Blender 3D 2.60a Release

Blender 3D 2.60a was released on Oct 24, 2011.  The 2.60a release is a bugfix release for 2.60 shown in the changelog.  The changelog/release notes for 2.60 show all of the great new features that were added.

Features of 2.60 release:

The Blender Foundation and online developer community is proud to present Blender 2.60. This is the beginning of the Blender 2.6x series, targeted at including all work that happened in branches or patches past years.

Most notable in this release is 3D audio, UI translation, improved weight painting and a lot of animation system updates. Check the list [] for highlights and the full changelog.

Keep up the great work guys!  Looking forward to 2.61 near Dec 2011 which will include the Cycles render engine.  The Cycles render engine is merged in the trunk so any recent trunk build will include this.  It will be the greatest thing to happen to the render engine in a long time.  Get a fresh copy at if you want to test Cycles out.


GraphCalc The Ultimate Windows 2D/3D Graphing Calculator Software

This week, The Engineering Zone will feature calculator applications.

One of my Favorite PC calculators is GraphCalc (also available for Linux).  It is fast, easy, and you can use your number pad for input.  Even though it was last updated in 2003, it still works great on newer computers with Win7.

GraphCalc is ready to use out of the box. Don’t bother reading the documentation. Just start the program and you’ll see how easy it is to use.

Have a look at some screen shots of GraphCalc

This software is free and open source, so you can use it everywhere.  You can even export the 3d plots to DXF files.  These files can be imported into other programs.  This is convenient for surfaces that can be defined by a mathematical equation.

GraphCalc The Ultimate Windows 2D/3D Graphing Calculator Software.

Blender 3D 2.57 Relased

image credit: Blender Foundation

Blender 2.57 has been released!  This is one of my favorite free open source 3d programs.  It is very robust, and is great for visualizations and concept art.  This is the first stable release of the 2.5 series.  The 2.5 series features a massive code rewrite and upgrades in every area including the GUI, physics, rendering, animation, modeling, and internal architecture:

The Blender Foundation and online developer community is proud to present Blender 2.57. This is the first stable release of the Blender 2.5 series, representing the culmination of many years of redesign and development work.

We name this version “Stable” not only because it’s mostly feature complete, but especially thanks to the 1000s of fixes and feature updates we did since the 2.5 beta versions were published.

The next 2 months we will keep working on finishing a couple of left-over 2.5 targets and we expect to get feedback and bug reports from users to handle as well. If all goes well, the 2.58 version then can be the final release of the 2.5 series, with a massive amount of new projects to be added for an exciting cycle of 2.6x versions. Target is to release updates every 2 months this year.

via Blender Release Log

get Blender 2.57