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Blender Summer Of Documentation Now Accepting Proposals


manual23.jpgThe Blender Summer Of Documentation (BSoD) is officially accepting proposals!

The BSoD team has posted the BSoD official entry guidelines which go into more detail about the scope of the project, the timeline for proposals and deliverables, and frequently asked questions.

From the guidelines:

The Blender Summer of Documentation is a project that is offering users grants to develop documentation for Blender [Blender Foundation is offering 10 grants of 500 EUR each [~637 USD], with up to 10 projects being approved]. The goal of the project is to inject a significant amount of high-quality, user-level documentation into the online environment, and hopefully, at some stage, inclusion in print materials.

It has been decided that the theme of this program will be "Blender Basics Bootcamp", thus we are looking specifically for documentation that will lead a beginner through the features of Blender in a coherent and organised manner. That said, we would also like to see each project develop into more advanced concepts, and how it can tie into other areas of Blender, since often taking the jump from beginner to intermediate user can be the most difficult. A simple example may be documentation on lighting, starting with the basic lamp types and leading into lighting setups, skydomes and perhaps even radiosity.

The program officially started accepting proposals May 27th and will accept them until June 10th. So now is your chance to take a look at the entry guidelines, submit a proposal, and maybe get a well deserved "thank you" of 500 euros for contributing to Blender!

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  1. i always applaud documentation projects for blender. the trouble has always been 'point in time documentation' releases while the software is in constant flux/development. i believe sometime in the past wiki was suggested as a media for documentation. i believe that perhaps some reconsideration of this documentation media that reflects the ever changing face/feature set of blender would be most helpful.

    either way. good luck with the project, and hope it helps to increase the adoption rate of blender as a serious 3d production platform (among all it's other strengths).


  2. excellent looks good! i've been horribly buried at work. hope to talk to Ton at siggraph 2006, have some ideas for a blender toolkit for neurofeedback systems ;) (yet another unexpected application!). thanks B@rt.

  3. Well Wiki is realy cool but the Problem is to provide an offline-help for non flatrate owners or to read it in train and so on... I doesn't understand why it's so difficult to create a PDF Export script for mediawiki. IMHO it's the #1 requested feature :/

  4. @well

    It is highly requested but unfortunately certain server realities are holding a number of mediawiki and documentation enhancements back. I'm trying to get those problems solved as we speak.


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