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Library Items for Blender public Beta

Blender 3D News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:13

The 'Library Items' project aims to make it easy to share, import and apply assets from a central repository. A first beta is now available. Project member Andrew Patynko reports. At first, before you`ll get an the answer, think if you ever had before difficulties finding material in any Blender file or creating makeshift library [...]

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Behind the Scenes: Lights Out Trailer

Blender 3D News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 03:38

David F. Sandberg is back with another video on how he shoots video and applies VFX on a low budget. And of course, Blender is part of the project! See David's previous videos here.

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Image: Low Poly Egypt

Blender 3D News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 02:05

I just love low poly style designs, and this scene by Matt Beker is a great example! Hi everyone. This is my next attempt at creating a low poly scene, this time in a stylized Egypt scene. What do you think?

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Drupal 8.1.0 is now available

Drupal - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 00:48

Drupal 8.1.0, the first minor release of Drupal 8, is now available. With Drupal 8, we made significant changes in our release process, adopting semantic versioning and scheduled feature releases. This allows us to make extensive improvements to Drupal 8 in a timely fashion while still providing backwards compatibility. Drupal 8.1.0 is the first such update.

What's new in Drupal 8.1.x?

Drupal 8.1.0 comes with numerous improvements, including CKEditor WYSIWYG enhancements, added APIs, an improved help page, and two new experimental modules. (Experimental modules are provided with Drupal core for testing purposes, but are not yet fully supported.)

Download Drupal-8.1.0 Experimental UI for migrations from Drupal 6 and 7

Drupal 8.1.0 now includes the Migrate Drupal UI module, which provides a user interface for Drupal core migrations. Use it to migrate Drupal 6 or 7 sites to Drupal 8. The user guide on migrating from Drupal 6 or 7 to Drupal 8 has full documentation. Note that the Drupal 8 Migrate module suite is still experimental and has known issues. Read below for specific information on migrating Drupal 6 and Drupal 7 sites with 8.1.0. (Always back up your data before performing a migration and review the results carefully.)

BigPipe for perceived performance

The Drupal 8 BigPipe module provides an advanced implementation of Facebook's BigPipe page rendering strategy, leading to greatly improved perceived performance for pages with dynamic, personalized, or uncacheable content. See the BigPipe documentation.

CKEditor WYSIWYG spellchecking and language button

Drupal 8.0.0 included the CKEditor module (a WYSIWYG editor), but it was not previously possible to use your browser's built-in spell checker with it to check the text. With Drupal 8.1.0, spellchecking is now enabled within CKEditor as well.

Another great improvement is the addition of the optional language markup button in CKEditor. When configured to appear in your editing toolbar, it allows you to assign language information to parts of the text, which is useful for accessibility and machine processing.

Improved help page with tours

Drupal 8.0.0 included a new system for help tutorials called tours with the core Tour module. In Drupal 8.1.0, we made these tours easier to discover by listing them in the administrative help overview at /admin/help.

The help overview page is also more flexible now, so contributed modules can add sections to it and themes can override its appearance more easily. You can read more about the new system in the change record for the updated help page, or refer to the Tour API documentation for how to add tours for your modules.

Rendered entities in Views fields

Drupal 8.1.0 now includes a rendered entity field handler for Views, which allows placing a fully rendered entity within a view field. For example, this feature could be used to display a rendered user profile for each node author in a table listing node content. (This feature was provided by the Entity contributed module in Drupal 7, but had not yet been available in Drupal 8.)

Support for JavaScript automated testing

Drupal 8.1.0 adds support for automated testing of JavaScript, which will mean fewer bugs with Drupal's JavaScript functionality in the future as we write new tests for it. (Read more about how to run the JavaScript tests.) There are also other improvements to the testing system, including improved reporting of PHPUnit and other test results.

Improved Composer support

Starting with Drupal 8.1.x, Drupal core and its dependencies are packaged by Composer on Drupal.org. This means that sites and modules can now also use Composer to manage all of their third-party dependencies (rather than having to work around the vendor directory that previously shipped with core).

Developer API improvements

Minor releases like Drupal 8.1.0 include backwards-compatible API additions for developers as well as new features. Read the 8.1.0 release notes for more details on the many improvements for developers in this release.

What does this mean to me?
Drupal 8 site owners

Update to 8.1.0 to continue receiving bug and security fixes. The next bugfix release, 8.1.1, is scheduled for May 4, 2016.

Updating your site from 8.0.6 to 8.1.0 with update.php is exactly the same as updating from 8.0.5 to 8.0.6. Modules, themes, and translations may need small changes for this minor release, so test the update carefully before updating your production site.

Drupal 6 site owners

Drupal 6 is not supported anymore. Create a Drupal 8 site and try migrating your data into it as soon as possible. Your Drupal 6 site can still remain up and running while you test migrating your Drupal 6 data into your new Drupal 8 site. Note that there are known issues with the experimental Migrate module suite. If you find a new bug not covered by one of these issues, your detailed bug report with steps to reproduce is a big help!

Drupal 7 site owners

Drupal 7 is still fully supported and will continue to receive bug and security fixes throughout all minor releases of Drupal 8.

The new Migrate Drupal UI for Migrate also allows migrating a Drupal 7 site into a Drupal 8 site, but the migration path from Drupal 7 to 8 is not complete, so you may encounter errors or missing migrations when you try to migrate. That said, since your Drupal 7 site can remain up and running while you test migrating into a new Drupal 8 site, you can help us stabilize the Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 migration path! Testing and bug reports from your real-world Drupal 7 sites will help us stabilize this functionality sooner for everyone. (Search the known issues.)

