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Online Music Foundry releases "Granular Lite" for PadShop and PadShop Pro

Audio Freeware - Sat, 07/09/2016 - 01:20
Online Music Foundry has released Granular Lite, a free expansion pack for Steinberg's PadShop and PadShop Pro. With 16 manipulated stereo samples using various effects, this sound set is designed [Read More]

Video: Move

Blender 3D News - Sat, 07/09/2016 - 00:15

totom writes: Hello , my name is Totom , I have worked with blender for a long time and recently I worked more animation characters , so I wanted to show you some examples with this mix animation . I'm motion designer so i tried to do somethings beetween motion design and animation. Thanks Totom

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Curious about 3D Animation? What is the Animator’s Journey?

Blender 3D News - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 04:10

Lee Salvemini writes: A collection of thoughts and findings working as an Animator in various situations and places. I thought I'd share an article on animation as a career, whether it be freelancing, working at an animation studio, or even funding your own projects! Happy Blending! -Lee

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Kid Astronaut

Blender 3D News - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 02:05

By Carlos Garcia Siino. Something I'm currently working on for a project. Really like how it's turning out! Hope you guys like it as well!

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Benjy Bloom

Blender 3D News - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 00:00

Jim trim writes: Hi everyone, ....The first full Benjy Bloom sketch is here!! And if you missed his introduction... I'd love to know what people think of the character and/or the animation. Thanks once again and I hope you enjoy :D - James.

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Drupal 7.50 released

Drupal - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 11:28

Drupal 7.50, the next release in the Drupal 7 series, is now available for download. It contains a variety of new features, improvements, and bug fixes (no security fixes).

Wait... Drupal 7.50?

Yes, there is a version jump compared to the previous 7.44 release; this is to indicate that this Drupal 7 point release is a bit larger than past ones and makes a few more changes and new features available than normal.

Updating your existing Drupal 7 sites is recommended. Backwards compatibility is still being maintained, although read on to find out about a couple of changes that might need your attention during the update.

Download Drupal 7.50 Notable changes

There are a variety of new features, performance improvements, security-related enhancements (although no fixes for direct security vulnerabilities) and other notable changes in this release. The release notes provide a comprehensive list, but here are some highlights.

New "administer fields" permission added for trusted users

The administrative interface for adding and configuring fields has always been something that only trusted users should have access to. To make that easier, there is now a dedicated permission which is required (in addition to other existing administrative permissions) to be able to access the field UI.

For example, you can now assign the "administer taxonomy" permission (but withhold the new "administer fields" permission) to allow low-level administrators to manage taxonomy terms but not change the field structure. Read the change record for more information.

Protection against clickjacking enabled by default

Clickjacking is a technique a malicious site owner can use to attempt attacks on other sites, by embedding the victim's site into an iframe on their own site.

To stop this, Drupal will now prevent your site from being embedded in an iframe on another domain. This is the default behavior, but it can be adjusted if necessary; see the change record to find out more.

Support for full UTF-8 (emojis, Asian symbols, mathematical symbols) is now possible on MySQL

If content creators on your site have been clamoring to use emojis, it's now possible on Drupal sites running MySQL (it was previously possible on PostgreSQL and SQLite). Turning this capability on requires the database to meet certain requirements, plus editing the site's settings.php file and potentially other steps, as described in the change record.

Improved support for recent PHP versions, including PHP 7

Drupal core's automated test suite is now fully passing on a variety of environments where there were previously some failures (PHP 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, and 7). We have also fixed several bugs affecting those versions. These PHP versions are officially supported by Drupal 7 and recommended for use where possible.

Because PHP 7 is the newest release (and not yet used on many production sites) extra care should still be taken with it, and there are some known bugs, especially in contributed modules (see the discussion for more details). However anecdotal evidence from a variety of users suggests that Drupal 7 can be successfully used on PHP 7, both before and after the 7.50 release.

Improved performance (and new PHP warnings) when Drupal is trying to find a file that does not exist

When Drupal cannot find a file that it expects to be in the filesystem, it will no longer continually search for it on a large number of page requests (previously, this could significantly hurt your site's performance). Instead, it will record a PHP warning about the problem.

Read the change record for more information, and make sure your production site is not configured to show warning messages like this on the screen, since it is not desirable for site visitors to see them. (In order to configure this, go to "Administration" → "Configuration" → "Development" → "Logging and errors" and set the "Error messages to display" option to "None".)

Improvements to help search engines index your site's images/CSS/JavaScript

Modern search engine web crawlers read images, CSS and JavaScript (just like a regular web browser) when crawling a site, and they use this information to improve search results.

Drupal's default robots.txt file now includes rules to allow search engines to access more of these files than it previously allowed them to, which may help certain search engines better index your site. See the change record for additional details.

