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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.

List of Articles
Subject Date Views
Tutorials Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2018 for Blender 2.8 file Jan 23, 2019 11290
Tutorials Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2018 Worthy of Your Note - for CG, Games & Viz file Jan 23, 2019 10530
Tutorials Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2018 Worthy of Your Note - for Animation & VFX file Jan 23, 2019 10425
Tutorials Top 12 Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2018 file Jan 23, 2019 10162
Render of the Year Render of the Year Awards 2018: Winners Annouced file Jan 02, 2019 15734
Blender Retrospectives 2018 Blender Retrospective file Jan 02, 2019 16102
Tutorials Top 12 Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2017 file Jan 09, 2018 141393
Blender Retrospectives 2017 Blender Retrospective file Jan 01, 2018 144780
Render of the Year Render of the Year Awards 2017: Winners Annouced file Dec 26, 2017 141467
Tutorials Top 12 Free Online Blender Tutorials (Videos) Released in 2016 file Jan 16, 2017 269271
Blender Retrospectives 2016 Blender Retrospective file Dec 29, 2016 315135
Render of the Year Render of the Year Awards 2015: Seven Winners Annouced file Jan 20, 2016 334276
Blender Retrospectives 2015 Blender Retrospective file Jan 12, 2016 323273
Tutorials Top 12 Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2015 file Jun 26, 2015 326100
Render of the Year Render of the Year Awards 2014: Five Winners Annouced file Jan 02, 2015 358480
Tutorials Top 12 Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2014 file Dec 11, 2014 358113
Blender Whiz The Artist Behind 'Morning River:' Caleb Joseph file Jan 09, 2013 26044
Blender Retrospectives 2012 Blender Retrospective file Jan 01, 2013 31197
Blender Whiz The Artist Behind 'Cabin in the Woods': Jonathan Lampel file Jul 16, 2012 33699
Product Visualization PRODUCT VISUALIZATION IN BLENDER for the week of December 17, 2012 file Dec 17, 2012 38106
Render of the Year 2012 Voting Begins for Stage Two: Top 10 Finalists from Famed Render of the Week Winners! file Dec 21, 2012 26651
Render of the Year 2012 Voting Begins for Stage One: Choose 10 Candidates from Famed Render of the Week Winners! file Dec 11, 2012 27768
Architectural Visualization ARCHITECTURAL VISUALIZATION IN BLENDER for the week of December 10, 2012 file Dec 10, 2012 31719
Product Visualization PRODUCT VISUALIZATION IN BLENDER for the week of December 3, 2012 file Dec 03, 2012 32136
Render of the Week 'Lamborghini Aventador - XS Edition' by Ettienne Vorster - the Winner of the Week of December 3, 2012 file Dec 03, 2012 46635
Production Focus 'Border' - A Short Film Explores Blender’s Capability As An All-around Film Production Tool file Nov 27, 2012 24785
Architectural Visualization ARCHITECTURAL VISUALIZATION IN BLENDER for the week of November 26, 2012 file Nov 27, 2012 36779
Render of the Week 'Tsunami' by Alexandre Faiad - the Winner of the Week of November 26, 2012 file Nov 26, 2012 34717
Render of the Week 'Wheelchair House' by Dion Moult - the Winner of the Week of November 12, 2012 file Nov 12, 2012 43005
Product Visualization PRODUCT VISUALIZATION IN BLENDER for the week of November 19, 2012 file Nov 19, 2012 30689
Render of the Week 'dune_boiserie' by Gabriele Mariotti and Alan Zirpoli - the Winners of the Week of November 19, 2012 file Nov 19, 2012 31532
Render of the Week 'Simple Interior' by Eduardo Câmara - Winner for the Week of July 30, 2012 Jul 30, 2012 40686
Architectural Visualization ARCHITECTURAL VISUALIZATION IN BLENDER for the week of November 12, 2012 file Nov 13, 2012 32018
Render of the Week 'The Most Beautiful Beach' by Matej Hudak - the Winner of the Week of November 5, 2012 file Nov 05, 2012 30853
Render of the Week 2012 Bi-annual Render of the Week Award Video, from April 30 through October 22 file Oct 30, 2012 28068
Product Visualization PRODUCT VISUALIZATION IN BLENDER for the week of October 22, 2012 file Oct 23, 2012 33187

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