratories release a new version of Giada inspired by Konstantīns Raudive, a guy who investigated electronic voice phenomena (EVP). The release provides MIDI learn for plugins parameters. [Read More]

Blender Sighting: Voxel Cone Tracing Paper Demonstration

Blender 3D News - Sun, 01/15/2017 - 01:33

In itself, this sighting isn't that spectacular, but I thought many readers would appreciate the topic of this video. blazer003 writes: A Youtuber named "Two Minute Papers" gives us a break down on a paper on voxel cone tracing and uses Blender to show the way that current ray tracing models such as Cycles work. [...]

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Free Blender Model: Artist's Studio Easel

Blender 3D News - Sat, 01/14/2017 - 03:10

This easel model Asterlil is the perfect attribute if you're modeling a studio or a hobby room (textures not included). This is a big easel for handling large canvases; the model is true to life. Although no image textures are included, I have marked seams on the wooden parts to make UV mapping straightforward. It [...]

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Tutorial: Create a Render Farm of Any Size

Blender 3D News - Sat, 01/14/2017 - 01:18

Moby Motion got access to a set of Mac Pros and decided to turn them into a render farm. Here's how he did it. I recently had access to the whole editing suite at The YouTube Space London, which included 5 top spec Mac Pros. The Mac Pro lineup hasn't been updated in many years [...]

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The Art of Iskander G

Blender 3D News - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 06:15

Discover the work from Iskander G from Russia. He uses a combination of Blender, Substance Painter and Marmoset Toolbag. My name is Iskander, also known as “kenprol”. Currently residing in the Russia. I am a 3D Modeler working in this field since 2010. I make a perfect and detailed low-poly game models and textures. Participated [...]

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20+ Brain-twisting GIF Artworks of Adam Pizurny

Blender 3D News - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 03:15

Gleb shares the fascinating Blender art of Adam Pizurny. People call Adam a Gif Artist. As he mentions: “No one knows what it means but it sounds cool!”. Adam explores the human perception of itself, and does it using the human body as an object matter. I find his series on the mental disorders to [...]

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Node Pong

Blender 3D News - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 23:52

Ray Mairlot writes: With the Blender Game engine probably being phased out in the not too distant future, an alternative game making experience is needed in Blender. Once again (but really for the first time), I come to the rescue and present an unoriginal, yet mind-altering game of agility, wits and literally unending fun, all [...]

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Recognizing more types of contribution in the Drupal.org Marketplace

Drupal - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 12:56

Within weeks of introducing the contribution credit system on Drupal.org we realized we had created something powerful. Like all open source projects, Drupal has a behind-the-scenes economy of contribution in which individuals, organizations, and end users work together to maintain the software as a public good. That behind-the-scenes economy was brought to the fore when we chose to rank the Drupal Marketplace by issue credits. For the first time, Drupal.org gave businesses a direct financial incentive to contribute code.  

Being good stewards of these incentives is a sobering responsibility, but also a great opportunity. We can use this system to recognize the selfless effort of our community volunteers, to reward the organizations that sponsor their employees' time to give back to the project, and to connect end-users with the organizations that are the biggest contributors.

But as we often say in this community—contribution is more than code. It is the time provided by dedicated volunteers; the talent of community organizers, documentation maintainers, and developers; and the treasure provided by organizations that sponsor Drupal events and fund the operations and infrastructure that maintain the project.

What are we changing?

We’re updating the ranking algorithm for Drupal.org’s Marketplace of service providers and list of all organizations in the Drupal ecosystem. We've expanded on the issue credit system to create a more generic contribution credit system which lets us recognize more types of contribution. Each type of contribution is now weighted to give the organization an overall amount of contribution credit. We've built this system so that we can continuously evolve the incentives it creates by adjusting the weight given to each type of contribution as the project's needs change. To prevent gaming, we will not be publishing the exact weights or total contribution score, but those weights have been reviewed by the Association Board and Community Working Group.

We've carefully chosen a few new types of contribution to factor into the ranking. These were selected because they create incentives to reach specific goals: encouraging organizations to sponsor development of Drupal, gathering more Drupal 8 success stories that can be used to promote Drupal adoption, and recognizing the financial contributions that promote the fiscal health of the Drupal association.

