Media Technology News

GBR Loops releases "Power Dubstep" and "Tumbi Loops"

Audio Freeware - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 05:41
GBR Loops has released two new sample packs: Power Dubstep ($39) is a bundle of construction kits for dubstep featuring punchy kicks, snares, powerful hihats, cymbals and wobble bass. Tumbi Loops, [Read More]

Blender Market: Ground and Foliage Shader & Texture Pack

Blender 3D News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 05:10
CG Cookie has compiled a set of 40 high-quality nature textures. CG Cookie has partnered with to bring you some of the best tile-able textures around. This pack includes 40 textures, ready to drop right into your project. Each texture includes all the necessary maps to create stunning surfaces ideal for outdoor elements like [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

B.Serrano updates Horus MkII to revision 1

Audio Freeware - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 05:04
B.Serrano has updated Horus MkII to revision 1. Changes: Improved Chorus effect: sound more width. Notes are played in the stereo field by keyboard tracking: Low note on the left, high notes [Read More]

Blender Conference in Valencia, Spain, October 2

Blender 3D News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 02:50
You can join a Blender mini conference in Valencia tomorrow. Daniel F. R. Gordillo writes: Hi everybody! I just wanted to share a video showing some of the topics we're going to talk about next thursday in Valencia, Spain: "Video game creation" with the BGE by Roberto Roch, and "Advanced facial animation techniques" by Daniel [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Get creative with Blender's grid

Blender 3D News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 02:30
In this CG Masters tutorial, Aidy Burrows shows you how to use the grid to create angular assets. Aidy Burrows writes: In this installment of the game development series we'll take a look at modularity. So we'll need to use blender's grid. What is modularity? Should you use it in your project? Why would anyone [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Blender Meetup Vienna, October 2

Blender 3D News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 00:00
Blenderheads in Vienna are meeting this Thursday! Simon Repp writes: Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, 19:00 at the Metalab ( Every 2-3 times we meet there's also a new Blender release to celebrate and discover, a circumstance that's not due to our meetings being a rare thing (they happen roughly every month), but rather on the [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Drupal 8.0.0 beta 1 released

Drupal - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 23:30

Drupal 8.0.0-beta1 has just been released for testing and feedback! This key milestone is the work of over 2,300 people who have contributed more than 11,500 committed patches to 15 alpha releases, and especially the 234 contributors who fixed 177 "beta blocker" issues. To read about the new features in Drupal 8, see's Drupal 8 landing page.

Drupal 8 beta 1 for testers

Betas are good testing targets for developers and site builders who are comfortable reporting (and where possible, fixing) their own bugs, and who are prepared to rebuild their test sites from scratch if necessary. Beta releases are not recommended for non-technical users, nor for production websites.

Start by downloading Drupal 8.0.0-beta 1 and installing it! Drupal 8 definitely still has bugs, and we need your help to discover them. Let us know what bugs you find in the Drupal core issue queue. (Please search the known issues before filing.)

Drupal 8 beta 1 for module and core developers

The main differences between the previous Drupal 8 alphas and the new beta are:

  • The fundamental APIs in Drupal 8 (like the entity, configuration, and menu APIs) are now stable enough so that contributed module and theme authors can start (or resume) their #D8CX pledges and port their projects to Drupal 8.
  • We have locked down Drupal 8's data model enough that developers should generally not need to perform data migrations between beta releases of Drupal 8. We will start providing a beta-to-beta upgrade path in a later beta release.
  • Limited API and data model changes will still happen, though core maintainers will try to isolate these changes to only non-fundamental APIs or critical bug fixes.

We need your help to fix critical bugs by reviewing patches and creating patches.

If you're new to core development, check out Core contribution mentoring, a twice-weekly IRC meeting where you can get one-on-one help getting set up and finding a Drupal 8 task.

Drupal 8 beta 1 for designers, translators, and documentation writers

Drupal 8's user interface, interface text, and markup are not finalized until the first release candidate, so it's too early to focus on user-facing documentation, translations, or themes (though by all means, adventurous contributors should start now to provide feedback while we can still fix things). Note that does not yet support the full Drupal 8 API and does not have all translatable strings.

When does 8.0.0 get released?

Beta 1 will be followed by a series of additional beta releases with bug fixes, performance improvements, and improved stability.

The release version of Drupal 8.0.0 will be ready after there are no more critical issues (as of today, there are 97 remaining) and we've had at least one release candidate (RC) without adding any more critical issues to the list.

When will that be? "When it's ready." The more people help, the faster we can find and fix bugs, and the faster 8.0.0 gets released. The faster 8.0.0 gets released, the faster we can start adding new features for Drupal 8.1.0. So help out where you can, and let's deliver the best release of Drupal ever! :)

Thank you!

