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Blender developers meeting notes: 21 January 2019


Brecht writes:

New Features and Changes

As usual bug fixing took most of the core developers' time, with about 75 bugs solved.

  • Bevel now supports multiple miter patterns. (release notes) (Howard Trickey)
  • NLA: implement a new blending mode that intelligently combines actions. (commit) (Alexander Gavrilov)
  • Windows: support for Windows Ink, for better handling of pen input on modern devices like Surface. (commit) (Christopher Peerman)
  • 3D viewport clipping (Alt+B) is available again for wireframe and solid draw modes. Not all object types are supported yet. (Campbell Barton)
  • Deleting many objects has been optimized, though the new code is not enabled yet by default. It can be tested by setting the debug value to 666. (commit) (Bastien Montagne)
  • Alembic export can now optionally output curves / NURBS as meshes. (Sybren A. Stüvel)
  • Preferences have been further redesigned, adding more sections to avoid grouping unrelated settings together. More panels are also expanded by default, making it possible to quickly go through sections and see settings of each. (Brecht Van Lommel)


  • Initial development on the everything nodes project has started, beginning with a generic function system. (doc) (Jacques Lucke)

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  1. Rombout Versluijs on

    I still find the preferences horrible, they did some big adjustments again last week. I made a much better version of this and really hope they implement it.

    Some of their adjustments they are doing makes stuff much more complicated, needs TONS of more clicking or simple doesnt make ANY sense at all.

    The preferences is a joke now, we could see everything easy in one glance. What do they do they make it an "never ending scroll story"?!?!

    • You know, the Single column mode is much more easy for developer, no need much more typographic design, easy to add new function. haha.

      In screenshot, lots area are filled with empty,invalid area . for one setting, you need more click , click, click to find, Hi, this is very like Unity, A blind imitation is not necessarily an improvement, I am really hope they can roll back to 2.79

      • Rombout Versluijs on

        Much more easier? Okay that is perhaps try, but the right aligning breaks readability and also causes other issues. Tons of scrolling that is.

        My proposal was move the section to the top in the header. They put them there because they are always visible than. My idea is to put those at the top and than use the left side for all settings per section, sort of a quick search input. SInce we cant control scrollto, a filter button just like in the old addon section is quite handy. This way you will filter your input much faster, also add a search bar for each section is a second option.

        With my setup panel can stay open and left side is used to quick toggle them. Much faster, no need to open every panel and see if it contains what you need. How seen how much more scrolling where are doing now, its insane!
        Here's a preview how it can look

  2. Preferences Schmeferences, the new ones are not getting in my way one bit. I'm anle to find exactly what i need. Some stuff's a little rearranged. Kind of like when you get a new maid. I just did some pretty extensive theme adjusting and experienced no problems. I don't want it changed drastically again. I actually find it easier now that its all nicely organized. IMHO i'd much rather have our developers working on new ground breaking things such as Everything Nodes. But hey, that's just me.

    • Rombout Versluijs on

      Sorry but it the current method takes you 3-5 times longer to put in settings. It simply to much scrolling and searching settings. Say for instance the theme coloring panel. This has always been a long list, now with all kind of sub panel and header, subheaders is gtting to long. Luckily they did add the 3 column thing. So if you make the window large enough it will change, its sort of a responsive design they added.

      But hey the keep changing and shifting settings ow. The last 4 downloads i did it was shuffled each time. So memorizing it at the moment makes no sense. It is getting better, but i really think the current side needs to go to the top and all settings per tab should be on the left.

      • The Theme preferences needs only one tool: an eyedropper. It is almost impossible to know the name/description of a particular screen element. What is needed is an eyedropper, so you can click anywhere on the Blender UI and the preferences window immediately highlights the required colour/setting.

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