2018-01-13: Weekly News

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Changes to Blender


  • Cycles: adaptive subdivision support for panoramic cameras rB5bd9b12d
  • User Prefs: app-template option to hide the cursor rB93d30d62
  • User Prefs: add new flag for app-template options rBff4c9d69
  • Cycles: option to make background visible through glass transparent rB322f0223
  • Cycles: add offscreen dicing scale and dicing camera rBcce280dd
  • Modifiers: Speed up Multires 8.7ms –> 2.7ms rB6695e390
  • Modifiers: Speed up Multires 4.5ms –> 1.4ms rB90cd856a
  • Modifiers: Speedup Subsurf 40% speedup rBc276fef4
  • UI: option not to show screen splitting widgets rB717090f4
  • Cycles: support animated object scale in motion blur rB25b794a3
  • Modifiers: Add deform axis for Simple Deform rB65542078
  • Nodes: Display image name if any in the Image and Texture Image node title rB87607254


  • Eevee: Lamps: Optimize lamps CPU/Memory usage rB01422645
  • Curve/Surface Display: UV support rB3c6e19b3
  • Curve Edit Mode: Use curve handle theme colors rB375d27f2



  • Experimental bind of animated vertices (other object) to shards rB2a41da1d

New Patches

  • Outliner filter system – objects D2992
  • Support canceling color-ramp editing with the Escape key D2997

Other Projects

  • None