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Embertone releases "Arcane" - Limited Free Kontakt Library

Audio Freeware - 1 hour 25 min ago
Embertone has released Arcane, a new, free product for Kontakt Player. Ember tone calls it an Experience Instrument - Half instrument, half game. A user must interact with the evil Kontakt spirits [Read More]

Volko Audio releases Free "darbuka-nut" Middle East Percussion Instrument

Audio Freeware - 3 hours 34 min ago
Volko Audio has announced the release of darbuka-nut, a new Middle Eastern percussion instrument. darbuka-nut is designed for alternative sound needs. It brings you some quality nut darbuka sounds [Read More]

Sketchfab adds download option

Blender 3D News - 5 hours 33 min ago
You can now set your models on Sketchfab to downloadable under a Creative Commons license. They have also entered a partnership with a number of organizations who are providing free downloadable content. My favorite by far is the British Museum, who are doing a great job scanning in some of their cultural treasures and offering [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

The Blender Bug-o-meter

Blender 3D News - 6 hours 31 min ago
Sergey Sharybin and Martijn Berger presented this awesome real-time Blender bug-o-meter during the Blender Conference. Martijn writes: It is a 11x11x11 cm acrylic laser cut box. containing a Raspberry Pi and a custom nixie driver designed by Sergey. It started out as a joke but we decided to make it real. The print (details here) [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

"Pluton" apartment complex in Moscow

Blender 3D News - 8 hours 25 min ago
A very professional architectural visualization by easydream. Hello all, houses are modeled in blender. rendered with cyclescars - dosch3D cars, AXYZ people, trees - and bushes - sapling
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

The Hyena Killer

Blender 3D News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 15:05
Smnbrnr created this image with Blender and GIMP.
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

3D Printing a Jack-o'-lantern Mask with Blender

Blender 3D News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:21
Patrick Taylor used Blender's motion tracker to reconstruct his face in 3D, and then continued to 3D print it. This all started last year with the completion of my nice shiny new 3D printer and a well timed Halloween party for which costume was required. At the time I knew very little about 3D scanning [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Using the Sun Beams Node with Camera/Object Animation

Blender 3D News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:45
Luca Scheller shares a method to gain more control over the direction of sun beams in Blender 2.72. Hey there :) So Blender has recently got a new node called Sun Beams, which (as you probably have already guessed) creates light rays/god rays from an image/alpha input. The direction of the sun beams is determined [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Mr. Steve

Blender 3D News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:20
By draguu. Done in blender cycleshope you like it Thanks
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

In-depth arch-viz tutorial: House Breukelen

Blender 3D News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 04:45
Chocofus is publishing a series of in-depth tutorials, focusing on all aspects of developing an interior vizualisation. In this tutorial we'll be modeling our scene basing on the photography found in the Internet. A good way to look for inspiration is to browse architecture based websites or blogs. There you can find hundreds of interesting [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Saltline releases Korzenie kick - Free Kick Drum Synth for Windows VST

Audio Freeware - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 02:30
Saltline has released Korzenie kick, a free kick drum creator VST synthesizer plugin for Windows. Korzenie kick is aimed at creating classic electronic kick drum sounds. It can also be used to [Read More]

New Blender gallery on Sketchfab

Blender 3D News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 02:29
Sketchfab just added a new tag gallery feature, and one of their launching galleries is Blender.
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

[non-Blender] Mox: An open source movie format for video and film production

Blender 3D News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 23:47
A new crowdfunding project aims to develop a new open movie format that solves some of the common problems in video and film production. The campaign has 21 days left and is well on its way to meeting its goal of raising $20.000. The Problem with Existing FormatsThere are already movie formats aimed at professional [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Audiomodern releases Free Sample Pack

Audio Freeware - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 23:47
Audiomodern has released a collection of free samples from their libraries. Specifications: WAV Files. 48 kHz/24-Bit. Royalty-Free (No Exceptions). Price: Free. DOWNLOAD here [Read More]

Understanding Swift Optionals

The Flash Blog - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:08

This video tutorial will teach you all you need to know to master the concepts of optionals in the Swift language.


