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Blender 2.78b 64bit
The Blender Foundation and online developer community are proud to present Blender 2.78!

Release notes are still in progress. Please help testing this RC and make it a stable 2.78 we can enjoy for a long time (so work on Blender 2.8 can move on)

In this release:

Cycles: Cycles now supports rendering spherical stereo images for VR.
Grease Pencil: Reworked to be similar to other 2D drawing softwares.
Alembic: Initial basic support in Blender.
Improvements to Bendy Bones for Easier and Simpler Rigging.
Eleven new add-ons.
And: 100s of bug fixes and other improvements!


Grease Pencil
Dev-gp-newbrushes.jpg

New design and complete overhaul, including:
Easy layer management.
Ability to have multiple colors and thickness values per layer.
Stroke quality improvements.
Different color saturation in the same stroke.
Improved Fills - Support for Concave Shapes.
Parenting a layer to any object, armature or bone.
And more!


Alembic

Initial implementation in Blender.
Basic Alembic support through import and export operators.
Data streaming through cache constraints and modifiers.


Cycles Renderer
Cycles 2.78 spherical stereo.jpg

Rendering spherical stereo images for VR is now supported.
Multiscatter GGX mode for the glossy and glass BSDF nodes.
Experimental feature: Improved Subdivision and Displacement system.
Vertex color, weight and normal support for point density textures.
Hair rendering speed up / memory use improvements.
OpenCL devices now support float4 textures (e.g. HDR textures).
Added support for NVidia GTX 1060, 1070, 1080 GPUs.


User Interface
Ui operator search categories.png

Improvements to the Eyedropper and Operator Search.
Additional drawing mode for the Waveform Scope in the Image Editor.
Defining ranges and individual render frames in the Command Line.


Modeling
Fill Region Selection

New Freehand Curve drawing tool.
New Dissolve tool.
New Fill Region tool for Selection.
Improvements to Decimation, Bevel.
Edit-mode undo memory usage has been optimized.


Viewport & Render
2 78 env lighting.png

More supported shading nodes and options for the Cycles viewport render.
Additional shading features for the Blender GLSL viewport.
Blender Render shading can now also be computed in world space.


Animation
278-bbone settings demo.png

Improvements to Bendy Bones for Easier and Simpler Rigging.
Numerous changes to streamline the process of setting up and editing drivers.
The type of keyframe can be chosen on insertion.
Support non-uniform scaled bones failing with IK solver.
And more!


Datablocks & Libraries Management

A new core low-level feature for datablocks management, called 'ID remapping'.
Currently it allows from the Outliner:
In the Blender File view to Reload and Relocate libraries.
In All Scenes, Current Scene and similar views to Fully Delete or Remap a datablock.


Physics

The rest shape of cloth can now be animated.
Cloth Simulation Speed is now adjustable.
Collision Groups for Particles and Soft Body.


Add-ons

11 new add-ons are included in this release.
Numerous improvements and fixes to existing add-ons.
Removed Import: MakeHuman (.mhx) (format not supported anymore in MakeHuman).
New Preferences Individual Activation.
Changes to the Python API functions.
And more!


More Features


Bug Fixes

As for every Blender release, hundreds of bugs were fixed, thanks to the hardworking Blender developers.













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1,748 7,485 Blender Foundation <img src="http://www.oldergeeks.com/downloads/gallery/thumbs/Modelling1-640x382_th.png"border="0"> Feb 27, 2017 - 12:10 2.78b 85.8MB MSI 5/5, out of 3 Votes.
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