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I know how to set the "Author" attribute for the blendfiles that I create, using Blender User Preferences > File. However, I have not found out how to view the author of a blendfile. How can I do this?

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    $\begingroup$ I don't usually like to provide alternatives, but seeing as this feature is largely useless to the average user (and cannot provide much info), I would suggest using a Text block for author info and packing it with the Blender file. $\endgroup$ Jun 5, 2013 at 19:42
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    $\begingroup$ @rolandixor Whenever they are useful, alternatives are great and broaden the horizon. $\endgroup$ Sep 21, 2013 at 7:58

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You can't, This author field is only ever used in exporters. In the COLLADA export to be precise, where the COLLADA format can have an author tag, and I wanted it to be possible for users to have a configurable content for this, so I added the author field to user preferences.

Not everybody will have this set, either, so best not to rely on this for 'correct' user data.

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You can query this in the Python Console or in a script using:

bpy.context.user_preferences.system.author
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