De Blender Foundation is druk bezig met de ontwikkeling van Blender, een open source softwarepakket voor 3D modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation en playback. De vele features voorzien van screenshots en voorbeelden zijn op deze pagina na te lezen voor de geïnteresseerde lezers. Het pakket wordt onder andere gebruikt door het Orange Movie Project om een animatie film te produceren die onder de creative commons license zal worden uitgebracht. De hoofdpersonen Emo en Proog zullen de stemmen dragen van Cas Jansen en Tygo Gernandt en op de extended edition dvd worden alle blender-, model- en texture-bestanden meegeleverd. Ton Roosendaal heeft versie 2.41 van Blender de deur uitgedaan met de volgende aanpassingen:
With less than one month of development time, this has been a short and sweet release cycle. The focus of this release is the Game Engine which has added a number of nice new features such as GLSL shaders, the capability of using multiple materials and uv maps; multiple viewports; as well as a number of important fixes such as the return of the armature system. Of course Blender's core tools also have been improved, with subsurf aware UV mapping; the addition of a live sculpting tool; set chaining; a number of python script additions and improvements; and the addition of the python Pose module along with other python improvements and fixes.
GLSL shaders, the ability to use Blender materials within the Game Engine, multiple UV sets, multiple viewports, the return of the armatures, double sided lighting, alpha test sorting, restoration of sound, along with work on the bullet rigidbody dynamics and collision system, and numerous game engine fixes, makes this a great release for Game Engine aficionados.
GLSL Pixel and Vertex shaders
You can now program pixel and vertex shaders to be used in the game engine, allowing much more sophisticated and attractive effects.
Previous game engine releases had to use a special materials system that offered only a small subset of the Blender Materials power. With this release users now have almost full access to Blenders material capabilities including multiple textures, multiple materials, material IPO curves. Additionally game engine users can utilize Multiple UV sets within the game engine.
Split Screen and multi-viewports
You can now split the screen into simultaneous views from different cameras, also embedded viewports are allowed.
For this release a number of fixes were made to the physics system.
Restored Functionality and Misc
Two major improvements are the return of the armature capabilities (which were lost in the animation rewrite of 2.40), and the return of sound capabilities to all supported platforms. Users will also notice smoother interaction, and a number of general quality improvements.
Subsurf UV unwrapping
Now UV unwrapping can utilize subsurfed UV coordinates, which can give much more accurate uv unwrapping.
Set chaining allows a main scene to contain 'sub-scenes'. You can then easily make adjustment of the main scene by varying the sub-scenes that are included.
A great deal of improvements happen in the python arena. A number of additions to the python API especially the bringing back of the Pose module, and a number of other enhancements and fixes. Also there has been added a sculpting and mesh relaxation brush, a tri2quads script, and a number of nice i/o scripts, as well as many script updates.
Two great tools were added this cycle - mesh sculpting - that allows you to push, pull and stretch mesh as if it were clay, as well as many other nice capabilities. There is also tri2quad which intelligently creates quads from tris. Plus updates such as the texture baking script.
Direct X script was updated to export animation, Collada also added some animation export, open-flight, and other scripts were added.
Pose_Module & API_Misc
There were quite a few improvements in the Python API. Script authors should have what they need now in order to import and export animation, as well as make full use of the mesh module.
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