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SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival 2017 - You Can Be Next!

Blender 3D News - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 10:11

Cosmos Laundromat and the Gooseberry team are heavily featured in the call for content of this year's SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival!

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

SoundGym v2.0 Ear Training Platform Announced

Audio Freeware - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 10:11
SoundGym has announced the release of v2.0, which presents a totally revamped audio ear training and learning platform. SoundGym enables the user to get advanced audio ear training online, improve [Read More]

Compositing Arrays Tutorial

Blender 3D News - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 08:38

thefxkidd writes: In this Tutorial the FX Kidd makes an impressive array of a single image in the compositor and animates them with ease! Great workflows!

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

HY-Plugins updates HY-Delay2 to v1.3.5

Audio Freeware - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 07:44
HY-Plugins has updated HY-Delay2 for Win/Mac, 32/64-bit, to v1.3.5. Changes in v1.3.5: Added ducking function (free/commercial). Reduced file size (Mac only). [Read More]

bigcat instruments releases free VSCO2 Orchestral Rompler

Audio Freeware - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 06:52
bigcat instruments has announced that a new version of the free Versilian Studios Chamber Orchestra orchestral ROMpler plug-in for Mac and Windows is available. VSCO2 includes 25 instruments [Read More]

Minecraft Coderdojo, Amsterdam, Feb 18

Blender 3D News - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 06:05

mdewanchand writes: On Saturday the 18th of February MML Amsterdam organises a Minecraft Special Coderdojo with Blender and Raspberry Pi for kids and young students, age 7 - 17. The event starts at 11:00 and ends at 14:00. More information in Dutch can be found here.

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

The art of Dimitris Christou (Update)

Blender 3D News - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 04:10

It's been almost a year since I featured Dimitris Christou's fantastic abstract artwork. I see updates from him on a weekly basis so I figured it's time for an update! This is only a small sample, visit his ArtStation for more.

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Noisebud releases Bipro - The Low End Unicorn v2.0 for Windows (v1.0 now free)

Audio Freeware - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 03:50
Noisebud's low end controller Bipro has been updated to version 2.0. New in v2.0: Added Attack and Release to the dynamic section. Added another filter method to the dynamic section. Added LED [Read More]

TLV Bread Assetpack Pro [$]

Blender 3D News - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 02:05

This is the first time I've seen an asset pack that conists only of different types of (3D scanned) bread! Thijs Linssen Visuals writes: Hi Guys, About a month ago I started on making some 3D scans and I liked the results! So now I've made a 3D scanned Bread Assetpack. Ready to use in [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Blender Chan!

Blender 3D News - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 00:13

This Sketchfab model by SearKitchen is too good not to share :) Be sure to zoom out to enjoy the full scene! Just love the damn startup cube although I never use it Blender Chan! by SearKitchen on Sketchfab

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Blender Modern House Tutorial Series

Blender 3D News - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 23:48

Join Steve Lund in this 3-part architecture tutorial series. Learn every step involved in creating your first modern architecture! In this In-depth tutorial series we create a complete Modern House from scratch! Starting with the base exterior modeling, and then adding interior details like plates and bowls, and finishing with materials and rendering! If you're [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

B-PDX's 18th February 2017 Meeting

Blender 3D News - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 14:35

Jenuvyel writes: Even if you didn’t attend our January meeting, 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 you use different modeling styles and techniques than were demonstrated. We’re looking for diversity in final mascots near the end of the year. [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

SKYWATCH by Colin Levy - Trailer & Kickstarter

Blender 3D News - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:25

Colin Levy has just launched the Kickstarter campaign for his new movie project, SKYWATCH. The trailer is very promising, with excellent acting, sound design and (of course) VFX. Hi BlenderNation! Colin here. As you may or may not know, I've been chipping away on an ambitious sci-fi short film for a while now. We shot [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Blender & Blend4web workshop at Chemnitzer Linux Days

Blender 3D News - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 08:20

mdewanchand writes: This years Chemnitzer Linux Days will include a workshop on Blender and Blend4Web. In this workshop PyMove3D will teach users how to create the Berlin Clock using Blender and Blend4web. The Chemnitzer Linux days are held on the 11th and 12th of March. More information can be found here.

