The Blender Foundation, along with its dedicated developer community, has released Blender 2.73, bringing exciting new features, performance improvements, and bug fixes to your 3D modeling experience. Whether you're a seasoned artist or just starting out, this update offers something valuable for everyone.
Highlights of Blender 2.73:
- Enhanced Cycles Rendering: Experience improved performance and a smoother workflow with several updates and new features in Cycles, Blender's powerful ray-tracing engine.
- GeForce 9xx GPU Support: Unleash the potential of your new graphics card with full support for Nvidia's latest GeForce 9xx series GPUs.
- Immersive Fullscreen Mode: Work efficiently with a revamped fullscreen mode that hides interface elements, maximizing your viewport and enhancing focus.
- Improved Pie Menus: Navigate your tools with greater ease and speed thanks to streamlined and customizable Pie Menus.
- World Background in 3D View: Visualize your scene in context with the ability to display the world background directly in the 3D Viewport.
- Creative Knife Tool Enhancements: Explore innovative possibilities with the Knife tool's new freehand smart cuts, empowering you to create intricate shapes effortlessly.
- Selection and Modification Tools Overhaul: Enjoy improved selection tools, a more versatile Bevel Modifier, and enhanced Shapekeys for precise and intuitive object manipulation.
- Streamlined UV Unwrapping: Unwrap your models with greater ease and control thanks to a simplified unwrap method.
- Painting with Masks Enhanced: Gain valuable visual feedback while painting with masks through a new and improved feedback mode.
- Sequencer Gets a Backdrop: Organize your animation timeline more effectively with the addition of a customizable backdrop in the Sequencer.
- Freestyle NPR Rendering Advancements: Export your stylized renders in SVG format with the new Freestyle NPR Rendering add-on, and benefit from various optimizations.
- Grease Pencil Animation: Animate your 2D drawings directly within Blender! This major update to Grease Pencil opens up exciting possibilities for animation storytelling.
- Improved Collada Import: Experience better compatibility with other 3D software thanks to an updated Collada importer that handles bone concepts more accurately.
- FBX Import/Export Enhancements: Import and export armatures with greater ease and precision through improvements in the FBX add-on.
- Numerous Other Tweaks and Fixes: Enjoy a multitude of minor updates, improvements, and bug fixes that further refine your Blender experience.