Monday, 7 May 2012

Blender-boot website up and running!

The Blender-boot website is up and running feel free to join the forum and start posting bugs, suggestions, questions etc.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Delay on 32bit version of Blender-boot 1 beta 2 32bit

Im sorry to say there will be a short delay on the 32bit version of beta 2. I had ready for uploading today but I am in a different city at the moment and I only brought one laptop, which has decided to play. Sorry all I will get the 32bit out as soon as I can.

Monday, 30 April 2012

Blender-boot 1 Suzanne beta 2 improvements

So beta 2 came out yesterday! Download Blender-boot 1 Suzanne beta 2 there was release notes here release notes, this post is a clearer list of features and improvements.

- As always very up to date Blender is included, good thing is I managed to update it to Blender 2.63 for this release. Which as always can be updated nearly every day. The improvement is a small application added to the panel which updates Blender. Just click it wait for the password  box to appear type in your password and click OK, the application will search for a new version of Blender then download and install if available. I am testing a better version of this application to hopefully include in the final version of Suzanne.

- The wallpapers some fantastic Blender-boot, Blender and Ubuntu artwork, are all new from artists that submitted their art to me or gave me permission to use it.

- As always on release this version has every update available installed, this means very little updates to download after install (as long as you install it soon after release)

- Gimp 2.74 is included as it will be in the final version, Gimp 2.8 will be in version 2 as I need to test it a lot before it can be added.

- Inkscape and MyPaint are now included, they are great for vector drawing and texture painting.

- The theme, icons, logo and panel have all changed since beta 2. The theme is much cleaner and easier on the eyes. Icons are clearer and colourful, makes it easier to tell applications apart. A much improved logo has bee included. The panel is smaller but more functional.

- The installer has lost the pink bar issue it is now themed to fit in with the rest of the look and feel of Blender-boot. Also a few more slides have been added to look at while installing.

- The screenshot application now takes screenshots when you press the PrtSc(print screen) key.

- The installed from the wrong location issue people are having with Dropbox (that has been installed from the Ubuntu Software Center), has been solved by adding a PPA from the official Dropbox website.

- All known bugs have been fixed for this release.

- many more minor features and improvements have been included in this release.

The final version of Blender-boot 1 Suzanne will be releases on 11th june it will not change much from this version but will be heavily tested and polished.

Blender-boot 2 is already in the planning stage but I will not start development until after the final version of Blender-boot 1 is released. The thing I would like to tell you about about Blender-boot 2 is I have a few small applications in development specifically to make things easier for Blender-boot users.

A bit of a surprise Blender-boot 1 Suzanne Beta 2 is here!......

Well as I have posted here, there was going to be a reviewers preview but I had a few people pointing out this was unfair as everyone should get to use it. So I have come to my senses and changed it to beta 2, the disadvantage of this is right now there is only a 64bit version available. I will work on the 32bit version and get it out either this week or the next. The download and more information are below, thanks for your interest in Blender-boot.

Download Blender-boot 1 Suzanne beta 2
Warning it is advised not to upgrade to 12.04 as it will cause problem Blender-boot 2 alpha 1 will be available in June with 12.04 used as the base

- login details for the live session are Username:live Password:(leave blank there is no password)  

- Blender-boot includes a very up to date Blender built from trunk almost every day. Easy to update using the Update Manager or my Blender-up/Blender updater application

Gimp 2.74 is included for image editing, I am getting 2.8 ready for Blender-boot 2. To switch to single window mode just use the window menu inside Gimp.

- The download is smaller but there is more software! Inkscape for vector graphics, MyPaint for painting textures and a few smaller applications. Full list of applications will be on the website when its finished with lots of info about each application.

Guake is included, its a great terminal that is set to show and hide using the Ins(insert) key.

- You can find more information and tutorials at the blog, I hope to have the website and forum ready by the final release.

- Blender-boot beta 2 is not the final version as it is still in progress, so there may be a few minor issues. Blender-boot 1 Suzanne will be released June 11th.

The Blender-up/Blender updater application is not the final result, it still works great just put in your password and click ok, the application will then update Blender and notify you when finished. I should have time to heavily test the new version I have made, then I will include it in the final version. The next version of Blender-boot (2) will include a few applications I have in development specifically designed to make things easier for Blender-boot and Blender users. 

- The artwork included is by artists who submitted their art to me, They are known as Michael Gamboa, DeviantVicky and Furmaru The new logo was created by Casio23

- Blender-boot is based off Xubuntu and it uses Xfce for the desktop environment, it has been heavily customized but will still feel familiar for users.

If there is any problems, questions or suggestions contact me and will get back to you as soon I can

Sunday, 22 April 2012

How to Blender-boot update just Blender

Sometimes you may not want to update the whole system and just update Blender, the final version will have a Blender updater!. This is how to do it until then. 

Using the update manager

You will find the update manager under system in the menu, you can use it to update your whole system or just parts of it. So to update Blender, if its showing in the update manager that means there is a new version available(which there is almost every day) Just check the box next to Blender and uncheck any updates you don't want then click Install updates.

Using the terminal

Just copy and paste these commands into the terminal:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install blender

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Blender-boot beta bug fix: No way to change keyboard layout

I didn't add the plugin to change keyboard layout. The fix this is to open up synaptic package manager under system in the menu and search for xfce4-xkb-plugin right click on it and mark it for installation, then click apply or using the terminal:
 sudo apt-get install xfce4-xkb-plugin 
Then right click on the panel, go down to panel,  add new items, click on Keyboard layouts, then Add. A flag will appear on your panel (dont worry if you dont want it there you can right click it and select remove after you have changed the settings) right click on the flag and select properties. here you can change the keyboard layout by adding the one you want and clicking the little circle by it, when you click close the flag will change as will your keyboard layout. Sorry again the standard Xfce which is the desktop environment I use comes with no easy way of doing this, I will include the plugin for final release.

Blender-boot beta bug fix (32bit version only) Blender Alt key commands

Nothing happens when using command that use the Alt key in Blender. This is because of the window manager (I fixed this in the 64bit version but not 32bit version must have missed it sorry, this is what testing versions are for though). Click on Window Manager Tweaks under the settings section of the menu. Now click on the accessibility tab change "Key used to grab and move windows:" to another key, super for example which means the Windows key on most keyboards. Close this window reopen Blender and everything should work fine.