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Game Prototype - Low Poly Art

Blender 3D News - Fri, 04/07/2017 - 08:17

A cute looking prototype game made by Pierre Bourgerie and his brother Emmanuel. It appears that you have to get your car out from the messy parking/traffic to pass the level. I like the simplistic art and pastel colors, a relaxing look for a probably nerve wrecking game! P.S I spoke to Pierre and asked [...]

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Yan's Daily Tips #096 - Voldemort Meets Boolean - Blender Tutorial

Blender 3D News - Fri, 04/07/2017 - 03:30

Yanal Sosak writes: Boolean tool can be very helpful to add shapes when sculpting in Blender, i will show you an interesting way to use it with your sculpts in this episode :).

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SceneTerrain 1.0 released [$]

Blender 3D News - Fri, 04/07/2017 - 02:23

Arnaud Couturier writes: Hello fellow Blender artists, Today I released version 1.0 of my terrain generator addon: SceneTerrain. The main new feature is the addition of population layers. They will help you have realistic population placement and density. So you can have larger and natural-looking forests easily, as well as having control on what tree [...]

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Batman Beyond Statue

Blender 3D News - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 23:21

Alvaro Ribeiro worked on a Batman Beyond Statue for Prime1 Studio. Zbrush and Blender was used to get the job done. Blender was used to model the base and bat-rang. The Batman model was given to Alvaro by the game company, which was made by Christopher Cao (links below). Alvaro Ribeiro Batman Statue -/- Christopher [...]

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Quick Tip: Saving Lost Sculpted Details

Blender 3D News - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 14:37

pavla writes: Have you ever lost sculpted detail and form when retopologizing? There's a way to get it back (without having to repeat work). This Blender Quick-Tip looks at an easy way to restore these details for continued sculpting with multi-resolution.

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Corvette Stingray C7 - Blender Animation

Blender 3D News - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 10:25

A short but impressive car animation made by Daniel Vesterbaek. The lighting and attention on the materials really made it pop!

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AmpTrack Technologies launches Amped Studio - Free Hybrid Digital Audio Workstation - Web-Based & Offline Software DAW

Audio Freeware - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 09:13
Amptrack Technologies has announced the release of Amped Studio, a hybrid Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) offering an online music creation platform that works both in the cloud and natively. [Read More]

Anodized - Car Paint [$]

Blender 3D News - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 06:15

Try Johnson Martin's Car Paint pack if you need to quickly set up convincing car materials or other anodized materials. Create stunning anodized vehicle and car renders with this anodized car paint material equipped with realistic falloff and color options based on physical paints. Features: A single node for simple and easy control. Color, Roughness, [...]

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Exporting a Blender Scene to Nuke

Blender 3D News - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 04:10

Sean Kennedy shares his experiences with getting your Blender work into Nuke for compositing. If you’re going to use Blender in a professional environment, especially to compliment your work as a compositor (as I do), then moving your 3D scene from Blender and into The Foundry’s Nuke is more or less a necessity at some [...]

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Yan's Daily Tips #095 - Decimate Pro Tip - Blender Tutorial

Blender 3D News - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 02:05

Yanal Sosak writes: Decimate modifier can be used for many things, and can be particularly helpful with your sculpting. In this episode I will show you a cool way to use it.

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Tachikoma

Blender 3D News - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 23:49

An amazing render of a Tachikoma by Ilya Shichkin. What stands out the most is the motion going on, a great choice to include that in the image. The material of the robot is killer as well. A Tachikoma is a fictional artificial intelligence, walker/roller in the Ghost in the Shell universe. What do you [...]

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Drupal 8.3.0 is now available

Drupal - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 15:03

Drupal 8.3.0, the third 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.

What's new in Drupal 8.3.0?

This new version includes improvements to authoring experience, site administration, REST support, and a stable version of the BigPipe module. It also includes new experimental modules to abstract workflow functionality, to lay out content types differently (e.g. articles are two column vs. press releases are three column), and to provide a general layout API for contributed modules. Many smaller improvements for the experimental Content Moderation module are included as well. (Experimental modules are provided with Drupal core for testing purposes, but are not yet fully supported.)

Download Drupal 8.3.0

New and improved content authoring

Drupal 8.3 ships with the updated CKEditor 4.6, which contains a host of improvements, including better paste from Word, and a new default skin that better matches Drupal's Seven administration theme. We've also added the AutoGrow plugin, to better utilize larger screen sizes.

Quick editing images now supports drag and drop.

Site building and administrative improvements

Drupal 8.3 ships with a redesigned admin status report, to better surface important status messages for your site.

Other incremental enhancements include:

  • The Views listing page is now standardized with other administrative listings.
  • The "Allowed HTML tags" input has been converted to a textarea, which significantly improves the usability of HTML filter configuration (and thereby makes it easier to configure filters securely.)
  • The Content and People overview pages' Views filters have been rearranged to match the column order of the listing, for more intuitive filtering.
  • Image fields are now limited to only accepting images, so that users on mobile clients are not offered a confusing and non-functional video upload option.
BigPipe for perceived performance

The Drupal 8 BigPipe module (now stable!) 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.

The core BigPipe improvements introduced in 8.3.0 are also utilized by the Sessionless BigPipe contributed module to use the same technique for serving the first (yet uncached) response to anonymous visitors.

