I would like to access the special functions in Scipy in the scripting window. I have looked at this and this and @polosson's answer in the first one suggests three possible ways to install a module in order to use it.

EDIT: My question is - HOW to install scipy.special into either the Blender Python path (which I should be able to find) or how to instal into a separate folder (which I would point to with the menu indicated in the third option of that answer).

Could someone take a moment to help me find a step-by-step way for me to start using scipy.special in the script window? Thank You!

fyi I'm using Blender 2.70a on OSX 10.8. Currently I run Python 2.7.6 using IDLE elsewhere in the computer, using this method (indicative of my current installation experience == clicking and dragging).

  • $\begingroup$ what operating system are you on @uhoh $\endgroup$ – zeffii May 5 '15 at 15:54
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks - I've updated the question with OS and Blender versions $\endgroup$ – uhoh May 5 '15 at 15:57

You would need to install scipy into Blender's python installation I would imagine for this to work.

Here are some clear instructions on how to do so: Using 3rd party Python modules

Remember: Blender uses Python 3 so you will need to use the Python 3 version of scipy. The 2.7 version will not work.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks DevTim - I've looked at that link a number of times (and I flagged it in my original question as well) but I need a little more. While I have no doubt that it serves as "clear instructions" to more experienced users, I need something a bit more step-by-step than "install it to use it." $\endgroup$ – uhoh May 5 '15 at 15:50
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    $\begingroup$ The easiest way to install the library would be to download python 3 - the anaconda version already has scipy installed: continuum.io/downloads#py34 You can then either delete the blender python so it defaults to anaconda or you can drag the site packages folder from anaconda to the blender python. I would recommend you match the 32 bit anaconda with 32 bit blender, 64bit with 64 bit. $\endgroup$ – DevTim May 5 '15 at 16:41
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    $\begingroup$ OK! @DevTim that's a VERY helpful answer that even I understand! Thanks for your help. I'll give it a try in the morning (here). $\endgroup$ – uhoh May 5 '15 at 16:47
  • $\begingroup$ Wow! Incredibly easy solution. This is exactly what I needed. One-step installation of anoconda, then just copy the scipy folder from site-packages in anoconda to site-packages in blender's python and bingo - dancing Bessel functions. Thanks again @DevTim $\endgroup$ – uhoh May 6 '15 at 22:17
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    $\begingroup$ @ uhoh: No problem. $\endgroup$ – DevTim May 11 '15 at 17:44

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