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Cycles Procedural Honeycomb Tiles [$]

Blender 3D News - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 01:30

Great for retro interiors :) Just set the parameters and this node group will generate the right honeycomb texture. Cycles Procedural Honeycom Texture - Procedurally generated honeycom-like hexagon tiles pattern texture for the Blender Cycles Render Engine Fully procedural - No pixelation or external editing required Implemented as flexible procedural texture - Three independent RGB [...]

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BlenderNation Notifications Update

Blender 3D News - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 00:56

I moved the BlenderNation browser notifications to HTTPS last week, which resulted in some people getting double notifications. After talking to my provider I learned that I had to re-setup the entire thing, removing any existing subscriptions. As a result, you may see a new popup on BlenderNation today asking if you'd like to subscribe to receive [...]

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How to make an energy weapon

Blender 3D News - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 23:38

alimayo writes: This tutorial shows you How To Make An Energy Weapon in Blender 2.78 c. Instruction is given on: Bringing in a reference image to assist in modeling Model and use loop cuts to form basic shapes to match the reference image Setup basic lighting in the Cycles renderer Setting up a simple UV [...]

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Blender Tip: How to Avoid Fixed Pattern Noise (FPN)

Blender 3D News - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 20:55

BlackhartFilms writes: This is an issue I see in a lot of people's early animations with Cycles, and something I don't think most people getting started with Blender or animation even realise exists and is a problem. FPN is ugly and distracting in any image, but luckily Blender has a single button toggle in the [...]

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Liqube Audio update Resonic Player and Pro - Audio Player and Sample Manager for Windows - to v0.8.5b

Audio Freeware - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 20:22
Liqube Audio have updated Resonic, an audio player and sample manager for Windows, to v0.8.5b. This release is a milestone on the way to advanced features: the file list filter lets you visually [Read More]

B-PDX's 18th March 2017 Meeting

Blender 3D News - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 18:50

Jenuvyel writes: BlenderPDX is honoured to participate in the 4th annual World Blender Meetup Day 2017! For all the details on WBMD’17, go to theorystudios.com/wbmd. Even if you didn’t attend our previous meetings, it isn’t too late to get involved in B-PDX’s 2017 Mascot project (read “Future TotMs”)! In fact, it may be better if [...]

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Yan's Daily Tips #074 - Ambient Lighting - Blender Tutorial

Blender 3D News - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 15:40

Yanal Sosak writes: Ambient lighting can be quite useful, check out how it can be used to enhance your renders. Pssst (tomorrow's tip is on soft and harsh lights)

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Drupal Core - Multiple Vulnerabilities - SA-CORE-2017-001

Drupal - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 12:24

Drupal 8.2.7, a maintenance release which contains fixes for security vulnerabilities, is now available for download.

Download Drupal 8.2.7

Upgrading your existing Drupal 8 sites is strongly recommended. There are no new features nor non-security-related bug fixes in this release. See the 8.2.7 release notes for details on important changes and known issues affecting this release. Read on for details of the security vulnerabilities that were fixed in this release.

  • Advisory ID: DRUPAL-SA-CORE-2017-001
  • Project: Drupal core
  • Version: 8.x
  • Date: 2017-March-15
Description Editor module incorrectly checks access to inline private files - Drupal 8 - Access Bypass - Critical - CVE-2017-6377

When adding a private file via a configured text editor (like CKEditor), the editor will not correctly check access for the file being attached, resulting in an access bypass.

Some admin paths were not protected with a CSRF token - Drupal 8 - Cross Site Request Forgery - Moderately Critical - CVE-2017-6379

Some administrative paths did not include protection for CSRF. This would allow an attacker to disable some blocks on a site. This issue is mitigated by the fact that users would have to know the block ID.

Remote code execution - Drupal 8 - Remote code execution - Moderately Critical - CVE-2017-6381

A 3rd party development library including with Drupal 8 development dependencies is vulnerable to remote code execution.

This is mitigated by the default .htaccess protection against PHP execution, and the fact that Composer development dependencies aren't normal installed.

You might be vulnerable to this if you are running a version of Drupal before 8.2.2. To be sure you aren’t vulnerable, you can remove the /vendor/phpunit directory from the site root of your production deployments.

Solution

Upgrade to Drupal 8.2.7

Reported by Editor module incorrectly checks access to inline private files - Drupal 8 - Access Bypass - Critical - CVE-2017-6377 Some admin paths were not protected with a CSRF token - Drupal 8 - Cross Site Request Forgery - Moderately Critical - CVE-2017-6379 Remote code execution - Drupal 8 - Remote code execution - Moderately Critical - CVE-2017-6381 Fixed by Editor module incorrectly checks access to inline private files - Drupal 8 - Access Bypass - Critical - CVE-2017-6377 Some admin paths were not protected with a CSRF token - Drupal 8 - Cross Site Request Forgery - Moderately Critical - CVE-2017-6379 Remote code execution - Drupal 8 - Remote code execution -Moderately Critical - CVE-2017-6381 Contact and More Information

The Drupal security team can be reached at security at drupal.org or via the contact form at https://www.drupal.org/contact.