Platform features for web services

Drupal 8.3 continues to expand Drupal's support for web services that benefit decoupled sites and applications, with bug fixes, improved responses, and new features. It is now possible to register users from the REST API, 403 responses now return a reason why access was denied, for greatly improved developer experience, and anonymous REST API performance has been increased by 60% when utilizing the internal page cache. The REST API also got a massive overhaul of its test coverage.

Experimental: Choose different form and view display layouts for your entity types

The new experimental Field Layout module provides the ability for site builders to rearrange fields on content types, block types, etc. into new regions, for both the form and display, on the same forms provided by the normal field user interface.

Field Layout also uses the new the Layout Discovery module, which provides an API for modules or themes to register layouts as well as five common default layouts. By providing this API in core, we help make it possible for core and contributed layout solutions to be compatible with each other. The following contributed modules already have development versions that support the new API:

Experimental: Content moderation improvements

The Content Moderation module included with Drupal 8.2.x is now accompanied by a more abstract Workflows module that took over the underlying workflow functionality and API. This allows additional modules to apply workflows that do not deal with content publication, such as for users or products. The Workflows module provides a user interface to package states with their transitions in a workflow, which Content Moderation can then apply to content, making configuration much easier.

There are several other smaller improvements. It is now possible to moderate non-translatable entity types, entity types without bundles, and any entity type that supports publishing (not just nodes). Moderation states are also reverted when revisions are reverted.

What does this mean to me? Drupal 8 site owners

Update to 8.3.0 to continue receiving bug and security fixes. The next bugfix release (8.3.1) is scheduled for May 3, 2017.

Updating your site from 8.2.7 to 8.3.0 with update.php is exactly the same as updating from 8.2.6 to 8.2.7. Modules, themes, and translations may need small changes for this minor release, so test the update carefully before updating your production site.

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.

Most high-priority migrations from Drupal 7 to 8 are now available, but the migration path is still not complete, especially for multilingual sites, 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.)

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. Core now provides migrations for most Drupal 6 data, but the migrations of multilingual functionality, references, and dates in particular are not complete. If you find a new bug not covered by the known issues with the experimental Migrate module suite, your detailed bug report with steps to reproduce is a big help!

Translation, module, and theme contributors

Minor releases like Drupal 8.3.0 include backwards-compatible API additions for developers as well as new features. Read the 8.3.0 release notes for more details on the improvements for developers in this release.

Since minor releases are backwards-compatible, modules, themes, and translations that supported Drupal 8.2.x and Drupal 8.1.x will be compatible with 8.3.x as well. However, the new version does include some changes to strings, user interfaces, and internal APIs (as well as more significant changes to experimental modules). This means that some small updates may be required for your translations, modules, and themes. See the announcement of the 8.3.0 release candidate for more background information.

Image: Euphoria

Blender 3D News - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 12:30

Reynante Martinez writes: Euphoria, my latest artwork. More info on my website. Composition inspired by Andrew Talbot's still life painting. I sure learned and suffered a lot during the process of creating this one—and am thankful for both. :) Created in Blender and rendered with Cycles with the awesome RenderStreet. Watch breakdown video below! View on [...]

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How to Model "Quilted/Tufted" Leather

Blender 3D News - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 10:25

Darkfall writes: In this Video, we will be creating Quilted/Tufted Leather which is commonly used to create a "chesterfield sofa/couch". I used this technique in the previous tutorial "How to create the "Trapped Fireflies" Animation. How ever you use this technique, throw a link in the description and show us how you used it.

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Weekend Challenge Winner: 3D Memes

Blender 3D News - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 10:15

The restarted weekend challenge '3D Memes' was off to a bit of a slow start, but the two entries we saw were quite good! WE thought PANDA's LOL Suzanne was the most hilarious and picked him as the winner. Congratulations, here's to eternal fame! It's also up to you to select a topic for next [...]

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UrsaDSP updates Lagrange - Adds Mac support

Audio Freeware - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 09:34
UrsaDSP has updated their delay plug-in, Lagrange V0.93. The new version includes Mac support for both VST and AU. The release also features a preset system that creates files portable between [Read More]

Hyper Realistic Renders With Micro Displacement

Blender 3D News - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 08:25

Volkan Kacar creates some hyper realistic delicious renders using RDT (Realistic Displacement Textures) and micro-displacement. Some of these are unbelievable, which is your favorite? You can use the numbers in the captions in the comments below to pick one :). Link

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Making of Simon’s House

Blender 3D News - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 06:15

Remember 'Simon's House' that we shared recently? Artist Jonatan Mercado has now shared a detailed overview of the creation process of this scene. Jonatan writes: I’m glad to share my longest personal project so far and the making-of it in this great blog. I love to dive into any kind of digital artwork out there. [...]

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Karoryfer releases free Bear Sax sample library for Plogue sforzando

Audio Freeware - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 05:43
Karoryfer Samples has released Bear Sax, a free open source sample library of a baritone saxophone for Plogue sforzando. Key features: Sustain articulation with two crossfaded dynamic layers. [Read More]

Add-on: Accent Pro Adds Layers to Edit Mode [$]

Blender 3D News - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 04:10

MS writes: Model mesh-editing layers are already implemented in some 3D software packages, and now as an add-on for Blender. Accent Pro for Blender is useful for the beginning 3D artist and the highly skilled professional alike. Accent Pro v.1.1 allows you to store layers of your mesh in edit mode. If you copy your [...]

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