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.

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