18 February 2019

New Features and Changes

The focus continues to be on bug fixing and refining Blender 2.80. About 80 bugs were fixed last week.

  • Cycles OpenCL compilation times have been reduced, using multithreaded compilation. (Jeroen Bakker, Lukas Stockner).
  • Cycles animation denoising is now available as a Python operator, taking one or more rendered frames as input and producing a denoised frame. There is no user interface for this yet, that comes later. (Lukas Stockner, Tangent Animation, Brecht Van Lommel).
  • Eevee now supports rendering of image sequence and movies. (Brecht Van Lommel)
  • Eevee lights not have units in Watt. (Brecht Van Lommel)
  • Wireframe drawing has had some further improvements in terms of quality, and now also supports wide lines on macOS. (Clément Foucault)
  • User interface layout tweaks for various panels. (William Reynish)
  • Keymap: new preference for shortcuts to work both with tap and pie menu. For example Z can be used to both toggle wireframe mode and open the shading mode pie menu. (Campbell Barton)
  • Keymap: Alt+N now flips normals in edit mode. (Campbell Barton)
  • Simplify settings now have an option to globally disable high resolution smoke volume drawing. (Sergey Sharybin)


  • More outliner visibility changes were discussed among developers and designers. (design proposal)

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