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Blender Takeover

February 25, 2010
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Was cruising the web a bit, and I found a blog with a humorous post saying the Blender 2.5, which is now in Alpha 1, Will Take Over The World. It was tongue in cheek of course, but I’m hearing some really good things about the new 2.5 incarnation of the program. The Blender guys say “If you’re used to the old Blenders, Blender 2.5 may seem quite different at first, but it won’t be long before it grows on you even more than before.” So I wonder if that awkward feel I get with even the latest stable 2.49 stable version will be gone. As stated previously on this blog, I’ve had my problems with Blender. It’s more my own fault though as I haven’t devoted the proper amount of time to it.

From the Blender 2.5 page

Blender 2.5 has a new GUI layout, with updated graphic design and a new icon set. The GUI layout has been re-designed to be clearer, better organised and easier to navigate, and is fully customisable with Python scripting. Other improvements include a new file browser, customisable tool shelf and more.

That’s great news, because the GUI has always been the big stumbling block for me.

Blender has evolved into a very capable and powerful modeler and renderer. It’s hard to believe that it’s Open Source and free to use. If the Blender site doesn’t convince you, be sure to take a look at BlenderArt Magazine. The issues are in PDF format and are available for free download. Even though I’m not a Blender user, I do find the publication valuable for learning and creative inspiration.

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