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3. June 2020


Blender 2.83 is now available now in LTS or Long Term Support version.  Described a few months back, the long term support version of Blender is meant to remain stable but well supported for two years:

The first proposal is to do one Long Term Support (LTS) release every year. This release would be supported for two years with important bug fixes and updates for new hardware, while strictly maintaining compatibility.

A good reason to do an LTS now is the focus on fixes and patches of the past months. The next release (2.83) although big, will be relatively less experimental, thus a good candidate to keep supporting for a while.

LTS versions also will help to ensure that a project that started with an LTS version can be completed with the same version in a reasonable amount of time. Nice for studios with large projects, but also for add-on maintenance.

So if you are on the verge of starting a long term game or movie project, Blender 2.83 LTS may be the ideal version for you.

Of course long term support isn’t the only new feature in Blender 2.83, with highlight features including:

  • New Cloth simulation sculpting brush, as well as other sculpting improvements
  • NVIDIA Optix denoiser now works in the viewport as well as renders
  • A completely rewritten faster and more powerful Grease Pencil
  • Import and render OpenVDB files
  • Initial VR Support, specifically the ability to navigate around your scene in VR
  • New face set system enabling new visibility options
  • EEVEE improvements
  • Updated shader nodes
  • Performance improvements across the entire application
  • Updates to several modifiers
  • Video sequencer improvements
  • Much, much more

You can learn more about Blender 2.83 in the release notes here or by watching the video below.

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27. May 2020


In one of the biggest game development Humble Bundle, the RPG Game Development Assets 2D Art, Music and Sound Effects bundle is live now.  As always it is split into tiers:

1$ Tier

  • 7Souls RPG Graphics - Desert Tileset
  • 7Soul's RPG Graphics – Sprites
  • Dialogue Boxes
  • Inventory Sound Pack
  • Japanese Bar Interior Assets
  • Osaka City Game Assets
  • RPG Inventory – Fantasy Battle Axes
  • RPG Inventory – Fantasy Bows
  • RPG Inventory – Fantasy Daggers
  • RPG Inventory – Fantasy Potions
  • RPG Inventory – Fantasy Spears
  • RPG Inventory – Fantasy Swords
  • Warrior Adventure Game Characters

15$ Tier

  • 2D Characters Male
  • 2D Hand Painted Mine Tileset
  • 2D Hand Painted Snowland Tileset
  • 7Souls RPG Graphics – Town Tileset
  • Clean City Game Assets
  • Dark RPG Chiptune Soundtrack Bundle
  • Dwarves vs Elves RPG Sprites
  • Hand Painted Extra Objects Tileset
  • Japanese City Game Assets
  • JRPG Character Pack
  • Pixel Art Beach Tile Set
  • Pixel Art Town
  • Side View Animated RPG Battlers
  • Spells and Abilities Icons
  • Fantasy Character Bundle
  • Forest Isometric Block Tileset
  • Frozen Village Isometric Block Tileset

30$ Tier

  • 7Souls RPG Graphics Tiles- Grasslands
  • Over 80RPG Characters with Animations
  • Ancient Game SFX Pack
  • Elemental Magic Sound Effects Vol 1
  • Elemental Magic Sound Effects Vol 2
  • Fantasy RPG Items Vol 2
  • Farm & Fort Tilesets and Icons
  • Human Fantasy Animated Pack
  • Interface SFX
  • JRPG Music Pack
  • Lighthearted RPG Location Soundtrack Bundle
  • Lighthearted RPG Soundtrack Bundle
  • Medieval RPG UI Kit
  • Monster Creature Animated Pack
  • Pixel Art Medieval Interiors
  • RPG Music Pack – Complete Collection
  • Survival Icons
  • Tyler Warrens RPG Battlers Pixel Style
  • MMORPG UI Kit
  • Monster Creature Super Mix
  • Pixel Art Medieval Fantasy Characters
  • Pixel Art Medieval UI Pack
  • Cute RPG UI Kit
  • Pixel Art Forest Road
  • Pixel Art Old Castle
  • 58 Fantasy RPG Items


… yeah, this one is BIG!  The GameDev Marketplace license details are available here.  As with all Humble Bundles, you decide how your money is allocated, including (and thanks so much if you do!) to support GFS if purchased using this link.  Learn more in the video below.

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25. May 2020


As discovered on BlenderNation, a new plugin for Android was released that makes quickly creating buildings in Blender a breeze.  Building Tools is available for download here in both zip and tar.gz formats.  Simply download the archive and add it as a plugin in the Blender add-ons panel.  Building Tools enables you to rapidly create houses, from simple single story bungalows, to 100 story towers.

Buildings feature the following configurable assets:

  • Floorplans
  • Floors (slabs and walls)
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Multigroup (door-window combinations)
  • Roof
  • Stairs
  • Balcony

The add-on is also open source under the MIT license on GitHub.  You can see how to create buildings quickly and simply using Building Tools in the video below.

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23. May 2020


Earlier today, Krita just launched the first beta releases of Krita on Android and Chrome OS.  Unfortunately for now it only works for Android tablets and the UI still has many desktop requirements so it may not work as expected, at least without a mouse and keyboard attached.

Details from the Krita website:

Thanks to the hard work of Sharaf Zaman, Krita is now available in the Google Play Store for Android tablets and Chromebooks (not for Android phones).

This beta, based on Krita 4.2.9, is the full desktop version of Krita, so it doesn’t have a special touch user interface. But it’s there, and you can play with it.

Unlike the Windows and Steam store, we don’t ask for money for Krita in the store, since it’s the only way people can install Krita on those devices, but you can buy a supporter badge from within Krita to support development.

Install
Notes
  • Supports: Android tablets & Chromebooks.
  • Currently not compatible with: Android phones.
  • If you have installed one of Sharaf’s builds or a build you’ve signed yourself, you need to uninstall that first, for all users!

Do to the limited number of Android tablets and the massive size of some Android phones, it’s unfortunate a phone release isn’t also available.  Do keep in mind this is early access software, so expect all the bugs that come with that.

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16. May 2020


ENVE, or Enve is Not a Video Editor, is a new in development 2D animation software, completely free and open source.  Even in this early state, Enve is remarkably capable animation tool, with a full suite of drawing tools for both vector and result art, including MyPaint brush integration.

ENVE is described as:

Enve is a new open-source 2D animation software for Linux and Windows. You can use enve to create vector animations, raster animations, and even use sound and video files. Enve was created with flexibility and expandability in mind.

The source code is available on GitHub under the GPLv3 license with binaries available for Windows and Linux.  You can check out a complete review of ENVE in action in the video below.

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