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Blender 2.49 Scripting

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the read-all-about-it dept.

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terrywallwork writes "A few days ago I received an email from Packt Publishing informing me of their new Blender 2.49 Scripting book. I was very interested in reading this book as there are very few Blender books that cover the scripting aspect of Blender 2.49 and Python. So I navigated my way to the packt publishing website and ordered myself the ebook version. They were having a special at the time and I ended up getting a full color ebook for less than £9. If nothing else the price is extremely impressive." Read on for the rest of terrywallwork's review.The author is Michel Anders, known as varkenvarken on Blender Artists forum. He is an extremely talented Blender Python scripter and has written many very useful scripts for Blender. Knowing who is behind this book explains a lot about the way this books is constructed.

The teaching approach taken, is to present a series of tasks that need to be achieved and then present sections of scripts that demonstrate the most important concepts and Blender Python code, to allow the tasks to be carried out.

At the beginning of the book a basic explanation of some of the terms and concepts are gone over and a few very simple Blender python commands are demonstrated to do the equivalent of a Blender Hello World script. This beginning part of the book is the only part that really can be classed as beginner level, everything after this has a much steeper learning curve.

Many of the scripts written by Michel are very technically advanced scripts, the same also holds true for this book. Most of the scripts and techniques described within require a very good level of understanding. I debated with myself as to weather it is an Intermediate/Advanced level book, but one thing is certain, if you are a beginning Blender user and your Python knowledge is beginner level, you will struggle to get much from Michel's latest work. I think that to get anything out of this material a very good understanding of Python, Blender and Mathematics (especially vector math and 3D related mathematics) will be required.

Assuming you have the requisite knowledge all the bases of using Blender through Python scripting are covered, for example, setting up materials, ipo manipulation, texture setting, texture nodes and so on. But again very simple things are not covered. To me it seems that it is assumed that you will just read the Blender Python API docs for the very simple things such as how to do rotations and scaling on objects, deleting and adding vertices, etc. You will have to be prepared to get a lot of information from the scripts supplied rather than be spoon fed information.

So if you are very knowledgeable with Blender and Python you will likely find that this book is very handy as it covers ways of scripting and leveraging Blender Python scripting to do some very clever things. I do think it would have been very helpful to have a less steep learning curve but that's a matter of my personal taste.

I am not a Python expert and so this has probably affected my ability to properly appreciate this book, that said I can see that a lot of time and effort has gone into putting this book together, especially given thw fact the Python scripting books for Blender are so few and far between.

It probably hasn't escape most Blender users notice that Blender 2.5 is now currently in Alpha state and it uses completely different scripting model, so stuff learned in this book unfortunately won't transfer to Blender 2.5, as it uses Python 3 and has a completely different API structure.

This book would of been much more relevant if it have been released a year or 2 earlier. Still if you're used Blender 2.49 and need an advanced Blender scripting book, you now have one to read.

I really hope Michel does a Blender 2.6 version when it comes out, and maybe makes it slightly more targeted at beginners and experts, so my head doesn't hurt quite so much.

You can purchase Blender 2.49 Scripting from amazon.com. Slashdot welcomes readers' book reviews -- to see your own review here, read the book review guidelines, then visit the submission page.

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Blender 2.49 still very much alive (2, Insightful)

caywen (942955) | more than 4 years ago | (#32642866)

With the excitement around 2.5, it's easy to forget that Blender 2.49 still very much alive and kicking.

Still, 2.49 feels ancient, probably because it's UI is still kind of idiot-savant. It's horrendous at most things, but incredibly good at many things that matter. On top of that, it just looks very dated. 2.5 looks like it's on its way to cleaning most of that up while keeping the core strengths.

As for scriptability, I'd really love the see the Blender Foundation detach RNA to the point where one can start to create bindings in other languages, like Javascript, C# (Mono), etc.

Re:Blender 2.49 still very much alive (1, Informative)

tbcpp (797625) | more than 4 years ago | (#32642924)

There's been talks about that, but one of the big issues is that the language then becomes non-standardized. So if you give me a script, I'll have to install whatever language binding you used, plus any libraries and modules for that language as well. That doesn't sound fun.

