Blender 2.77 RC1 released as a quick bugfix and Improvements

Blender 2.77 rc1 recently released, is a free and open source 3D animation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation. Advanced users employ Blender’s API for Python scripting to customize the application and write specialized tools; often these are included in Blender’s future releases.

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Blender 2.77 RC1 changelog:

Cycles Rendering

  • Improved Subsurface Scattering, and faster SSS on GPUs.
  • Smoke/Fire and Point Density support on GPU.
  • Customizable motion blur position, support for rolling shutter.
  • Custom baking passes.
  • Performance optimizations for large node shaders.
  • Improved default settings.

Modeling

  • Symmetry aware decimate.
  • Edit-mode booleans.
  • Select next/previous tool.
  • Optionally add UVs with primitives.

Sculpting/Painting

  • Improvements sculpt to snake-hook (rake and pinch/inflate options).
  • Better behavior for weight paint auto-normalize option.
  • Better behavior for weight paint multi-paint option.

More Features

  • OpenVDB support for more efficient volumetric caching.
  • Better threading handling.
  • Cubemap world textures in the 3D view-port.
  • Rectangle and ellipse shapes for spotlights.

Platform/System Changes

  • Removed support for Windows XP.
  • Blender now uses Python 3.5.1.
  • Removed the SCons build system
  • Removed redcode library in favor of using ffmpeg which now supports redcode

Bug Fixes

As for every Blender release, hundreds of bugs were fixed, thanks to the hardworking Blender developers.

Install Blender 2.77 RC1 on Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf, Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr and derivative systems like Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela, Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Deepin 2014, Peppermint 6, Peppermint 5, LXLE 14.04 and Linux Lite 2

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thomas-schiex/blender

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install blender

 
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