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Video: Hackerspace intro

Blender 3D News - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 13:35

Vaticinator writes: I want to share with you the short intro to the association Hackerspace: Wroclaw. Hackerspace it's a name of spaces/labs for makers and hackers who often do crazy things with electronic stuff. The intro is an opening for any video or lectures. It's mostly done in Blender with small postprocessing in After Effects. [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Trailer: Out of the Blue

Blender 3D News - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:29

Japanese student Takanobu Hirano presents the trailer of his graduation project. This is my graduation work! I have made this short film in about 5 months. Music and sound effects were made by my artist friend. You can watch its trailer from link below. I'm Japanese student, and now I'm trying to find a studio [...]

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MeldaProduction updates MDrummer to 6.07

Audio Freeware - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 08:50
MeldaProduction has updated MDrummer to 6.07, providing several new features, optimizations, improvements and fixes. The update is free as always and can be downloaded directly from MeldaProduction [Read More]

What's new on - January 2017

Drupal - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 08:42

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. updates Recognizing more types of contribution in the Marketplace

We were very pleased to announce an expansion of the issue credit system into a broader contribution credit system which recognizes more than just code contributions for the purposes of ranking organizations in the marketplace.

We now calculate the following 4 types of contribution into overall contribution credit:

User research for the upcoming industry pages

In a previous blog post on, we talked about our increasing focus on the adoption journey and our plans to create industry specific landing pages on In January we did extensive user research with people in media and publishing, higher education, and government, which will be the first industries we promote. We're hoping to launch these pages very soon, so keep an eye on the home page.

Preparing for community elections for the Drupal Association board

The elections process for the community seats on the Drupal Association board kicks off with self-nominations in February each year. This means that we dedicated some time in January to making small refinements and improvements to the nomination process. In particular we've added more in-context educational materials about the board to the self-nomination form, including a video by executive director Megan Sanicki. We've also refined our candidate questions to help candidates express their unique qualifications.

If you're interested in bringing your perspective to the Drupal Association board, please nominate yourself.

Membership history messaging

To make it easier for members to understand their membership history, we've added new messaging to the membership join and renew pages. Users who go to join or renew their Drupal Association membership will now see a message indicating their current membership expiration date, their last contribution amount, a link to contribute again, and their auto-renewal status.

Migration of Drupal Association content to

In January we also migrated the majority of content from to a new section on itself. This effort is part of our larger content restructure initiative. By moving Drupal Association content into we hope to increase discoverability of information about the DA, and create a tighter integration between Drupal Association news and the front-page news feed.

DrupalCI Checkstyle results now available on the DrupalCI dispatcher

Thanks to community member mile23, DrupalCI now supports automated code style testing. To see checkstyle results for any test on, click on the test result bubble and then click the 'view results' link to view the detailed test results on DrupalCI's jenkins dispatcher.

We're still gathering input and feedback for this initial release of the checkstyle feature, as we decide how to integrate the checkstyle results more tightly with If you have feedback or suggestions please leave your comments in this issue: #1299710: [meta] Automate the coding-standards part of patch review.

Updated testing environments

DrupalCI supports testing code against a matrix of php and database versions. In January we updated the php environments that DrupalCI supports, so that you can test against the minimum supported versions or the latest point releases. Our 5.X containers have been upgraded to the latest version for each minor release (5.3.29, 5.4.45, 5.5.38, 5.6.29). The singular PHP 7 environment that we were using was following the 7.0.x branch of php7. This has now been expanded into four php 7 environments, 7.0 (7.0.14), 7.1 (7.1.0), 7.0.x, and 7.1.x.

The dev versions of php are primarily intended for Core to sense upstream changes to php before they become released, as our comprehensive test suite often finds unanticipated bugs in php7. Additionally some missing features in the php7 containers were added, specifically apcu.

Local testing improvements

DrupalCI has always supported local testing, in order to allow developers to test changes on their own machines. This is helpful for several reasons: it allows people to test on their own machines before triggering one of the DrupalCI test bots, it lets users troubleshoot failing tests, and it helps to eliminate the 'works on my machine' problem where code appears to work in a local environment, but fails on the test bots.

To make local testing even easier, DrupalCI now automatically generates a vagrant environment for local testing. To use this functionality simply clone the drupalci_testrunner.git repo and then run $ vagrant up from within the directory. Furthermore, DrupalCI can download a build.yml file from a url to replicate any test that has been run on More information about this will be added to the DrupalCI documentation soon.

Adding test priority

DrupalCI runs thousands of tests of the Drupal codebase for core and contrib modules every month. These tests include commit and patch testing for the active development which may be occurring at any time day or night, as well as the hundreds of daily regression tests run for both core and contrib projects. To help make testing more responsive, we've added a notion of testing priority. When there is a queue of waiting tests, Drupal 8 core patch tests will take priority; followed by D8 branch tests; followed by D8 contrib tests; followed by Drupal 7 patch, branch, and contrib tests.

Community Initiatives Project Applications Revamp

Our primary community initiative priority for the first quarter of the new year is the Project Application Revamp. There are four phases to the revamp: 1) preserving security advisory coverage signals about projects, 2) transitioning security advisory coverage to an opt-in process, 3) opening the gates to allow any user to promote a project to full and create releases, 4) building new tools to incentivize code review and provide code quality signals on project pages. One of the changes we made as part of phase 1 was to adjust the way recommended releases are highlighted on project pages.

