Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Blender is a powerful suite for animation, modeling, interactive creation, post-production with support for a lot of file formats. The latest version available is Blender 2.73a, which has been recently released, coming with important changes, including:
- Several Cycles Rendering updates, improvements and new features, support for GeForce 9xx GPUs.
- New fullscreen mode, improved Pie Menus, 3D View can now display the world background.
- Knife-tool now allows freehand smart cuts, and more improvements were made in selection tools, Bevel Modifier and Shapekeys.
- Unwrapping UVs was improved, strength is now enabled for Grab and Snake Hook brushes, better visual feedback mode for painting with masks.
- Sequencer now can show a backdrop, strips can be snapped to others along with other improvements.
- Freestyle NPR Rendering has a new SVG exporter add-on, along with other improvements.
- Grease Pencil had a major update, it is now possible to edit and animate strokes! New draw styles, and imporvements in user interface.
- Collada Importer was updated, improving the compatibility with other software’s bone concepts.
- Add-ons: FBX improved importing/exporting armatures, some Python API changes could need some Add-ons to be updated!
- As usual several other minor updates and improvements, and lot of bugfixing also in this release.
In this article I will show you how to install Blender 2.73a on Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Deepin 2014, Peppermint Five, LXLE 14.04, Linux Lite 2.0 and other Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 and derivative systems.
Because it is available via PPA, installing Blender 2.73 on Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 and derivative systems is easy. All you have to do is add the ppa to your system, update the local repository index and install the blender package. Like this:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thomas-schiex/blender
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install blender
Optional, to remove blender, do:
$ sudo apt-get remove blender