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Blender Developers Meeting Notes: September 21, 2020

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Announcements

New Features and Changes

Blender 2.91

User Interface

  • Properties Editor (notes ) (video :cinema: ) ( Hans Goudey )
    • Search through properties in the properties editor, automatically expanding and collapsing panels. Ctrl-F starts a search, and alt-F clears the search field.
  • Outliner (notes ) (video :cinema: ) ( Nathan Craddock )
    • Object collections now have a color tag, set from the right-click menu.
    • Drag & drop for modifiers, constraints and grease pencil effects.
  • NLA Editor ( Wayde Moss )
    • Always show all strips, also in tweak mode. (commit )

Modeling

  • Sculpt ( Pablo Dobarro )
    • Render Mask and Face Sets with modifiers active (commit )
    • Scale Cloth filter (commit )
  • Curves ( Hans Goudey )
  • Meshes:
    • Unify all XYZ symmetry options across modes. (commit ) ( Pablo Dobarro )
  • UVs:
    • Select face loops when in face-select mode (commit ) ( Campbell Barton )

Viewport

  • 3D Viewport ( Pablo Dobarro )
    • Fade inactive geometry overlay (commit )
    • Operator to switch to different objects in edit, sculpt and paint modes. D key (commit ) ( Pablo Dobarro )
    • Option to lock HDRI rotation to view (commit ) ( Pablo Dobarro )
  • Fluid simulation ( Sriharsha Kotcharlakot )
    • Add various visualization options. (commit )

Rendering

  • Eevee ( Clément Foucault )
    • GGX multi-scatter distribution for glossy reflections, improving energy conservation.(commit )
  • Grease Pencil ( Antonio Vazquez )
  • Shaders ( Alex Strand )
    • Add emission strength input to Principled BSDF node (commit )

Animation

  • Constraints ( Chris Clyne )
    • Action Constraint: Add manual time factor input control (commit )
  • Overrides ( Bastien Montagne )
    • Support inserting items in collections created by Python add-ons. (commit )

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