Questions tagged [osx]

This tag is for questions about features or behaviors of Blender that are specific to macOS. This includes questions about installation and maintenance.

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Can the full features of Blender be used with a trackpad?

I'm not interested recommendations for the best hardware, but whether Blender's full functionality-- all that zooming and selecting stuff-- can be realized with only a trackpad.
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How to use blender command lines in OSX?

Update: NB: This is a revised and updated version of my original question. You can also see the relevant discussion on meta as to why it was closed and reopened. On June 29th I asked what I thought ...
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Is there a way to update Blender without deleting it and downloading the new version?

I like to stay up with the latest version of Blender. I use Blender on my Macbook Pro and it is kind of a pain to update Blender because you have to delete it and then re-download it. This isn't a ...
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How to build and submit Mac builds to Graphicall?

I've used a few of the custom builds on Graphicall, and I'd like to give back by helping contribute some back. I've got a Mac, which is a bit of an underdog in terms of building submitted, and I've ...
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Batch exporting of multiple objects into separate STL files

I have as scene with 45 objects, I am trying to write a script that will export all of the objects into separate STL files. Any ideas? Here is a broken script I have right now: ...
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Detect if using retina display from python

I've got some BGL drawing code which draws some outlines over nodes in screen-space coordinates. It accounts for the DPI settings in the User Preferences and scales up the size and position of drawn ...
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My Mac Mouse has only a left button

My Apple mouse has only one button (a Left button). Normally I use ctrl + left mouse as a way to use the left mouse button but it doesn't work with blender. what do I have to do. ...
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How to open system console to get output from Blender on Mac OS 10?

Noobie here. Should I open Mac terminal and cd to /Applications/Blender/ which is where my Blender app is? Doesn't seem to work for me trying to run script from Text screen in Blender. I guess there ...
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Is this SpaceNavigator issue a Blender problem or an OS/Driver problem?

On Windows I am able to use the 3Dconnexion Space Navigator just fine. I customized the functionality of the two side buttons. On a Mac, however, no matter what settings I change in the System ...
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Mac Pro Tower - Sapphire Radeon Rx580 is really, really slow

I recently installed a Sapphire Pulse Radeon Rx580 8gb on my 2010 era (with upgraded CPU) Mac Pro tower. I did this because my former GPU, a NVIDIA GTX 970 is not "Metal Compatible" and would not ...
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Blender 2.8 Beta: No compatible GPUs found on iMac (2018)

I have a iMac 27" 5K 2018 with an AMD Radeon Pro 580 GPU. Blender 2.8 cannot find a compatible GPU for Cycles render engine. In Blender 2.79 my GPU worked. What do I need to do so that my graphic ...
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Need help installing addon on mac

I can't figure out how to install addon from blender 2.73 onto my imac. I go into addons in user pref. I enable addons. I select ...
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Cannot change to GPU Rendering [closed]

I use Blender with my iMac Late 2012 and I have the graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M. In the internet it says, that this graphics card has CUDA but however I cannot change the 'Compute Device' in ...
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OS X 10.11.4 Intel Iris Pro - OpenCL Build Fails with GPU Rendering

I was under the impression that GPU's that supports OpenCL 1.2 should work with Cycles on OS X. (LuxRender using OpenCL works fine). Still, I get a party-pooping error that renders (pun intended) ...
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I can't export my BGE game as .app

I have created a game in BGE and I am trying to export it as an .app. I went into Add-Ons and activated Save Game As Game Engine Runtime. When I go to File > Export > Save As Game Engine Runtime, it ...
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Installing Blender 2.78.1 - Cycles Disney Brdf

Recently I learned that there are several initiatives to make Physically-Based Shading available on Blender. One of these is the development of a Cycles Disney BRDF. I have a couple of questions on ...
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Run Blender from a USB thumb drive (including Preferences)?

Mainly I want to know if this can be done on OS X. Answers pertaining other operating systems are also welcome though. I know that it is possible to launch Blender.app from a USB thumb drive and use ...
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Bevel Tool and Mac mouse

when using the Bevel tool you can change the number of segments by scrolling the middle mouse wheel. At least when you are working under Windows. But how to simulate that with the Mac mouse (I know ...
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How can I select edge loops with Magic Mouse on a Mac?

I’m on an iMac with a Magic Mouse (no scroll wheel or RMB). I use RMB selection, via ⌘ command LMB. I have enabled Emulate 3 Button Mouse. I'm trying to figure out how to select edge loops. The ...
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Undo and Redo on Macbook not functioning [closed]

The CtrlZ and ShiftCtrl + Z combinations are essentially ignored on my Macbook. It's behaving like an unqualified Z key press. How do I get that to work on Macbook or is there another means of ...
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GPU rendering for Cycles on MAC PRO (late 2013)

As the development notes of Blender 2.76 tell, there should be support for GPU rendering under OpenCL now and it should be possible to let the AMD GPU's do the Cycles Rendering. I tried and it seems ...
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Need guidance for creating no dependancies between two installs of Blender

I want to have two copies of Blender on my machine that share no settings or preferences. One will be my development copy and the second on is the production version. I need them to be separate ...
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“ImportError” No module named 'bge' in OSX

I am attempting to do some scripting using blender 2.79 for OSX. When using Blender Game, I attempt to create a python script with the BGE. The first and only line in my test script is: ...
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How to install Blender on a Mac so that multiple user accounts have access to it?

After I moving Blender to the 'Applications' directory it works fine. The trouble starts when another user with his/her own account on the Mac wants to run Blender too when logged-in to his/her ...
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How to build Blender with edited blender_icons?