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 https://twitter.com/drupalsecurity

Cyberpunk Custom Ride

Blender 3D News - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 09:20

When Blender joins Photoshop, epicness is created! Dammit, at times like this I wish I could add the cool emoticon dude with the sunglasses. Jokes apart, Adrian creates some sick sci-fi renders and quite often uses Blender with Photoshop to achieve these futuristic beauties. He usually has a story behind his art as well. For [...]

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Blender Model is the First to Reach 2M Views on Sketchfab

Blender 3D News - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 08:33

Quick fun fact: earlier this week, the 'Liopleurodon Ferox Swim Cycle' by France-based artist Kyan0s was the first model to reach 2 million page views on Sketchfab! Congrats mate :) Liopleurodon Ferox Swim Cycle by Kyan0s on Sketchfab

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Creating Chamfered Cuts on Corners - Topology Guide

Blender 3D News - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 07:15

Johnson Martin takes another look at a specific topology topic: Chamfers. Today I’m going to be showing how to model what I called a chamfered cut, meaning a chamfered section of an edge, often found on hard-surface metal parts. So without further introduction, let’s get to it. Chamfered Cut - Topology Guide by Johnson Martin [...]

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Online Mastering Studio EU releases "EU ProMixEQ-10A" - Free Precise Mixing Equalizer VST Plug-in

Audio Freeware - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 07:02
Online Mastering Studio EU has announced the release of EU ProMixEQ-10A, which is described as a high quality precise mixing equalizer. EU ProMixEQ-10A is VST plug-in mixing equalizer designed [Read More]

Professional Title Pack V1.1 [$]

Blender 3D News - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 05:10

The 'Professional Title Pack' by PartnersInCrimeGFX offers 20 pre-made title animations that are easy to set up for your own presentations. This is a pack of professionally animated Motion Graphics titles for Blender. The separate animations are included in each renderlayer – so, each Renderlayer in your scene has unique animations for your professional presentations. [...]

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How to Animate a Floating Safety Ring

Blender 3D News - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 03:05

Daan Miles writes: Hello guys, Lately I am playing a lot with modifiers and constraints so I got idea to make a little animation. In my last tutorial you can see how to animate any object to move with ocean surface. From my point of view this is something what you can use in a [...]

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The Tomatoes Are Looking As Good As The Real Photo! Render Explained

Blender 3D News - Tue, 03/14/2017 - 23:30

This render is absolutely amazing, and we are lucky to get an explanation on how it was done by Dorian Zgraggen! Dorian took this image from Pixabay as a reference and reproduced it in Blender. The cloth was simulated with Blender's physics. The stems were created with the skin modifier and the tomatoes are subdivided [...]

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Yan's Daily Tips #073 - Lighting With Emission - Blender Tutorial

Blender 3D News - Tue, 03/14/2017 - 13:30

Hey hey! Today's YDT is on emission. How to set planes as a source of light and how to make them invisible to the camera. Pssst (tomorrow's tip is on ambient lighting)

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Amsterdam Blender Meetup: World Blender Meetup Gathering

Blender 3D News - Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:25

studioBaron writes: Join our Amsterdam Blender Meetup 18th March 2018 @ Makerszone zb45.nl We participate in the World Blender Meetup Day with three great presentations on the WBMD webcast. World Blender Meetup Day is a celebration of everything Blender for one day: March 18, 2017. It's our way of getting together artists, creators, fans and [...]

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Weekly CG Challenge #96: "Wildlands"

Blender 3D News - Tue, 03/14/2017 - 09:34

Zacharias Reinhardt writes: Hi everyone! Our new Weekly CG Challenge #96, with the topic "Wildlands" hast started! If you are into digital art, 2d or 3d, then this is the perfect place for you, to improve your skills and win great prizes! We have a bunch of Blender related prizes, check out the list below. [...]

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Making Drupal upgrades easy forever

Drupal - Tue, 03/14/2017 - 09:16

Republished from buytaert.net, please post your comments there.

One of the key reasons that Drupal has been successful is because we always made big, forward-looking changes. As a result, Drupal is one of very few CMSes that has stayed relevant for 15+ years. The downside is that with every major release of Drupal, we've gone through a lot of pain adjusting to these changes. The learning curve and difficult upgrade path from one major version of Drupal to the next (e.g. from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8) has also held back Drupal's momentum. In an ideal world, we'd be able to innovate fast yet provide a smooth learning curve and upgrade path from Drupal 8 to Drupal 9. We believe we've found a way to do both!

