2017-10-07: Weekly News

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Changes to Blender


  • Support CUDA 9 toolkit, and automatically disable sm_2x binaries rBf55735e5
  • Vertex Paint: Add projection options (matching projection painting) rBb2a10fa6
  • Weight Paint: disable multi-threaded weight paint when mirroring is enabled. rB88dd45e1
  • Weight Paint: add some color blending modes rB6092ded1
  • Vertex Paint: expose old Spray option as Accumulate (matching sculpt mode) rBf4b1f9b9
  • Weight Paint: use brush falloff to blend results of the smear tool rBa4721c05
  • Python: bump minimum version to 3.6 rBcbe07d98
  • Cycles: CUDA faster rendering of small tiles, using multiple samples like OpenCL. rB6da6f8d3
  • Sculpt Mode: Add 2D falloff option rBd8509b34
  • Vertex Paint: use brush front-face setting rB8ef757df
  • Vertex Paint: move normal falloff into the brush rB471be7e7
  • Cycles: CUDA bicubic and tricubic texture interpolation rB2d92988f
  • Cycles: OpenCL bicubic and tricubic texture interpolation support rBf61c340b


  • Eevee: Lamps: Change ESM default exponent rBdc327e27
  • Eevee: Shadows: Add Contact Shadows rBdfcdec91


  • Add ‘x’ icon to active workspace tab to delete workspace rB33bed112



New Patches

  • Cycles: schedule more work and prevent CUDA driver timeouts. D2862
  • Sculpting: Add pressure curve-mapping D2864
  • UV select overlapping D2865

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