Re:Blender 2.49 still very much alive (1, Insightful)

caywen (942955) | more than 4 years ago | (#32643002)

I think if Blender can adopt a Unity-like approach, where it has baked-in at 2 or 3 languages that serve 2 different audiences, then it might be workable. But I agree that creating add-on bindings would fragment Blender scripting and make life miserable.

Given their current workload, my hope is that they will revisit it in 2.7 or so, after 2.6 gets stabilized.

Re:Blender 2.49 still very much alive (2, Insightful)

mysidia (191772) | more than 4 years ago | (#32643240)

Maybe not fun for people who want to use large numbers of other people's code/scripts a lot, and don't do their own scripting.

Very fun and beneficial for people who want to write and use their own scripts. Of course it's worth it to them to install the bindings and modules they need.

The alternative to providing multiple bindings might be that scripts don't get written/published in the first place, because people have trouble doing exactly what they want in the 'standard' language.

Re:Blender 2.49 still very much alive (3, Insightful)

dotgain (630123) | more than 4 years ago | (#32643286)

So if you give me a script, I'll have to install whatever language binding you used, plus any libraries and modules for that language as well.

I see what you mean when a project is shared (for example included with Blender as an example project). I doubt this will be an issue for the majority of Blender users who have no intention at all of sharing their project files. Even if you decided to develop your own binding and language just for your own specific in-house task, as long as your work is proprietary it's not going to be any more of an issue than my private collection of shell scripts that so specific to my purposes they're essentially useless to anyone else.

Re:Blender 2.49 still very much alive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32651054)

What I'd like to see is a version of blender where the model is in text format, so that I can edit it with whatever I want.
And then I'd want to use the command line to generate images.
And then use ffmpeg to create videos.

That would really be an open architecture!

Almost totally useless (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32642914)

Summary of review: "I'm a beginner and so I don't understand this stuff sufficiently to actually review the book. But I do really think really highly of this content that I don't understand... although oh yeah -- one of the few things I know for sure is that most or all of it is being obsoleted by the upcoming Blender API revision."

Re:Almost totally useless (0, Troll)

For a Free Internet (1594621) | more than 4 years ago | (#32643090)

Hey I know a lot about three dimensions I am an expert in them and I know if books are good or if they are bad, so why don't you go back to Mexico where they all live on a tortilia that is not thrree-D it is flat like your stupid face, stupid.

finally a book review (5, Funny)

auntieNeo (1605623) | more than 4 years ago | (#32642920)

Is this review going to make it onto the "Book Reviews" sidebar? That Excel one has been there forever. Nothing against the author, but I'm sure I'm not the only slashdotter that shudders at every thought of having to code something in Excel macros.

Re:finally a book review (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32642998)

for object in readlines('/usr/dict/words'):
    will_it_blend(object)

Re:finally a book review (2, Informative)

PhilHibbs (4537) | more than 4 years ago | (#32643814)

Heh, you should try OpenOffice.org basic.

£9 for a PDF? (1, Interesting)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#32642990)

The cost of a book is tangible. Chipping, pressing, bleaching, cutting, printing, binding, packaging, storing, transporting, vending. It happens every time a copy is sold. When you buy a copy, that is what you’re paying for. A tangible good.

The cost of a PDF is intangible. Writing, typesetting, marketing, webhosting. It already happened. It happened once; it’s paid for. Millions of copies can be sold with very negligible overhead. It’s nothing but a giant number. Ones and zeros. Costly to produce, but easy to replicate.

£9 for an e-book is borderline ridiculous in my opinion. I guess some people will buy that, though.

Re:£9 for a PDF? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32643022)

Yes, because when you buy a book (or anything) all you pay for is the cost of reproduction. When you buy a car, it costs exactly the sum of its parts, plus the labor involved in putting them together. Not one dollar for R&D, not a dime for advertising, not one penny for any of the thousands of people working for the car company, except for the guys who physically put it together.

Re:£9 for a PDF? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32643086)

Obama, is that you? You seem to have a pretty solid grasp of economics.

Re:£9 for a PDF? (2, Interesting)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#32643190)

Spread over the thousands (or millions) of units that are produced, that cost is relatively minor compared to the cost of producing the actual unit. It is natural to conclude that a digital copy should cost much less because you don’t have to pay for the physical object.

A digital copy can be copied which essentially costs nothing, and so you can get even more volume, spreading that R&D and marketing over even more people and costing even less. That was my whole point.

