Bforartists 0.7.0 released

The download can be found in the download section: http://www.bforartists.de/content/download
More info can be found in the Release Note: http://www.bforartists.de/wiki/bforartistsreleasenotev070

Version 0.7.0 is mainly cleanup work in the Properties editor. Quite a few things are hidden in subtabs now when you open a panel. Which makes navigation easier. The rest is a few cleanup things like removed some more double menu entries and placed tools at another location. And the Create Isocam addon is added.

The development focus goes slowly away from changes at Bforartists and towards the documentation. A sign that i start to hit the border of what i can achieve. I really start to dig for issues where i formerly simply stumbled across them by just opening Bforartists. And the documentation is also a very important chapter.

I have started a Bforartists Youtube Channel, and have added some first videos. The channel can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1XpDPF1kqrOM3XZIdjSl8Q?guided_help_flow=3

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Bforartists Version 0.6.0

Version 0.6.0 of Bforartists is out. The download can be found in the download section: http://www.bforartists.de/content/download
More info can be found in the Release Note: http://www.bforartists.de/wiki/bforartistsreleasenotev060

Version 0.6.0 brings fixes to the included addons. Some have quit working since they depended at menus that not longer exists. The add menu in the 3D View editor for example. A handful of addons has to be removed since they were not fixable or obsolete. And we have a new addon called Mini Lightlib, which brings some Cycles light presets. And a button row to switch between modes.

Another little issue is that some things are now in subtabs. Which makes the panels not look so crowded anymore. The Display panel in the Properties sidebar for example. Subtabs in panels is something that i will do at other places now too. Especially in the Properties editor, which is the next big project.

And finally the binaries are packed with the zip file format this time, and not with rar. Not sure if i should keep it that way in the future. The packed file is much bigger that way. And rar is not this uncommon. Anyways, for now it’s a zip file.

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New Blender Addon – Mini Lightlib

Beware, Beta!

Mini Lightlib is a little addon that gives you some standard lighting settings for the Cycles renderer. It contains for example the classical threepoint setup. But also some basic volumetrics examples. And the needed backdrop for a studio setup.

It does unfortunately not work with the newest Blender version 2.78, a real pity. There is a Blender bug that will crash Blender to desktop when you try to append a light library. And it’s nothing that i can change since it is a Blender bug. I have nevertheless finished the addon. It works fine with Blender 2.77 and below. If everything else fails then you can still use the single scenes in 2.78.  And maybe the Blender developers are so kind to release a 2.78b version with the needed fix at one point …

The addon can be found here: http://www.reinerstilesets.de/anderes/blender-addons/mini-lightlib/

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End of Windows 7 support is now!

Normally i keep my fingers away from things like politics. But enough is enough. Microsoft has made me highly angry now.

In case you haven’t noticed it, the end of Windows 7 support is NOW. And not as promised in 2020. The reason is the “simplifying” of the patches. Which allows Microsoft to install all the crap that you have hidden before for compatibility or privacy reasons. It’s one big patch now, that installs everything that Microsoft needs.

And this includes for example the by me formerly hidden telemetry patches. This also includes things like incompatible graphics drivers or corrupted patches that would make your system useless. And how this ends can be seen at Windows 10 at the moment. See reboot loop.

And this means in consequence that you better turn your automatic update off. For me the support for Windows 7 ended now.

I don’t want Microsoft to spy my system. I don’t want Microsoft to patch my system useless. I don’t want Microsoft to ruin hours or days of work because the system decides  that it is time for an reboot now to apply the patches. And fuck you when you have a job running that needs a few days. That was already the reason why i haven’t upgraded to Window 10. And now they try to turn Windows 7 into Windows 10 too. Into a spy software that patches your system out of order and kills your work.

Not with me my friends. Microsoft has killed all the trust that i ever had in it. I have turned off the automatic update now. And i will not turn it on again. I will not install anything from Microsoft anymore. They tried to trick me one time too often with their try to install the spyware patches again and again. And the bandid methods that they use shows in which direction the journey goes. Microsoft turned out to be the bigger danger compared to any possible vulnerability.

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New Blender Addon – Mode Tab Buttons

Beware, Beta!

The Mode Tab Buttons addon installs a buttonbar to switch between the different object modes in Blender. A little substitute for the mode dropdown box.

You can find it here: http://www.reinerstilesets.de/anderes/blender-addons/mode-tab-buttons/

EDIT, quick update to 1.0.1. There was a button missing when you had for example lights selected.

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Bforartists Version 0.5.0 released

Version 0.5.0 is a milestone release. It marks the end of this development cycle. There are no more open issues in the tracker at the moment.

The download can be found in the download section: http://www.bforartists.de/content/download

This release brings tabs, or better said buttons, to switch between the animation editors. To switch between Outliner and Properties Editor. And adds buttons to switch between the most important standard layouts. New is the Wire Tools Addon from Lapineige. New is the Smart Delete addon. The Animation layout is revamped. And a few other minor changes. We have also a new splash screen. It comes from a user of the german CG Community page 3D Ring called TiLation. Many thanks for this fine splash screen image.

More info can be found in the Release Note: http://www.bforartists.de/wiki/bforartistsreleasenotev050

Next is a workflow development cycle. To go through the UI again, with a real project at the hand. And to fill the tracker with all the disturbing things that stumbles in my way while creating the project.

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Bforartists 0.4.2

Bforartists 0.4.2  is another small release mainly around tooltips and small quirks.

The download can as usually be found in the downloads section. http://www.bforartists.de/content/download
The release note can be found here: http://www.bforartists.de/wiki/bforartistsreleasenotev042

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Bforartists 0.4.1

A new version of Bforartists is ready. This release is mainly around tooltip issues.

The download can be found in the download section: http://www.bforartists.de/content/download

I have added the tool name to the tooltips where possible. This one did really hurt my fingers, i had around 1500 entries to change, but it was important for the icon buttons. I have where possible separated tooltips for tools that has different functionality but the same tooltip. And where not possible, changed the tooltips to explain the both (or even more) involved tools.

I have removed the Spacebar addon. The menu part of it did not longer fit. T the Bforartists menu diverges too much already from the Blender menu. New is also a stroke select addon, which can replace the Circle select tool in most cases. I have again removed a few double menu entries. And a few smalll issues and bugs gots fixed. All in all there are around 110 commits since Bforartists 0.4.0.

Further roadmap: first follows to update the manual. It has to be on the same level with the software. And then i will have a look for more workflow improvements. The parenting menu will for example surely find its ways into the tool shelf. And there are still some issues in the tracker left where i haven’t found a solution yet. Some of them are bigger ones where i am not sure if i can even manage them. But i will continue to investigate.

More info can be found in the Release Note: http://www.bforartists.de/wiki/bforartistsreleasenotev041

 

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New Blender Addon – Stroke Select

Stroke Select is a Blender addon to replace the Circle Select. You simply select elements by mouse stroke. And you can , different from the Circle select, still normally navigate meanwhile. The Circle select mode has the problem that it disables navigation. Which is a real workflow killer.

Beware Beta!

The script and further instructions can be found here: http://www.reinerstilesets.de/anderes/blender-addons/2016-stroke-select-addon/

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Fed up with Blender Artists, the official Blender community page

This is a really sad news. But  i simply have to point at this dark chapter of the Bforartists history. Trolling. Open source projects knows this problem too well. And in the very most cases you simply ignore the trolls. It’s wasted time to discuss with the poisoned folks.

But there is a point where you cannot ignore it anymore. When it becomes character assassination. And that’s exactly what happened with the fork and me at the official Blender community page Blender Artists.

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