Media Technology News

New Try Drupal Program

Drupal - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 09:38

One of the Drupal Association's primary missions is to grow the adoption of Drupal. We are about to launch a new program on April 15th called Try Drupal. The program will make it easy and fast for evaluators to try Drupal and have a simple, great experience while on

We’ve created Try Drupal with our Premium Hosting Supporters to make it easier for CMS evaluators and newcomers to test and work with a Drupal demo site. The Program will showcase a selection of Hosting Companies where a new user can quickly (in less than 20 minutes) sign up and have a Drupal demo site up and running for them to use for free.

This is part of the Drupal Association’s initiative to develop a new revenue stream through advertising programs on This revenue will help fund various site initiatives by the Association to improve performance, and make it easier to use and more secure. After interviewing many members of the community, we determined that new advertising products should be useful to visitors, support our mission to grow the adoption of Drupal, and should not interfere with visitors contributing to the project.

To ensure a positive Drupal experience, partners need to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Users are directed to a self-serve sign up platform
  • Users can create a free account for the demo site that accommodates a trial installation of Drupal 7 or 8
  • Users can create a website in 20 minutes or less
  • The demo site should be available to the user for a minimum of one day upon sign up
  • The partner cannot include a paywall or require a credit card upon sign up

The Try Drupal program will be featured on the homepage of It will launch with a larger iterative change to the homepage, with an emphasis on helping users move from newcomer, to learner, to skilled Drupal community members.

It’s important that we fund improvements, and that we do so in a responsible way that respects the community. We anticipate rolling out more key advertising programs throughout 2015, stay tuned for more updates. Thanks for taking the time to read about our initiatives, and please tell us your thoughts!

Commercial: Captain Pelmeni

Blender 3D News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 02:59
Very nice visuals and animation in this commercial by studio Scandinava. Nikolay Popov writes: Hey there! The company, in which I work uses different software. But I'm doing my job in a blender. In this project I made dumplings and one shot with a hand captain. Modeling, texturing, rendering done in Blender with Cycles. Detailed description [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

The Dusty Attic

Blender 3D News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 01:05
This scene is an illustration for Gleb's latest tutorial on atmospheric lighting. This render is my attempt at capturing the mood of the dusty attic, by using volume lights. I think that when you are creating old abandoned interiors, dust in the air is a key to believable image. These tiny particles, that catch the [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Shader tutorial: Old Copper

Blender 3D News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 22:48
Learn how to create corroded copped, or just download the material. Anthony Pilon writes: Tutorial for a corroded copper material, with downloadable shader and test model (The tutorial uses Happy Buddha, but the version on BlenSswap has one I sculpted myself) I take a quick look at the scene setup for a product-type render, then [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Blender Game Engine: "That Rock Paper Scissor Game!"

Blender 3D News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 12:51
"Rock Paper Scissors" is a new take on the old game, built in an arcade setting using the Blender Game Engine. Tony Powell writes: Hey hey Everyone! i just wanted to share some news about a new way of player Rock, Paper, Scissor(RPS)! "That Rock Paper Scissor Game!" (TRPSGAME) takes the core mechanics of RPS [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Cycles Demoreel 2015 - Call for Content

Blender 3D News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 08:45
Thomas Dinges is compiling a new Cycles Demoreel again (see the one from last year here) and he's asking for good videos and stills. The deadline is April 17th, so you have a little over a week left.
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Fluid Designer 2015 R2 Released

Blender 3D News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 06:23
Fluid Designer is now available for Windows, Mac and Linux! Andrew Peel writes: We have just released a New Version of Fluid Designer based on Blender 2.74. We have separated all of the functionality that we have been developing into several add-ons that give you the ability to maintain your own assets. The new features [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation


Blender 3D News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 03:50
By Kristaps Emsins. Is it CG or not? It is! :)
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

No Film Fund Money for Gooseberry

Blender 3D News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 01:40
The Dutch Film Fund has declined a grant to the Gooseberry project. As a result, they're now going for the short movie scenario: the first 'World' of the story will be released in July. We’ve always worked with two scenarios – the bigger one with Film Fund support – and a smaller one based on [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

How to animate a Nebula

Blender 3D News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 23:30
Johannes Steidele writes: Hey there everybody, Here's our 2nd tutorial, and it's about Space Nebulae! Everybody loves these I guess, and therefore it was time to do a tuto on how to make these spectacular Hubble Space Telescope Images come to life. We would also love to see what you were able to come up [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation


Blender 3D News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 14:30
A fascinating science fiction scene by Joshercrab. "Sometimes, with a bit of luck, the fire fruit grows from the ancient bulbs, transforming one part of the wasteland into an oasis… The gnut-kha will harvest this year." Hi folks, I would gladly recive your critiques, opinion, or wathever you like to say about my work or [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Tutorial: Creating a Realistic Flower

Blender 3D News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:23
JuiceBoy42 writes: So today I've made a test on how to do flowers fairly easy and put together a video sharing some of my experiences
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Font preview available in Blender 2.75

Blender 3D News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:29
A new feature will allow you to preview your font folders. Thomas Beck writes: Hi Blender girls & guys! I'm very proud to report that our development efforts towards giving Blender font preview capabilities has finally made it into the Blender 2.75 development version. Developed while being at coding holidays (and skiing a bit ;) [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

WhoBlend: When I hit render animation button

Blender 3D News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 07:25
It's time for your dose of Blender crazy! More on WhoBlend :)
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

How To Make Human Characters Using Makehuman For Blender 2.74

Blender 3D News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 05:15
Learn how to create Make Human figures and import them into Blender. Alimayo Arango writes: This video shows the basic of customizing a character in make human such as adjusting different proportions of the character. Adjusting the size, age and proportions of the make human character are also shown. This video also shows how bring [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

BPB and SzcZ release Free "Game Boy Drum Kit" For Kontakt And SFZ

Audio Freeware - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 04:16
Bedroom Producers Blog and SzcZ have released Game Boy Drum Kit, a free drum sample pack featuring the sounds of a black Nintendo Game Boy running LSDJ software. The pack contains 64 unprocessed [Read More]

Gooseberry Weekly #33: April 3, 2015

Blender 3D News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 02:54
Join the Gooseberry team for their latest project update! Elysia writes: Yesterday was a holiday here in the Netherlands, so your weekly highlights reel is a day later than usual… But here it is! Check out the full weekly livecast here, and then head on to the highlights for a more in-depth look at last [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Manual Camera Projection

Blender 3D News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 00:45
Light BWK presents a tutorial on the camera projection technique which will allow you to reconstruct (part of) a 3D scene from a still image. I love the format of his tutorial! Camera projection is a fun part of 3D. My absolute favorite is camera project a photo of real location, build the 3D mesh, [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Plughugger releases free drum expansion for Fxpansion Geist

Audio Freeware - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 23:53
Plughugger has released Attack808 for Fxpansion Geist. Attack808 is a free audio library made from the 808 drum kit in the Waldorf RackAttack drum synthesizer. To make things a little more interesting, [Read More]

How you can Support Blendernation

Blender 3D News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 13:00
Running BlenderNation takes a lot of time and energy,and I need to make a some money to keep doing it. If you enjoy BlenderNation and you think it’s a valuable resource to the Blender community, then please take a moment to read how you can support me financially and ensure I can keep publishing Blender [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation