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January 1, 2013 8:00 AM
 
by Editor in Chief
 
What were the biggest Blender news in 2012? Here are some of the top 10 Blender news from 2012. www.BlenderNews.org looks forward to seeing
more exciting news in 2013.


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10. Blender Whiz Discovered

Some of the best renders turned out to the works of young people still in their high school. Among them are: Grzegorz Potaczek and Jonathan Lampel 

Related links: 

1. http://blendernews.org/xe/Feature_Articles/1389

2. http://blendernews.org/xe/index.php?mid=Feature_Articles&category=1822&document_srl=1823 

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9. Blender Internal Alive & Well

While the new Cycles Render Engine is making news, stunning images and animations are continued to be made with Blender Internal.

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8. Blender Noted As a Product Viz Tool

Some of the best product viz turned out to be those made in Blender as in this food illustration by Tommy Helgevold
Related links: http://blendernews.org/xe/Feature_Articles/1610

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7. Quality Tutorials Galore

2012 saw the increase in quality online tutorials for Blender. BlenderCookie.com has taken the lead both in quantity and qualities, while Blenderguru.com continues to produce noteworthy tutorials on a periodic basis. Some of the most astonishing tutorials, however, have come from a few independent Individual artists.

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6. Blender Noted As an Arch Viz Tool

Increasing number of Arch Viz artists have embraced Blender as their Arch viz tool. "BI vs. Cycles vs. Yafaray - an Artist's Observation", a report by Olivier Boscournu has demonstrated Blender's potentials as an arch viz tool. Enrico Cerica's work with Blender was also noted among Arch Viz professionals.

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5. Potent Mix: Cycles & Particle System 

Some stunning renders and animation have made news in 2012 exploring the use of Blender's Cycles Render engine & its particle system. When the render "Green Woods" was first released online. The quality was so amazing that even some of the advanced Blender artists ended up challenging its genuineness. Agustin Benavidez's render "Island" was released as an animated version entitled "Cycle Island Revisited" and enjoyed more than 10,000 views within a few weeks, demonstrating Blender's potentials as an environment creation tool.

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4. Independent Short Films Made with Blender Make News 

Some quality shorts have been made by independent artists and enjoyed industry-wide attention. Among them are: Reversion & Ara's Tale, both of which were also featured in www.BlenderNews.org. 

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3. Suzanne Animation Festival 2012 

This year's Suzanne Animation Festival successfully showcased Blender's ability as an animation tool. One such example is "Park" - a proud example of what Blender can produced in a trained hand.

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2. "Tears of Steel" 

After 7 months of work in Amsterdam by a dozen of open source visual effect specialists, the Blender Foundation has released director Ian Hubert's new short film, demonstrating Blender's capabilities as an all-around VFX tool.

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1. BMesh 

Disputably, the most significant change ever happened to Blender in 2012 is the introduction of BMesh - Blender's N-gons. As a result, Blender has attracted a new array of talented professionals coming from other 3D software packages. One of such artists--"Tommy Wong"--have even became the winner of a game character creation contest organized by Mixamo.com by using Blender as a test tool.

Among other or new features that have been added to Blender in 2012 are: Fire simulation, Improved Bevel Tool, Mask Editor, 3D Motion Tracker, Improved Compositor, Skin Modifier, Remesh Modifier, and etc.

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Render of the Year Render of the Year Awards 2014: Five Winners Annouced file Jan 02, 2015 491848
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Blender Releases Blender 2.66 Released! file Feb 22, 2013 29324
Render of the Week 'Venice' by Paul Andruchiewicz - Winner for the Week of February 18, 2013 file Feb 18, 2013 29682
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Render of the Year Render of the Year Awards 2012 in Video file Feb 04, 2013 30559
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