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gabio
10-13-2005, 07:39 PM
Source (http://www.blender.org/cms/Newsitem.607+M5fb2949f2a7.0.html)
Posted on October 13, 2005 By: Ton Roosendaal


To anticipate the upcoming 2.40 release, we will publish a couple of official testing builds.

The targets for the upcoming 2.40 release are frozen now, but not all projects have been completed yet. That's the reason we decided to start providing "official" alpha testing builds. This not only to have a first preview of all exciting new development, but especially for testing purposes and to serve as a reference for reporting bugs in our Tracker.

Download the 2.40-alpha1 test build (http://www.blender.org/cms/Blender.31.0.html)

or:

Read the release notes (work in progress report) here. (http://mediawiki.blender.org/index.php/Blender_2.4_pre-release_notes)

And:

Report bugs in the Tracker! (http://projects.blender.org/tracker/?group_id=9)

Remarks and discussions about this testing build can be posted in our forum. (http://www.blender.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=44559#44559)

Schwinnz
10-13-2005, 09:04 PM
Damn, you beat me to it. :D

This new release is very cool. I'd like animators to try it and test it a lot.

MagnetMan
10-13-2005, 09:21 PM
Blender remains today, one of the best examples of consumer-level open source software. For those that don't know about open source software, this means that blender can be legally downloaded and used personally or commercially FREE OF CHARGE. It also means that you can (legally) download the source code and modify, copy, or distribute it as required.

Contained in a tiny 6MB package is an incredibly robust modeling and animation application. Moreover, development is very active with significant software updates being deployed every few months. The soon-to-be-released 2.40 contains exciting new features which will add to an already impressive list, and make the software more usable than ever.

Blender has a slew of advanced features including: GI rendering (HDRI, DOF, Radiosity, caustics, though lacking Sub Surface Scattering) through Yafray, Softbody simulation (cloth, hair, skin), Fluid dynamics (water) and extensibility through the python scripting language. Moreover, many of these features are integrated in the software in a VERY INTUATIVE way, making them easy to explore and use.

... not bad for a free program!

Once familiar with the basics of blenders user-interface, the program scales well with the experience level of the user. A beginner can pick it up quickly and explore features one-by-one to the level of an expert.

Blender is truly powerful, and suited for all but todays toughest CG tasks. For those on a budget, hobbiests who want to create art, or for the curious, I highly recommend this great application. You won't be dissappointed!

There's a reason why most blender users advocate use of the software!

For those that are interested, I can provide links to better illustrate the power of the application and to showcase some impressive movies/images produced using it.
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Congratulations and kudos to all of the Blender developers. Outstanding work.

Download it for Windows, Linux, or Mac OSX from:
[url="http://www.blender3d.org/"]http://www.blender3d.org (http://www.blender3d.org)

Grolicus
10-15-2005, 02:18 PM
Wow, downloaded it today: this little program has really grown up since I last saw it.

I was looking around on the Blender site, and am really looking forward to see the results of the Orange movie project. From what I can tell on the project's site, Blender already seem to be profiting from the real-world issues the team is facing.

Thanks for (re)directing me to the program, guys.

Ninjamonk
10-15-2005, 04:44 PM
anyone tried the new animation tools yet?

Rambiert
10-15-2005, 05:00 PM
Really list of changes kicks. I have to try now all fanthastic things they have chganged since revolution in 2.37 relase.

bsm3d
10-16-2005, 10:56 AM
GReeeeeat ! do you know software company who bring a lot of new features from a .37 to .40 version ? not me :) just waiting Orange résult and propably add blender to my pipeline !

KayosIII
10-17-2005, 01:46 PM
A lot of work has gone into the recent blender releases
It will be interesting to try the revamped animation system
I only just learnt the old one :p

TraceR
10-17-2005, 06:13 PM
This next release does indeed look to be a masterpeice. Nice to see some improvments being made on the animation system.

MagnetMan
10-18-2005, 05:18 PM
Here are a couple of links to images/videos that showcase the upcoming blender (and past versions).

The very customizable user interface:
http://www.blender.org/cms/typo3temp/pics/b8bac8f276.jpg

IPO drivers used for facial posing:
http://orange.blender.org/wp-content/themes/orange/images/blog/oodles_o_gizmos.jpg
http://orange.blender.org/wp-content/themes/orange/images/blog/facetest.avi

Hair renders showing off new features of 2.40alpha:
http://orange.blender.org/wp-content/themes/orange/images/blog/funkyhair.jpg
http://orange.blender.org/wp-content/themes/orange/images/blog/fluffyhair.jpg
http://orange.blender.org/wp-content/themes/orange/images/blog/hairspec.jpg
(http://orange.blender.org/wp-content/themes/orange/images/blog/hairspec.jpg)
Some lovely renders (Modeled in Blender, rendered in Blender or Yafray)
http://www.blender.org/cms/typo3temp/pics/a92c1f1bc4.jpg
http://www.blender.org/cms/typo3temp/pics/85e88fb0fd.jpg
http://www.blender.org/cms/typo3temp/pics/8c5168c641.jpg
http://www.blender.org/cms/typo3temp/pics/c70b1e519c.jpg
http://yafray.org/sec/8/gallery/original/53_richie.jpg
http://yafray.org/sec/8/gallery/original/54_richie.jpg

100% Free of charge... Amazing... I'd love to see more artists using this tool!

bsm3d
10-18-2005, 05:24 PM
great I think if modeling coming a bit easy many artist can go on ! :thumbsup::bounce:

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