Translation, module, and theme contributors

Minor releases like Drupal 8.1.0 are backwards-compatible, so modules, themes, and translations that support Drupal 8.0.x will be compatible with 8.1.x as well. However, the new version does include some string changes, minor UI changes, and internal API changes (as well as more significant changes to experimental modules like the Migrate suite). This means that some small updates may be required for your translations, modules, and themes. See the announcement of the 8.1.0 release candidate for more background information.

SceneCity 1.0 adds procedural buildings

Blender 3D News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 22:47

In addition to using a library of static building models, SceneCity can now procedurally generate your buildings. Arnaud Couturier writes: Hello city lovers! SceneCity 1.0 has just been released, with a major new feature: procedural buildings! Some of you have been following my work on this project for several years (and will for the years [...]

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Holi - The festival of colors!

Blender 3D News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:27

Souvik Karmakar presents this beautiful colourful portrait. Hi there, This scene is made for the weekly cgc group! Hope you like, thanks!

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Help Blender win a webby

Blender 3D News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 09:07

Here's a personal call from Ton to vote for the Webby! The Webby is a very well known annual award for "the Best of the Internet". Winning a Webby is considered a big honour, especially in advertisement and commercial web business. These companies spend quite a lot on submitting, presenting and promoting their nominations. Blender [...]

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Teaser: Realistic Lighting in Blender Video Course

Blender 3D News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 07:24

Gleb teases us for his upcoming video course :) Gleb Alexandrov writes: Realistic Lighting in Blender is a 2-hour action-packed video course for artists (& nerds) who want to discover the creative side of lighting. Release Date: Officially launches on the 3rd of May, 2016. More info here.

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Memories 360° video with Blender

Blender 3D News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 03:22

It's quite cool to explore a landscape while flying around. Enjoy! (Tip: 'automatic' quality is quite bad for me - crank it up and go full screen). Radu Cius writes: Hi everyone. Render it's done very fast , all textures baked resolution - 4k samples - 5

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Blender institute's benchmarked files, speed tested with RenderStreet

Blender 3D News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 00:38

RenderStreet offers an extensive overview of rendering times - both for their own platform and for a selection of machines from the Blender Institute. Marius Iatan writes: We’re often asked how fast RenderStreet works. The Blender Institute published a set of files that are used internally by the Cycles developers, so we thought to give these [...]

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Model download: Emblems of the Soviet Union's Republics

Blender 3D News - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 22:37

A great collection of stylized Soviet emblems. Great stuff for your next game project! ILIA KUROCHKIN writes: Hello, I made this 3d emblems during my freelance project. Now i share it for free. There are all 15 Emblems of the Soviet Union's Republics. Hope you like it!

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3D Printable ring generator add-on

Blender 3D News - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 12:42

This is a fairly simple but useful add-on for jewelry designers. Ákos Nikházy writes: This is my fast produced 3D printable ring add-on for Blender. It is not too elegant in code and in its interface, but capable of adding 80 different rings all with official sizing from all over the world. To add a [...]

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Blend4Web Panda Contest

Blender 3D News - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 10:39

Blend4Web Team writes: Hello, friends! So, Spring is in the air, the sun shines through the clouds more and more often, and all of this brings a calm and peaceful mood. In light of this, our next contest will be dedicated to the ancient symbol of peace and friendship — the giant panda! As always, [...]

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Blender developers meeting notes - 18 April 2016

Blender 3D News - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 08:20

What will happen in Blender 2.8? Check out the full features recode list in this week's developer meeting notes! Ton writes: Below are the meeting notes from today's meeting in irc.freenode.net #blendercoders. Check meeting times in your local timezone. **1) Removal/recode list for Blender 2.8 ** This is the proposed list of features to recode [...]

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How to set up real-time collision avoidance in the Blender Game Engine

Blender 3D News - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 06:15

John Hamilton shows how to let the steering actuator avoid obstacles.

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Statue Among Autumn

Blender 3D News - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 04:10

By terrainer. Was working on this for a bit in WIP forums, getting difficult to work with and I have other projects in mind.

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My favourite Blender Art on Sketchfab this week

Blender 3D News - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 02:05

Here's another round of the best Blender 3D designs on Sketchfab. And remember: [add the #Blender tag](http://sketchfab.com/tags/blender) if you want me to find your work! Which is your favourite model? Biomech #1 by Phil Gosch on Sketchfab Rc radio transmitter by mik.a. on Sketchfab Alien Animal Animations by DennisH2010 on Sketchfab Erebus - Genesis Augmented [...]

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NUSofting Sinnah 1.0 Freeware Synth Released for Mac & Win VST & AU

Audio Freeware - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 00:58
NUSofting has announced the release of version 1.0 of the freeware AU/VST synth Sinnah, for Mac OS X and Windows. NUSofting says: "We anticipated the release of Sinnah 1.0, which was planned [Read More]

Tutorial: How To Render Cloth Simulation In Slow Motion

Blender 3D News - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 22:43

SVAFnemesis writes: I needed to animate a slow motion scene where there are cloth simulations inside. I didn't know how to do it so I went looking for a tutorial from all over youTube and blender community but to no avail. I asked a few experienced friend of mine and get a way to do [...]

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Blind Illusionist - Blender Showreel

Blender 3D News - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 12:18

Blind Illusionist writes: My Showreel with projects I created in Blender. :) Music by Ross Budgen. Thank you very much.

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