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Questions about using and managing different versions of Blender, past present and future. Use this tag for upgrade questions, installation questions, etc.

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Do .blend files store information on which version of Blender they were created in?

I'd like to know if a .blend file contains information about the version of Blender it was saved from. I have couple of old files and I'd like to open them in ...
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Updating to latest Blender version

I currently have version 2.74. How do I update to version 2.76? I do not see any links in the UI to update my version of Blender
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Where can I get Blender test builds?

I know that Blender.org provides downloads for official releases. I see on forums that people use newer versions of Blender. Where can I get newer version of Blender (nightly builds, alpha versions... ...
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How old is Blender?

When was the first Blender version released? I have been an avid user of blender for a few years but I still have not found out how long it has been around. I not only would like to know when it was ...
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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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Is it advisable to update Blender to the newest version as soon as possible each time?

I know Blender is free software and bugs happen. But my question is, is it good practice to update Blender every time there is an update? Even if a minor one? (i.e I'd consider 2.56 to 2.56b minor or ...
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Is there a build of Blender that only has the video editor enabled?

Seeing as the video editor has become as powerful as it is, it would be great to use it as a stand alone video editor. Does such a build exist?
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Are the books written for blender 2.5 or 2.6 still useful for the latest blender 2.7 version?

I know that latest blender will have more features and better perfomance, etc., but is there a big difference between 2.5, 2.6 & 2.7 that will cause trouble for me as a beginner?
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How to duplicate an object in 2.8 via the Python API

I know how to successfully duplicate an object by using bpy.ops.object.add_named(name = 'TemplateObjectName') If the template object named 'TemplateObjectName' ...
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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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How to run Blender through RDP on Windows Server 2008 R2 - opengl error

I want to render my blender project in rdp. But some error has appeared. What is the best solution for this problem? I've spent many hours trying to troubleshoot this problem.
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Is there a way to find out what is in the latest build?

The release logs document the new features after a version has been released. Is there a page which lists what of the announced features is already included in the latest build ? I can't wait to ...
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Blender build for Raspberry Pi3?

Has anyone tried installing blender on a Raspberry Pi 3 or do you know which version of blender will be supported on Pi3? If I get just the 3d view running for modeling, that'll be great.
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prevent add-on being enabled in lower Blender version than 2.8

is there a canonical solution to this? I'm one of the developers of Sverchok and we are more frequently getting installation issues where people install the 2.79 version of Sverchok on Blender 2.8+. ...
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What is the proper way to update a portable Blender installation while keeping user settings?

The Windows portable installation has (or can have) the user settings folder (named '2.77' for instance, containing all the user preferences) next to all of it's files - which is perfect for me, since ...
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Transfer settings to new version of Blender

I use Mac OSX 10.9.5. A year ago, I downloaded 2.75a, and today, I downloaded version 2.77a. I downloaded both via .zip file from blender.org and dragged each into the Applications folder of my Mac. ...
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Will a book for blender 2.62 work for blender 2.78?

Will a book for blender 2.62 work for blender 2.78? Do the updates from 2.62 to 2.78 make the out of version books obsolete and not worth studying? Thank you. Kathy
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Blender release life cycle and versioning

I was trying some older versions but version numbers and release versions are not clear to me. For instance how can I know what is the most stable release of a given version, say 2.49: The folder ...
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How to Enable Frame Blending in Blender 2.74?

I can't find the option that supposedly existed in Blender 2.49: "Enable Frame Blending". Does anyone know where it is, or where is its analog? I shot a sunset - 30 minute video I want to turn to 10 ...
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What version have I installed

I read that MB-Lab 1.7.5 requires Blender 2.80.74 or later. I cannot find what my exact version is, it just says 2.80.
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Where is the render display mode setting in 2.8?

In 2.7x and earlier we have a setting which controls where the rendered image is displayed when F12 was pressed. The setting can still be set via the python api (...
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How to get my file back in 2.79 after saving with 2.80 series?

I was experimenting with a file in 2.8 and accidentally saved it. When I opened it back in 2.79 I can't see my model. It disappeared with the error File written by newer Blender binary. How can I ...
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Learn Blender 2.7 now or wait for the 2.8 Beta release? [closed]

Is Blender 2.8 different enough that I should wait for the beta to be released (in a couple weeks?) to start learning the software, or is 2.7 a worthwhile starting place?
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What is the difference between Blender Version X.Y.0 and X.Y.1?

