Matthew Kean writes:
IBL AAO! Thats right, BLender Artists frequenter and programming guru, Broken (Matt Ebb) has brough IBL to the masses.
This patch creates a new window in the WORLD menu of blender, and allows for quick Image based lighting, as well as Ambient occlusion options for IBL (without the need for IBL to be turned on!) This is a huge improvement over the now standing method of using the texture color in AO to produce grainy inaccurate renders.
Want the build now? Blender Artist Maqs made a fantastic (and very stable) build that includes the new IBL patch. check it out here:
right now the IBL only works with lat long probes, but that should change as soon as Matt Ebb adjusts it.
Images of the tests are on the blender projects page, but more are found on the multilayer SSS page
look through 12 and on to see Maqs and myself's images.