Re:£9 for a PDF? (1)

PhilHibbs (4537) | more than 4 years ago | (#32643822)

Yes, but what if they don't sell thousands? As for millions, you must be joking.

Re:£9 for a PDF? (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#32644538)

Millions would be more applicable to music.

Re:£9 for a PDF? (1)

LoverOfJoy (820058) | more than 4 years ago | (#32643826)

Yes, because a book about Blender is sure to sell millions upon millions of units.

Re:£9 for a PDF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32643892)

and whom ever is reading it will only get nth percent of the benefit of its contents?? TFOH. When you a book you are not paying for the cost of production although that does get built in. You are really paying for is the benefit of the knowledge (especially in this case). Although the price should be less than a physical copy, who are you to determine what portion of the cost is physical and which portion is IP?

Its such a wonderful world we live in where we live in where only two extremes exist. Those who expect everything for nothing, and those who believe in charging for anything and everything.

Re:£9 for a PDF? (1)

revlayle (964221) | more than 4 years ago | (#32644952)

Of course, they'll just charge what the market will bear. If they find out that 1000 people (very very ROUGH guess, especially since this book targets a slim audience) will pay £9 for a digital book, then £9 is what they'll continue to charge for a while. If it doesn't move, the price might change.

Re:£9 for a PDF? (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 4 years ago | (#32643346)

£9 for an e-book is borderline ridiculous in my opinion. I guess some people will buy that, though.

You'd pay that much or more for something with the same information only heavier with no search function?

Re:£9 for a PDF? (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#32643370)

Well, no, but that’s beside the point. The heavier one, despite its lack of a search function, is actually much more costly to produce.

Re:£9 for a PDF? (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 4 years ago | (#32643592)

Well, no, but that's beside the point.

No, it's not. You're buying information, not matter.

The heavier one, despite its lack of a search function, is actually much more costly to produce.

The digital one has more value.

Don't get me wrong, generally speaking I don't think e-books should be more expensive than dead-tree books for precisely the reason you're stating. There's a potential here for authors to sell books more cheaply, sell them more cheaply, and potentially get a bigger lump of sales. But in this context you're talking about learning/reference and not entertainment. What you do with this book makes you more employable. You are better served with the electronic format. It's worth more now, doesn't matter how it's published.

This is the wrong book to make this stand on.

Re:£9 for a PDF? (1)

vadim_t (324782) | more than 4 years ago | (#32646786)

No, it's not. You're buying information, not matter.

I'm buying information + matter. Matter has to cost something since it needs to be made, stored, and transported. Therefore removing the matter should reduce price.

The digital one has more value.

Disagree. In the general sense, a physical book has more value. It doesn't have batteries that run out, has no DRM (huge increase in value for me), can be lent and borrowed, and doesn't depend on third parties to keep working.

Re:£9 for a PDF? (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 4 years ago | (#32646882)

I'm buying information + matter.

Heh. No, you're not. You're buying information. They use matter to deliver it.

Disagree. In the general sense, a physical book has more value. It doesn't have batteries that run out, has no DRM (huge increase in value for me), can be lent and borrowed, and doesn't depend on third parties to keep working.

Your book has mass, volume, cannot be backed up, and has no search function like what you can get with an e-reader. I do, however, agree about the DRM eating at its value.

So it becomes a question of total value. Does a Harry Potter book benefit from searching? No. Scripting? Uh, yes. Value++. I'd happily pay that amount, possibly more, for an unrestricted PDF of a good scripting book because it'd become several times more useful during an actual scripting session than it would sitting as a heavy ass book on my desk. Digital > physical.

Re:£9 for a PDF? (1)

vadim_t (324782) | more than 4 years ago | (#32647576)

Heh. No, you're not. You're buying information. They use matter to deliver it.

Whatever. The matter is still an added cost over plain information, so removing the matter should cost less than information on its own.

Some people would also argue that the physical book format has its own value, beyond providing some media for the information.

So it becomes a question of total value. Does a Harry Potter book benefit from searching?

Actually it would. Some people like trivia. Others want to find a specific quote, or find evidence about whether Harry talks more often to Ginny or Hermione, and so on.

Scripting? Uh, yes. Value++.

