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February 20, 2020 9:00 AM

 

by Editor in Chief

 

What was the biggest Blender news in 2020--especially for professional users of Blender? Here are some of the top 10 Blender news from 2020. Please remember hobbyist-grade news or well-known facts--such as the use of Blender in product and arch viz--may have been omitted. 


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10. BLENDER.ORG UNDER DDOS ATTACK FOR 2 DAYS


Less than 1 month after the start of 2020 from January 30tt through 31st, A DDOS attack has paralyze the official website of Blender Foundation which provides the free downloads of latest and previous Blender builds.
Who’s involved or why it happened has not been confirmed but apparently it did little to stop the ever-growing popularity, if not it rather has provided an extra reason for more public attention.
Related Link: 
https://www.blendernation.com/2020/01/30/blender-org-is-unreachable-because-of-ddos-attack/

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9. BLENDER OPEN MOVIE


Another Blender Open Move “Coffee Run” got released.
Related Links: 
1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVGeM40dABA
2. https://cloud.blender.org/blog/announcing-coffee-run
3. https://cloud.blender.org/films/coffee-run/

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8. COVID-19 HITS BLENDER CONFERENCE 2020

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 Blender Conference 2020 got held as an online event. But it held one the most impressive line-up of industry veterans sharing their story of how they are using Blender and gives insight into high profile projects using Blender.
It also gives insight into what terrifying experience Ton Roosendale the president of Blender Institute had been going through.
If you haven't seen it check out the recorded full sessions at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEjmbsiflMU

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7. INCREASING NUMBER OF
PRODUCTION-READY ASSETS & ADDONS


Availability of dedicated third-party assets and tools that save your time and energy for your production is usually the reason for the choice of a 3D tool. That’s happening to Blender. But get ready to open your wallet.

Related Links: 
1. https://gumroad.com/l/dOumo
2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueYtM2KprqY

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6. GROWING SUPPORT FROM INDUSTRY PLAYERS


In addition to Unreal, industry players added their support for Blender through their Blender add-ons and live-link this year,
which include:
Redshift (https://www.blendernation.com/2020/11/20/redshift-plugin-for-blender-released/)
Rokoko (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViUbTlKUjBQ)
Duik (https://blender.community/c/today/9tfbbc/)
EmberGen (https://twitter.com/JangaFX/status/1235313322670641152?s=09)
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5. SUCCESS OF BLENDER-SPECIFIC ONLINE MARKET

Blender is turning out to be a successful market for talented artists and addon-creators. During the year 2020 along, a single Blender specific-addon called “Botaniq” has sold over 4,200 copies, raking in up to $457,000 (US)! Although the actual revenue for the creator could be far less than half the figure, it still is a lot of money. And this is not a single incident, but a growing trend—with ever growing quality of Blender-specific add-ons developed, leading to ever-growing sale and profits.
Related Links: 
1. Flip Fluid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FARyt4s3T7E
2. Botaniq: https://blendermarket.com/products/botaniq-trees
3. Cablerator: https://blendermarket.com/products/cbl

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4. INCREASING INDUSTRY VETERANS &
STUDIOS ADOPT BLENDER

Other than Tangent Animation & Ubisoft, increasing number of industry veterans & studios have adopted Blender or added them to their tool sets
Related Links: 
1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jZLTZnIiKU
2. https://blender.community/c/today/PHdbbc/
3. https://blender.community/c/today/hlgbbc/
4. https://www.blendernation.com/2020/04/13/vfx-reel-by-postkino-fx-in-mystery-of-the-dragon-seal/
5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lY8Ol2n4o4A
6. https://www.artstation.com/artwork/Xnd3Gy
7. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3HUESS7z-P1KqeuVMNAe4Q
8. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/ucp-skywatch-peacock-seth-macfarlane-fuzzy-door-1234749344/
9. https://www.blender.org/user-stories/using-blender-in-game-development-by-embark
10. https://www.blendernation.com/2020/12/19/theory-studios-presents-a-new-short-series-bugs-buddies-cartoons/

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3. BIG PLAYERS IN THE IDUSTRY SUPPORTS BLENDER DEVELOPMENT FUND

With UBISOFT renewing their development fund membership, one of the biggest news in 2020 were Microsoft and Facebook adding their support for Blender Development fund. You can check out the latest list of Big Players in the industry that support Blender Development at the following link:
https://fund.blender.org/

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2. BLENDER RELEASES


2020 has been most prolific year for Blender development with Blender versons released from 2.82 to 2.91.
One of the notable developments of event is the release of Blender 2.83 LTS (Long Term Support) edition, which is vital for long-term projects using Blender.
Related Links: 
1. https://www.blender.org/download/
2. https://www.blendernation.com/2020/11/12/blender-2-83-9-lts-released

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1. NEW & EVER-EVOLVING FEATURES OF BLENDER

Nothing can be more exiting than the news regarding new or improved features of Blender in 2020, which included:
Cloth Brush, object-type volume, OpenVDB support, OptiX view port denoising, VR support  to name a few. Pre-existing features have been in improved Grease Pencil, simulation, sculpting, Boolean and etc, eliminating previous need for many 3rd party software.

Related Links: 
1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nKXOZvc-Gk
2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nKXOZvc-Gk


Related Links:

1. 2019 Blender Retrospective
2. 2018 Blender Retrospective

3. 2017 Blender Retrospective

4. 2016 Blender Retrospective 

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