Media Technology News

Open-Source Smoke FX Tutorial

Blender 3D News - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 06:10

BlackhartFilms writes: Big channels like Freddiew, WrenTheReaper, and Corridor Digital have created short films for YouTube with amazing VFX. One of my all time favourite effects was the Harry Potter deatheater smoke Apparition; but these big channels have always used the expensive FumeFX plugin for 3DS Max and Maya in order to accomplish the effect. [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Image: Dessert

Blender 3D News - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 02:05

Jean-Marie Rudent's Dessert looks delicious. Super nice work on the shaders!

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Blender 4 Girls Summer camp event

Blender 3D News - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 00:00

mdewanchand writes: Thursday 21st of July there will be another Blender summer camp event for girls. Join us @The Oerknal, Science Park Amsterdam. The Blender workshop are starting at 13:00. Hope to see you there!

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Karoryfer and bigcat update free cello and Meatbass sample libraries

Audio Freeware - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 07:44
Karoryfer Samples and bigcat instruments have updated the Karoryfer x bigcat cello sample library to version 2.0. Karoryfer have also updated the Meatbass double bass library to version 2.0. [Read More]

Drupal 8.1.7 released

Drupal - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 07:00

Drupal 8.1.7, a maintenance release which contains fixes for security vulnerabilities, is now available for download.

See the Drupal 8.1.7 release notes for further information.

Download Drupal 8.1.7

Upgrading your existing Drupal 8 sites is strongly recommended. There are no new features nor non-security-related bug fixes in this release. For more information about the Drupal 8.1.x release series, consult the Drupal 8 overview.

Security information

We have a security announcement mailing list and a history of all security advisories, as well as an RSS feed with the most recent security advisories. We strongly advise Drupal administrators to sign up for the list.

Drupal 8 includes the built-in Update Manager module, which informs you about important updates to your modules and themes.

Bug reports

Drupal 8.1.x is actively maintained, so more maintenance releases will be made available, according to our monthly release cycle.

Change log

Drupal 8.1.7 is a security release only. For more details, see the 8.1.7 release notes. A complete list of all changes in the stable 8.1.x branch can be found in the git commit log.

Security vulnerabilities

Drupal 8.1.7 was released in response to the discovery of security vulnerabilities. Details can be found in the official security advisories:

To fix the security problem, please upgrade to Drupal 8.1.7.

Update notes

See the 8.1.7 release notes for details on important changes in this release.

Known issues

See the 8.1.7 release notes for known issues.

Drupal Core - Highly Critical - Injection - SA-CORE-2016-003

Drupal - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 06:53

Drupal 8 uses the third-party PHP library Guzzle for making server-side HTTP requests. An attacker can provide a proxy server that Guzzle will use. The details of this are explained at

CVE identifier(s) issued
  • CVE-2016-5385
Versions affected
  • Drupal core 8.x versions prior to 8.1.7

Install the latest version:

  • If you use Drupal 8.x, upgrade to Drupal core 8.1.7
  • If you use Drupal 7.x, Drupal core is not affected. However you should consider using the mitigation steps at since you might have modules or other software on your server affected by this issue. For example, sites using Apache can add the following code to .htaccess:
    <IfModule mod_headers.c> RequestHeader unset Proxy </IfModule>

We also suggest mitigating it as described here:

Also see the Drupal core project page.

What if I am running Drupal core 8.0.x?

Drupal core 8.0.x is no longer supported. Update to 8.1.7 to get the latest security and bug fixes.

Why is this being released Monday rather than Wednesday?

The Drupal Security Team usually releases Security Advisories on Wednesdays. However, this vulnerability affects more than Drupal, and the authors of Guzzle and reporters of the issue coordinated to make it public Monday. Therefore, we are issuing a core release to update to the secure version of Guzzle today.

Contact and More Information

The Drupal security team can be reached at security at or via the contact form at

Learn more about the Drupal Security team and their policies, writing secure code for Drupal, and securing your site.

Follow the Drupal Security Team on Twitter at

Front page news: Planet DrupalDrupal version: Drupal 8.x

The Deserters by Julian Santiago

Blender 3D News - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 05:10

Take your time, look at all the superb renders Julian created. When a still image calls out to your curiosity, you know it has soul. They look like stills from a short film, each filled with a story to tell. Link  

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Short Film: Before It's Too Late

Blender 3D News - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 00:00

Sebastian Zapata writes: Hi there! I wanted to share this short film I made with Blender and also an article and breakdown showing some tips about lighting and rendering. There are also more shots in the link. Cheers! Seb.

