A new version of popular open-source 3D animation software Blender is now available to download.
Blender 2.77 — the first update to the client of the year — brings a bunch of welcome improvements to the fore. Among the changes:
- OpenGL rendering and better anti-aliasing in the UI
- Customizable motion blur position with support for rolling shutter
- You can now drag & drop files into the Blender file browser
- Word wrap support for tool-tips, render-stamp, frame-node
- New and updated add-ons
- GPU support for Smoke/Fire and Point Density
- Edit-mode boolean tool lets you perform quick edits on models
- Misc. sequencer improvements, including faster gaussian blur effect and white balance modifier
- Grease pencil stroke sculpting and other improvements
- OpenVDB caching
- Updated Python library
Download Blender 2.77
To try the new version out on Ubuntu grab a relevant source tarball package from the Blender website’s downloads page.
Several third-party PPAs also provide the latest Blender releases for Ubuntu 14.04 and up, including this one maintained by Thomas Schiex.