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Bforartists 0.9.7 is ready. The binaries can as usual be found here:

The release note can be found here:

The Bforartists 0.9.7 release brings mainly small tweaks and improvements. All in all we have 100 changes in this release. We have added some missing icons, made some panels more compact, and so on . And it comes with the changes from Blender 2.79b. We have added two new addons. One for the VSE. And one to create a primitive with adjustable subdivisions. See create tab in the tool shelf. Most tools are now in the tool shelf too. And not longer in header menus. The biggest change is the new Full keymap. Now you can have the navigation from Bforartists with most hotkeys from Blender. Big thanks for creating this keymap goes to Draise here.

As you may have noticed, we have moved to the Github tracker. As a consequence the release note now not longer contains links to the issues. The listed titles in the release note are the commits.

It's also a milestone release. We getting close to version 1.0. Most of the initial development goals are reached. What is now missing is some last changes and fine tuning. And this means this version should be functional enough for production. As a consequence this release is also not longer marked as Pre Production. There are surely still some problems around. But there aren't this much big changes ahead anymore. At least not in this development cycle, Blender 2.8 is a completely different beast then.

Many thanks to the team! And have fun with the software :)

- Reiner

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It took a while. But now Bforartists 0.9.6 is here. The Windows versions are already up and running. You can find it in the downloads section. Mac and Linux versions will hopelfully follow soon.

The download can be found here:

The Bforartists 0.9.6 release brings the changes from Blender 2.79a. Which are around 200 fixed bugs. Bforartists adds around 260 resolved tasks on top of it.

The biggest change is that it brings around 450 new Icons. Now nearly every menu item has icons. It brings also updates to the addons. We have removed quite a few double menu entries again. And quite a few properties have moved from the header menus into tool shelf and properties sidebars.

We have again some changes at the keymap. We mapped Y, X , C for mesh select mode to X, C, V instead because of the american layout issue where Z and Y are flipped compared to the european keyboard layout. Lasso select works with LMB now everywhere. The hotkey to view selected is assigned to D now. This one was formerly Numpad 0, and is now much better to handle. The caveat is that we ran into another hotkey conflict that way, which we still have to fix. Holding D is also grease pencil draw.

Another big redesign ist the whole nodes toolshelf. It comes now with icon buttons. We have reduced the tabs from 13 in Blender to three tabs in Bforartists. And the categories have become panels. This is now much better organized, and you can easier find what you are looking for.

And finally we have fixed a few bugs.

Another change is that we switched to Inno Setup to build the installer. We loose the ability to connect the *.blend file association with Bforartists while the update process. But we win with a much simpler update process.

At this point as usual a big thanks to the whole Bforartists crew, which made this release possible. Many thanks folks.

There is also a short youtube video about the new things

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H Folks,

We have a new download category called Developer build. It can be found in the Downloads section.

We usually release a new version when we either have something big finished, or when a new Blender version is ready. But the waiting for the long announced Blender version 2.79a lasts already ways too long. It was once announced for the beginning of december. Then christmas. And the latest date, wednesday, passed also by without a release.

Well, it doesn't make sense to release a new Bforartists version when Blender 2.79a is nearly finished. And so we decided to establish a permanent developer build. To give you as the user a way to have a look at what will come with the next official Bforartists release. To play around with the newest changes. And to have an up to date version for bug hunting and feedback.

The developer build is an actual development snapshot. It is Windows only, only available as a zip file, and it is undocumented, besides the entries at Github and the as solved marked issues in the tracker. The developer build will be updated regularly. But don't expect daily builds here. It can easily happen that you will not see it updated for weeks. When we for example develop a feature in a branch. The developer build is from the Master.

The usual warnings: Use at own risk. The dev build is not meant for productive useage. It can be unstable. And there may be broken or missing features. Please report them when you find something.

Note also that there is no version hint in the developer build. It shows the splashscreen and version number from the last official release when you start it. The folder name shows you the creation date. The newer, the more actual.


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I have started a video tutorial series around UV mapping. The first part is 11 short videos long, and explains the different mapping methods. It also includes a short video that explains how to add a checker texture when you map with Cycles renderer.

The tutorial series can be found here:

Or directly in the Youtube Playlist:

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We have a new video tutorial. The Loop Selection in Edit Mode tutorial explains the loop selection methods at a mesh object in Edit mode.

It can be found in the Wiki in the tutorials section in the Modeling sub section. Or by thjs link here:
Or directly at Youtube. Have fun with it :)

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Bforartists 0.9.5 is released. The download is here:

Merging the 2.79 features into Bforartists didn't work as flawless as expected. We had fixed a showstopper regression with 0.9.4 already. Now we stumbled across even more. Which made a quick version 0.9.5 necessary. Some important Cycles settings were missing. We hope that this was it in terms of merge regressions. Sorry for the inconvenience.

The release note is again rather small with its 10 fixes. It can be found here:

The download is as usual located in the downloads section. Currently there is the Windows and Linux version available. And the Mac build will follow shortly. Many thanks to the team. Great work everybody!

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Bforartists 0.9.4 is out. You can grab it in the download section:

For the changes please have a look at the Bforartists 0.9.3 release note. Version 0.9.4 was an emergency release because of a showstopper, and fixes just one bug. The release notes can be found here:

This new version brings all the goodies from Blender 2.79. Like Denoiser, PBR Shader, Shadow Catcher, Flimic Color Management, etc. . Please have a look at the Blender 2.79 release note at the Blender page for the new features. Important is the compatibility note. Blender 2.79 is not fully backwards compatible to earlier version anymore. And this affects of course Bforartists 0.9.4 too.

The changes in Bforartists itself since the last version sums up to over 100 changes again, but are each rather small. The last weeks and months were in big parts spent at documentation and tutorials. Unbelievable how time consuming this chapter is. That's why Bforartists 0.9.3 brings mainly fixes and some small changes and cleanup operations. And we had some inconsistencies in the hotkeys again. F2 to call the console is removed since it conflicts with Linux build. The Properties sidebars now all opens with Ctrl T, not longer with N. And we have readded the hotkey to Loopcut and Slide, since it is a fundamental modeling tool, and often used.

There is also a quickstart tutorial series available to get you started:

Have Fun


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We have a new video tutorial. The Set Dimensions addon allows you to scale a selection in edit mode to World dimensions. This is a very useful and handy modeling addon, which is included by default in Bforartists.

You can find it in the tutorials section in the Wiki.

Or watch it at Youtube:
Set Dimensions
Set Dimensions

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I just realized that i should do more video tutorials. So i made one ^^

The Scale UI video explains how to scale the user interface. It can be found in the tutorials section of the webpage. Or watch it here:
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