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Interview: Ken Museth from DreamWorks on OpenVDB

Blender 3D News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 23:02
What is OpenVDB? Read more about it in this interview on BlenderDiplom. Gottfried Hofmann writes: "[...] we would also love to see Blender pick it up. Those are the main two third party projects where we would like to see adoption of OpenVDB." OpenVDB is a great format for storing and processing volume data. It [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Blender in Science: Parametric Anatomical Modeling

Blender 3D News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:00
Martin Pyka uses Blender in neuroscience research to visualize brain structures. A Blender add-on transforms his raw anatomical data into layers that can then be easily manipulated and displayed. I work as a computational neuroscientist at the Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany, and Blender has become an important tool for our research. We study the hippocampus [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Nova Sound releases "Umbra Drums 1" Drum Kit (free with email sign-up)

Audio Freeware - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:53
Nova Sound, an "audio technology company, devoted to providing unique production tools that advance creativity and originality in the audio/entertainment/recording industry", has announced that [Read More]

Weekend Contest Winner: Forest scene

Blender 3D News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:48
The submissions for our weekend contest, 'Golden days', were wonderful! Filled with warm yellow autumn colors and soft nature scenes. Awesome work everyone! Michael Vorberg's forest scene was the clear winner this time (after correcting for anonymous votes - those don't count anymore). Congrats Michael! You get to pick the theme for next weekend. Please [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Self Portrait: Glumais

Blender 3D News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 08:58
Blender artist Glumais created this self portrait.
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

CodeFN42 updates free "Kontakt LibOrganizer" for Windows

Audio Freeware - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 07:42
CodeFN42 has updated Kontakt LibOrganizer, a free utility for Windows that lets you easily change the order of all your libraries on the Libraries tab in Kontakt, to version 1.01. Changes: Added [Read More]

Sonus Dept. release 3 Free Soundware Products for Kontakt & massive

Audio Freeware - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 07:28
Sonus Dept. has released three sound libraries, all available for free download (optional donations are possible): Dark Mass is a sound library for Native Instruments Massive, featuring 20 presets [Read More]

Sonus Dept. release Free Soundware Products

Audio Freeware - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 07:28
Sonus Dept. has released three sound libraries, all available for free download (optional donations are possible): Dark Mass is a sound library for Native Instruments Massive, featuring 20 presets [Read More]

The giant

Blender 3D News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 02:15
A great character sculpt by William. After seeing the concept art and the tutorial on Sculpt cookie, I decided to sculpt my own stylize creature bust-The giant is really inspired by the concept made by Adam Sacco- Sculpt was made in zbrush but the rendering, UV, lighs, compositing, fur (…) were all made in blender [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Tutorial: how to create citrus fruit in Blender

Blender 3D News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 23:30
This new tutorial by Addicted to CG shows us how to create an orange and a lemon, and slice them as well! Addicted to CG writes: In this tutorial you will learn how to make an orange in blener 2.72! The good thing about this technique is the fact that makes it so flexible so that [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Okami Amaterasu

Blender 3D News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:50
A great image and it's time lapse by Jonathan Esquivel. Here's another sculpt practice, this time a fan-art of Okami Amaterasu. Everything's done within Blender and final color correction and background editing in Gimp. Here's the timelapse of the process too: This is the second sculpt time-lapse I've done, the last one was Courage: If you [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Voxengo updates free SPAN and Overtone GEQ plug-ins for Mac & Win - adds VST3 support

Audio Freeware - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 06:48
Voxengo has updated the freeware SPAN, a real-time "fast Fourier transform" audio spectrum analyzer plug-in, to v2.8, and Overtone GEQ, a 7-band harmonic (overtone) graphic equalizer plugin, [Read More]

[non-Blender]: Disney rendered its new animated film on a 55,000-core supercomputer

Blender 3D News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 06:05
Engadget talks to the team behind Disney's new movie, 'Big Hero 6'. Disney's upcoming animated film Big Hero 6, about a boy and his soft robot (and a gang of super-powered friends), is perhaps the largest big-budget mash-up you'll ever see. Every aspect of the film's production represents a virtual collision of worlds. The story, [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Photosounder updates SplineEQ to v1.1.3 for Mac & Win VST & AU

Audio Freeware - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 04:09
Photosounder has updated SplineEQ to v1.1.3. Changes: Fixed crashes that occurred when using high resolution settings at high sampling rates (192 kHz to 384 kHz) which could prevent AU validation. [Read More]

Blender course in Verona, Italy

Blender 3D News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 03:35
The FabLab in Verona, Italy, hosts a 15-hour Blender workshop. Eugenio Perinelli writes: Verona FabLab holds a second "Blender modeling for 3D print" course near Verona, in northern Italy. The 15 hours course is held in italian and covers the following topics: 1. Blender installation and configuration 2. basic concepts (Cartesian space, geometric entities) 3. [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Sverchok demo reel 2014

Blender 3D News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 02:10
Here's a preview of the Sverchok presentation at the Blender Conference this week. nikitron writes: We, sverchok team, presenting Sverchok on Blender conference 2014 on sunday 14-30. If you interested in architectural parametric design, wellcome to listen our introduction in Sverchok. On Sunday you will se examples of Sverchok productions, see new features and can ask [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Developer Meeting Notes: October 19, 2014

Blender 3D News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 23:34
Ton Roosendaal shares the notes the developers meeting in irc.freenode.net, #blendercoders. Here are the notes from today's meeting in irc.freenode.net #blendercoders. 1) Release update, 2.72 b ? Unfortunately... there's an issue in 2.72a that causes Blender to crash, when you attempt to texture paint on an subsurfed mesh without UVs. Easy to bypass when you [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Prepping Icons for Yosemite Dark Mode

The Flash Blog - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:24

Now that Yosemite (OS X 10.10) is in the wild, you may or may not have tried the new dark ui mode. All this really means is that it will make your dock and menu bar black. You can switch to dark mode by checking off the option in the General section of System Preferences as shown below.

Once you switch to dark mode you may notice that a lot of icons either are invisible or look like crap. For example, the Wallpaper by Behance app that we recently released shows no icon when in dark mode.

The fix doesn’t involve providing an alternate icon for dark mode. The solution is actually ridiculously easy. You simply need to set your status bar icon to be a template image. When you do this OS X will take care of adjusting your icon to different visual modes. Here is some code that shows how to do this:

// Load icon var icon = NSImage(named: "statusIcon") // Fixes dark mode icon.setTemplate(true) // Create status item var statusItem = NSStatusBar.systemStatusBar().statusItemWithLength(NSVariableStatusItemLength) // Set with tempalte image statusItem.image = icon

So with that one line of code added you can see that the Behance icon is now inverted whenever the user is in dark mode.

If you are using a custom view instead of an image for the menu bar icon then you will have to do some logic in your drawRect method.

Tutorial: Real Time Lens Flares

Blender 3D News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 02:45
Cfirwin3 shows how to achieve real time lens flares in Blender, using OpenGL/GLSL.
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Sensei Orimasaru

Blender 3D News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 23:30
A very distinctive portrait by ohsnapitsjoel. A render I did a while back to test out a script I wrote to use curves as a means of generating hair systems, similar to Maya's Hair system.Based on an illustration by Dani Naimare.
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

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