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26. February 2020

Quixel Bridge 2020 was recently released, the first major release since being acquired by Epic Games late last year. Quixel Bridge acts as a… well bridge, in between your 3D and texturing content and your games engines and tools of choice, with plugins for most applications including Blender, Max, Maya, Unreal Engine and even Unity. With the release of Quixel Bridge 2020, it is now completely free for everybody.  Even if you don’t use Megascans, Quixel Bridge can be an excellent tool for organizing and managing your graphics content, especially now that a subscription is no longer required.

Details from the Quixel release announcement:

Better, faster, and free forever

We’ve improved the 3D viewer to give you more accurate real-time PBR shaders, plus inertial rotation and zooming.

Additionally, we’ve also updated the Maya, Blender, and Cinema 4D integrations with new improvements and bug fixes. We have also finally introduced support for the Alembic file format, and you can start downloading and exporting .ABC files right away.

But most importantly, Bridge is now completely free for everyone, forever. A paid subscription is no longer needed simply to access, download or export your content at any time.

Free unlimited Megascans for use in Unreal

And finally, the entire Megascans library is now completely free for use within Unreal Engine. Just log in with your UE account and you are all set!

We’re beyond excited to offer the entire Megascans library, Bridge and Mixer completely free of charge. And, in combination with Unreal Engine, creating any world imaginable has never been more exciting!

Check out the video below to learn more about Quixel Bridge, including how to install and use Bridge with Blender and Unreal Engine 4.24.

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26. February 2020

Unity have just announced a new free student plan for eligible students. You get full access to Unity Professional features including teams, Unity Learn Premium, cloud analytics and yes, even dark mode. To enrol you need to be at least 13 years old, or 16 in the EU, and have been verified as a student on GitHub Education.

Details from the Unity blog:

That’s why the Unity Student plan provides access to professional resources and tools like cloud-based collaboration which enable students to use the same workflows that teams use on real-world projects:

Cloud-based Collaboration

Work on group projects with up to five teammates, manage versions, share work with teachers, and easily move between home and school computers.

Cloud Build

Speed up build and iteration cycles on complex projects using minimal hardware. See the impact of your changes quickly, and learn more effectively.

Learn Premium

Supplement in-class learning and dive into the topics you care about most with unlimited access to on-demand, industry-specific resources to solve problems on your own, such as this popular Introduction to XR: VR, AR, and MR Foundations course. 

Student Asset Pack
Prototype and iterate your game projects quickly with free access to the Snaps Prototype pack. Beginners can create 3D worlds with ProBuilder and Snaps, without having to use additional 3D modeling tools. These assets easily snap together with ProGrids.

Dark UI theme

Develop your game or project with an easy‑on‑the‑eyes, dark UI environment for those long hours, late-night cramming sessions, and game jams.

You can learn more about Unity Student here and apply for the GitHub Student Developer program here. If you want to learn more about Unity Learn, check out our video available here and Unity Learn premium here. Finally, watch the video below to learn more about Unity Student.

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25. February 2020

Hot on the heels of Godot’s recent Epic winfall, ArmorPaint has become the latest recipient of the Epic MegaGrant program, first announced during the Unreal keynote at GDC 2019.  ArmorPaint is an open source PBR-based texture painting application, similar in function to Substance Painter.

Details of the megagrant were announced on Twitter:



You can learn more about ArmorPaint in our recent hands-on video.  ArmorPaint is open source and is free, but you need to build the binaries yourself.  For instructions on how to build ArmorPaint from source check out our guide available here.  For more details on the ArmorPaint Epic MegaGrant be sure to check out our video below.

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25. February 2020

Google have just released Android Studio 3.6.  Android Studio is Google’s recommended way to develop Android applications.  It’s an IDE derived from JetBrain’s IntelliJ IDEA IDE with additional tools specifically for Android development.

Android Studio 3.6 changes include:

  • Updated design tools (split screen design view and colour picker)
  • Updates to the Android Gradle plugin
  • Win32 support deprecated
  • Update to support IntelliJ 2019.2
  • Multiple screen support in the emulator
  • Kotlin support improvements
  • Leak detection in Memory Profiler
  • Emulator improvements
  • New Automotive project templates

You can read the full release notes here.  You can download Android Studio for Windows, Mac, Chrome OS and Linux here.  Learn more about Android Studio and the 3.6 release in the video below.

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24. February 2020

The long running open source GIMP, or GNU Image Manipulation Program, just released version 2.10.18.  After skipping the release of 2.10.16 due to a critical bug, there is a fair bit in this release.

Release features include:

  • Tools are now grouped in the toolbox by default
  • Sliders now use a compact style with improved user interaction
  • Vastly improved user experience for the transformation preview
  • Dockable areas now highlighted when a dockable dialog is being dragged
  • New 3D Transform tool to rotate and pan items
  • Much smoother brush outline preview motion on the canvas
  • Symmetry painting enhancements
  • Faster loading of ABR brushes
  • PSD support improvements
  • Consolidated user interface for merging down and anchoring layers
  • Update check to notify users of new releases available
  • 28 bug fixes, 15 translation updates

You can learn more about the 2.10.18 release in the release notes available here.  GIMP is available for download on Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD and Solaris.  GIMP is open source under the GPL v3 license with source details available here.  You can learn more about GIMP and the 2.10.18 update in the video below.

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