What is the difference between Blender Version X.Y.0 and X.Y.1? For example, between Version 3.6 and 3.6.1. Are these just bug fixes or something? Or are there some relatively significant changes? ...
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Thoughts on Building a Blender-Oriented PC [closed]

The rendering time on my laptop is starting to become absurd in order to get a decent looking scene. I am looking at building a pc that is well suited for blender. What components are the most ...
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Where are the nightly builds of Blender made available? [duplicate]

With the new website, it seems impossible to find the svn builds. Where can they be obtained now?
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Blender 2.81 32bit

Will there be a version of blender 2.81 for 32bit windows as there was for 2.80? In my working environment we are currently ...
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Context Problem in Blender 2.80 python module

I run Blender 2.80 as python module (for running on a server with Django), so there is no gui. Apparently passing the correct context doesn't seem to work for me in this case. I have tried many ...
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Game development for 2.8

At which point are my current 2.78 files compatible with the upcoming 2.8 version? The models will be ok, but what bout the materials? Should I even bother setting them up if I plan on using the new ...
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Custom Blender Builds: How do they work together?

If one developer of a feature (i.e Fracture Modifier) produces a full version of Blender incorporating their modifier, as opposed to just creating an add-on, and then another developer working on a ...
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How to configure which Blender version opens when clicking on a .blend file?

If I double click a recent blend file icon, the version of Blender that it calls is an old one. The file was created using 2.76, but if I double click it it runs inside 2.72b. If I right click it ...
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Why is the "render engine" selection menu missing?

The dropdown menu to select the render engine (e.g. "Cycles", "Blender Internal", "Blender Game") isn't showing up: I compiled Blender myself (SVN r56975), and although I've enabled ...
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How do I cite Blender builds/release correctly for Publications using Bibtex?

I am writing articles and would like to cite Blender correctly. How should I do this? EDIT If you run R, and type citation(), you would get the following ...
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Are features from Blender daily builds typically in next release?

I have a script which is not working on Blender 2.69, but it works fine on the latest build from builder.blender.org/download. Perhaps they tweaked something in how rigid body simulations are baked to ...
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Move a project from 2.93 to 3.0 without causing issues

I have some projects created with 2.93 version. Because of the speed of CycleX, I want to continue my project in 3.0. In this post , it was said that it's better to continue in the same version to ...
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Building `bpy` for Windows: where should `datafiles` and `scripts` be placed?

This is the documentation explaining how bpy should be built. I think it is outdated, for the following reasons: It does not mention that ...
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Cloth simulation acting weird

I am following a tutorial for making a Christmas hat, and my 'hat' acts slightly weird. Actually it compresses very strangely while there is nothing really paranormal in my settings. Does anybody ...
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Blender 2.72 "blender-app.exe"

Blender version 2.72 in the .zip downloaded from blender.org there is a new file called blender-app.exe in addition to blender.exe. What is blender-app.exe for? Which file should I use to open ...
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Where did the 'Use UV for Mapping' option go in Blender 2.8?

I'm following a tutorial using a 2.7 version of Blender, which shows how to use UV unwrapping on beveled curves to make a texture follow the shape of the curve (I'm making stylized hair and would love ...
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Can I build Blender source code using CLion?

I'm pretty new in Blender coding. I'm only did some small things using python scripting so far. I'm facing a problem where I wish to see more about the UI components of Blender (panels, icon viewers, ...
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Check if blender was compiled with openmp

Is it possible to check if Blender was compiled with OpenMP? How? The installed package is 2.70+git201404250132.3b75d6c-0irie1~trusty1
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Why did Blender move from 2.83 straight to 2.9?

Why did they skip 2.85, 2.86 and so on? Just curious.
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Is there any significant difference between 2.67 and 2.73 in terms of 3D printing?

Brand new to blender, have not even downloaded the program yet. I am considering ordering the DVD DVD Training 12: Blender for 3D Printing, 2.67 after I download to help learn the program. I'm ...
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How to I remove the grid to 'render only' in v 3.0 whilst still working on my object?

The option use to be in a side bar under display. I cannot find where it is in V 3.0
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Curve modifier around bezier circle in Blender 3.0 not functioning correctly

Weird one. Im deforming a very simple cubic plane around a bezier circle using the 'Curve' modifier. Problem is when the bezier points of the circle are moved at all, I get this hard twist in the ...
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Is it possible to set material of one face only in Blender 2.45 (old version)?

I have to use an old version (2.45 - from 2007) of Blender*. I'd like to change the material on one face only on an object. I understand that this can be done by clicking Assign on the Materials tab ...
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Missing objects from old Blender in 2.8 (hidden in 2.79b and lost in 2.8) [duplicate]

I am missing a bunch of objects when opening some old blender files (it has nothing to do with the collection visibility like in this post: Missing objects when opening old file in blender 2.8) I ...
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Why is the Steam version of Blender taking so long update?

I got the Steam version of Blender hoping to get new updates downloaded automatically but it's been days since 2.76 has come out but I still haven't gotten the update. Are steam updates delayed for ...
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Blender in the webbrowser?

Is there available a version of Blender which can be started from the web browser? I am not referring to a plugin to display the models, but rather to a cloud based version.
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Manipulator handles have ceased to function [closed]

I recently downloaded Blender 2.74 on my linux. I’ll grab for the handles to manipulate an object. Unfortunately, all this does is throw my cursor off of it's position. Problem in a nutshell when I ...
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