Upgrading from Drupal 8.2 to Drupal 8.3

Before we can talk about the upgrade path to Drupal 9, it's important to understand how we do releases in Drupal 8. With the release of Drupal 8, we moved Drupal core to use a continuous innovation model. Rather than having to wait for years to get new features, users now get sizeable advances in functionality every six months. Furthermore, we committed to providing a smooth upgrade for modules, themes, and distributions from one six-month release to the next.

This new approach is starting to work really well. With the 8.1 and 8.2 updates behind us and 8.3 close to release, we have added some stable improvements like BigPipe and a new status report page, as well as experimental improvements for outside-in, workflowslayouts, and more. We also plan to add important media improvements in 8.4.

Most importantly, upgrading from 8.2 to 8.3 for these new features is not much more complicated than simply updating for a bugfix or security release.

Upgrading from Drupal 8 to Drupal 9

After a lot of discussion among the Drupal core committers and developers, and studying projects like Symfony, we believe that the advantages of Drupal's minor upgrade model (e.g. from Drupal 8.2 to Drupal 8.3) can be translated to major upgrades (e.g. from Drupal 8 to Drupal 9). We see a way to keep innovating while providing a smooth upgrade path and learning curve from Drupal 8 to Drupal 9.

Here is how we will accomplish this: we will continue to introduce new features and backwards-compatible changes in Drupal 8 releases. In the process, we sometimes have to deprecate the old systems. Instead of removing old systems, we will keep them in place and encourage module maintainers to update to the new systems. This means that modules and custom code will continue to work. The more we innovate, the more deprecated code there will be in Drupal 8. Over time, maintaining backwards compatibility will become increasingly complex. Eventually, we will reach a point where we simply have too much deprecated code in Drupal 8. At that point, we will choose to remove the deprecated systems and release that as Drupal 9.

This means that Drupal 9.0 should be almost identical to the last Drupal 8 release, minus the deprecated code. It means that when modules take advantage of the latest Drupal 8 APIs and avoid using deprecated code, they should work on Drupal 9. Updating from Drupal 8's latest version to Drupal 9.0.0 should be as easy as updating between minor versions of Drupal 8. It also means that Drupal 9 gives us a clean slate to start innovating more rapidly again.

Why would you upgrade to Drupal 9 then? For the great new features in 9.1. No more features will be added to Drupal 8 after Drupal 9.0. Instead, they will go into Drupal 9.1, 9.2, and so on.

To get the most out of this new approach, we need to make two more improvements. We need to change core so that the exact same module can work with Drupal 8 and 9 if the module developer uses the latest APIs. We also need to provide full data migration from Drupal 6, 7 and 8 to any future release. So long as we make these changes before Drupal 9 and contributed or custom modules take advantage of the latest Drupal 8 APIs, up-to-date sites and modules may just begin using 9.0.0 the day it is is released.

What does this mean for Drupal 7 users?

If you are one of the more than a million sites successfully running on Drupal 7, you might only have one more big upgrade ahead of you.

If you are planning to migrate directly from Drupal 7 to Drupal 9, you should reconsider that approach. In this new model, it might be more beneficial to upgrade to Drupal 8. Once you’ve migrated your site to Drupal 8, subsequent upgrades will be much simpler.

We have more work to do to complete the Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 data migration, but the first Drupal 8 minor release that fully supports it could be 8.4.0, scheduled to be released in October 2017.

What does this mean for Drupal developers?

If you are a module or theme developer, you can continually update to the latest APIs each minor release. Avoid using deprecated code and your module will be compatible with Drupal 9 the day Drupal 9 is released. We have plans to make it easy for developers to identify and update deprecated code.

What does this mean for Drupal core contributors?

If you are a Drupal core contributor and want to introduce new improvements in Drupal core, Drupal 8 is the place to do it! With backwards compatibility layers, even pretty big changes are possible in Drupal 8.

When will Drupal 9 will be released?

We don't know yet, but it shouldn't matter as much either. Innovative Drupal 8 releases will go out on schedule every six months and upgrading to Drupal 9 should become easy. I don't believe we will release Drupal 9 any time soon; we have plenty of features in the works for Drupal 8. Once we know more, we'll follow up with more details.

Thank you

Special thanks to Alex Bronstein, Alex Pott, Gábor Hojtsy, Nathaniel Catchpole and Jess (xjm) for their contributions to this post.

Falling In Love

Blender 3D News - Tue, 03/14/2017 - 08:30

I fell in love with the title, no pun intended. A great render demonstrating how it feels like to fall in love, can you relate? Even after getting past the title, the details on the heart are just brilliant, I almost want to grab it. Funny story, the title was not thought of by the [...]

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