IMO there are better formats for things like that than a book (whether in physical or electronic form). If you search it often it should be more like a database. A set of man pages, a long FAQ, perhaps. Having a PDF is more inconvenient than those because it's not as searchable as something with a properly made index. If you search in a PDF of a C manual for printf you'll probably find more than 50 random appearances of it in the examples, before you find the function's complete description.

That's why Perl has perldoc and the "-f" and "-q" arguments to it.

Re:£9 for a PDF? (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 4 years ago | (#32647674)

Whatever. The matter is still an added cost over plain information, so removing the matter should cost less than information on its own.

Right. The less matter means less mass, less volume, and increased value.

Actually it would. Some people like trivia. Others want to find a specific quote, or find evidence about whether Harry talks more often to Ginny or Hermione, and so on.

Okay, so to most users a search function in a Harry Potter book increases its value more than it would in a reference book. Okay, I'll accept that. The digital copy has more value than the dead-tree version. :)

IMO there are better formats for things like that than a book ...

This is really drifting off topic. Actually the HTML documentation that comes with Maya regarding Mel has some nifty features that make it far more useful than a PDF. But that's not what we're talking about. That's also not how people will publish right now.

If you search in a PDF of a C manual for printf you'll probably find more than 50 random appearances of it in the examples, before you find the function's complete description.

Yes, I know this is off topic, but I wanted to touch on this: The Adobe PDF viewer not only shows you the list of searches it found with a snippet of the context, but it'll also apply that search to all the files in the folder the PDF is in. Back when I did Lightwave scripting that was how I kept track of all the functions etc, that worked pretty darned well. Not a bad in-between option for somebody writing a book that doesn't want to write a software interface for looking shit up.

Re:£9 for a PDF? (1)

vadim_t (324782) | more than 4 years ago | (#32659700)

Right. The less matter means less mass, less volume, and increased value.

No matter what you say, I consider it to have a decreased value, and will never, ever buy an ebook that costs the same or more as a physical book.

Okay, so to most users a search function in a Harry Potter book increases its value more than it would in a reference book. Okay, I'll accept that. The digital copy has more value than the dead-tree version. :)

Depends on for what use. For me, search is better than no search, but the loss of the physical media still outweighs that benefit.

My evaluation is something like: The content is worth 10 points, the physical media is 30, an ebook being searchable is 0 to 10 depending on content type. DRM is -10 points and guarantees no sale. Personally I think since I paid for the information already, a physical book should come with an ebook for free.

Re:£9 for a PDF? (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 4 years ago | (#32659818)

I guess what I don't understand is why the 'matter' is that important to you when you can do more with the digital and maintenance is an issue. (Pretending, of course, that there is no DRM. Believe me, I understand your qualms with that.) I think that's why this conversation keeps going in circles. Although if it's entirely about the fact that they won't sell it without DRM, then I totally understand you and mostly agree.

Re:£9 for a PDF? (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#32643396)

You’re also begging the question... not all e-books have a search function. A lot of the time they just half-ass it and scan the pages with no OCR... then they expect you to pay the same for that as you’d pay for a real book. WTF?

Re:£9 for a PDF? (1)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 4 years ago | (#32643766)

Sadly, Acrobat has a pretty decent OCR function that works even while keeping the scanned text in bitmap format, and people still do that.

Re:£9 for a PDF? (1)

mysidia (191772) | more than 4 years ago | (#32643382)

£9 for an e-book is borderline ridiculous in my opinion. I guess some people will buy that, though.

You cannot determine proper price of an item based on "per unit" costs, until you also average all one time costs over the total number of expected sales of that unit over time.

And include the opportunity costs of having capital tied up. For instance, if you borrowed $2000 to publish a book, you will be paying interest to the bank for that time, and all that interest expense that occurs until your sales to pay it off is ongoing cost of every unit of the book.

Also, it is still a part of the cost of every book sold (even after the amount is paid off). Eventually and ONLY if you sell a truly massive number of books, do the average per-book costs get close to the marginal cost of producing each unit.

Did it not occur to you that it still takes time and labor to write a book, and all those things still have a price?

You might have only paid once, but chances are with tangible books you only paid once too, to have a batch of books printed.

By the time you sell a copy, the costs are paid upfront already, whether they are costs for tangible goods, costs for labor, or costs for services like electricity, hosting, or internet.

