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Blender: installation, infos and links 

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Blender (version 2.6 or a higher) can be installed under Linux, Windows or Mac. Python 3.x is needed, which is a powerful programming language and the programming interface in Blender. It is used in all Atomic Blender addons. All Atomic Blender addons have been tested with Blender 2.6 under Linux, Mac and Windows.

Instructions for installing Blender can be found on the Blender homepage. You can download Blender from here:

Blender
http://www.blender.org/download/get-blender/
Python (for Windows)
http://www.python.org/download/

It is highly advisable to work with the newest version of Blender: The best is to work with the latest builds, although they can be unstable. I personally never experienced problems. The latest builds can be obtained from here:

Blender (daily builds), all OS
http://builder.blender.org/download/

For Linux Ubuntu systems, a very convenient way exists by using the PPA from Irie Shinsuke (https://launchpad.net/~irie/+archive/blender):

Blender (daily builds) and Ubuntu type:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:irie/blender
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade


Read also the FAQ for Windows, Mac and Linux:

Windows
http://www.blender.org/education-help/faq/windows/
Mac
http://www.blender.org/education-help/faq/mac-os-x/
Linux / Unix
http://www.blender.org/education-help/faq/linux/


Before using Atomic Blender the user is advised to learn first the handling of Blender. This can be done by reading some manuals about Blender. The following sites contain some useful information:

http://www.blender.org/education-help/tutorials/
http://www.blenderartists.org/forum/
http://www.blendpolis.de/

Furthermore, very good tutorials can also be found on www.youtube.com – they help indeed a lot (search for: Blender Tutorial). Note that a beginner needs about a week (1-2 hours a day) to understand the basic concepts of Blender. Very important is also the list of the hot keys.































 

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