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Bforartists 2

Bforartists 2 version 2.8.0

Bforartists 2 version 2.8.0 is based on Blender 2.93 alpha. Released on 27.02.2021

Windows

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

Note also that the installer is currently not digitally signed since this would cost a lot of money. And so Windows complains about potentially dangerous software, and gives a warning on 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

Note that this version is build with Ubuntu 20.10. And does unfortunately not work with Ubuntu 20.04 out of the box anymore. It throws an error about a missing GLIBC_2.32′ . We have an experimental version in the developer build section that compiles at CentOS, with a much lower glibc version. So when you are in trouble, then please use this experimental version.


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/

Mac OS X

Note that the default Bforartists keymap is not mapped to the oskey keys, but ctrl instead. It works fine for Linux and Windows. But not with a Mac. You need to switch to the Bforartists-macOS keymap. It is mapped to the oskey keys.

Source Code download

The actual source code 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. 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 on 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 do not work. 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 issues marked as solved 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. Or to overcome some bugs in the official release.

Note that the developer build is always one week behind. We merge the new Blender features after we create the developer build. This gives us a week to fix the issues that may arrive with the merge …

The current development build is based on Blender 2.93 Alpha. 

Windows: www.bforartists.de/data/dev/devbuild-17-04-2021.zip – 207 Mb

Note that the linux Ubuntu version is compiled with Ubuntu 20.04 again to reduce the glibc problem.

Linux Ubuntu  www.bforartists.de/data/dev/ubuntudevbuild-17-04-2021.tar.xz – 182 Mb

CentOS developer versions. These builds are experimental. Please use this version when you get an error message because of missing correct glibc version. They are compiled with a much lower glibc version than Ubuntu 20.04.

www.bforartists.de/data/dev/centos-devbuild-10-04-2021.deb – 250 Mb

www.bforartists.de/data/dev/centos-devbuild-10-04-2021.tar.xz – 169 Mb

www.bforartists.de/data/dev/centos-devbuild-10-04-2021.tar.gz – 250 Mb

Mac version. Note that the Mac version may not appear regularly. www.bforartists.de/data/dev/Bforartists-devbuild-11-04-21-Mac.dmg – 180 Mb 

Note:

Use the developer builds at your 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 the creation date. The newer, the more up to date.

System Requirements

Bforartists has the same system rquirements as Blender. So you can also have a look at the Blender page.

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 years 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 10.13 or newer with supported hardware

Windows: with the release of Bforartist 2.7.0 the minimum requirements raised from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1

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 the link, and choose save target as …

Windows

Note that the installers are currently not digitally signed since this would cost a lot of money. And so Windows complains about potentially dangerous software, and gives a warning on 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.