Our Download of the Day today is Blender 2.54 Beta.
Blender is an integrated application that enables the creation of a broad range of 2D and 3D content. Blender provides a broad spectrum of modeling, texturing, lighting, animation and video post-processing functionality in one package. 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.
Fully integrated creation suite, offering a broad range of essential tools for the creation of 3D content, including modeling, uv-mapping, texturing, rigging, skinning, animation, particle and other simulation, scripting, rendering, compositing, post-production, and game creation;
Cross platform, with OpenGL uniform GUI on all platforms, ready to use for all versions of Windows (98, NT, 2000, XP), Linux, OS X, FreeBSD, Irix, Sun and numerous other operating systems;
High quality 3D architecture enabling fast and efficient creation work-flow;
More than 200,000 downloads of each release (users) worldwide;
User community support by forums for questions, answers, and critique at http://BlenderArtists.org and news services at http://BlenderNation.com;
Small executable size, easy distribution.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 2.54 Beta
* SSS now works with panorama render.
* Removed artifacts with negative lights when using SSS
* Disabled SSS for preview rendering, so it didn't slow down other preview render at all.
* Fixed error in "Transform Constraint" with planar constraints when the plane was perpendicular to the viewport.
* Fixed the vector blur error in "Ztransp" that produce black lines (on edges) appeared, which didn't get blurred away.
* Fixed an error in the Particle System that cause bad results for command line renders, especially when rendering first frame of animation.
* Fixed Verse crashing in 64 bits Linux.
* Math node now has reflective behavior.
* Multires meshes with UV's and vertex colors would crash in many cases.
* Importing 3DS files with lamps failed.
* DXF Importer updated, includes stable support for 3d objects and blocks hierarchy.
* FBX Exporter updated, includes fixes for better compatibility with other applications and support for exporting animation with armature deformed meshes and objects.
* Collada support updated for better armature support.
* Bundled python modules were not included in 2.44 by accident, making some scripts fail in 2.44 that worked in 2.43 (Windows Only, when Python was not installed)
* Fixed bug in the shadow calculation that cause errors where specularity would ignore shadows.
* Changes to the insert keyframes method for determining when to replace existing keyframes with new ones. Now, it shouldn't create so many keyframes stacked on top of each other.
* Blender would crash if boolean operations were done on objects wich resulted in an empty mesh. This was due to accessing invalid memory.
* Remove the options "make local" in the Outliner. It didnt work properly and produced errors in the linked data.
* Edgesplit crashes are fixed, the problem was that "bridge" vertices (which connect two or more faces that don't share edges) were not being included in the maximum final vertex count calculation (used for memory allocation, hence the crashes).
* Fixed Multires Editmode memory leak. Typo in Multires Editmode integration meant that far too much memory was getting allocated for a pointer array (more than 10 times as much).