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Blend4Web Team writes: Watchface maker Luxury Watches presents a very interesting project on Blend4Web. This app is made for Samsung Gear S2 Smart Watch and works on Tizen OS. It allows the user to choose the watchface from a variety of different skins - all in realtime 3D! So you can instantly make your watch [...]
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.
The Drupal Association engineering team has been continuing to refine our focus for the next 12 months. In July, we worked through the details of setting new priorities for our work, after the organizational changes earlier this summer.
As part of this prioritization process, we've set up a technical advisory committee: a collaboration between a few members of the staff, a representative from the board, and two members from the community. This committee will help us refine the roadmap for Drupal.org for the short term—while the Association is focused on fiscal health and sustainability—and will provide strategic vision for the long term, as our fiscal stability improves.
As a result of these changes, you'll begin to see our updates in this blog series evolve. Expect a greater focus on:
- The adoption journey for users evaluating Drupal.
- Systematic improvements to make maintenance of critical Drupal.org services less labor intensive and more affordable.
- Community initiatives, where we're working together with community contributors who want to help us improve Drupal.org.
So without further ado, let's talk about what we did in July.Drupal.org updates User Menu
We've moved the user activity links (Login/Register, My Dashboard, My Account, etc.) to a user menu in the top navigation. This change is live on www.Drupal.org and all of the sub-sites that use the Bluecheese theme. The immediate effects of this change are a better look and feel and more vertical space for content on every page. But these weren’t the primary motivation. The larger reason for making this change is that it’s the first incremental step towards upcoming editorial changes on Drupal.org.
More incremental changes will follow in August, including accessibility improvements to this new user menu and a new search icon to replace the embedded search box in the header.Better Packaging Behavior
One of the basic features of Drupal.org's project hosting is packaging the code committed to our git repositories and providing tar.gz and zip files of releases. The packaging process, while generally reliable, has had its share of infrequent but persistent quirks and race conditions. In July, we fixed several aspects of packaging to eliminate race conditions and reduce the need for human intervention if it runs off the rails. The changes we made were:
- Storing and using commit file hashes instead of relying on timestamps to find files changed since the last packaging run.
- Considering the committer date for packaging.
- Update project release tables immediately when packaging occurs.
Taken together, these changes have made packaging faster, more efficient, and less prone to race conditions that require staff time to fix.Supporting Drupal 8.2
In July, we also deprecated the use of the “unstable” release tag for projects hosted on Drupal.org. Per our naming conventions, the unstable tag was intended to represent a release without a stable codebase, api, or database schema. However, this definition is largely redundant with the alpha tag and/or simply using dev releases. Beyond that, “unstable” is not a standard tag in semver, and is thus not supported by tools that rely on the semver standard, such as Composer. Existing releases tagged “unsable” on Drupal.org weren’t affected by this change, but no future releases with this tag will be packaged.Drupal.org Composer repositories beta period continues
We’re still observing how the community uses the Drupal.org Composer repositories, and collecting feedback and issues as we move towards designating the service stable. We encourage you to begin transitioning your Composer-based workflows to use Drupal.org's Composer façade. Package names are stable, and downtimes will be planned and announced. For more information on how to use Drupal.org's Composer repositories, read our documentation.Sustaining support and maintenance Outage follow-ups
A raid array failure in our data center resulted in a brief outage in July. Fortunately, we were able to mitigate the issue and restore service until the affected array could be replaced. The rebuilt array increased our redundancy to avoid future outages when we experience multiple disk failures.Backups
We also updated our backup process, and are now using a combination of Borg and rsync.net. The combination of borg for data deduplication and encryption and rsync.net's resilient cloud platform gives us an efficient and economical solution for backup and selective restoration.Community initiative updates
These are initiatives to improve Drupal.org, driven by members of the community in collaboration with Drupal Association staff for architecture, review and deployment.Documentation migration
Migration into the new documentation content types that began in June continues. The first sections of documentation being migrated are the Drupal.org docs and the Understanding Drupal guide. More volunteers to help migrate documentation are welcome!
if you are interested in helping, or sign up as a maintainer for some of the new documentation guides.
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.
A little naughty, but still safe for work ;-) Elad Barness from VS Group writes: As part of the music people community, Parola is an app that can help create, collaborate and explore the true building blocks of music breaking down the barriers of sound! We were recruited in order to create this CG video [...]
It's time for Blender Institute Podcast Episode 36! We talk about the latest and greatest Blender development news, Blender Conference, Google Summer of Code and much more. Sergey shares his love for patch review and gardening. Hjalti, Pablo and Andy discuss the latest work on the Agent 327 Barbershop fight scene. In this podcast: Pablo, [...]
Wes Burke writes: Jonathan Williamson is back with a brand new course on Retopology. As modern workflows have incorporated more sculpting, the previous techniques of box-modeling and poly-modeling have seen less use. In place of these older workflows is a new synergy between artistically-driven sculpting and technically-minded poly-modeling, through a process known as Retopology.
AdamEarle writes: Community oriented animation mentoring for Blender and open source. The purpose behind the training is to grow animation amongst Blender users and anybody wanting to get started in animation. The animation program has been designed to teach you how to think like a TRADITIONAL ANIMATOR Aaaaaaaaaand how to apply traditional animation skill set [...]
EasyBlend.org is a new platform for the Blender community that collects all kinds of informational Blender resources. Anyone can contribute and help complete the library. Tom writes: A small group of friends and I decided to help promote Blender by building a website which indexes Blender-related resources and organizes them in a new and unique [...]
Bingoshakerz launches Summer Sale and offers 2 Free Downloads (for Spire, Sylenth1, Massive and more)
Cineca VisitLab writes: In “Ati and the Mediterranean Paleodiet”, developed for University of Milano-Bicocca by Cineca VisitLab, Ati leads the public from an archaeological excavation, through a scientific laboratory, up to a table overflowing with flavours and perfumes from 2,500 years ago, showing in a simple and effective way how much information can be obtained [...]
jayanam writes: In this tutorial I demonstrate how to create a plastic cap for a pen using standard hardsurface techniques like adding bevels or edge loops. I don't use 3rd party addons for modeling in this tutorial.
Manu Järvinen creates this awesome image for the Assembly Summer 2016 Graphics competition and made 7th place. I asked him some questions about it. As a bonus, you can download the entire scene! Where did you get your inspiration for this image? I've been a fan of hand-modelled liquids ever since I saw this image [...]
The Blender Institute team is offering to review animations and give professional feedback on them. Hjalti kicks off with an example in which he gives feedback on his own Caminandes work from three years ago. Time to offer something new and exciting on the Blender Cloud! For the first time, we are introducing: Animation Feedback [...]
onelvxe writes: Blender's Particle System does not correctly inherit actions applied to instantiated objects. This will eventually change in 2.8. Until then however, independent particle animations are impossible. Or at least, they were. But now thanks to Animation Nodes, we have a solution to this problem! This tutorial covers how to drive animations with various [...]
Reynante is answering all your questions on Reddit right now on the Blender Reddit. What would you like to know? Hi, everyone! My name is Reynante Martinez, a 3D artist from the Philippines and the founder/creator of The Cycles Material Vault, a library of high quality materials for Blender. I hold a degree in Computer [...]
Hands down the best Pokemon "GO" render I have seen so far. Great choice of colors. The bucket of paint is a nice touch to the image. However, what stands out the most is the style of Pica, I just love how cute and appealing he is! Link