Sunday, September 17, 2017

How to install Blender 2.79 released on Ubuntu 16.04, 17.04

   Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.

Blender 2.79  highlights:
  •    Cycles: Built-in Denoising, Shadow catcher, Principled shader, AMD OpenCL optimizations.
  •    Grease Pencil: New frame interpolation tools, per-layer onion skinning.
  •    Alembic: Improvements to compatibility, stability and support.
  •    User Interface: Initial support for reusable custom configurations, automatic DPI scaling.
  •    Twenty Three new and several updated add-ons.
  •    And: 100s of bug fixes and other improvements!
Compatibility Warning
  •    Due to various issues with drivers for AMD GCN 1.0 architecture, those cards are no longer supported for Cycles rendering
  •    When using add-ons in Blender 2.79 that take advantage of the new data-block pointer properties, the resulting .blend files can't be opened in earlier versions of Blender. Attempting to open such .blend files in Blender 2.78c and earlier may crash.
  •    Some Interface Themes may need to be reloaded to work properly.
  •    The text color contained in a is now defined in User Preferences » Themes » User Interface » Box section
  •    Rig compatibility:
    •    Changes to IK snapping may affect rigs that use non-uniform IK scaling. (rigs created in the 2.78 builds.)
  •    During the 2.78 series: IK snapping was partly broken.
    •    This has been fixed for Blender 2.79
    •    Rigs created in Blender 2.78 may not be compatible with 2.79.
    •    Rigs created in Blender 2.77 may still work.
  •    When using the add-on Rigify, please note:
    •   Compatibility is broken for this release. There's no guarantee rigs created in previous Blender versions will work correctly.
    •   Rigs created in Blender 2.78 may not be compatible with 2.79.
    •   Rigs created in Blender 2.77 may still work.
    •   Save your work before attempting upgrading your rigs.
 And see the release note for more.

 Installation instructions:

     The latest Blender versions are available via some third party PPA, so installing the software on Ubuntu is piece of cake. Just add the PPA to your system, update the local repository index and install the blender package:

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

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get install blender
Optional, to remove Blender , do:

$ sudo apt-get remove blender

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