Blender 2.61 Released

by Ostatic Staff - Dec. 14, 2011

The Blender Foundation today announced the release of Blender 2.61, the first bugfix update in the 2.6 series. Blender is an Open Source 3D graphic and animation application made famous for being used to create the first Open Source movie Elephants Dream and the Yo Frankie! video game. It has been used to create television commercials and Hollywood movies. Blender is quality Open Source Software at its finest.

Some of the features of 2.6x include:

* Cycles Render Engine - a "raytracing based render engine with support for interactive rendering, a new shading node system, new texture workflow and GPU acceleration."

* Motion Tracking - used "to reconstruct camera animation from real footage, and composite 3d rendered object into movie clips."

* Ocean Simulation - these "tools take the form of a modifier, to simulate and generate a deforming ocean surface, and associated texture, used to render the simulation data."

* 180 various bug fixes - see the full list here.

Blender is available for Windows 32- and 64-bit, Linux 32- and 64-bit, Mac OS X, and FreeBSD. Version 2.62 is scheduled to be released in February 2012.