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Blender Developer Meeting Notes, March 13 2011


Blender 2.57 preparations are ramping up, and Google Summer of Code participation is being started.

Ton Roosendaal writes:

Hi all,

Blender 2.5 project

  • All signs still positive for 2.57 "out of beta" release within 2-3 weeks.
  • Meeting confirms we'll need RC builds, preferably a week before official release.
  • Ton suggests to already make 'official' test builds this week. Having regular builds for testing and as reference for bug reporters is good anyway.
  • Topic then moved to idea have an official autobuild system, hosted on or via Offering daily builds is great to have anyway, and it could extend to a Tinderbox style service too. (Andrea suggested to take a look at Hudson/Jenkins).Ton mentioned there's sufficient systems in Blender Institute for it, or he can move one to the XS4all hub for it as well. Brecht volunteered to check on this plan and coordinate it with the platform build team.
  • We had some free Visual Studio 2008 licenses in the past. Do more people now need it? Thomas Dinges and Janne Karhu already confirmed they'd love to have one. Ton will try to get a handful free licenses extra.
  • Wiki todo list had a first cleanup. Module owners, please check!

Other projects

  • GSoC has been submitted, March 18th Google will announce which orgs have been accepted.
  • Martin asks: do we use the (good) submission templates from 2010 again?
  • GSoC ideas list is open for people to note down ideas. Meeting will allocate next week time for a review. Please try to avoid this becoming a feature request list. Feasible projects for students have preference.
  • Discussion/Proposal on roadmap for 2.5/2.6 and beyond is ongoing now.


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  1. as always you and blender team is awesome keep it Dr. Ton i am just waiting for the new release of 2.7.

    Thanks a lot


  2. as always you and your blender team are awesome Dr. Ton i am just waiting for the realease of 2.57

    Thanks a lot

  3. How can it be out of Beta when the promise of being able to tweak all selected objects and not just the active one still doesn't work?

  4. Great, can't wait for 2.57 and as i read in the roadmap seems GI isn't that far off either.

    Keep up the good work.


  5. Yeah, great effort by the team, these people are great.
    I'm a bit worried for the render branch though, for me is the most important new feature, but no news since a long time...

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