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

The Art of Covor Sorin

Blender 3D News - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 06:15

I love the low-poly style work by Covor Sorin from Bucharest, Romania! I'm currently studying Computer Science. I love CG and I try to do it in all my free time. I find the low poly style amazing.

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Controlling a Color Ramp from outside a node group

Blender 3D News - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 04:10

Learn how to set up an advanced node shader group with this tutorial by Lawrence Jaeger. I often create shaders that use the Pointiness attribute, followed by a Color Ramp to create a sort of edge map. I love it so much! The problem I kept running into was when I wanted to package my [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Photogrammetry Training London, Feb 22

Blender 3D News - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 02:05

Thomas Flynn is hosting a PhotoScan+Blender workshop in London next week. Hello! Tom from Museum in a Box Ltd., London, here. We make interactive boxes of museum-y artifacts to help people explore events, ideas and stories. I also provide training in digitizing in 3D for museums. If you're interested in learning how to make 3D scans [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Sculpt January - Time lapse Videos

Blender 3D News - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 00:27

Yanal participated in Sculpt January and shares time lapse videos of some of his projects. Watch and learn! Hey :3! I decided to join in the Sculpt January fun when possible, the Facebook community is great and are posting some nice work. I was able to do a few characters by sketching a concept and then [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Scheduled downtime today

Blender 3D News - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 22:36

BlenderNation is growing out of its current server and I'll move the site to another location today. Expect at least several hours of downtime.

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Drupal.org Industry Pages Are Live!

Drupal - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 15:30

We are excited to announce that the first three industry pages are now live on Drupal.org, highlighting the power of Drupal solutions in higher education, government and media/publishing. The pages are designed to quickly inform and inspire technical evaluators and connect them to service providers and technology vendors who can help them move further through their Drupal adoption journey.

The Drupal Association is incredibly proud to showcase the Drupal community’s innovation, creativity, and ability to solve end users’ challenging problems. More importantly, these pages are a resource that Drupal businesses can point to as they convince potential clients that Drupal is the right choice for them. We know this is a needed resource not only because Drupal agencies have asked for this, but because our user research was resoundingly positive. One government digital director said “I wish this was around when I was pitching my state CIO on Drupal”.

This launch is the first phase for this initiative. We will learn and iterate to keep improving the pages and we will expand the industries to include pages like healthcare, finance, ecommerce, and more.

The Research We Used

Building the industry pages was a community effort. Drupal Association staff framed the concept and then reached out to end-users of Drupal in these industries, service providers who've built solutions for these markets, and the community at large. We listened to all of you who shared your thoughts in the original blog post about this initiative.

We conducted user research, interviewing decision makers and influencers at end user organizations to make sure the pages resonated strongly with them. We talked to organizations like Weather.com, Burda Media, State of North Carolina, Georgia Technology Authority, Duke University, Cornell University - and more!

We also talked to people at agencies who pitch Drupal solutions all day long such as Acquia, Ashday, Blackmesh, Digital Echidna, FFW, Forum One, ImageX Media, Kwall, Lingotek, Lullabot, Palantir.net, Pantheon, and Phase2.

We will continue to take feedback from our global community. Our goal is to keep iterating on these industry pages as we learn more.

About The Pages

The industry pages are part of the About Drupal section and they are promoted from the Drupal.org front page. The homepage of Drupal.org receives about 350,000 visits a month, and about 50% of those visitors are new to Drupal.org The front page is primarily technical evaluators coming to learn more about Drupal and we see this as they click on our evaluator resources like About Drupal, TryDrupal, and Case Studies.

Based on user research, we know that before someone comes to the industry pages, they likely know that Drupal is an open source community-built CMS and their organization is leaning towards an open source solution. However, we did make sure the pages do not assume the visitor already knows what Drupal is, because some will find the page through search.