A massive thank-you to everyone who helped get Drupal 8 beta 1 done, especially the contributors who have focused on beta-blocking issues (pictured below).

Front page news: Planet DrupalDrupal version: Drupal 8.x

ANIMAT: Widgetless, On-Model Animation in Blender

Blender 3D News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:20
Matt Heimlich is implementing Pixar's Presto technique in a new add-on for Blender. So I've been working on this tool for a little while now, both conceptually and in actual coding, and I think it's time to get some feedback from the community before release. The tool I've been working on is an animation tool based [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Courage, The Dog

Blender 3D News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:10
A cute little character by Jonathan Esquivel, including a timelapse. Jonathan Esquivel writes: Based on the main character of "Courage The Cowardly Dog", a quick sculpt of the main character, Courage (Dah!). Everything done in Blender (Sculpt/Vertexpaint) and a few textures on Gimp. Here's a timelapse showing the process behind the 3D model done in Blender. [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Wire Grind releases Doffset - Free VST Plug-in Effect for Windows

Audio Freeware - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:34
Wire Grind has released Doffset, a VST 2 and 3 plug-in effect for 32- and 64-bit Windows. Doffset is a lightweight plug-in that corrects DC offset. When the plug-in is loaded, DC offset is automatically [Read More]

Wire Grind releases Doffsetv- Free VST Plug-in Effect for Windows

Audio Freeware - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:34
Wire Grind has released Doffset, a VST 2 and 3 plug-in effect for 32- and 64-bit Windows. Doffset is a lightweight plug-in that corrects DC offset. When the plug-in is loaded, DC offset is automatically [Read More]

"Virtual Airplane" ebook, 3rd edition

Blender 3D News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 01:27
Witold Jaworski has updated his ebook 'Virtual Airplane' to cover Blender 2.7 and GIMP 2.8. The four volumes of "Virtual Airplane" describe how to create the model shown on its cover. The second edition of this guide (for Blender 2.6) was completed in 2013. However, my ambition is to keep it up to date. That's [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Saltline releases Drzewo Cedr - Free Chip Tune Synth for Windows VST

Audio Freeware - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 23:30
Saltline has released Drzewo Cedr, a free chip tune style VST synthesizer for Windows. Drzewo Cedr is a 2-oscillator subtractive synthesizer with a 16-step pitch sequencer. The sequencer can [Read More]

Model Download: Amsterdam Canals

Blender 3D News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 22:42
Build your own piece of Amsterdam with this set of Amsterdam buildings by Skaldy. It's great preparation for the Blender Conference ;-) Hello.This is a model of a canal of Amsterdam and with his buildings, including a coffeeshop. Buildings easily able to lowpoly just turn off modifiers or some loop. Materials are in BI, textures included.Credits or [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Blender Usergroup Graz Meetup, October 6

Blender 3D News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 13:06
Blenderheads in Graz, Austria are meeting up next week. Phil Gosch ( writes: Hey Blender folks! After a long and busy period we decided it's time to revive our Blender Usergroup Graz (Austria) meetings! So I'm happy to announce that we`ll meet on Monday, 6. of October at Spektral Graz/Austria! (See the map here). I'd [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

IK releases SampleTank 3 Free Sound Set of the week: Loops and Synths

Audio Freeware - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:46
Each week, IK is releasing a new set of instruments that can be downloaded and added to SampleTank 3 Free's instrument library for a total of 22 fully functional free instruments. This week's [Read More]

The Missing Scarf Premieres Online

Blender 3D News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:39
Eoin Duffy's 'The Missing Scarf' has been made entirely in Blender and has received numerous prizes. It is now available online. Eoin Duffy writes: One of the year’s most successful short films is now available online. The animated dark-comedy, masquerading as a classic kid-friendly morality-tale, has racked up 16 international awards, including honours from the San [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Edit multiple objects at once with the MultiEdit addon

Blender 3D News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 07:10
Editing sets of objects becomes a lot easier with this free add-on by antoni4040. The MultiEdit addon allows you to very easily edit multiple objects in a non destructive way.This alpha version keeps the names, the materials, the vertex groups, the shape keys and the origin points(and I still could be forgetting something ).
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Model Download: iPhone 6

Blender 3D News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 04:45
By Stephan Deutsch. This is a blender model I created on the iPhone 6. I could only work from the reference images from the Apple site, hence I cannot refer to any actual reference I had in my hand. It comes with material set-up in cycles for all three colour variants which you can change [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Orange Free Sounds releases "Free Synth Loops Vol 1"

Audio Freeware - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 03:25
Orange Free Sounds has released Free Synth Loops Vol 1, free collection of synth loops created with analog synthesizers. The sounds included are suitable for ambient music, lounge music, electronic [Read More]