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February 12

Announcing Blender 2.8 Code Quest



Today the Blender Foundation announced the Blender 2.8 Code Quest, a crowd-funded event to gather the core developers to release the first version of the much anticipated Blender 2.8. It will be the first time that such a large development team will be working in one place. The crowd-funded goal is to get at least 10 contributors together for a period of 3 months, in the Blender Institute, Amsterdam, starting in April 2018.

For the Blender 2.8 project – with focus on workflow and an advanced new viewport system – several complex architectural changes are being added. The current team of core developers working on Blender 2.8 is distributed over multiple continents. Collaborating online from different places, in different timezones, using chat and emails, is not always efficient and is slowing down the process.

To prevent the 2.8 project to drag for another year – and to lose the exciting momentum – the Blender Foundation and the Blender Institute will combine their efforts to invite the core 2.8 developers to work in Amsterdam for 3 months. They will be working at the Blender Institute along with a group of artists who are using Blender 2.8 to produce a short film. This ensures we can tackle issues with enough attention, including time to provide feedback on UI design and usability. At least one of the permanent seats in the team is reserved for a designer to perform these tasks full-time.

The crowd-funding campaign is hosted on blender.org. The goal is to reach at least 1000 contributors who will pledge $39 and in return they will receive a limited edition Blender Rocket USB drive.



Confirmed participants are:
Ton Roosendaal, Sergey Sharybin, Dalai Felinto, Campbell Barton, Brecht van Lommel, Bastien Montagne, Clement Foucault, Joshua Leung, Sybren Stüvel and Pablo Vazquez. More people to be announced.

Read more about the Code Quest: https://www.blender.org/2-8/quest/
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February 9

Blender 2.8 Development Announcement

On Monday we will announce the plan that will make Blender 2.8 happen later this year. Stay tuned! https://www.blender.org/2-8/

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About This Software

Blender is a free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation. Advanced users employ Blender’s API for Python scripting to customize the application and write specialized tools; often these are included in Blender’s future releases. Blender is well suited to individuals and small studios who benefit from its unified pipeline and responsive development process. Examples from many Blender-based projects are available in the showcase.

Blender is cross-platform and runs equally well on Linux, Windows and Macintosh computers. Its interface uses OpenGL to provide a consistent experience. To confirm specific compatibility, the list of supported platforms indicates those regularly tested by the development team.

As a community-driven project under the GNU General Public License (GPL), the public is empowered to make small and large changes to the code base, which leads to new features, responsive bug fixes, and better usability. Blender has no price tag, but you can invest, participate, and help to advance a powerful collaborative tool: Blender is your own 3D software.

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Mac OS X
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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Pentium 3
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce FX series (2003)
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1
    • Processor: Intel CoreI7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 580
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.7
    • Processor: Core2 Duo
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.10
    • Processor: Core I7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: 64 bit processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce FX series (2003)
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: glibc 2.11
    Recommended:
    • Processor: Intel CoreI7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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