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Blender developers meeting notes - July 17th 2016

Blender 3D News - Sun, 07/17/2016 - 11:00

Here are the notes from today's meeting in #blendercoders. 1) Planning for next release Proposal: target on end of August for the 2.78 RC. Planning and release targets were updated here in wiki. Brecht van Lommel will check status of Microdisplacement with Mai Lavelle. It is still a candidate but it's tight. We need [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Drupal 8.x core release on Monday -- PSA-2016-002

Drupal - Sun, 07/17/2016 - 09:54
  • Advisory ID: DRUPAL-PSA-2016-002
  • Project: Drupal
  • Version: 8.x
  • Date: 2016-July-17
  • Security risk: TBD
  • Vulnerability: TBD

We will be doing a Drupal 8 core patch release on Monday, July 18th. This will occur between 14:15 UTC and 19:00 UTC.

There will not be a Drupal 7 release during this window.

Why is this release being issued?

The Drupal security team has learned that a third-party Drupal 8 dependency will be making a security release on Monday, July 18th and in accordance we will be making a Drupal 8 release soon after. We will not disclose details of the third-party update in advance of that release and cannot respond to requests for further information. This security release is for the dependency only and does not affect Drupal 7 sites. Other mitigating factors will be included with our published SA.

What about the regularly scheduled release window on Wednesday, July 20?

We are moving the regularly scheduled window two days earlier to provide the third-party dependency update, so this replaces that window.

There will not be another core release on Wednesday, July 20th.

Contact and More Information

The Drupal security team can be reached at security at or via the contact form at

Learn more about the Drupal Security team and their policies, writing secure code for Drupal, and securing your site.

Follow the Drupal Security Team on Twitter at

Drupal version: Drupal 8.x

Cerberus Audio updates free Ice9 Automute to v1.1 - Increased threshold range

Audio Freeware - Sun, 07/17/2016 - 08:37
Cerberus Audio have upgraded their free utility plug-in Ice9 Automute to version 1.1. This update features an increased threshold range for matching levels commonly used with digital/analog hybrid [Read More]

Pokemon! by Igortnt

Blender 3D News - Sun, 07/17/2016 - 00:00

Gotta catch 'em all! With all the hype of Pokémon Go and the endless hilarious jokes going on the net, this poké ball render caught my interest instantly! Not to say the render itself isn't impressive, I absolutely love the metallic look and the powerful reds present in the image. Link

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Adam Monroe Music releases Free Tremolo Plug-in For Windows and Mac

Audio Freeware - Sat, 07/16/2016 - 16:00
Adam Monroe Music has released Adam Monroe's Tremolo, a free vst/au plugin for Windows and OS X. Conceived as a companion piece to Adam Monroe's Mark 73, the plugin features standard amplitude [Read More]

Magnum Like Ice Cream by Szymon Styrczula

Blender 3D News - Sat, 07/16/2016 - 11:30

Ever since I came back from the hot summer of Barcelona I've been craving ice cream, and this render made my cravings even worse! Delicious looking render. Link

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation


Blender 3D News - Sat, 07/16/2016 - 04:10

Roman Chumak writes: Hi! Here's a model I made for production of an actual object using CNC.. Here are some tips related to this model: I made the floral part as a relief on flat surface, then bent it with curve from profile, then extruded back and these vertices shrinkwraped to a plane.. And the [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Tutorial: Space

Blender 3D News - Sat, 07/16/2016 - 00:00

BlendMaster writes: Hey Everyone! In this video, we will go over how to create a cool space image inside of Blender. Keep in mind that we are not creating a 3D environment. We are simply creating a 2D image of space, utilizing the compositor to put everything together. Following these steps, you will be able [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Entering vacation mode

Blender 3D News - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 23:00

Hey folks! It's time for me to unwind a little and I'm on my way to the lovely Drôme region in France for 3 weeks of vacation. News will continue, albeit probably in a somewhat lower frequency. Enjoy the summer!

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Python workshop for High School Students with Blender

Blender 3D News - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 09:23

mdewanchand writes: The PyLadies Bangalore are organising a Python Programming workshop for high school students. In this workshop the students will be using Blender to for learning Python, using the PyMove3D tutorial. See our website for the tutorial.

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Blender Meetup in London, July 29

Blender 3D News - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 08:20

Alex Saplacan writes: Coming up by the end of the month another Blender Meetup in London. Join us for meeting other Blender users, learn or share your experience. One presentation confirmed, Jonathan Lax from Gecko Animation studios will talk about product visualisation, more about his work here. We have also a contest running so is [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

What’s new on - June 2016

Drupal - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 08:20

Read our Roadmap to understand how this work falls into priorities set by the Drupal Association with direction and collaboration from the Board and community.

In June the Drupal Association had our annual staff retreat, where the remote team members joined the Portland, OR team for a three day retreat. This year's retreat was particularly important as we found our feet as a smaller, leaner team, and focused on our organizational roadmap for the next twelve months.

