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Developers Meeting Notes, November 20, 2011


Blender 2.61 is creeping closer (despite a worrying signal of Ton's addiction). Two interesting new developments: no more splash screen contests (which apparently did not guarantee a high enough quality), and a new initiative to get more add-ons tested before release.

Ton Roosendaal writes:

1) Blender 2.61 progress

  • Splash screen: Ton suggests to have judges not held a contest anymore, but have them make a pick from public posted awesome (cycles) renders. The old judges have to appoint new ones still.
  • Campbell: Add-ons now are included in Blender under testing section. See thread on BlenderArtists. [Ed.: this comment is a bit unclear: in development builds only, new add-ons will be available in a new add-on category, 'testing'. This is meant to encourage community testing of these new add-ons. Stable releases will not contain this category.]
  • Test build: next Wednesday we'll advertise official test build for everyone on Platform maintainers for OSX/Linux are OK. Nathan Letwory has time too? (Need work for Cuda still...).
  • Camera/motion tracking docs in wiki now.
  • Start of release log is here.
  • Bug tracker: we have 2 weeks before release candidates get made. Everyone please help going over the list of open issues!

2) Other projects

  • Jens Verwiebe mentions: Bullet physics library has thread support now; would be nice target for 2.62 Game Engine.
  • Brecht: code review is awaiting for UV tools and GE lighting, both 2.62 targets: and
  • Attention to patch tracker would be awesome too...
  • BMesh: it progresses steadily. If this can be ready for 2.62 is not sure... Brecht offers help with Cycles-related mesh code porting.
  • Proposal: Ender and Campbell make a BMesh-friendly migration plan, even when it means freezing all code using old mesh code (DNA_mesh_types.h and BKE_mesh.h). Next meeting we try to agree on it.

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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.


    • How about a bundle of steep parallax occlusion, real-time tessellation of individual mesh coordinates, a Make-Awesome[tm] button, built-in procedures for modelling biological cell-division, and the missing knife-cut options? All this and more, with Blender 2.96-beta, available sometime-awesome-soon-eventually!

    • There are community posted glsl shaders for the game engine, but I'm not sure how good support is for these outside the game engine. My guess would be to wait until Cycles is finished before expecting any movement on custom shaders for the render engine. I hope it will support custom shaders for "faking it", fingers crossed. ;)

      For the game engine offerings just check out some posts by martinsh on blenderartists about such things as "steep parallax mapping", "ssao shader", "cube mapping", etc.

  1. based on what Tom mentioned on the Twitter, AMD is working on the fix to OpenCL for Cycles. :)  That I hope is true.  My Graphic card is waiting to provide me some support :)

    Beyond that, very happy with the multi-threaded physics.  Hope the rest will also get the multi-threaded treatment :)

  2. Evil_Moon_Moose on

    how about PNG support and particle support for cycles? both of these would be nice, because I have many PNGs that I could use to add to my already made textures..: ive found a couple workarounds for PNGs, but the particles always come out white, and then explode upward and get REALLY BIG. like the previous text ;D

  3. Lawrence D’Oliveiro on

    Does anyone know what is happening with the SSL certificate for I keep getting a “Certificate verification error: signed using insecure algorithm” error through git-svn.

  4. I think that will be good when source blend file of splash screen will be attached to blender. Just like Inkscape. Splash screen is really SVG graphics which people can review in Inkscape and check there is no cheating.

  5. Great work but did I see (cough, cough, cuda/opencl accelerated?) threaded phyiscs penned in for 2.62!? Great stuff! Amazed at the speed this lot develops tis amazin.

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