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January 7, 2014 1:30 PM

 

by Editor in Chief

 

What were the biggest Blender news in 2013? Here are some of the top 10 Blender news from 2013. www.BlenderNews.org looks forward to seeing
more exciting news in 2014.


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10. A New Breed of Blender "Tutors"

Some very talented and experienced artists have joined in releasing a series of quality online tutorials for Blender. Among them are:  Rob Tuytel, renouned for his environment works in "Tears of Steel" and Gleb Alexandrov the creator of "Her Majesty's Air Fleet."


Related links: 

1. http://www.youtube.com/user/blenderpedia/videos

2. http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVA3cYOgsTN4hs3v7pjne7w/videos

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9. Commercials Made with Blender

Some commercials with top-notch VFX turned out to be created with Blender as their main VFX tool.

Related links: 

1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyCxwT-Mdtc

2. http://vimeo.com/57224758

3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PL6CD3AFC59834AB67&v=PH8qd9Q29JA

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8. Blender's Smoke & Fire Re-appreciated

Blender's smoke and fire simulation capabilities seem to be a very good reason for established VFX artists to learn Blender.

Related link: 
http://blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?282381-National-Geographic-Evacuate-Earth-Visual-Effects-Reel

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7. Blender Cycles Render Engine 

Released under Apache License

Now you can incorporate Blender Cycles Render Engine to any of your inhouse or commerical  software.

Related link: 
http://code.blender.org/index.php/2013/08/cycles-render-engine-released-with-permissive-license/

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6. Blender As a Game Development Tool

Game developers are one of the first in the industry that have recognized its capabilities. 2014 has seen a series of indie games developed using Blender. SCS software has also announced its own SCS Blender tools to help its modding community as well as its own developers. 

Related link: 
http://blog.scssoft.com/2013/11/scs-blender-tools.html

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5. Blender Recognized in Notable CG Awards 

Several Blender-made entries have made their ways to Animation prize and Music & Sound prize at  CGChallgenge XXVII: Ten. In Russia, "Her Majesty's Zeppelins"--a work by Gleb Alexandrov created in Blender has won the first prize in a well-known CG competition.

Related link: 
http://www.cgsociety.org/index.php/CGSFeatures/CGSFeatureSpecial/ten_cgchallenge_winners

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4. Blender in 2013 SIGGRAPH Animation Festival

Three Blender-driven shorts have made their way into 2013 SIGGRAPH Animation Festival!  They are Kaleb Lechowski’s "R’ha,"
Pablo Vazquez' "Caminandes" and Grupa Smacznego’s “Lost Senses.” 

Related link: 
http://www.blendernation.com/2013/07/12/siggraph-animation-festival-trailer/#utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Blendernation+%28BlenderNation%29

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3. The Blender UI Debate

The debate about Blender's "Broken" UI--initiated by Andrew Price--has drawn much attention even from non-Blender users. Ton Roosendaal had to intervene and stop the debate by releasing his commentary entitled "(Re)defining Blender, " where he says, "I’m not much interested in 'getting more users'. That’s not a sane target to work for. Nor am I much interested in supporting Maya users, Sketch-up users, or the forum trolls who don’t use Blender anyway." A re-design of Blender UI is being scheduled as a result of the debate.

Related link: 
http://code.blender.org/index.php/2013/10/redefining-blender/

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2. Blender.org Gets a Face-lift 

The official website of Blender Foundation--the home of Blender the 3D software--has been redesigned inside out.

Related link: 
http://www.blender.org/

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1. New Features Added:
Dynamic Topology, 
3D Printing Tools,

Hairs & SSS in Cycles, 

The speed of development is unparalleled in the industry. Reportedly, more to come in 2014-2015 includes: improved physics simulation and crowd simulations!

Related link: 
http://code.blender.org/index.php/2013/12/plans-for-2014-2015/

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