More information
  • You can find the full list of changes between the previous 7.44 release and the current 7.50 release by reading the 7.50 release notes.
  • Also see the release notes for additional update information and known issues discovered after the release.
  • You can find a complete list of all changes in the stable 7.x branch in the git commit log.
  • Translators should be aware of a few administrative-facing translatable string changes and additions in this release.
Security information Future releases
  • Drupal 7 is being actively maintained, so more maintenance releases will be made available, according to our monthly release cycle.
  • We will consider continuing to do larger Drupal 7 releases like this one every six months or so (where the next larger release will be 7.60, in keeping with Drupal's new release cycle) if there is interest and continued contributions from the community. See the ongoing discussion for further details.
New Drupal 7 co-mainainers

In case you missed the news earlier, we recently added two new Drupal 7 co-maintainers: Fabianx (@fabianfranz) and stefan.r (@stefan_arrr)! Despite only having been official maintainers for the past two weeks, they put in an enormous amount of effort and skill into Drupal 7.50, which was essential in getting it out the door with all the improvements mentioned above.

Credits

Overall, 230 people were credited with helping to fix issues included in this release:

akoepke, alanburke, Alan D., alberto56, Albert Volkman, alexmoreno, alexpott, amontero, andypost, ar-jan, arosboro, askibinski, attiks, basvredeling, beejeebus, benjy, Berdir, bmateus, borisson_, botris, bradjones1, brianV, broeker, c960657, Carsten Müller, catch, checker, chintan.vyas, chirhotec, Christian DeLoach, ChristophWeber, chx, cilefen, ciss, ckng, colinmccabe, corbacho, criz, cspitzlay, cwoky, dagmar, DamienMcKenna, damien_vancouver, darol100, Darren Oh, das-peter, Dave Reid, davic, david_garcia, David_Rothstein, dawehner, dcam, DerekL, donutdan4114, droplet, DuaelFr, e._s, eesquibel, eiriksm, Elijah Lynn, emcniece, Eric_A, EvanSchisler, ExTexan, Fabianx, felribeiro, fgm, fietserwin, forestgardener, gcardinal, geerlingguy, gielfeldt, Girish-jerk, greggles, GrigoriuNicolae, Gábor Hojtsy, hass, Henrik Opel, heyyo, hgoto, hussainweb, idebr, ifrik, imanol.eguskiza, IRuslan, izaaksom, jackbravo, jacob.embree, jbekker, jbeuckm, jduhls, jenlampton, jeroen.b, jhodgdon, jibran, joachim, joegraduate, joelpittet, johnpicozzi, joseph.olstad, joshtaylor, Josh Waihi, jp.stacey, jsacksick, jthorson, JvE, jweowu, kala4ek, Kars-T, Ken Ficara, kenorb, kevinquillen, Kgaut, KhaledBlah, klausi, klokie, kristiaanvandeneynde, kristofferwiklund, ksenzee, k_zoltan, leschekfm, Liam Morland, lOggOl, lokapujya, Lowell, lucastockmann, Lukas von Blarer, maciej.zgadzaj, marcelovani, mariagwyn, Mark Theunissen, marvin_B8, maximpodorov, mayaz17, MegaChriz, mfb, mgifford, micaelamenara, mikeytown2, Mile23, mimran, minax.de, miro_dietiker, mistermoper, Mixologic, mohit_aghera, mondrake, mpv, mr.baileys, MustangGB, Neograph734, nevergone, nicholas.alipaz, nicrodgers, NikitaJain, nithinkolekar, nod_, Noe_, onelittleant, opdavies, orbmantell, oriol_e9g, ParisLiakos, pashupathi nath gajawada, Peacog, Perignon, Peter Bex, peterpoe, pfrenssen, PieterDC, pietmarcus, pjcdawkins, pjonckiere, Polonium, pounard, presleyd, pwaterz, pwolanin, rafaolf, rbmboogie, realityloop, rhclayto, rocketeerbkw, rpayanm, rupertj, Sagar Ramgade, sanduhrs, scor, scottalan, scuba_fly, sdstyles, snehi, soaratul, SocialNicheGuru, Spleshka, stefan.r, stovak, sun, Sutharsan, svanou, Sweetchuck, swentel, sylus, s_leu, tadityar, talhaparacha, tatisilva, tbradbury, therealssj, travelvc, TravisCarden, TravisJohnston, treyhunner, tsphethean, tstoeckler, tucho, tuutti, twistor, TwoD, typhonius, vasi1186, Wim Leers, Xano, xjm, yannickoo, yched, YesCT, zaporylie, Zerdiox, and znerol.

(This list was auto-generated, so apologies if anyone was left out.)

Your name could be on a list like this in the future; see the Ways to get involved page to find out how.

