Blender Foundation, the developer of Blender, an integrated 3D creation software suite, has announced that their software has reached version 2.67.
The most notable change in this latest version of Blender is the introduction of the Freestyle render engine for non-photorealistic rendering, which can generate 2D line drawings in various styles.
“The paint and sculpt system is now much more consistent across different paint modes and has gained various new features. Motion tracking was made faster, and Cycles now has initial support for subsurface scattering.
“The node system now support more flexible group editing. For developers of external render engine addons it is now possible to support node based materials,” reads the official announcement.
Highlights of Blender 2.67:
• A new non-photorealistic (NPR) rendering engine has been integrated into Blender. Artists can now generate a 2D line of a given 3D scene, which has been prepared with Blender;
• The stroke system and brush texture access has been unified. This means that a lot of tools are now shared across the two major functions. Brush angle control, better brush overlays, and separate texture control for alpha are just a few of these options;
• The Camera and object motion solver motion have been improved. This is possible because the Ceres library is used now for the bundle adjustment step;
• A new border has been added for the compositor viewer node;
• Node Groups editing has been streamlined and it's more consistent with other nodes;
• A 3D printing support add-on is now bundled with the application;
• A Subsurface Scattering shader has been added;
• Custom node types are now supported by the API;
• Over 260 bugs that existed in previous releases have been fixed.
A complete list of changes and updates can be found in the official changelog.
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