Contrib Documentation Migration

Project maintainers are now able to create documentation guides on their projects using the new documentation content types. Maintainers can then migrate their old documentation content into these new guides, or create new documentation pages. For more information about this process, please consult our guide to contrib documentation.

Help port Dreditor features to

Are you a power user who relies on Dreditor? Markcarver is currently leading the charge to port Dreditor features to, and invites anyone interested in contributing to join him in #dreditor on freenode IRC or the Dreditor GitHub.


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

Worm - short

Blender 3D News - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 08:41

Piotr's short video gave me a good laugh :-) My new short made with Blender. Maybe not ambitious, but I had fun during work.

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

SynthIV releases IV Line 2.0 (beta)

Audio Freeware - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 08:33
SynthIV has updated their IV Line synthesizer/sequencer to version 2.0 (beta). Brand new MIDI capabilities, stylized graphics, and extra controls are all available in the updated version. Update [Read More]

Voxel Challenge: The Robots are Coming!

Blender 3D News - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 05:13

If you're into voxel design, here's a fun challenge I just launched over at Sketchfab. Enter and you could win an Arduino-based Bluetooth controlled robot. We all know the robots are coming – to take our jobs, drive our cars or make our coffee. But what else could they do, and what will they look [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

My favourite Blender Art on Sketchfab: 2017, week 7

Blender 3D News - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 02:05

Here's my latest overview of the best Blender work on Sketchfab this week. And remember: add the #Blender tag if you want me to find your work! Jinsei Skin + Alt Helmet + Raiji Syandana by led2012 on Sketchfab Cross-Eye by ChrisLee on Sketchfab New Robot Delivery by bozhena_shpuntova on Sketchfab "Chrono Trigger" - Crono [...]

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Basic Video Editing using the V.S.E.

Blender 3D News - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 00:44

Darkfall shows how he edits his videos with the Blender VSE. A few people have asked how I edit my videos and I thought I would make a tutorial on the VSE. This tutorial is aimed at those of you who may not have even touched the VSE yet or those who would like to [...]

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Blender sighting in Agility Robotics 'Cassie' robot video

Blender 3D News - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 04:10

Anthony Rosbottom spotted this (short) Blender sighting in a video that's been going around the web. At 1m 56s of this youtube video Blender3d can be spotted in use by an advanced robotics company, Agility Robotics, a company spun off from Oregon State University. It shows 'Cassie' an advanced two-legged robot currently planned for real [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Musical Entropy updates Guitar Gadgets (KVRDC14) to v1.3.4

Audio Freeware - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 03:49
Guitar Gadgets, Musical Entropy's contribution to the KVR Developer Challenge 2014, has been updated to version 1.3.4. Since version 1.2.2, the plug-in has been improved with a few bug fixes, [Read More]

Ardour updated to v5.6

Audio Freeware - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 03:46
Ardour has been updated to v5.6. Although there are no major new features in this release, there is the usual list of dozens of bug fixes major and minor, plus some workflow and GUI enhancements. [Read More]

Tutorial: The Low Poly Pirate Scene

Blender 3D News - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 02:05

You should know by now that I love Low Poly style work. So check out this tutorial by Gabz, who creates this awesome low poly pirate chest in no less than 16 video tutorials! In this tutorial we create a Low Poly Pirate Chest, with awesome details like nails, locks, hinges and a badass skull!

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Blender Developers meeting notes, February 12, 2017

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

Here are the notes from today's meeting in #blendercoders. Most notably, some bugs crept into 2.78b which means we'll soon see a 2.78c release. Ton writes: 1) Blender 2.78b performance release Not everything went OK... three issues were reported that would need to be solved: OSX build had wrong cuda kernels. GLSL viewport is [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Autodafe releases G&S Custom Work 2.0 Drum Kits for Kontakt

Audio Freeware - Sun, 02/12/2017 - 04:16
Autodafe has released G&S Custom Work 2.0 Drum Kits for Kontakt 5 Full. This is a new and improved version of the G&S Custom Work library that was released by Salvador Pelaez back in [Read More]

Time-lapse : Modeling a Curtain

Blender 3D News - Sun, 02/12/2017 - 00:00

You might be tempted to use cloth simulation to create a curtain, but a good modeler can create a high-quality result too! Check out this time-lapse by talgworld.

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Blender room modeling for Unity 5

Blender 3D News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 12:15

jayanam writes: In this tutorial I show techniques for modeling walls and rooms with Blender and exporting these models as FBX to Unity 5 game engine. I also add some PBR textures from the page "substance share" to the floor in the environment.

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Meet Blender! (Amsterdam, Feb 25)

Blender 3D News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 08:10

mdewanchand writes: On the 25th of February ZB45 Makerspace Amsterdam organises a Meet Blender day. On this day young students who have participated in previous Blender workshops can show their work, discuss and ask questions. Newcomers, young and old, are also welcome to try some tutorials from There will be people around to help [...]

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PBR shader for Quixel (Spec/Gloss Workflow)

Blender 3D News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 04:05

Packsod presents a Blendershader group for use with Quixel SUITE. I noticed that there was several good pbr shadergroups created by Blender users,yeah,they are handsome,however, they are all designed for Metallic/Roughness Workflow(like Substance Suite). So I create this shader for Spec/Gloss PBR Workflow(Such as Quixel SUITE),for myself & the guys who need it. You can download it form [...]

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Blender table modeling with animated drawer : Livestream

Blender 3D News - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 00:00

jayanam writes: This is the recording of my last Blender livestream for modeling a table with an animated drawer, I added the animations "Open" and "Close" in the Actioneditor.

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