Aug 242008

Blender is the open source software for 3D modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback. Available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.

Some of the features include

Interface – Revolutionary non-overlapping and non-blocking UI delivers unsurpassed workflow

Modeling – A range of 3D object types including polygon meshes, NURBS surfaces, bezier and B-spline curves, metaballs, vector fonts (TrueType, PostScript, OpenType)

Rigging – Fast skeleton creation mode & Interactive 3D paint for vertex weighting

Rendering – Oversampling, motion blur, post-production effects, fields, non-square pixels

Animation – Armature (skeleton) deformation with forward/inverse kinematics with pole target support

UV Unwrapping – Interactive transform of UV maps by vertex pinning

Shading – Diffuse shaders such as Lambert, Minnaert, Toon, Oren-Nayar, Lambert

Physics and Particles – Particle system can be atached to any mesh object. Control methods include weight painting, textures, curve guides, wind and vortex effects. Particles can be deflected by moving geometry

Imaging and Compositing – MultiLayer OpenEXR files allow to store and reuse raw renderlayer and passes data

Realtime 3D/Game Creation – Graphical logic editor for defining interactive behavior without programming

For more detailed feature list, click here

Install Blender

To install Blender on your openSUSE, click one of the following 1-click installer (YaST MetaPackages) based on your openSUSE version. This will automatically download the YMP file and launch YaST Package Manager.

openSUSE 11.0
1-click install for Blender

openSUSE 10.3

1-click install for Blender

openSUSE 10.2
1-click install for Blender

NOTE: To enable 1-click install feature in openSUSE 10.2, click here

Click Next in the page showing Blender package selected and then click Next on the summary page showing repositories selected and click Next again on the installation summary page. This will start adding the required repositories and start installing the Blender package and the required dependencies.

Repository selection Package selection

Installation summary Installation successful

Once installed, you can find Blender can be found as “3D Modeller/Renderer” under “Applications – Graphics

Blender in KMenu
Click 3D Modeller/Renderer to start Blender

Blender in action

To demonstrate the stunning performance of Blender, it would only be ideal to send you to the authors demonstration images and videos showing the class that Blender can bring to your creativities.

Click here to view/watch the demo images and videos from the authors website