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Blender Summer of Documentation


manual23.jpgFollowing Google's Summer of Code, the Blender Foundation today announced that it is offering 10 grants of €500 for people providing a substantial addition to the online documentation.

The project that is being coordinated by Timothy (timmeh) Wakeham will focus on the following areas:

  • Blender Basics Bootcamp - this will involve detailed introductions to the main parts of Blender, possibly graduating into some more advanced topics.
  • Updates since 2.3 - detailed documentation of a specific set of features in Blender, which may include more advanced topics, aiming towards documenting major features since the 2.3 manual, possibilities such as softbodies, fluids, new animation system, etc etc.

For those of you who are interested, write down the following dates in your diary:

  • May 19: project outline defined, start submitting proposals
  • June 10: closing date for proposals
  • June 15: announcement of the granted proposals

Further information is available on the new BSoD forum on

While the Blender Wiki documentation collaboration is already very succesful, I'm sure that this is going to give the Blender manual a boost of a different magnitude. Together with the Google Summer of Code, this is going to be another great summer for Blender!

About the Author

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. I hope there will also be an offline manual available for download after this is finished:-) The idea however is great!

  2. What a great way to boost the documentation effort and get a little compensation to the authors. Let's hope for a 2.4 manual soon!

  3. That's definately a great idea and as the other commenters have mentioned, it'll be great if it's available to download AND the authors get a little bonus too.

    Here's to a summer of documentation!

  4. Heh, I'm running a 'bootcamp' for myself based from the training projects done in the Hash Animation Master community. I wish I had more time, I'd join right in.

  5. Well quite nice, documentation is allways very importent. Would be cool if the translation could be better coordinized :-)

  6. Phreak Of Nature on

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Guyz !!!
    Well theres not much about games
    when can we expect a rewrite of the blender gamekit
    this book was forst published in 2003
    its starting to get a bit old :-(

  7. Sod ? Hmmm. I've got a nice bjork t-shirt that starts with sod.

    I think I'd might join. Let's take a look at my agenda.

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