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Blender 2.71 RC 1 is now available for download


The Blender Foundation has released the first release candidate of Blender 2.71. Please download, test and report any bugs that you may find! The release log is still work in progress, but you can already find a ton of information on this new release there.

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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.


  1. This might sound like an inane question, but is it necessary or advisable to uninstall earlier versions of Blender before installing the newest RC? I'm new to the Blender/CG universe and trying to make things as painless as possible for meself. Thanx.

    • When it's an RC, I don't uninstall the last official version and it works fine. Before installing an official release, I will uninstall the old version, but that's just because I won't use the older version, but I still don't think it makes any difference.

      Only problem I could forsee is if you unzipped the RC into the same folder with the latest official release.

    • Gotta love hyperbole. 'Anything but smoke'....
      Look at this:
      before drawing any conclusions. I suspect whomever made this image,
      did so to show various features of the current smoke progress I've tested it
      myself and got decent results with my limited understanding, and I'm sure it's been
      improved even more since then.

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