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One Year Ago on BlenderNation


We've had tons of posts on this website, but on a blog the past is easily forgotten. I thought it would be fun to take a look at what happened one year ago on BlenderNation and in the Blender community in general by starting a 'One Year Ago' column that we'll post each week.

  • RenderPal 2004 Now Supports Blender
    "..RenderPal is a system for distributed rendering for various renderers, including Maya, Mental Ray, XSI, Lightwave and now also Blender. Clients are available for Windows, Linux and MacOSX..."
  • Two Great Gimp Texture Plugins
    "Here are two great plugins that will help you make textures with the Gimp: Texturize and Resynthesizer."
  • Blender XAML exporter for Vista's Windows Presentation Foundation framework
    "...WPF will introduce XAML, an XML based descriptive language which enables developers to manipulate the object model to do such things as display a 3D object in a window with a few lines of code."
  • Call for Blender Workshops, Libre Graphics Meeting
    "...Rui Campos is looking for people to do an Animation / Rigging, Game Engine or Python workshop at the Libre Graphics Meeting in Lyon."
  • Essential Blender Resources
    "Many of the x64 equipped BlenderHeads running on Linux [..] wondered at least one time which are the advantages in using a 64 bit version of Blender over a 32 bit one; time has come to unfold the truth."
  • Blender Movie Project: Plumiferos
    "Elephants Dream is not the only movie that is being produced with Blender at the moment. The Argentinean studio Manos Digitales is working on 'Plumi?feros', a commercial 75-minute feature film, completely created in Blender."
  • Essential Blender Resources: The Forgotten Links
    "No list begs to be incomplete like one entitled "Essential Blender Resources," and the one posted here earlier was no exception. Here are a few more essentials that were not mentioned in the earlier post. Gentlemen, get your bookmarkers ready!"

About Author

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. Interesting that we were talking about Plumiferos a year ago and again today. I will have to look into those gimp textures. Those could be very helpful.

  2. Does anyone have the texturize plug-in working on an Intel based mac? I downloaded the plug-in and copied the file called texturize into both of the locations recommended by the site. I cannot find the plug-in in my filters menu anywhere even after restarting gimp. Any help?

  3. Wow, I just had a strange experience. Going back to the "Essential Blender Resources..." article, I saw my own little rant and Bart's response of, basically, "shut up complaining and go do something about it" (just kidding, I know he didn't mean it that way).

    That was actually the moment that sparked the idea of me trying to creating video tutorials! Bart the spark!

  4. Congratulations! Hope your success is not your demise. Been increasingly distracted by the hyper-active adverts in the site. The fact that they burn through the lightbox script [when enlarging thumbnails] earns some sort of extra irritating award. Thanks for everything else!

  5. I was just telling someone about the resynthesizer this week. How quaint. The page seems to have been updated with a few more images since we were referred to it a year ago too.

    Thanks, Bart!

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