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Blender 3.0 Released as a Massive Update with Many New Features and Improvements

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Blender 3.0 is a massive update that introduces numerous new features and dozens of enhancements to the 3D modeling software. One huge change in this release is the fact that Blender now uses the Vulkan next generation graphics and compute API by default for better graphics performance with lower power consumption.

Another big change in the 3.x series is the replacement of the BGL module with the GPU module. Also, Blender’s Cycles received a major revamp that leads to significantly improved GPU rendering performance and interactivity in Blender 3.0.

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Blender 3.0 Shines... and Blender 3.0 release notes

  • Blender 3.0 Shines As A Huge Update For This Leading Open-Source 3D Modeling Software

    Blender 3.0 is officially releasing today as a huge update to this open-source 3D modeling software that in recent years has become backed by numerous large hardware/software companies and has rivaled proprietary software for its capabilities.

    After a delay to allow more time for polishing it up, Blender 3.0 is officially shipping today. The Blender 3.0 release announcement hasn't hit the wire yet but those eager to try out this big open-source software release can find the release binaries via their download page.

  • Blender 3.0 Release Notes

Blender 3.0 is Out, And It’ll Blow Your Socks Off

  • Blender 3.0 is out now with a visual refresh, huge new features

    A true showcase for not only how good open source software can be but also how to successful manage every part of it. Blender 3.0 is officially out now. This marks a new and advanced era for open source 2D/3D content creation and the importance of Blender cannot be overstated.

    Masses of new features and overall performance improvements have arrived, along with the first iteration of their very own asset browser along with drag and drop support. Blender's Cycles rendering engine also saw huge improvements that they say resulted in "rendering between 2x and 8x faster in real-world scenes". Big improvements to the shadows system to be much more precise, a new backend for AMD GPUs (Linux support on that due in Blender 3.1), big new ways to manipulate text, a visual UI refresh, much faster loading / saving of compressed .blend files and so much more.

  • Blender 3.0 is Out, And It’ll Blow Your Socks Off

    A new version of the free 3D creation software Blender is out and it looks phenomenal.

    Blender 3.0 comes with new features and updates like an upgraded ‘Cycles X’ rendering engine, 2-3 times better mesh editing performance, and much faster file loading times thanks, in part, to Zstandard compression.

    An open-source tentpole, Blender is the go-to 3D creation suite for creatives of all shades (animators, game makers, visual effects wizards) across all operating systems. Blender offers a complete end-to-end 3D pipeline, from modelling, rigging and animation, to compositing, motion tracking and video editing.

    Am I versed enough in the complexities of 3D modelling, CGI, and visual effects work that I provide you with some insightful commentary on how these changes feel in practice? Hah, no — but even a layperson like me can tell that the arsenal of improvements announced as part of the release are substantial.

Blender 3.0 - Neowin

  • Blender 3.0 - Neowin

    Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation. Through it's open architecture, Blender provides cross-platform interoperability, extensibility, an incredibly small footprint, and a tightly integrated workflow. Blender is one of the most popular Open Source 3D graphics application in the world.

Blender 3.0 Released! How to Install it in Ubuntu via Linux

  • Blender 3.0 Released! How to Install it in Ubuntu via Linux Tarball

    lender 3.0 was finally released! Here’s what’s new and how to install it in Ubuntu.

    The new release of the animation creation software features 2x ~ 8x faster GPU rendering, magnitudes faster loading and saving compressed .blend file. Also, it has updated theme, and a bunch of new options to customize UI layout.

    Other features in Blender 3.0 include...

It's FOSS

  • Blender 3.0 is a Milestone Release to Step Up Open Source 2D/3D Content Creation

    Blender 3.0 marks the major leap of open-source 3D/2D content creation. This release has numerous changes, ranging from a refreshed user interface to improved rendering options.

    This release is sure to excite all 3D artists, regardless of their skill level.

    Overall, the release involves many fascinating changes and could be industry-leading in some cases.

Weekly-ish recap — 7 December 2021: Blender 3.0

  • Weekly-ish recap — 7 December 2021: Blender 3.0

    This is one of the most exciting releases in 2021. I wholeheartedly recommend watching the “Every new feature in 6 minutes” video, it provides a pretty good summary of the most important changes.

Blender 3 comes with great improvements and changes at the GPU

  • Blender 3 comes with great improvements and changes at the GPU level

    Blender 3.0 It is now available as the new major version of the well-known three-dimensional graphics creation and rendering solution, which is also one of the prides of free software as its base components are licensed under GPLv2 (although there are parts and plugins under other licenses such as Apache ).

    Much has been done to beg the third major version of Blender, since version 2.0 was released in August 2000, which is 21 years apart. Blender 3 has come with the intention of being a turning point for a project that has gone from being a relatively small player to competing with the great professional and proprietary solutions of the sector, which has ended up generating many interests around it by receiving supported by giants such as Ubisoft, Epic Games, Unity Technologies, AMD, NVIDIA, Adobe, Canonical, and Microsoft. After explaining the situation a bit, we go with the most important changes and news.

    Blender 3 includes changes and new features on all or almost all fronts, covering internals, animation, navigation between assets, wax brush, modeling, nodes and physics, Python API, Cycles for rendering physics, user interface, virtual reality, sculpting, painting and textures.

Major Update for Blender

  • Major Update for Blender

    Twenty-one years after Blender 2.0, Blender 3.0 has been released in what the Blender Foundation claims is a "new era of content creation" using the free, open-source and cross-platform 3D computer graphics software for Windows, macOS and GNU/Linux platforms.

Blender 3.0 open source 3D modelling and animation software...

  • Blender 3.0 open source 3D modelling and animation software launches

    Blender 3.0 the highly anticipated next generation 3D modelling software is now available to download providing a free open source application for anyone to create both 2D and 3D content. The Blender Foundation has been working on the 3rd generation of Blender for some time and now the software cycles even faster than ever. The Cycles GPU kernels have been rewritten for better performance, rendering between 2x and 8x faster in real-world scenes and Blender 3.0 now features a more responsive viewport thanks to new display algorithms and scheduling systems.

Blender 3.0 Released

  • Blender 3.0 Released

    Blender Foundation recently released Blender 3.0 “to mark the beginning of a new era for open source 2D/3D content creation.”

    Blender is a popular free and open source 3D creation suite, which supports modeling, animation, simulation, rendering, video editing, game creation, and more.

Blender 3.0: The Most Important Changes

  • Blender 3.0: The Most Important Changes

    After over 21 years of 2.x, Blender 3.0 is finally here! Here's what we think stands out among this new version's great changes, and plans for the future.

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    Enterprise distributions are famous for maintaining the same versions of software throughout their, normally five-year-plus, support windows. But many of the projects those distributions are based on have far shorter support periods; part of what the enterprise distributions sell is patching over those mismatches. But openSUSE Leap is not exactly an enterprise distribution, so some users are chafing under the restrictions that come from Leap being based on SUSE Enterprise Linux (SLE). In particular, shipping Python 3.6, which reached its end of life at the end of 2021, is seen as problematic for the upcoming Leap 15.4 release. [...] OpenSUSE and SLE have generally been aligned over the years. In 2020, Leap and SLE grew even closer together. The build system and repositories between the two were shared starting with Leap 15.2, which corresponded to the second "service pack" (SP) of SLE (i.e. SLE 15-SP2). In 2021, with Leap 15.3 and SLE 15-SP3, the two distributions effectively merged, such that all of the base packages were shared between the two. To a first approximation, Leap is an openSUSE-branded version of SLE, much like what CentOS used to be for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

  • Make Your Python CLI Tools Pop With Rich | Hackaday

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