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Blender 2.69 Release Candidate Is Now Available



The Release Candidate of Blender 2.69 is now available for download. New features include (FBX import, Plane tracking, Cycles SSS, etc). Please test and report any bugs that you may find! If you're unclear about the Blender bug reporting process, please check this video by Sebastian König.

From the announcement:

The Blender Foundation and online developer community is proud to present Blender 2.69.

FBX import is now supported, along with improved export. New mesh modeling tools were added and existing ones improved. Cycles subsurface scattering and hair shading were improved, along with the addition of a new sky model, shading nodes and tone mapping in the viewport. The motion tracker now supports plane tracking, to track and replace flat objects in footage.


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      • Yes, but animation support is very important also.. for example, object tracking information can not be exported from other softwares to Blender, but it's possible to export to fbx. Blender does not understand fbx animation.. soo.. not possible. Imports only mesh.

        • Yeah, I read about that limitation after I downloaded it. I was like, "Aawww..." but, hey, baby steps, I suppose. I use other software besides Blender, so I can wait until full .FBX support arrives for Blender, but this new .FBX import should still make working with Blender easier.

  1. This calls for the button!

    So glad for what this release in particular provides (particularly the FBX import and improved export, the hidden wire display option, Mesh Bisect, export split normals for FBX/OBJ, and filtering and sorting of list items). As a game developer using Blender in my pipeline, these are small but important improvements.

    • *Selection to Cursor (Offset)*

      So small and yet so useful! Just thanks all around, Blender developers, for another fine release! Will keep an eye out for any unspotted issues in the Release Candidate.

  2. Oh man!!

    I'm at my mobile internet stupid 15GB monthly limit!! Damn you stupid mobile connection!!

    Now I have to wait until the 16th to get 2.69! Whyyyyyyyy?!?!?!?! Oh the pain!!

    I can't wait to get me a decent connection again..

  3. not all fixed bugs are listed in release log,
    but as long as they are implemented it doesn't matter... :)
    ... thanks for all the work!

  4. Previously, ideasman42 had mentioned restoring the "self" function to animation drivers. Has this been pushed back to the 2.7 roadmap?

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