24 июля 2017

Weekly Blender Developers meeting notes - July 23, 2017

Here are the notes from today's 14 UTC meeting in irc.freenode.net #blendercoders.

1) Blender 2.79 release
2) Blender 2.8 project
  • The usual Monday morning team meeting will have more details about 2.8 progress.
  • Bastien Montagne agreed on writing a code blog update report on his work on Assets in Blender. (And "Overrides", linking, referencing, etc)
3) Google Summer of Code, other projects
  • The coming week is the 2nd evaluation, projects are now on 2/3rd of the process. Please join the SOC mailing list to get all the details.
  • Tristan Porteries' proposal to use Eevee shaders in the BGE has not resulted in a generally agreed working plan yet. It might lead to code redundancy or limited (or differently working) results.
    More discussion or reviews of the proposal is needed. We might need to accept his proposal as first step?

20 июля 2017

LeoCAD 17.07

Доступен выпуск среды автоматизированного проектирования LeoCAD 17.07, рассчитанной на создание виртуальных моделей, компонуемых из деталей в стиле конструкторов Лего.

Код программы написан на C++ с использованием фреймворка Qt и распространяется под лицензией GPLv2. Готовые сборки сформированы для большого числа дистрибутивов Linux, а также в универсальном формате AppImage.

Программа сочетает интуитивно понятный интерфейс, позволяющий новичкам быстро освоится с процессом создания моделей, с богатым набором возможностей для опытных пользователей, включая средства для написания скриптов автоматизации и наложения своих текстур. LeoCAD совместим с инструментами LDraw, может читать и записывать проекты в форматах LDR и MPD, а также загружать блоки из библиотеки LDraw, насчитывающей около 10 тысяч элементов для сборки.

17 июля 2017

Animation Nodes 2.0 released

I'm proud to present Animation Nodes 2.0. Previously my main focus was to achieve high flexibility. This allowed me build a very expressive general purpose node system. At this point, I can slowly start to focus on optimizing AN for common cases. This will result in an addon that is more user friendly. Features like falloff and vectorization (read the release notes to learn more about that) really aim at simplifying common tasks.

As a nice side effect this also allows for great performance optimizations from my side. Some nodes are up to 400 times faster now. Those high speedups are also possible due to the introduction of a new programming language called Cython. Unfortunately this also means that AN is not OS independent anymore. You will have to select the correct version for your operating system to make it work.

The manual improved at lot as well. This is all thanks to Omar Ahmad who spend many weeks to write an initial documentation for every single node. More help is always welcome though!

We worked hard on the release notes as well. They contain many examples, so wherever you want to begin, you can jump right in.
I have many more ideas that I will try to implement on in the upcoming months. Most notably I'm planning a new action socket which will be a huge deal for many motion graphics effects. Furthermore I finally want to have a good template system, a rewritten color system, an improved mesh data type and much more.

In a few weeks the current semester ends and the most productive time of the year starts. Then I have to decide whether to look for a summer job or to work on Animation Nodes as I did in recent years. To be able to afford the latter I need your support. Please checkout my Patreon page and consider to make a small monthly donation to help me to continue to amaze you.

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