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23. September 2015

 

The newest version of Blender is now available for those willing to walk on the wild side.  It’s RC1, meaning Release Candidate 1 or in other words… try thisSplash 276.png version and tell us what bugs you encounter!  For the most part though, I have found previous RC versions to be quite stable and I am a huge fan of shiny and new.  Speaking of which, this release brings a number of new features:

 

In this release:

  • Initial support for Pixar's OpenSubdiv geometry subdivision technology.
  • A huge view-port performance boost.
  • Big file browser performance boost and arrow keys navigation support.
  • Node auto-offset feature that helps organizing node layouts.
  • Absolute grid snapping in the 3D view.
  • Sculpting with tiled strokes.
  • Text effect strips for the sequencer, supporting subtitle export
  • And: 100s of bug fixes and other improvements!

New functionality by category:

 

Cycles Renderer

 

  • New Point Density Texture
  • Improvements for AMD GPUs (stability on Windows / Linux and compatibility with OSX El Capitan).
  • Camera zoom motion blur support
  • Support for extended and clipped image texture extension.

 

User Interface

 

  • Viewport: The ongoing viewport project brought a big performance boost
  • Node Editor: Auto-offset of existing nodes when adding a new one
  • File Browser:
    • Arrow-key navigation and selection.
    • Huge rework of internal code, now quicker & lighter.
  • It's now possible to get the correct (user edited) shortcuts of modal operators
  • And more!

 

Modeling

 

  • Two new tools: Flatten faces and edge offset
  • Data Transfer supports transferring data between equal meshes better
  • Absolute grid snapping for the 3D view was added
  • Displace modifier custom normals support
  • And more!

 

OpenSubdiv

 

  • Initial integration of the Pixar OpenSubdiv library
  • Greatly improves viewport playback performance
  • GPU tessellation support
  • Improves edge sharpness
  • And more!

 

Sequencer

 

  • New text effect with capability of exporting as subtitles was added
  • Improved AltRMB Template-RMB.png selection behavior

 

FreeStyle NPR

 

  • Freestyle memory consumption was reduced
  • New stroke modifiers were implemented

 

Sculpting/Painting

 

  • Weight paint smoothing.

 

Animation

 

  • Clean channels tool was introduced that helps organizing channels
  • A new add-on to create bone selection sets is bundled
  • And more!

 

If you are interested in trying Blender 2.76 out, click here.  I have been waiting a very very long time for a flatten faces option, as the current workaround is a horrible hack.

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