"is the open source software for 3D modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback. Available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.
Version 2.40 of Blender animation suite
was announced recently. (Thanks to Tom Musgrove.)
"Blender has had another long development cycle resulting in a release
packed with rewrites, new features and improvements. The major additions this release are the Character Animation rewrite, the added Fluid Dynamics system, improved editing and rendering of Particle Based Hair, and the Modifier Stack."
Blender is a fairly complicated application, the documentation
for just the changes in this release is quite voluminous. One
can get a good idea of the capabilities of the system by looking
over the change list. Some of the interesting new features include:
A number of new features are the result of projects from the 2005
Google Summer of Code.
Blender has an active community, as shown by the recent
Blender Conference 2005. A number of interesting demo animations
were produced for the event. Blender can definitely be counted as
one of the more complicated Linux-based power tools. We look forward
to the production of some interesting animation clips.
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