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billdotson
March 9th, 2007, 06:46 AM
So I was using one of my favorite FireFox add-ons stumbleupon and I came across a open-source program called Blender. From what I have seen it looks like a 3D animation-type studio application. Although it looks like it has a very high learning curve..

Have anyone done extensive work with Blender? What are your thoughts?

Are there any good wikis/pdf books/tutorials, etc. that I can look at to learn Blender?

it is pretty cool I have got Blender (Windows version for right now.. my PC is dead for awhile.. :( ) running off a zip250 drive (the biggest flash drive I have is 64MB.. and I got it free by reserving a PC game.. so it's quality might not be the best) so if I learn it I can take it and do cool stuff with it anywhere I can use a PC running Windows.

RAV TUX
March 9th, 2007, 06:48 AM
So I was using one of my favorite FireFox add-ons stumbleupon and I came across a open-source program called Blender. From what I have seen it looks like a 3D animation-type studio application. Although it looks like it has a very high learning curve..

Have anyone done extensive work with Blender? What are your thoughts?

Are there any good wikis/pdf books/tutorials, etc. that I can look at to learn Blender?
http://www.blender.org/tutorials-help/tutorials/

compwiz18
March 9th, 2007, 06:51 AM
Blender is awesome. It is avaliable in the repos and there is a free wikibook somewhere on the internet that will give you the skills needed to do a lot of things.

Have fun!

RAV TUX
March 9th, 2007, 06:52 AM
So I was using one of my favorite FireFox add-ons stumbleupon and I came across a open-source program called Blender. From what I have seen it looks like a 3D animation-type studio application. Although it looks like it has a very high learning curve..

Have anyone done extensive work with Blender? What are your thoughts?

Are there any good wikis/pdf books/tutorials, etc. that I can look at to learn Blender?

it is pretty cool I have got Blender (Windows version for right now.. my PC is dead for awhile.. :( ) running off a zip250 drive (the biggest flash drive I have is 64MB.. and I got it free by reserving a PC game.. so it's quality might not be the best) so if I learn it I can take it and do cool stuff with it anywhere I can use a PC running Windows.



The absolutely best HowTo blender guide is this video HowTo:

[/URL]http://www.willitblend.com/ (http://www.nogged.com/viewvideo.php?videoID=983)

post your favorite blender render here:

[URL]http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=2269574#post2269574

GameManK
March 9th, 2007, 07:46 AM
The learning curve is indeed pretty steep because you need to learn the hotkeys for everything. I'm currently taking a class on it (which is mostly following tutorials) and it's a really powerful program. There are lots of how-to's online.

The manual is here: http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Manual
You should start by reading the "the interface" section. You'll still have very much to learn, but learning a little about the interface makes the program make a whole lot more sense.

Here's the stuff I've been working on for the class if anyone's interested: http://www.yktech.us/3d.html
(Don't judge the program by my bad modelling skills ;))

billdotson
March 9th, 2007, 02:40 PM
I like the processor model the most. You should make a animated video of how to build a PC! That would be awesome. Maybe I will do that when I learn how to.

thanks guys

futz
March 9th, 2007, 04:48 PM
Check out 'Elephant's Dream', a short movie made entirely with Blender and other open source software.

http://orange.blender.org/

Quite an amazing piece of work.


Elephants Dream is the world’s first open movie, made entirely with open source graphics software such as Blender, and with all production files freely available to use however you please, under a Creative Commons license.

Tomosaur
March 9th, 2007, 04:51 PM
Blender is a really great piece of software. The interface is renowned for being very confusing - but once you get used to it, it's actually very helpful, because hotkeys allow you to work faster.

GameManK
March 9th, 2007, 11:46 PM
About the interface, some one did a presentation on FOSS graphics at ubucon, and he was talking about his friend who (I paraphrase)
"Looked at blender and was scared by the lack of buttons and menus, so he started using 3dsmax instead. Now I look at his screen and it's 3dsmax without any buttons and menus. He runs it in advanced mode and uses all the hotkeys."
Blender just doesn't have a beginner mode.