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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. Gabriele Giles on

    How many more RC there going to be until the final? It was supposed to be released already. I hate downloading one version after the other.

    • The whole point of the RC process is quality control before a final release. And as you don't know what you're going to find, the only sensible answer can be "it will be ready when it's ready". And if you don't want to help, then don't..

      • Gabriele Giles on

        Everytime there is a new RC coming out there is always something not working correct in Blender. Like the Cloth simulation. I created a burger the other day and the cheese was made with cloth simulation, my cheese didn´t fall nicely on the bun, no, it was sucked into the bun and burger, so I had to go back to 2.79 to fix the issue and then transfer it back into 2.8.

        • Gabriele,

          Bart is right on the money. Until Blender 2.80 is officially released, every build that is available to download should not be used for critical work. The closer we get from Alpha, to Beta, to Release Candidate, there should be fewer issues, but that isn't always the case. Sometimes it takes people like you who encounter a bug or a regression where it stops working when it used to work in order to get it ready for release, but if no one tests it, those issues won't be discovered. I just looked at the Blender website, and there wasn't a full explanation of what an RC was on the download page. It just says "Download and test this build and report any issue here." I think the webpage could be a little clearer on what users are downloading - especially for first-time users.

      • Gabriele Giles on

        Everybody is changing their courses from 2.79 to 2.8 since last year, I have already changed 2.8 at least 10 times so far, so everytime I change the interface looks quit different, some functions are missing, while the instructor of the courses still work with an older version. This causes confusions and it´s hard to go through the course in a steady path. So even if I wait until the final release, the courses will not be updated again.

        • Do you know what a release candidate is? It's a CANDIDATE, not the official release. So things are and will be changing. That's the idea. When the official build comes out, you can start complaining (or, more appropriately, filing bugs).

        • That's why I kept quite my mouth and watch their development. I understand the frustration, In fact , I am equally frustrated about the progress. Blender has lot of future. But Keep some patience! Same time Blender should talk about tentative date for final release. We want end of release candidate.

    • Wow... ok.
      I going to try to be kind here. Release Candidates are for the purpose of making sure that everything is working, finding last minute/glaring bugs and fixing them so there is a solid final release. How would you like it if each of these were actual releases and they had to patch it 2 times right after release?

      If you're asking why don't they just program the software so that it doesn't ever have any bugs... well... um... not quite a realistic expectation...

  2. I don't understand how people can complain like that. How much did you pay for the software? nothing. It's free. It allows you to work, create, learn and earn money and is still free. If the previous version worked better for you and did not cause any problems, then why have you changed it to newer but still unfinished version. And you still complain ... Please understand that people are working very hard to make Blender run flawlessly, fix all the bugs and it's really not easy with a huge graphic program like Blender. Do you realize how many bugs are there in other software for several thousand dollars and they are still not corrected in subsequent versions? Please be patient and support Blender and if you find any more bugs - please submit them to developers.

    • Gabriele Giles on

      KBDESIGNS, I know it´s free, and yes, I still work with 2.79, and I can comment whatever I want to comment on this site, just as you can make a comment or statement as well. A lot of my friends are still working with 2.79 and do not like 2.8. It´s their opinion and I respect it. So why you don´t respect other ppl. opinion as well. I switched to 2.8 because, like I said, I was buying courses for Blender 2.79 and still working on them, but a lot of the teachers decided to update the courses to 2.8, so I had no other choices then switch to 2.8 or loosing the money I invested in the courses. And I didn´t say that 2.8 is not good, I like Eevee Render because it´s fast, also like some other features, which are new, but also have some dislikes as well. Like with any other version I guess. I just asked when there will be a final release date so I don´t have to switch versions all the time.

    • I don't complain about the program. I know it's free. My point is, that why they always make promises about the release date. Why it´s always the next week, and a week after that, and the week after that. Just wait and see. We will see the RC4 and 5.

      • so you don't want bugs and crashes fixed? RC means close to release but when they find big showstoppers then they delay it, for example they found some AMD cards causing problems how do you think they found out, the devs don't have all the graphics cards on the market and until users report them , they get fixed the unfortunate part is people only report late..once all these major problems get fixed then the release happen and it won't be much of difference from RC anyway just major bugs and crashes.

  3. For those who forget ...this is FREE software brought to you by hard working devs and a team of professionals doing their best to put out a quality product so we can create and enjoy and share, then please go find other software that better suits your needs...this has been a huge endeavor and we are near the a little less whining, a lot more respect for all they do and bit more patience go find those bugs and report them, they need our help to make Blender even better for us all!

  4. just one thing ... blender clearly says not to use the 2.8 in production so course too. So it seems to me that your teachers are bad

    • Gabriele Giles on

      I guess so. I want to wait until the final release to go ahead with newer courses. I do have RC 2 right now, works pretty good for smaller projects.

  5. Nice work guys, pulling RC3 down now and will put it through it's paces.

    A massive update like this needs all the help we can provide in reporting bugs, happy to contribute in some small way!

  6. Eric Callahan on

    I'm new to Blender — about 6 months — and I'm hooked. I'm astonished at how robust it is considering it's free. I've downloaded the Mac OS version of the latest RC and am putting it through it's paces. I'll give a shout if I come across any bugs.

    Thank you to everyone who worked on this. Clearly, it is a major upgrade. The Improvements in the UI alone show a lot of thought has gone into this. Kudos to you all!

    • "Rude?" If you don't know who Orson Welles was, or the purpose of invoking him, then grow culturally as a person, better relate to your parents and watch the ad - I gave you the link.

      Now that you've seen the Rotund One pimping the vintage, do you still think I was grousing about the delay? "We will sell no wine before its time." "Software that works as it's supposed." That's the point, right?

      Pay attention, kid. You're embarrassing yourself.

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