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Bforartists 2

Bforartists 2 version 2.3.0

Bforartists 2 version 2.3.0 is based on Blender 2.90 alpha. Released at 10.07.2020

Windows

Note that you need a Windows 64 Bit version for Bforartists 2. We don’t offer a 32 bit version anymore!

Note also that the installer is currently not digitally signed since this would cost lots of money. And so Windows moans about potential dangerous software, and gives a warning at install. The installer is of course not dangerous. It just has no commercial digital signature. You can always use the zipfile version when you don’t trust the installer. It’s the same content.

Linux

NOT YET! The Linux files are still at version 2.2.0. We try to provide the new linux files as fast as possible.

www.bforartists.de/data/binaries/Bforartists-2.2.0-Linux.tar.gz  – 217 Mb
www.bforartists.de/data/binaries/Bforartists-2.2.0-Linux.sh  – 217 Mb
www.bforartists.de/data/binaries/Bforartists-2.1.0-Linux.rpm  – 204 Mb
www.bforartists.de/data/binaries/Bforartists-2.2.0-Linux.deb  – 217 Mb

There is an up to date AUR version of Bforartists for Arch available here

aur.archlinux.org/packages/bforartists
And the GIT version.
aur.archlinux.org/packages/bforartists-git/

There is a flatpak repository available here. The build has a problem with the icon. But is besides that it is fully functional. github.com/Bforartists/org.bforartists.Bforartists186

Mac OS X

We unfortunately don’t have a maintainer for the mac version at the moment. The current files are for Bforartists 2 Alpha 0.8.0!

The first zipfile contains an Bforartists.app file.

The second zipfile contains a .dmg file

You can try compile Bforartists by yourself. We have unfortunately no tutorial for Bforartists availabel. But it works the same way than for Blender. The Blender tutorial can be found here:  wiki.blender.org/wiki/Building_Blender/Mac

Source Code download

The actual sourcecode can be found on the Github project site: github.com/Bforartists/Bforartists

For the official releases have a look in the releases tab: github.com/Bforartists/Bforartists/releases

In case that you want to compile Bforartists by yourself, the advice is the same as for Blender. And can be found here:Here’s a short tutorial that shows the whole process under Linux Ubuntu 17 www.bforartists.de/data/tuts/Building_with_Ubuntu17.pdf
And here a youtube video that shows how to compile Bforartists 2 at Ubuntu 20: www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUhM2YSw1gQ

Here’s the Blender advice for Linux, which goes a bit more into detail: wiki.blender.org/wiki/Building_Blender/Linux
Here’s the advice for Mac: wiki.blender.org/index.php/Dev:Doc/Building_Blender/Mac
For Windows have a look here: www.bforartists.de/data/tuts/Building_Bforartists_with_Cmake_and…

You might want to compile an older Bforartists version where the newest precompiled libs doesn’t work with. Here you can find the precompiled libs for all previous Blender versions:

svn.blender.org/svnroot/bf-blender/tags/

Developer Build

Bforartists 2

The Developer Build is an actual development snapshot. It is only available as a zip file, and it is undocumented, besides the entries at Github and the as solved marked issues in the tracker. It is meant for users that are not able to compile the source code, but wants to have a look at what the current state of development is.

The current development build is based at Blender 2.90 Alpha.

Windows: www.bforartists.de/data/dev/devbuild-05-07-2020.zip – 177 Mb

Linux Ubuntu: www.bforartists.de/data/dev/ubuntudevbuild-05-07-2020.zip – 189 Mb – Note that the Ubuntu devbuild has no cuda and no optix.

Note:

Use the developer builds at own risk. It is a development snapshot, not a release version. The dev build is compiled from the master, and should work. But there may be broken or missing features. Please report them when you find something.

Don’t expect daily builds. We do our best to update the dev build once in a week. But it can happen that even this isn’t possible.

Note that there is no version hint in the developer build. It shows the splashscreen and version number from the last official release when you start it. The folder name shows you the creation date. The newer, the more actual.

System Requirements

Bforartists has the same system rquirements than Blender.

Minimum

64-bit dual core 2Ghz CPU with SSE2 support
4 GB RAM
1280×768 display
Mouse, trackpad or pen+tablet
Graphics card with 1 GB RAM, OpenGL 3.3
Less than 10 year old

Recommended

Recommended
64-bit quad core CPU
16 GB RAM
Full HD display
Three button mouse or pen+tablet
Graphics card with 4 GB RAM

Higher is of course even better. And please keep your drivers up to date.

Supported graphics cards:

NVIDIA: GeForce 400 and newer, Quadro Tesla GPU architecture and newer, with NVIDIA drivers (list of all GeForce and Quadro GPUs)
AMD: GCN 1st gen and newer (list of all AMD GPUs)
Intel: Haswell and newer (list of all Intel GPUs)
macOS: version 10.12 or newer with supported hardware

Older Versions

Here you can find the previous versions of Bforartists that are not longer supported. The main versions are linked here. Binary versions of older point upgrades can be found at Githhub in the posts of the single releases. Just expand the assets tab at every release. github.com/Bforartists/Bforartists/releases

Bforartists version 1

Bforartists 1 is based at Blender 2.79 b.

Manual Bforartists 1: Bforartists_100_Manual .pdf – 105 Mb,  2698 pages

To save it, right click at the link, and choose save target as …

Windows

Note that the installers are currently not digitally signed since this would cost lots of money. And so Windows moans about potential dangerous software, and gives a warning at install. The installer is of course not dangerous. It just has no commercial digital signature. You can always use the zipfile versions below when you don’t trust the installer. It’s the same content.

Linux

We have unfortunately no maintainer for a Linux version at the moment. There is currently just the older version 0.9.5 available! But you can try to compile the newest version by yourself. It is not this hard. See Source Code download.

There is a RPM package for Version 1.0.0 available here: linux.developer.free.fr/PCLinuxOS/RPMS.x86_64/
And you might need additional content, which can be found here: linux.developer.free.fr/#bforartists 

Mac OS X

Note: Earlier versions than 10.10 may run. But no guarantee.