SVG If I do changes on SVG file located in ~/blender-build/blender/release/datafiles folder, save it and run commands ...
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materials not showing in viewport (blender 2.8 on macbook pro)

I have an issue with blender 2.8 BETA. In viewport I can see materials I made in 2.79 and switch among them but I can't see any changes I make in 2.8. I can't create any new materials using nodes to ...
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Blender won’t render the default cube and I can’t cancel the render either [closed]

New user here doing something that seems very basic. I open up Blender (2.77) on my Mac (10.13.1). By default, Blender shows me a camera, a cube, and a light. It’s configured to use the “Blender ...
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OpenCL won't work for cycles, Mac

I just started usuing cycles render on a Mac, and Was told GPU rendering is much faster. The only problem is that the GPU rendering never happens it just makes a light grey and dark grey checker board,...
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Cycles OpenCL on a OS X?

I'm trying to get Blender working with OpenCL on a Mac but I get errors during the run (it tries to do compilation first and that fails).
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Which Mac should I buy for Blender 2.8? [closed]

I am considering purchasing a Mac for my godson who will be using it to run Blender 2.8. I know very little about this program. All I can find are requirements for a Mac that will run earlier ...
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GPU Rendering in Cycles crashing blender (Mac)

I've been experiencing loads of crashing while rendering lately, and after doing some testing I've finally isolated it to the GPU rendering. As soon as I change to that from CPU, blender goes down. ...
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Accessing the RMB feature on a Mac laptop

Please note: I realize this question is very similar to this one but I assert that it is not a dupe because it involves specific a hardware/OS combo! More importantly, this question is really about ...
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How to install Blender on OS X (Blender directories?)

I need help installing Blender on OS X. I unzipped the file, dragged the folder to the Applications folder, ran Blender, opened User Preferences, went to the directories setup (File tab), but there ...
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Recommended Version for Mac OS X 10.5.8

I am wanting to download and learn how to use Blender at home on my Macintosh PowerPC system. It is older so I need to know what version of Blender is recommended for my system, here are the specs: ...
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Cycles Render on GT750 GPU (MacBook Pro) 2GB Graphics - 2.79 Blender

I have a GT750 Graphics Chip in my MacBook Pro, it has 2GB of dedicated VRAM, I would like to use this to render rather than the CPU. The MacBook also has a Quad Core i7 2.6GHz and is able to render ...
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Blender Won't Open

I downloaded Blender onto my Mac laptop, but it will not open. When I try to open it, I get an error message that says, "'Blender' can't be opened because it is from an unidentified developer." I'm ...
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Blender's /tmp/ folder is suddenly empty

I work on an iMac. I am trying to render a fluid simulation that is very slow, and decided to do it in several batches. For the first batch, I rendered frames 1-100, and had to stop rendering to ...
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How to compile Blender from source on OSX? [closed]

As it says on the can, How to compile Blender from source on OSX? Jens Werwiebe from #blendercoders on the IRC channel kindly took me through the process, so I will post it up while it is still fresh ...
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What are the limitations of Blender for Mac?

What (if any) limitations are there with the current (2.78) and soon-to-come (2.79) versions of Blender for OS X? I know in the past there have been some features that weren't fully supported (Open ...
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FBX Converter from the Mac terminal?

I need to convert a batch of .obj models to .fbx I'm using Autodesk 2013 FBX Converter GUI. Is it possible to do it from the terminal? I haven't been able to find much. Thanks! ============== EDIT =...
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blenderplayer.app won't open

I just downloaded Blender, and when I try to open blenderplayer.app it bounces in the dock (I'm on a MacBook Pro using Yosemite) and doesn't open. Can anyone advise me as to what to do? Thanks.
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32 bit iMac, will 64 bit run properly?

I am ready to download Blender. I have and older iMac, 20", 32 bit. It has memory upgrade to 4GB and the latest Yosemite. I only see the option for 64bit for download. Is there still a 32 bit or does ...
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Install Blender on macOS 10.10.5

Trying to install Blender on my Mac and I am being told that I cannot do it with my operating system (macOS 10.10.5). Is it possible?
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Does blender drain battery life when I'm not using it?

I used Avid Media Composer for a few weeks on my laptop, but it drained a lot of battery without me using it. Will blender do the same? Thanks in advance.
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Advice or workarounds to use Nvidia Drivers in Mac OS Mojave

I am a newbie who has just (re-)begun using Blender, version 2.8, on a retina Macbook Pro from around 2014 with MacOS 10.14.2 ("Mojave"). GPU is (selectable) an internal discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT ...
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Orbit view with trackpad in Blender 2.8

I have been running the new Blender 2.8 beta version on a Macbook Pro 2015 and figured out that's not possible to orbit and rotate the view with trackpad gestures, even pressing ...
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When toggling fullscreen on MB Pro Retina 15 - a red bar appears

I experience a red bar appearing right on top of my screen everytime I toggle fullscreen on. In addition to that the mouse seems to be shifted by about 50 pixels(the height of the red bar appearing in ...
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Nvidia Series 10XX on Mac OS

Does anybody use any Nvidia card (1050, 1060, 1070, 1080)on a MacPro 5,1 or else version of Mac? I did not find any benchmark on Nvidia cards on Mac, the "sheet" of Blender developpers using cards, ...
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Macbook trackpad very slow scrolling/panning (disable acceleration?)

I'm having issues scrolling in any toolbar or view in Blender on my Macbook Pro 15" (Late 2016). If I use two fingers, and move them rather slow over the trackpad, almost nothing happens. I need to ...
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How can I use the NUMPAD_PERIOD function to focus on an object when I'm on a Macbook Pro?

I already know that you can emulate the number pad through the User Preferences, but that only seems to provide the numbers 0-9. I'm trying to focus on an object by pressing . ,however nothing seems ...