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Blender Meetup Munich, Germany, October 7

Blender 3D News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 00:14
Blenderheads are meeting up next Tuesday in Munich, Germany. The upcoming Blender Meetup in Munich will be the starting point for building a professional Blender community here in the city of beer. For the beginning we will see how many Blender users are working in Munich with professional demand in mind. Let's get started.
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

BLightStudio adds easy HDR light setup

Blender 3D News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 23:51
Ptaszek is working on an add-on that's timilar to hdrlightstudio. He describes himself as 'not a script guy', but his result so far is pretty darn impressive! The great Software which is does not exist for Blender yet. I decided to create something like that in Blender by myself. I am not a script [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Stroke animation with Freestyle for Blender

Blender 3D News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:14
Oh. My. God. This video clip is a compilation of stroke animation sequences made using Blender. Animated strokes of stylized lines were auto-generated from input 3D scenes consisting of mesh objects using the non-photorealistic (NPR) line rendering engine Freestyle available as integral part of Blender. Nothing in the video was drawn by hand. More news [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Audacity updated to v2.0.6

Audio Freeware - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:22
Audacity has been updated to v2.0.6. The full release notes are available here. Improvements: Interface: Redesigned, searchable Keyboard Preferences with Tree, Name and Key views. Edit Menu: [Read More]

Home Dog

Blender 3D News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:32
'Home Dog' is cute! I'd love to see more. Emanuel Barros writes: "HOME DOG" was a short film I created with the intention to create a series of episodes related to the interaction of a dog with television.
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

MotionTool - Node Based Animation Framework

Blender 3D News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 02:55
This new tool on the Blender Market focuses on motion graphics. Vitor Balbio writes: A New Way to Make Animations! MotionTool is the in-house Node Based Animation Framework developed by Cogumelo Softworks. For those that work with Animation, Motion Graphics, FX and need a better animation solution or just wanna have some fun with procedural [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Butterfly Effect

Blender 3D News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 01:20
Patrice Bertrand's Butterfly Effect is a gecko's journey in the Parisian metro system. It is full of references to Blender. Butterfly Effect is about a gecko that gets lost in the Paris metro. It's also sort of a tribute to Blender with a number of allusions - try to find them all. It will also [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Two ways to quickly build a net

Blender 3D News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 22:54
Nahuel Belich presents two method for creating a net. His tutorials are available in English and Spanish Nahuel Belich writes: In this two quick video tuts, you are going to see how to use cloth dynamics and a few modifiers to create a simple hanging net, also this videos are in Spanish(links bellow) Hope that [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Top 10 Blender Artworks From September 2014

Blender 3D News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:15
Andrew Price has published his 10 favorite Blender artworks of last month. It's been another impressive month of renders for the Blender community.We scoured forums, social media and external sites to find the cream of the crop. Here are our Top 10 Blender Artwork Picks from September. What's your fav? :)
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Midnight Magic

Blender 3D News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:45
I love the mood in this artwork by plutonka. Blender models, basic cycles materials + tons of photoshop. I’ve used grass models by Mikel007. You can find them here.
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

My Poor Broken Suzanne

Blender 3D News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:23
So I received this cute Suzanne Freegure, but I broke it. Darn.
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

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