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In a surprising move Adobe joins Blender Development Fund

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It was announced today that Adobe has officially joined the Blender Development Fund as a corporate Gold member to provide funding for future Blender development.

This means that Adobe will be paying around €30,000 a year joining the likes of Facebook, Epic Games, NVIDIA, AMD, Unity,  AWS, Tangent Labs, Ubisoft, Intel, Google and more in ensuring that Blender can continue providing some incredible free and open source software.

In the announcement both gave short statements:

“We are thrilled Adobe is joining the Blender Development Fund to help ensure the longevity and success of this dynamic open-source community.” said Sébastien Deguy, VP of 3D & Immersive at Adobe. “We’re excited to help strengthen and improve this accessible suite of tools.”

“This is a great step forward,” says Blender founder and chairman Ton Roosendaal, “it’s a prime example of the industry increasingly accepting to work with free/open source software.”

Adobe did release their own announcement separately where they announced two new plugins with Substance 3D in Blender and Mixamo Auto-Control Rig Plugin for Blender.

At time of writing the Blender Fund shows they're getting €139,899 a month in funding. To some it might sounds like a lot but that amount of money for such a huge project really isn't much, and spread between different developers it quickly goes down. Wonderful to see more companies truly appreciate open source software though, Blender is a real poster child for how it can be done.

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Sorry just, as a graphic designer, seeing something I hate so close to something I love, I panicked for a moment there.

Well, another day, another Blender victory, Blender is OP!
mirv 20 Jul
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So....uh.....hmmm.....well I mean....


Going to take a while to process this one.
elmapul 20 Jul
the good news dont stop!
ecosvaldo 20 Jul
Uh... umm... wait, wha... WTF?! My mind just had a complete brain fart!

I really don't know how to process this information...

I mean, this is excellent news for Blender, further pushing this amazing free and open source software to the forefront...

But all these big name companies "investing" into this program as of late... I don't know, something doesn't feel right about this... this is my conspiracy part of my brain kicking into gear, always questioning everything I come across.

Last edited by ecosvaldo on 20 July 2021 at 4:01 pm UTC
Liam Dawe 20 Jul
Updated with the Adobe announcement.
whizse 20 Jul
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Should we start some sort of betting pool on who is going to sponsor Blender next? Autodesk? The NRA? NAMBLA?
jarhead_h 20 Jul
Is this any more surprising than IBM, Microsoft, and Google buying the Linux Foundation? Red Hat was the first big domino, Canoical will be next. Big Tech used to be devoutly hostile to open source, and then Google showed them all how to take it, rebrand it, and then sell it while still maintaining a total lockdown on it.

They can't lock us out of using Linux, but they can lock up who is in charge of the kernel by buying into the Foundation, and then we're stuck with whatever they put out unless we want to go back five years. Adobe is just doing the same thing with Blender. They want to use it for something, trust me, and when it comes out it will be buggy as hell and crash all the time, but because of the workflow professionals will swear up and down that they cannot use anything else, just like every other damn piece of software Adobe publishes.
inkhey 20 Jul
Dont think it's a bad news for now. As Blender may be the professional 3D tool, lot of companies want to be part of it. The fundation need to be careful to not lost independance from those donations. I dont really like the mozilla business model...
wytrabbit 20 Jul
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Quoting: whizseShould we start some sort of betting pool on who is going to sponsor Blender next? Autodesk? The NRA? NAMBLA?

g000h 20 Jul
Sharing my humour - Alternative article title:

Scummy software publisher who pioneered customer-unfriendly subscription-only rental software tries to improve public image by donating a miniscule amount into an open source project, that they might be doing for a self-serving, ulterior motive.
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