Another key feature is geo-targeting. Currently, we serve localized content for the Americas, EMEA, and AP/Australia/New Zealand regions. This allows us to showcase case studies that will resonate to visitors based on their location. For example, on the Americas page, we highlight the Department of Energy - a U.S federal agency. In EMEA, we highlight City of London - a UK city, and in AP/Australia/New Zealand we highlight the State Revenue Office of Victoria, Australia - a federal agency.  We took this approach because business owners at digital agencies from each region said that having localized brand names and case studies helps them convince their potential clients that Drupal is a viable option for them.

The Story We Are Telling

The story that the pages tell to visitors is:

  1. Drupal is the open source CMS of choice for this industry. Just look at the strong adoption rate, industry brand names, and their success stories.

  2. Build amazing Drupal solutions to solve problems related to your industry.

  3. Solutions are made up of Drupal and third party software and hosting solutions. Plus, you can use industry-specific distributions to accelerate your build.

  4. Because of Drupal’s extensibility and our robust ecosystem of third-party technology integrations, modules, Drupal hosting, and distributions, you can tailor a solution to solve your unique problems or create new opportunities. Check out some featured industry-specific vendors.

  5. Read case studies to learn how big names in your industry achieved business gains with a Drupal solution.

  6. These solutions were built by people at well-respected Drupal agencies who are top contributors to Drupal.

  7. If you want to talk to someone about creating a Drupal solution, fill out the form and all three will contact you.

  8. Want to meet your peers? Attend the industry summit at DrupalCon Baltimore.

For the Americas region we have secured partners for Drupal evaluators to reach out to discuss their industry needs. However, we have not yet secured agency and vendor sponsors for these pages. It takes a lot of work to line up those relationships and tee-up the content and we wanted to launch sooner than later so we could start learning how to optimize the pages. So for now, we've selected initial case study content for these regions, and we are promoting a link to the marketplace to show agencies who have industry experience in these regions. Over time, we will open up the opportunity for agencies to sponsor the pages similar to our approach in the Americas region.

Thank you to our sponsors

Contribution comes in three forms: Time, Talent, and Treasure. Many people shared their time and talent to help us create these pages for the community. We could not have built something of value without them. And, there were several companies who contributed treasure as well by investing financially to sponsor these pages. Those companies are: Acquia, Ashday, Blackmesh, Digital Echidna, FFW, Forum One, ImageX Media, Kwall, Lingotek, Lullabot, Palantir.net, Pantheon, and Phase2.

Because the industry pages give premier visibility and sponsorship is so limited, we wanted to be as fair as possible when opening up this sponsorship opportunity. As we say amongst staff, we want to “sell with a soul”. We decided to only sell these sponsorship opportunities to those who are top contributors. We looked at companies’ code contribution levels and how long they supported the Drupal Association financially and came up with an internal ranking system. Only those above a certain threshold were invited to sponsor.

This means that not only are these sponsors contributing time, talent, and treasure to this specific initiative, but they are long time contributors to the Project, helping Drupal thrive over time. It’s important to the Association that we highlight and reward good Drupal citizenship. When good Drupal citizens are doing well, we all do well. When successful, businesses can hire more Drupal talent and sponsor their contributions back to the Project. They can fund more camps and DrupalCon so we can unite and accelerate the Project in person, and they can fund Drupal.org hosting and engineers so the community can build the Project together online. We are thankful for our sponsors' generous giving and proud to work with them on this initiative.

We've created value together

We see this initiative as a great demonstration of serving our mission - “to unite the community to help them build and promote the software”. We united members from all facets of the community: end-users, service providers, and the community at large. The pages promote the software by showing that Drupal is a winning choice for evaluators in these key industries.

This project is a reflection of Drupal’s amazing spirit and culture of respecting diverse opinions, collaboration, and striving to do the best. Thank you to everyone involved in this project for working so well together, listening to each other’s different ideas, and finding ways to incorporate them so together we can build something amazing.

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