We now calculate the following 4 types of contribution into overall contribution credit:

What about other types of contribution?

Of course, these new factors still don't include all types of contribution. This iteration aims to add measurable factors that reward the behavior of organizations that are good Drupal citizens, and incentivize some of the most important contributions that have a big impact in moving the project forward. But there are other factors we'd like to include in the future! We're keeping track of these additional kinds of contribution, such as sponsoring local user groups, organizing training days, writing documentation, and more, in this issue: #2649100: Improve contribution statistics on user and organization profiles.

There are two factors in particular that we are not yet including that we'd like to address.

The first is project application reviews. These reviews are a critical part of the lifecycle of a new project on Drupal.org, but because we are making the Project Application Revamp a key priority for the first part of 2017, this was not our focus in this initial update. We may revisit this factor as the Project Application Revamp initiative gets underway.

The second is camp organization. We know that there are many individuals and organizations who invest heavily in Drupal Camps, and this has been a critical part of the project's success. However, at this time our data about the individuals and organizations who participate in camp organization is purely self-reported, and therefore too vulnerable to manipulation to include in the algorithm at this time. In the future we hope we can find a responsible way to measure and credit this kind of contribution.

We’ll continue to look for other good factors to add, and do our best to weigh them fairly.

How often will the algorithm change? Who governs these changes?

As this is our first major change to the marketplace ranking system since the launch of issue credits, we may need to make some small adjustments in the first weeks following the launch. However, we know that too frequent changes to the incentive structure will be frustrating for the individuals and organizations who are contributing to the project. Therefore, after the initial tuning we intend to update the marketplace ranking system on a roughly 6 month cycle.

While the primary responsibility to manage the contribution credit system is ours, we have committed to vetting these and future changes with members of the Drupal Association Board and Community Working Group.

Modeling Rope with the Modifier Stack

Blender 3D News - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 12:30

This tutorial may be a little fast in places and it doesn't contain any audio commentary, but the result is so good that I wanted to share it with you. toki46 writes: In this tutorial, I am using modifier stack to model rope base shape, which can then be populated with various Bezier Curve shape [...]

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Add-on: Documen documents your .blend files [$]

Blender 3D News - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 08:20

John Roper's new add-on generates extensive HTML documentation for your .blend files. Hi guys, I just wanted to show you my new addon on the Blender Market, Documen. Documen allows you to export information about your .blend file to an understandable, mobile-responsive HTML file. This helps you to quickly and easily review your files wherever [...]

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eXtream Software Development releases Audio Evolution Mobile Studio for iPad

Audio Freeware - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 07:48
eXtream Software Development has released an iOS version of their multitrack studio app, Audio Evolution Mobile. Its popular Android version has been ported to run on all iPads running iOS 8 [Read More]

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Aaron Winborn Award

Drupal - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 06:27

The Drupal Community Working Group is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2017 Aaron Winborn Award are now open. This annual award recognizes an individual who demonstrates personal integrity, kindness, and above-and-beyond commitment to the Drupal community. It will include a scholarship and stipend to attend DrupalCon and recognition in a plenary session at the event.

Nominations are open to not only well-known Drupal contributors, but also people who have made a big impact in their local or regional community. If you know of someone who has made a big difference to any number of people in our community, we want to hear about it.

This award was created in honor of long-time Drupal contributor Aaron Winborn, whose battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) (also referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease) came to an end on March 24, 2015. Based on a suggestion by Hans Riemenschneider, the Community Working Group, with the support of the Drupal Association, launched the Aaron Winborn Award.

Nominations are open until March 1, 2017. A committee consisting of the Community Working Group members and past award winners will select a winner from the submissions. Members of this committee and previous winners are exempt from winning the award.

Previous winners of the award are:

*  2015: Cathy Theys  
*  2016: Gábor Hojtsy  

If you know someone amazing who should benefit from this award please nominate them at https://www.drupal.org/aaron-winborn-award

Short movie: Sects

Blender 3D News - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 04:05

An indictment of the ambiguity of the monotheistic religious discourse and fanatical excesses which it is responsible. Jean-Pierre Brachet presents his one-man short movie project. What do you think of the result? After six years of self-taught training on Blender, this film is my first production of which I am quite satisfied. That is why [...]

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