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How old is Blender?

Blender celebrates January 2, 1994 as its birth day, based on the timestamps from the first backup of the codebase. It was first used in production around 1 year later, in Q2 1995. Refs: tweet from ...
Nicola Sap's user avatar
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How to duplicate an object in 2.8 via the Python API

Make copies of ID data with ID.copy() For blender data ID objects ie objects in bpy.data.objects meshes in ...
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Updating to latest Blender version

You can install Blender via Steam, which has a built in auto-update feature. This should keep your Blender installation up to date automatically.
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How to run Blender through RDP on Windows Server 2008 R2 - opengl error

To run Blender on a machine without OpenGl support, you would need to: Download the opengl32.dll or opengl64.dll from this link: http://download.blender.org/ftp/sergey/softwaregl/ Copy and paste the ...
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What version have I installed

Blender 2.9x There are four locations that show the version in varying level of detail. Splash screen Status Bar About Blender Export System Information ...
Robert Gützkow's user avatar
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Learn Blender 2.7 now or wait for the 2.8 Beta release?

Learn now, and it's ok to start with 2.8 Blender 2.8 makes many changes to some fundamental aspects of how we interact with the software and with each workflow. Most notably: layers are gone and the ...
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How to get my file back in 2.79 after saving with 2.80 series?

Restore your file from a backup. Check whether there is still a .blend1 or .blend2 next to your ...
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prevent add-on being enabled in lower Blender version than 2.8

Blender 2.80 already protects against enabling incompatible add-ons. If the Blender version in the bl_info is too low, it will display a warning in the preferences. ...
Robert Gützkow's user avatar
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Where is the render display mode setting in 2.8?

In 2.81 these settings have been moved to User Preferences > Interface > Editors > Temporary Windows:
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Custom Blender Builds: How do they work together?

In short: until both features are merged into the same build of Blender, you should treat those Blenders as two different applications. I would suggest to use a file format like Alembic to bridge the ...
dr. Sybren's user avatar
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Where to download older Blender versions? Namely Blender 2.80

Here you have all Blender versions https://download.blender.org/release/
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6 votes

Blender build for Raspberry Pi3?

As of June 16 2018, the current Blender version available for Raspian Stretch via apt-get is 2.78a. This is behind the current Blender 2.79c for other platforms. You can install it with: sudo apt-...
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Blender build for Raspberry Pi3?

The biggest hurdle to getting Blender running on the Raspberry Pi is the fact that the Pi has an ARM processor rather than one that uses the x86 instruction set, which means software has to be ...
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Why did Blender move from 2.83 straight to 2.9?

Blender foundation wanted to move to a more familiar version numbering system. Can't find a reliable source to quote at the moment, but I believe I remember reading somewhere that Ton Roosendal ...
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What is the difference between Blender Version X.Y.0 and X.Y.1?

I use Blender casually since about v2.69, and more actively v2.79 so I can't speak for the past and I think the versioning before v3.0 was largely inconsistent. However Blender 3.0 switched to ...
Markus von Broady's user avatar
5 votes

What is the proper way to update a portable Blender installation while keeping user settings?

Running the new portable version (the zipped Blender file downloaded from blender.org) will fetch the user-pref from the common roaming location of Windows so previous preferences and add-ons will be ...
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Will a book for blender 2.62 work for blender 2.78?

Most of the features and commands in 2.62 remain the same in 2.78. None of the most important features have changed drastically. Even for the features that have changed, the concepts and terminology ...
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Where can I download older versions of Blender?

Accordoing to the blender.org fortunately "Your old files are safe, every Blender release is available for download. Forever." Just go to the download site and look for previous versions at the bottom ...
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Updating to latest Blender version

If you're on a Mac and using Homebrew you can install/update Blender via: ...
Michael Thompson's user avatar
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When is 2.8's release date and how to make it more stable

On the 13th August (2018) Blender 2.8 Alpha 2 was released. The Alpha status means that the software is still not stable, and a lot of effort is being put in dealing with crashes and instabilities, ...
Nicola Sap's user avatar
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How to build Blender as Python module?

Ok, i managed to actually build it as a Python module. It might appear strange to ask a question and immediately answer it. But i decided to share my experience with this process. In this way it ...
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Where is the render display mode setting in 2.8?

I think this is what you are looking for Good LUck
Emir's user avatar
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Unable to copy objects between versions

I just ran into what I believe is the same issue. Check the Temp path in both versions' preferences. You probably changed it for the old version in the past but forgot to do this in the new ...
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Do I need to re download Blender?

Blender RC 3 and the official release of Blender 2.8 are not the same version. The last release candidate is a build based on commit 507ffee6e1f4 and the release version is based on commit ...
Robert Gützkow's user avatar
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Can I specify which version of Blender to run when rendering from a command line prompt (Linux)?

Blender doesn't need to be installed, so even if you have one version installed on your system, you can have other versions that sit in your filesystem and can be run without further operations. Apart ...
Nicola Sap's user avatar
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blend files open in 2.79 version instead of 2.83 when double clicked

Seems like you encounter the dumbest design the windows registry system can potentially have. If the executable name is the same one (.blend here), it will cause ...
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Can you easily export a .blend to a previous version of Blender?

TLDR: Is it possible? Yes. Is it easy? It's not one-click. Each release of Blender may introduce new features that are not backward compatible with older versions. As a result, attempting to open a ....
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Move a project from 2.93 to 3.0 without causing issues

This is a problem with any application when you update versions. There are a wide range of approaches depending on how large the project is and how many different parts of Blender it touches. Here ...
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How to I remove the grid to 'render only' in v 3.0 whilst still working on my object?

If you go to viewport overlays and uncheck floor, the grid will disappear. concerning render only: According to other questions the grid itself will not ever be rendered.
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Blender 3+ version is freezing constantly on Macos

The problem was autosaving feature. You just need to turn it off. Manual saving works fine!
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