Media Technology News

Carve a Text from a Wooden Block

Blender 3D News - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 08:10

Akash Hamirwasia writes: This is another awesome text effect tutorial! I was thinking to do a tutorial on a text effect, as I didn’t do it for a while, so I made this…. Carve a Text or a logo from a Wooden Plank in Blender. Looks really good, and is really very easy to create. [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Addon: ShapeKey Helpers

Blender 3D News - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 04:05

This addon adds three features to make working with shapekeys more efficient. I’ve been rigging a lot lately, and I’ve found some invaluable add ons for the task at hand, I’ll probably write a post later on related on how I would go about rigging a character. In any case, this is one very tiny [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Rock Essentials: The Crow's Cave

Blender 3D News - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 00:05

Mason Menzies writes: Made with Blender, Zbrush and Photoshop using The Rock Essentials and Pro Lighting: Skies From Blender Guru. Breakdown:

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Wavosaur updated to v1.2 for Windows

Audio Freeware - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 15:06
Wavosaur has been updated to v 1.2.0.0. Changes: New spectrum analysis: with precise real-time display. Output routing is in .cfg file. New option to keep *.rec files (in case of crash). Oscilloscope [Read More]

Smartwatches Go Fancy with Blender & Blend4Web!

Blender 3D News - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 11:16

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 [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

What’s new on Drupal.org? - July 2016

Drupal - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 08:49

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:

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

Drupal 8.2 is coming soon, scheduled for release on October 5th. The beta period for this point release began on August 3rd, and so towards the end of July we spent some time supporting the Core developers who were trying to get their features ready for inclusion in the beta period. In particular, we updated PhantomJS to version 2.1.1 in our DrupalCI containers, to allow Core developers to test javascript interactions for file uploads—part of the new quick edit features targetted for this point release.

Deprecated unstable releases

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.

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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.

Follow us on Twitter for regular updates: @drupal_org, @drupal_infra

Parola - A unique CG Video

Blender 3D News - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 06:20

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 [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Anwida Soft releases DX Reverb Light 3.0 - Free Reverb Plug-in Now 64-bit For Mac & Win (VST & AU)

Audio Freeware - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 04:27
Anwida Soft has released version 3.0 of the freeware DX Reverb Light plug-in for Mac OS X and Windows. Changes: Now available for 64-bit OSes. [Read More]

Voxengo updates MSED, Stereo Touch and Deft Compressor plug-ins

Audio Freeware - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 04:16
Voxengo has updated Deft Compressor, an audio track and bus compressor plugin, to v1.7. Changes: Added Pro Tools 12+ AAX-64 support. Reduced plugin file size considerably for faster loading. [Read More]

Blender Institute Podcast Ep. #036 - Feedback

Blender 3D News - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 04:15

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, [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Introduction to Retopology [$]

Blender 3D News - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 02:22

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.

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Community based training: 2D to CG Animation

Blender 3D News - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 00:00

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 [...]

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EasyBlend.org indexes Blender resources

Blender 3D News - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 13:00

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 [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Bingoshakerz launches Summer Sale and offers 2 Free Downloads (for Spire, Sylenth1, Massive and more)

Audio Freeware - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 07:39
Bingoshakerz has launched a Summer Sale offering sample packs, plug-in presets, MIDI and more with a 40% discount at bingoshakerz.com They are also offering two of their packs for download for [Read More]

Ati e la paleodieta mediterranea

Blender 3D News - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 06:29

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 [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Soundslates updates Moody Sampler to v0.3

Audio Freeware - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 05:45
Soundslates has updated the free Moody sampler plugin to version 0.3. This release includes fixes and new features. New features: MIDI learn. Parameters routing to velocity. Mix parameter for [Read More]

FeelYourSound releases IsoPad - Free Touch MIDI Keyboard for Windows

Audio Freeware - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 04:53
FeelYourSound has released IsoPad, a free Windows touch MIDI keyboard. With IsoPad you can use your Windows tablet to play electronic MIDI instruments with your fingers. Connect IsoPad to your [Read More]

Hardsurface modeling: Create a cap for a pen

Blender 3D News - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 04:05

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.

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Cheese Attack

Blender 3D News - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 02:05

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 [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Blender Cloud: Introducing Feedback Sessions

Blender 3D News - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 00:00

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 [...]

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