For the engineering team in particular, our focus will be on maintaining the critical systems that make project successful: issue queues, updates, testing, packaging, etc, while at the same time finding new ways to support and enable Drupal's evolution.

These were some heady days, but even as we worked through the best ways to continue serving the Drupal community on a strategic level in June, we also found the time to keep making a better home. updates Documentation Migration

A long running initiative this year has been the creation of a new Documentation system for, a topic we've touched on in many prior updates as it has begun to come online. We are very happy to say that we are moving to the next stage of the documentation project: moving from development to migration.

In June tvn recruited several volunteers to join our documentation migration team, and to become some of the first maintainers for the new Documentation Guides. General documentation, such as Understanding Drupal, Structure Guide, etc. will be migrated first. Documentation for contributed projects will follow in the coming weeks.

Maintainers of contributed projects, who currently have their documentation on, will be added as maintainers to respective documentation guides and are encouraged to clean/tidy up their documentation post-migration.

if you are interested in helping, or sign up as a maintainer for some of the new documentation guides.

Composer Repositories are now in Beta's Composer repositories allow developers building sites with Drupal to use the Composer command line tool for dependency management. In June we collected feedback from a variety of users, as well as the community volunteers who assisted us with the Composer Community Initiative.

We spent the month iterating quickly on the alpha implementation: fixing bugs and rebuilding the meta data to ensure that users get consistent and expected results. Because of those fixes, and after gathering yet more feedback from the community, we were able to move the Composer repositories to beta.

We encourage you to begin transitioning your composer based workflows to use's composer facade. Package names are stable, and downtimes will be planned and announced. For more information on how to use's Composer repositories, read our documentation.

Better issue credit tools for maintainers

The issue credit system is a unique innovation of our community. By allowing users to attribute their contributions as volunteers, to their employers, or to client customers, we have an insight into the contribution ecosystem for Drupal that is unparalleled among open source projects. We've also already seen the impact of incentivizing organizations to give back to Drupal, by using the credit system as the basis for organization rankings in the marketplace.

In June we added two new tools for maintainers to improve how they grant credit to users. Firstly, maintainers can now deselect the automatic credit attribution for users who have submitted patches. This change was important to prevent gaming the credit system. Secondly, we've given the maintainers the ability to credit users who have not commented in the issue. Whether that help was provided in IRC, Slack, on a video call, or in a sprint room, maintainers can now ensure that those users who helped resolve an issue receive credit for their contributions. Any user who is credited this way can edit their credit attribution if they want to extend that attribution to a supporting organization or customer.

Friendly path aliases for release nodes

We also made a relatively small change that will have a big impact. Path auto is now enabled for project releases, so you for any project a specific release can now be found at:[project_name]/[version]
And you can also find a list of all the releases for a project at:[project_name]/[version]

Take, for example, the Token module:

You can find the complete index of releases for this project at: and individual releases now have friendly urls, like this one:

Spam Fighting Improvements

Fighting spam on is a never ending battle, but in June we deployed a refinement to our spam fighting tools that helps us to find patterns in registration behavior and prevent spam registrations before they've even started. After flipping on our latest iteration of this spam fighting tool we saw an immediate and dramatic drop-off in suspicious account registrations. With the additional data we've been able to collect we already see ways to improve this even further, so we hope to continue make a cleaner home for the community.

Highlighting Supporting Technologies

Drupal is many things to many different people, but one central function of Drupal is to be the hub of interconnected and complementary technologies. Several of the companies that build these technologies have chosen to support the Drupal project by becoming supporters. To better highlight some of these supporting technologies that work well with Drupal, we've added a supporting technologies listing to the marketplace.

Sustaining support and maintenance DrupalCon

DrupalCon Dublin is coming up soon, from September 26 - 30th. This year we smashed all our previous records for session submissions, and the caliber of speakers and topics is higher than ever before.

In June we opened registration for the event. We encourage you to buy your tickets now! Early bird registration will end soon.


Infrastructure is the bedrock of - and we're continuing to tune the infrastructure for efficiency, economy, and performance. Alongside the launch of registration for DrupalCon Dublin, we implemented APDQC to improve the performance of the Events website under heavy load.

We've also been upgrading our configuration management from Puppet 3 to Puppet 4, and continuing to standardize our configuration across all of our environments to make our infrastructure durable, consistent, and portable.


As always, we’d like to say thanks to all the volunteers who work with us, and to the Drupal Association Supporters, who made it possible for us to work on these projects.

If you would like to support our work as an individual or an organization, consider becoming a member of the Drupal Association.

Follow us on Twitter for regular updates: @drupal_org, @drupal_infra