Typesetting is not free. Marketing is not free. Companies have to be paid to do those things, or the author has to spend additional time to do those things (which has an opportunity cost -- they can't spend that time writing another book).

Webhosting starts at about $100 a month.

For it to be worth the expense, the predicted number of unit sales has to be high enough so that Number of Units Expected to sell at the price X chosen price

Is large enough to not only meet all those expenses, but to also generate enough profit for the risks involved in incurring the expenses to be worthwhile.

If you spend $2000 publishing an eBook, and only expect to ever sell a maximum of 10 copies, due to the special nature of the book.

Then the minimum acceptable price to sell that book is for $200, and at that price you aren't making a profit, you are basically being charitable.

Re:£9 for a PDF? (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#32643428)

Webhosting starts at about $100 a month.

Not if you want to do it cheaply and are willing to learn how to create/maintain a decent website without shelling out big bucks, it doesn’t.

Re:£9 for a PDF? (1)

Smallpond (221300) | more than 4 years ago | (#32643806)

Is this a joke? How many authors want to spend their time maintaining websites?

There's no reason to go to a doctor either. If you want to do it cheaply you just need to be willing to learn how to maintain your health yourself.

Re:£9 for a PDF? (1)

PhilHibbs (4537) | more than 4 years ago | (#32643872)

How much of your time does all that take, and is that time really only worth $100 a month to you? If it takes you less than 3 hours a month, then you're probably skilled enough to be worth more than $33 an hour as an IT admin. If it takes more than that, then that's time you could spend writing your next book instead.

Re:£9 for a PDF? (1)

mysidia (191772) | more than 4 years ago | (#32646966)

$100 a month is an extreme low-ball estimate on doing it inexpensively. In all likelihood, the hosting costs alone exceed it, without considering the costs of design of materials or maintaining content.

Which... well, you know... the author of a book will spend as much as they need to spend on hosting. The author of a book on Blender is not expected to be a Web design expert, capable of performing graphical design and all HTML coding for their book's website.

Anyways, the only way the hosting will cost less, is in an aggregate environment, where the author's requirements may not even be met.

Two possible aggregate environments exist... the specific one... pages provided by the publisher or a third-party that provides 'book pages' to many authors.

In this case, the publisher usually takes a cut of the book, price, as they do anyways... part of that can be attributed to the hosting cost. In any case, the author's other expenses still need to be met, after the publisher gets their cut, for the price to be high enough.

The other way of doing it "cheaply", is the author trying to host the web site on their DSL service they purchase for personal use... (LOL).

Or finding a cut-rate $12/month shared hosting provider that lobs thousands of sites on the same server, and trying to piece together the site theirselves, using templates, and no help from a professional.

In that case, they wind up with a poorly designed web site, that may have performance issues due to other users' activity, or cutthroat bandwidth or disk caps, and might not do the best job of selling books.

Not to mention also security risks, potentially a lack of proper admin monitoring of their web site, and lack of proper automated backups on the server, with disaster recovery by the hosting provider, in case their equipment fails.

You get what you pay for. If you want to make sure you sell and profit, it's worth paying a reasonable price for hosting, if you actually think your book will sell.

If it adds a few $$ to the per unit price tag, that's totally reasonable.

Why not take the book in the article as an example? Look at its web site [packtpub.com]

As you can see, there is a web page hosted by the publisher.

Now the expenses the publisher incurs to present this web site includes: servers, bandwidth, electricity, employees to maintain these things, and employees to develop and maintain the site.

A technical book like this one has a useful lifetime of 2 or 3 years at most, before it's outdated, and obsolete (needs to be updated at new costs).

So you can fairly divide all one-time fees by the total number of months the book is expected to sell, to get a pro-rata per-month approximation.

Anyways... having materials prepared for the web site definitely costs money.

Implementation of e-commerce systems to allow purchase online also requires money.

Securing those systems, performing backups, and maintenance also costs money.

Re:£9 for a PDF? (3, Informative)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 4 years ago | (#32643554)

The cost of a PDF is intangible. Writing, typesetting, marketing, webhosting. It already happened. It happened once; it’s paid for.

No, it's not paid for: It's borrowed and owed.

Millions of copies can be sold with very negligible overhead. It’s nothing but a giant number. Ones and zeros. Costly to produce, but easy to replicate.

