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Blender "Extensions": First Impression


Todor Nikolov reviews the Extensions platform that was recently announced, and shares some of his concerns about the new approach.

"Extensions" are a recently introduced concept in Blender Development. They describe various tools that customize Blender: addons, themes, keymaps, assets, and possibly more.

To organize the existing Extensions in one place, Blender Foundation created the Extensions platform:

And now they are taking another step towards integrating Extensions directly into Blender. This will likely happen in version 4.2 which is currently in Alpha. Blender will now be able to connect to the internet (with the user's permission) and download, install and update extensions from Blender's repository as well as custom repositories.

While this is great, the current implementation still need some work in my opinion. In the video below I demonstrate how Extensions work in the newest Alpha build and I share my thoughts on possible improvements.

If you agree or disagree with me - or have other ideas - make your voice heard by commenting in the Blender development forums.

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Todor Nikolov

Freelance 3d artist and a Blender head for the last couple of years. Recently started where I share in-depth CG tutorials.

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