22 May 2023

22 May 2023
Notes for weekly communication of ongoing projects and modules.

Announcements

  • Release cycle: Blender 3.6 is in beta now, with focus on bugfixing. Blender 4.0 development starts in the main branch.
  • USD Project Update

Modules & Projects

New Features and Changes

User Interface

  • 3D View
    • Support navigation while transforming in 3D view (commit, commit) (Germano Cavalcante)
    • Rearrange edit mode options panel (commit) (Germano Cavalcante)
  • Rename Copy Vertex Group to Duplicate Vertex Group (commit) (Daniel Salazar)
  • Properly center text under previews (commit) (Julian Eisel)
  • Improve error message for make relative/make absolute operators (commit) (Colin Basnett)
  • Allow configuration of some operator confirmations (commit) (Harley Acheson)
  • Add timeline to Geometry Nodes workspace (commit) (Pablo Vazquez)

Geometry Nodes

  • Add experimental Sample Volume node (commit) (Erik Abrahamsson)
  • Performance
    • Only use realized geometry in mesh boolean node (commit) (Hans Goudey)
    • Keep loose vert/edge tags for extrude and split edges (commit) (Hans Goudey)
  • Remove realize instances legacy behavior (commit) (Hans Goudey)

Mesh

  • Move bevel weight to generic attribute (commit) (Hans Goudey)
  • Write mesh and movieclip with new format (commit) (Hans Goudey)

Cycles

  • Improve performance of orthonormal vector function (commit) (Weizhen Huang)
  • Merge Anisotropic BSDF node into Glossy BSDF node (commit) (Lukas Stockner)
  • oneAPI
    • Use local memory for faster shader sorting (commit) (Nikita Sirgienko)
    • Enable hardware raytracing by default (commit) (Xavier Hallade)
  • Enable HIP-RT for AMD hardware ray-tracing (commit) (Sahar A. Kashi)

Video Sequence Editor

  • Add go to current frame operator to view menu (commit) (Richard Antalik)
  • Smooth transition for retiming tool (commit) (Richard Antalik)

Animation

  • Update NLA “TAB” tweak mode to be full stack evaluation (commit) (Nate Rupsis)

EEVEE

  • Add Transparent Render-Pass option (commit) (Clément Foucault)

Import/Export

  • USD Export
    • New Curves/Hair Support (commit) (Sonny Campbell)
    • Option to add a root prim (commit) (Michael Kowalski)

Realtime Compositor

  • Implement Convert Color Space node (commit) (Omar Emara)

Python API

  • Remove deprecated useless width_hidden property (commit) (Hans Goudey)
  • Remove deprecated face/vert custom data API (commit) (Hans Goudey)
  • Remove sculpt vertex colors from RNA API (commit) (Hans Goudey)

Weekly Reports

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