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posted by LaminatorX on Thursday March 20 2014, @10:30AM   Printer-friendly
from the will-it-blend? dept.

chromas writes:

From the release page:

New features include initial support for volumetrics in Cycles, and faster rendering of hair and textures. The motion tracker now supports weighted tracks and has improved planar tracking. For mesh modeling there are new Laplacian deform and wireframe modifiers, along with more control in the bevel tool. The game engine now supports object levels of detail.

The first results from the new user interface project are also in this release, with dozens of changes to make the interface more consistent and powerful. This is also the first release of the multithreaded dependency graph, which makes modifier and constraint evaluation faster in scenes with multiple objects.

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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Vanderhoth on Thursday March 20 2014, @04:03PM

    by Vanderhoth (61) on Thursday March 20 2014, @04:03PM (#18932)

    Here's a page that has a number of "open" animation projects that were all done using blender. It gives a good idea what you could do with the tool if you were well versed in it. []

    I'm personally still an armature with it (LOL, I made a punny), modeling is about as far as I can go. Texturing/Lighting/Animation are all things I've played with, but I really suck at, I'm not an artist. I have had pretty good results modeling & rigging a human, but couldn't get clothing/hair (soft/rigid body physics) or texturing to work right. My work with Blender is really more with designing and rigging furniture so I can play around with neat ideas for hidden compartments or my daughters crib that became a double bed.

    Interesting note, the length of a toddler mattress is almost exactly the width of a double bed, so the cribs side rails can easily become the head and foot broad of a bed. I used blender to get an idea of how to transform the crib to a bed so all the parts were used or easily stored in either state. So if someday my daughter wants to turn it back to a crib for her child it's easily doable. It's sturdy enough that my wife and I can both jump on it in either state with out breaking it, way better than the crap plywood/MDF cribs you get at walmart that are just death traps waiting to happen. It also turned out to be cheaper for me to build, well since I already have all the necessary tools anyway.

    I don't know what kind of animation features a program like AutoCAD would have, but it would probably be a better product for what I do than Blender, given you can't print out blueprints with blender (As far as I'm aware). It's tricky to keep things to scale so when you click on an edge or point you get an accurate measurement, but I've gotten pretty good at that anyway. Although I don't like having my laptop in the wood shop with me because of sawdust.

    "Now we know", "And knowing is half the battle". -G.I. Joooooe
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