£9 for an e-book is borderline ridiculous in my opinion. I guess some people will buy that, though.

Millions of copies of a technical book on an (lets face it) obscure product? In magical-thinking land, sure, but in reality there's but a niche market for this item and if he's going to recoup the cost of rent, food and utilities he had to pay during the time it took to research, write and polish the book he has to price it where the numbers will add up to black ink at the bottom line.

That being said, the line about how nine pounds is a fantastic price is just born out of a habit of seeing computer books go for ridiculously high prices.

Re:£9 for a PDF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32643698)

Given that lots of similar dead tree computer books cost £30 - £40 then £9 is probably ok

Re:£9 for a PDF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32643740)

Agreed, the price is impressively high. As a /. advertisement, I'd say the price is not a feature that should be highlighted.

Re:£9 for a PDF? (1)

styrotech (136124) | more than 4 years ago | (#32646460)

The cost of a book is tangible. Chipping, pressing, bleaching, cutting, printing, binding, packaging, storing, transporting, vending. It happens every time a copy is sold. When you buy a copy, that is what you're paying for. A tangible good.

Even with a physical book, those per copy costs amount to a fraction of the price.

A book will have a break even point in terms of sales numbers to overcome all the fixed and/or up front costs. Most books never reach that point - publishers hope to subsidize the ones that don't by having some successes that make up for it. Part of being a good publisher is picking ones that will be successful.

The cost of a PDF is intangible. Writing, typesetting, marketing, webhosting. It already happened. It happened once; it's paid for. Millions of copies can be sold with very negligible overhead. It's nothing but a giant number. Ones and zeros. Costly to produce, but easy to replicate.

You make it sound like the publisher does their sums purely on the number of physical book sales and treats the ebook purely as an afterthought, rather than factoring in the expected sales numbers of both kinds of book. Especially for a book like this that will have a very limited audience - chances are it might not have even been taken on by the publisher without the expected ebook sales.

Re:£9 for a PDF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32646798)

When you buy a copy, that is what you’re paying for. A tangible good.

Actually, the bulk of the cost of a dead-tree book is intangible costs. Those paperback computer books selling for $30-$50 in the bookstore? Less than a quarter of that is printing costs. You can go to Lulu.com and get a similar book printed one-off for $10, and that's without the benefits of scale. More significant are the costs of editing, layout/design, illustration, and indexing -- and of course the author's cut. Then there's management and administration, not to mention risk mitigation (better sellers help pay the costs for riskier or niche books). All of these are costs that are shared by professional quality e-books. If anything, you should balk at the cost of dead-tree books, which seem to be charging you at least twice the overhead.

a FULL COLOR eBook? (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 4 years ago | (#32643020)

Holy Shit!!!! I'm surprised they could afford color for 9£... I'm shit, a color eBook is usually 3 or 4 times as expensive as the black and white version.

Wire Framing? (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | more than 4 years ago | (#32643064)

Scripting is cool, is there a book out there that addresses Wire Framing techniques? I know that adding a skeleton is easy, and kind of cool; but one can only do a ginger bread man for just so long.

Kiss my shiny metal (0)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 4 years ago | (#32643270)

... oh, wait, you said BLender.

Blender 2.5 is in alpha test (1)

Animats (122034) | more than 4 years ago | (#32643368)

It's a bit late to be publishing a Blender 2.5 book, especially since the Blender plug-in interface changes drastically in 2.5.

Re:Blender 2.5 is in alpha test (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32643730)

I think you got a rounding error in your comment

Re:Blender 2.5 is in alpha test (1)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 4 years ago | (#32643792)

Good thing it's a 2.49 book, then.

Argh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32643864)

"Would have", not "would of".

Also "a year or two", not "a year or 2". Quick rule of thumb: stick to words when you could count up to the number on your fingers in less than ten seconds, unless you're discussing a calculation.

Re:Argh (1)

cOldhandle (1555485) | more than 4 years ago | (#32644766)

Also, in that same disastrous sentence: "if it had been released", not "if it have been released"

My only question... (1)

Cyclloid (948776) | more than 4 years ago | (#32644476)

Will it blend?

Having a special at the time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32647512)

... but now that the obligatory slashdot packt review has been submitted, the special is now finished, of course...

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