Blender 2.5 Alpha 0


About

Welcome to Blender, the free, open source 3D application for modeling, animation, rendering, compositing, video editing and game creation. Blender is available for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, Solaris and Irix and has a large world-wide community.

Blender can be used freely for any purpose, including commercial use and distribution. It's free and open-source software, released under the GNU GPL licence. The entire source code is available on our website.

For more information, visit blender.org.


2.5 ALPHA 0

The Blender Foundation and online developer community is proud to present Blender 2.5 Alpha 0. This release is the first official testing release of the Blender 2.5 series, and represents the culmination of many years of redesign and development work. More information about this release is available here.

What to Expect:

• Big improvements - This is our most exciting version to date, already a significant improvement in many ways over 2.49

• Missing/Incomplete Features - Although most of it is there, not all functionality from pre-2.5 versions has been restored yet. Some functionality may be re-implemented a different way.

• Bugs - We've fixed a lot lately, but there are still quite a few bugs. This is alpha software, we're still working on it!

• Changes - If you're used to the old Blenders, Blender 2.5 may seem quite different at first, but it won't be long before it grows on you even more than before.


Bugs

Blender 2.5 Alpha0 is unfinished software. If you encounter a bug, please help us by posting it in the bug tracker or using Help → Report a Bug from inside Blender 2.5. If it wasn’t reported yet, please log in (or register) and fill in detailed information about the error. Please post detailed instructions on how to reproduce it or post a .blend file showcasing the bug.


Package Contents

The downloaded Blender package includes:

• The Blender application for the chosen operating system.

• Scripts for importing and exporters to other 3d formats.

• Readme and copyright files.


Installation

Windows: The download .zip contains a Blender folder. You may put this anywhere on your hard drive. To launch Blender, double-click on Blender.exe.
Install scripts by putting them in the .blender/scripts folder next to the executable.

Linux, FreeBSD, Irix, Solaris: Unpack the distribution, copy the .blender directory from it to your home directory. Then run the Blender executable.
Install scripts by putting them in the .blender/scripts inside your home folder.

Mac OS X: The downloaded package includes blender.app. Optionally copy this to your Applications folder, and add it to the dock by dragging it from there to the dock.
Install scripts by putting them in the .blender/scripts inside your home folder. If the folder does not exist, you can create it manually.


Getting Started

When opening Blender, you’ll see large 3D view in the center, a Toolbar on the left, a Properties area on the right and a Timeline at the bottom.

Orbit around in the 3D view by holding the middle mouse button and dragging. Alternatively, hold the alt key and drag the left mouse button. Additionally, hold Shift to pan the view and Ctrl to zoom.

Select objects using the right mouse button. With the object selected, perform actions by clicking any of the tool buttons on the left, or make changes to its properties by altering any of the setting on the right.

For more information on how to use Blender, watch tutorials here or read the manual here.


Links

Users:

General information www.blender.org
Full release log www.blender.org/development/release-logs/blender-250/
Tutorials www.blender.org/education-help/
Manual wiki.blender.org/index.php/Doc:Manual
User Forum www.blenderartists.org
IRC #blender

Developers:

Development www.blender.org/development/
SVN and Bug Tracker projects.blender.org
Get Involved www.blender.org/community/get-involved/
IRC #blendercoders