Thank you to everyone who helped with Drupal 7.50!

Cosmos Laundromat wins SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival Jury's Choice Award

Blender 3D News - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 07:51

This just arrived in my mailbox: Cosmos Laundromat has been awarded the Jury's Choice of the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival - a HUGE honor. Congratulations and a big hug to the entire crew behind this amazing production! There's no online information available yet, will update this post once the information becomes available on their website.

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

A roadmap for making Drupal more API-first

Drupal - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 07:06

Republished from buytaert.net

In one of my recent blog posts, I articulated a vision for the future of Drupal's web services, and at DrupalCon New Orleans, I announced the API-first initiative for Drupal 8. I believe that there is considerable momentum behind driving the web services initiative. As such, I want to provide a progress report, highlight some of the key people driving the work, and map the proposed vision from the previous blog post onto a rough timeline.

Here is a bird's-eye view of the plan for the next twelve months:

8.2 (Q4 2016) 8.3 (Q2 2017) Beyond 8.3 (2017+) New REST API capabilities
Waterwheel initial release New REST API capabilities
JSON API module GraphQL module?
Entity graph iterator? New REST API capabilities

Wim Leers (Acquia) and Daniel Wehner (Chapter Three) have produced a comprehensive list of the top priorities for the REST module. We're introducing significant REST API advancements in Drupal 8.2 and 8.3 in order to improve the developer experience and extend the capabilities of the REST API. We've been focused on configuration entity support, simplified REST configuration, translation and file upload support, pagination, and last but not least, support for user login, logout and registration. All this work starts to address differences between core's REST module and various contributed modules like Services and RELAXed Web Services. More details are available in my previous blog post.

Many thanks to Wim Leers (Acquia), Daniel Wehner (Chapter Three), Ted Bowman (Acquia),Alex Pott (Chapter Three), and others for their work on Drupal core's REST modules. Though there is considerable momentum behind efforts in core, we could always benefit from new contributors. Please consider taking a look at the REST module issue queue to help!

Waterwheel initial release

As I mentioned in my previous post, there has been exciting work surrounding Waterwheel, an SDK for JavaScript developers building Drupal-backed applications. If you want to build decoupled applications using a JavaScript framework (e.g. Angular, Ember, React, etc.) that use Drupal as a content repository, stay tuned for Waterwheel's initial release later this year.

Waterwheel aims to facilitate the construction of JavaScript applications that communicate with Drupal. Waterwheel's JavaScript library allows JavaScript developers to work with Drupal without needing deep knowledge of how requests should be authenticated against Drupal, what request headers should be included, and how responses are molded into particular data structures.

The Waterwheel Drupal module adds a new endpoint to Drupal's REST API allowing Waterwheel to discover entity resources and their fields. In other words, Waterwheel intelligently discovers and seamlessly integrates with the content model defined on any particular Drupal 8 site.

A wider ecosystem around Waterwheel is starting to grow as well. Gabe Sullice, creator of the Entity Query API module, has contributed an integration of Waterwheel which opens the door to features such as sorts, conditions and ranges. The Waterwheel team welcomes early adopters as well as those working on other REST modules such as JSON API and RELAXed or using native HTTP clients in JavaScript frameworks to add their own integrations to the mix.

Waterwheel is the currently the work of Matt Grill (Acquia) and Preston So (Acquia), who are developing the JavaScript library, and Ted Bowman (Acquia), who is working on the Drupal module.

JSON API module

In conjunction with the ongoing efforts in core REST, parallel work is under way to build a JSON API module that embraces the JSON API specification. JSON API is a particular implementation of REST that provides conventions for resource relationships, collections, filters, pagination, and sorting, in addition to error handling and full test coverage. These conventions help developers build clients faster and encourages reuse of code.

Thanks to Mateu Aguiló BoschEd Faulkner and Gabe Sullice, who are spearheading the JSON API module work. The module could be ready for production use by the end of this year and included as an experimental module in core by 8.3. Contributors to JSON API are meeting weekly to discuss progress moving forward.

Beyond 8.3: GraphQL and entity graph iterator

While these other milestones are either certain or in the works, there are other projects gathering steam. Chief among these is GraphQL, which is a query language I highlighted in my Barcelona keynote and allows for clients to tailor the responses they receive based on the structure of the requests they issue.

One of the primary outcomes of the New Orleans web services discussion was the importance of a unified approach to iterating Drupal's entity graph; both GraphQL and JSON API require such an "entity graph iterator." Though much of this is still speculative and needs greater refinement, eventually, such an "entity graph iterator" could enable other functionality such as editable API responses (e.g. aliases for custom field names and timestamp formatters) and a unified versioning strategy for web services. However, more help is needed to keep making progress, and in absence of additional contributors, we do not believe this will land in Drupal until after 8.3.

