2017-10-21: Weekly News

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Changes to Blender


  • Render Settings: Add basic 4K render presets rBf4b5d0ba
  • Animation: Make auto handle placement aware of cyclic extrapolation rB1cb884be
  • UI: 3D View “View” menu reorganization rBa6fdec30
  • UI: 3D View Mesh “Select” menu reorganization rBb82b55a3
  • UI: 3D View, minor menu reorganization rBa8fb08b1
  • UI: 3D View, undo menu reorganization rB0aa6d44a
  • UI: 3D View, object menu reorganization rB351222c2


  • Workspace: Move engines to workspaces and cleanup the Properties Editor UI rBe4f2b2be
  • Change the default engine to the clay engine rB0bcb61b2
  • Depsgraph: Make Copy-on-Write a command line option (can be used to enable modifiers and animations again) rB3e8abc05


  • Rename Panel Primitives to Shapes rB5c3dcad7
  • Add new Select Alternate operator rB07ec03d4
  • Add rectangle and circle Grease Pencil primitives rB1363002b


  • UI: Add one main ‘Edit’ toggle to Amber rB9fb243f9
  • Amber assets: Expose more tools to the UI rBbac215bc

New Patches

  • blender2.8: Support Marking Operator Properties as Basic or Advanced D2881
  • blender2.8: Initial Tool System D2882
  • blender2.8 RNA-property tagging using tags defined by struct (+ operator properties tagged ‘BASIC’) D2883
  • Implement a new automatic handle algorithm to produce smooth F-Curves D2884
  • Add eyedropper to colorramp node D2886
  • Grease Pencil Branch (greasepencil-object) D2889
  • Cycles: Add out of view dicing falloff and dicing camera D2891
  • blender2.8: Initial work for groups in collections D2892

Other Projects

  • Tool System: Where operators can take advantage of a tool system T53101



As a reminder please read the Blender 2.8 Design Document