Here you can download the latest Bforartists version as well as earlier versions.
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Bforartists 3 - Version 3.5.1
Bforartists 3 Version 3.5.1 is based on the Blender main with Blender 3.6 Alpha. Released on 08.05.2023
For addon compatibility, most continue working every version update – but when they don’t, try roll Bforartists back a version. You can find the older versions of Bforartists on Github. github.com/Bforartists/Bforartists/releases
Note: You need a version of Windows 64 Bit for Bforartists. There no-longer is support for 32 bit versions anymore.
Note: The installer is not digitally signed currently, since this would cost a lot of money. Windows may notice that this is a potentially dangerous software, and gives a warning on install. The installer is of course not dangerous. We do not provide a commercial digital signature. You can alternatively use the zipfile version when you don’t trust the installer. The contents are the same.
Note: the *.deb and *.tar are built with Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. This may cause problems with glibc on some distributions. This unfortunately also affects the Appimage version since using Ubuntu 22 will raise the minimum requirements for the Appimage. It will not run on older linux versions like Ubuntu 20 or the current Debian. Just equal or newer ones.
Mac OS X
Note: 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.
Please have a look at our quickstart video tutorials. They are made with Bforartists 2, but are still valid: www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZlqqMAGgMs&list=PLB0iqEbIPQTZArhZspyYSJOS_00jURpUB
When you come from Blender and want to migrate your settings and addons, then you might find this article useful: www.bforartists.de/migrate-settings-and-addons-from-blender/
Source Code download
The actual source code can be found on the Github project site:
For previous and official releases have a look in the releases tab:
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:
Here’s the Blender advice for Linux, which goes a bit more into detail:
Here’s the advice for Mac:
For Windows have a look here:
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:
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 4.0 Alpha !
Windows: www.bforartists.de/data/dev/devbuild-02-06-2023.zip – 347 Mb
Ubuntu: www.bforartists.de/data/dev/ubuntudevbuild-02-06-2023.tar.xz – 269 Mb
Note that the Ubuntu version is compiled with 22.04 LTS
Note also that mac is not regularly updated. You can help in case you have some spare time left.
Mac: www.bforartists.de/data/dev/Bforartists-devbuild-26-03-23-Mac – 291 Mb
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.
Bforartists has the same system rquirements as Blender. So you can also have a look at the Blender page.
64-bit dual core 2Ghz CPU with SSE2 support
4 GB RAM
Mouse, trackpad or pen+tablet
Graphics card with 1 GB RAM, OpenGL 3.3
Less than 10 years old
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
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 2 version 2.9.3
Bforartists 2 version 2.9.3 is based at Blender 2.93
Manual Bforartists 2: Bforartists_2_Manual .pdf – 107 Mb, 3362 pages
To save it, right click the link, and choose save target as …
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.
There is also an AUR version of Bforartists for Arch available here:
And the GIT version.
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.
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 …
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.
We had unfortunately no maintainer for a Linux version at the time of Bforartists 1. There is just an older version 0.9.5 available!