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Blender 2.80 is out, a major advancement for this FOSS 3D creation suite

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Hot on the heels of the announcements of both Epic Games and Ubisoft supporting further Blender development, the massive Blender 2.80 release is now available.

An incredible step-up for the project including a needed revamp to the user interface, along with a new dark theme and modern icon set. There's also "Eevee", a new physically based real-time renderer, with support for some advanced features like volumetrics, screen-space reflections and refractions, subsurface scattering, soft and contact shadows, depth of field and more.

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Also included is a new modern 3D viewport, with support for a bunch of interactive tools. A full 2D drawing and animation system called Grease Pencil, a bunch of rendering optimizations were done including combined CPU and GPU rendering, glTF 2.0 importer and exporter, WebM support and absolutely tons more.

Fantastic work, so much exciting progress for this awesome FOSS tool.

Find out more and download from the official Blender website.

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rustybroomhandle 31 July 2019 at 11:34 am UTC
2.8 is the result of a dedicated effort to improve the usability of the app for both new and veteran users. Now, if only we could get the same treatment for GIMP (along with a name change).
Liam Dawe 31 July 2019 at 11:56 am UTC
rustybroomhandle2.8 is the result of a dedicated effort to improve the usability of the app for both new and veteran users. Now, if only we could get the same treatment for GIMP (along with a name change).
LIP - Linux Image Processor.

Frankly, anything is better than the current name. I refuse to say GIMP, it's actually embarrassing.
wvstolzing 31 July 2019 at 11:58 am UTC
rustybroomhandle2.8 is the result of a dedicated effort to improve the usability of the app for both new and veteran users. Now, if only we could get the same treatment for GIMP (along with a name change).

Why a name change though? 'GIMP' is perfectly fine.
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I mean, CJ would definitely agree.
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Ehvis 31 July 2019 at 12:06 pm UTC
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liamdaweFrankly, anything is better than the current name. I refuse to say GIMP, it's actually embarrassing.

It's a slippery slope though. This one gets a bit of focus because it means something in English. But there is a ton of stuff going around that means other things in a lot of other languages. Change this one for this reason and the rest will have to change as well.
alvarlagerlof 31 July 2019 at 12:43 pm UTC
Yeah gimp really needs to change. It may have quite a few features that are good and so, but the UX is absolutely horrible. What blender just did is amazing, something similar is needed for gimp, preferably buy someone who doesn't know the software too much so that it gets completely rethinked.

I hate Adobe but their software is actually quite easy to use. I think if GIMP did a big enough change they might get support from bigger players like Blender did from Ubisoft and Epic. Then, they can finally start to take on Adobe.
gradyvuckovic 31 July 2019 at 1:25 pm UTC
Honestly, I give up on GIMP, Krita all the way!

Also

YAY!

*Happy Blending Noises*

alvarlagerlof 31 July 2019 at 1:49 pm UTC
Gimp should really have those brightness/contrast... sliders like lightroom. That would make me use it.
kodkuce 31 July 2019 at 1:52 pm UTC
Duno whats wrong with GIMP i use it easy, Krita dident use that much cuz no space for tablet on desk , anyway +1 for blender
Thetargos 1 August 2019 at 2:29 am UTC
alvarlagerlofYeah gimp really needs to change. It may have quite a few features that are good and so, but the UX is absolutely horrible. What blender just did is amazing, something similar is needed for gimp, preferably buy someone who doesn't know the software too much so that it gets completely rethinked.

I hate Adobe but their software is actually quite easy to use. I think if GIMP did a big enough change they might get support from bigger players like Blender did from Ubisoft and Epic. Then, they can finally start to take on Adobe.

Main issue I see (maybe the elephant in room for the GNU Image Manipulation Program) is implied in its full name. I do not see many corporations backing it or allowed to do so simply because the project is part of GNU, i.e FSF, and hence potentially deep political (and philosophical?) implications. I know I hate duplicated efforts, but then again there is nothing impeding (other than the GPL, that is) to fork it. But would it be worth it? IIRC there have already been projects based on it in the past.
14 1 August 2019 at 4:31 am UTC
gradyvuckovicHonestly, I give up on GIMP, Krita all the way!

Also

YAY!

*Happy Blending Noises*

Yup, I was waiting for someone to mention Krita. I haven't worked with it as much as GIMP, but it seems more intuitive.
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