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Blender Help says I can download the Blender 2.78 Manual for offline use - how - where?

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  • $\begingroup$ blender (which I use, love and support since two decades...) has a terrible history of downloadable manuals... worst blender aspect ever, imho. when it was on mediawiki I started a project to regularly create a pdf version from it... then they switched to a version based on "reStructuredText " and although every project I've seen using this kind of system (see readthedocs.org) has html, pdf, epub export at least... blender never had one. You could try to download manual sources and build it locally: see docs.blender.org/manual/en/dev/about/contribute/index.html $\endgroup$ – m.ardito Feb 9 '17 at 22:40
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There is a link for the online documents here: https://docs.blender.org/manual/en/dev . I'm not sure why it doesn't work, but there is a link to download a zip file, but the actually link tag isn't working in the wiki. For now, you can download directly, I guess: https://docs.blender.org/manual/en/dev/blender_manual.zip

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The make.bat file in the blender documentation subversion repository includes a "make epub" option that will use their tooling to build a local epub file locally. It's reasonably easy to do this same thing on Mac or Linux box if that's your platform.

A step-by-step of what I did was:

  • svn checkout https://svn.blender.org/svnroot/bf-manual/trunk/blender_docs
  • cd blender_docs
  • virtualenv .venv_blender
  • source .venv_blender/bin/activate
  • pip install -r requirements.txt

and I added this to the local Makefile:

epub: .FORCE .SPHINXBUILD_EXISTS
    # './' (input), './epub/' (output)
    QUICKY_CHAPTERS=$(QUICKY_CHAPTERS) \
    $(SPHINXBUILD) -b epub $(SPHINXOPTS) ./manual "$(BUILDDIR)/epub"

Then make epub generates an epub file into build/epub directory.

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