Thanks to Sebastian Siemssen, who has been leading the effort around this work, which is currently available on GitHub.

Validating our work and getting involved

In order to validate all of the progress we've made, we need developers everywhere to test and experiment with what we're producing. This means stretching the limits of our core REST offerings, trying out JSON API for your own Drupal-backed applications, reporting issues and bugs as you encounter them, and participating in the discussions surrounding this exciting vision. Together, we can build towards a first-class API-first Drupal.

Special thanks to Preston So for contributions to this blog post and to Wim Leers for feedback during its writing.

Blender Used In Warcraft (2016) Feature Film

Blender 3D News - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 02:05

KennedyRichard writes: Visual Effects Supervisor Bill Westenhofer talks about his work on Warcraft (2016) on MovieMaker website. See the entire interview here. Below is the excerpt where he explains how he used Blender to add a creature to the film (nice, isn't it?!!!): MM: You’ve worked on a lot of big visual effects films, but [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Multiball 2.77 - 8 Rigged Ball Models

Blender 3D News - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 00:00

waylow writes: I have recently released a free rig which is actually 8 different bouncing ball types within one flexible and easy rig. Features: Bone layers UI Squash and Stretch controls Independent spin control Swap ball geometry (8 types) Download it here. Now blenderheads have no excuse not to practice their animation skills! Happy animating.

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Short Sci-fi Film: Saurora

Blender 3D News - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 12:39

Pavel Siska created an absolutely stunning Sci-fi short in Blender. I'll feature an interview with him next week - what would you like to ask him? Leave your questions in the comments below and I'll include the best ones in the interview! Pavel writes: An underwater rescue mission on a remote planet centered around two [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

PBR Materials Addon

Blender 3D News - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 04:10

Marco writes: PBR Materials is an Addon that organizes Metals, Dielectrics and Procedural Textures for an easy to use experience Story It all began a little more than a month ago when Mourad Ghafiri introduced me to the world of PBR. PBR means Physically Based Rendering, and Cycles doesn’t do everything correctly for PBR. So [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Overmuch: Mei Overwatch (Fanimation)

Blender 3D News - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 02:05

dillongoo writes: Hey guys! Dillon here. Just finished an Overwatch Fanimation that I made in Blender. I once again utilized the Perception Neuron mocap suit and took me about 2 weeks or so to make. Hope you guys like it! P.S. Overwatch is so funnnn.

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

World Blender Meetup Day 2016 Replay

Blender 3D News - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 00:00

daraand writes: World Blender Meetup Day 2016 recorded content is now online and available for all! World Blender Meetup Day happened in February 27th, 2016. It was a gathering of Blender enthusiasts worldwide featuring Blender workshops, talks and art. The replay is available now.

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

10 New Road HDRIs + backplates & tons of bonus content

Blender 3D News - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 10:25

Greg Zaal writes: Hey folks :) I've just released some new HDRIs that I shot with Rico Cilliers down in Cape Town last month. This time they come with a whole bunch of free matching backplates that you can composite your car renders into. Check them out here. The HDRIs are only $6.95 each, though [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Juno Ju-X updates "Hosting AU" microDAW to v1.5.0 for OS X

Audio Freeware - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 09:25
Juno Ju-X has updated its free Hosting AU to version 1.5.0. Hosting AU is a micro-sized digital audio player for Mac OS X that hosts Audio Unit instrument and effect plug-ins. It comes with 4ch+1 [Read More]

Blendiberia 2016 (July 15,16 & 17)

Blender 3D News - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 08:20

Oliver Villar writes: Hi, everyone! Blendiberia is a Spanish Blender free event that has been going on for 12 years. It's an itinerary event: each year, a different person organises it in a different city. This year I'm the organizer and a lot of things are going on! The physical event will be hosted at [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Blender Guru: Top Blender Artworks from May+June 2016

Blender 3D News - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 06:15

Reynante shares his favorite artwork from the last two months. Following the last two month’s roundup of the best Blender artworks, here are the cream of the crop from June (in no particular order). Enjoy!

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

How to dynamically fit doors/windows on walls

Blender 3D News - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 04:10

Great little trick here, even if it only works well on low-poly models! jacobathias writes: This tutorial I show how to put doors into walls without destructing your mesh, it's a great tutorial for those who work with architecture modeling... enjoy!

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Beginner Project - Rock Stream Environment

Blender 3D News - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 02:05

Aidy Burrows writes: After doing a few of these beginner projects the goal is to get any newcomer to a point where they'll not be able to consider themselves a beginner anymore. After this quick environment project you'll know about... Quick rock creation method Procedural texturing tricks Procedural modeling tricks with modifiers Isolating 'up' or [...]

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