Blender 3D News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 13:07
Another awesome scene by Nita Ravalji (also see her Yummy Mummy)
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Drupal Core - Highly Critical - Public Service announcement - PSA-2014-003

Drupal - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:39

This Public Service Announcement is a follow up to SA-CORE-2014-005 - Drupal core - SQL injection. This is not an announcement of a new vulnerability in Drupal.

Automated attacks began compromising Drupal 7 websites that were not patched or updated to Drupal 7.32 within hours of the announcement of SA-CORE-2014-005 - Drupal core - SQL injection. You should proceed under the assumption that every Drupal 7 website was compromised unless updated or patched before Oct 15th, 11pm UTC, that is 7 hours after the announcement.

Simply updating to Drupal 7.32 will not remove backdoors.

If you have not updated or applied this patch, do so immediately, then continue reading this announcement; updating to version 7.32 or applying the patch fixes the vulnerability but does not fix an already compromised website. If you find that your site is already patched but you didn’t do it, that can be a symptom that the site was compromised - some attacks have applied the patch as a way to guarantee they are the only attacker in control of the site.

Data and damage control

Attackers may have copied all data out of your site and could use it maliciously. There may be no trace of the attack.

Take a look at our help documentation, ”Your Drupal site got hacked, now what”


Attackers may have created access points for themselves (sometimes called “backdoors”) in the database, code, files directory and other locations. Attackers could compromise other services on the server or escalate their access.

Removing a compromised website’s backdoors is difficult because it is not possible to be certain all backdoors have been found.

The Drupal security team recommends that you consult with your hosting provider. If they did not patch Drupal for you or otherwise block the SQL injection attacks within hours of the announcement of Oct 15th, 4pm UTC, restore your website to a backup from before 15 October 2014:

  1. Take the website offline by replacing it with a static HTML page
  2. Notify the server’s administrator emphasizing that other sites or applications hosted on the same server might have been compromised via a backdoor installed by the initial attack
  3. Consider obtaining a new server, or otherwise remove all the website’s files and database from the server. (Keep a copy safe for later analysis.)
  4. Restore the website (Drupal files, uploaded files and database) from backups from before 15 October 2014
  5. Update or patch the restored Drupal core code
  6. Put the restored and patched/updated website back online
  7. Manually redo any desired changes made to the website since the date of the restored backup
  8. Audit anything merged from the compromised website, such as custom code, configuration, files or other artifacts, to confirm they are correct and have not been tampered with.

While recovery without restoring from backup may be possible, this is not advised because backdoors can be extremely difficult to find. The recommendation is to restore from backup or rebuild from scratch.

For more information, please see our FAQ on SA-CORE-2014-005.

Written by Coordinated by Contact and More Information

We've prepared a FAQ on this release. Read more at FAQ on SA-CORE-2014-005.

The Drupal security team can be reached at security at or via the contact form at

Learn more about the Drupal Security team and their policies, writing secure code for Drupal, and securing your site.

Drupal version: Drupal 7.x

The Blenderheads of the Blender Conference 2014 in full 3D

Blender 3D News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 06:34
Last weekend, I went to the Blender Conference armed with a 3D scanner from Sketchfab. My goal: scanning all attendees. After two days, I had a collection of 97 true 'Blender heads' ;-) I was using the Structure scanner, a small add-on for iPads which uses a technology similar to Kinects. I'm still waiting for [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Next Steps for the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

Drupal - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 06:11

Thanks to the hard work of staff and the Content Working Group, we have completed another round of updates to our draft privacy policy and terms of service. We were able to respond to much of the feedback provided in our earlier announcement.

The biggest issues pointed out by the community had to do with the tone of the language in the documents. Many pointed out that it did not match the values of our community. We took a closer look at organizations such as the Wikimedia Foundation and Mozilla, incorporating some of the approaches they took to make our terms a bit more human. We trimmed and shortened what we could. We clarified where things were ambiguous. The end result is much more in line with our community values.

Some examples of changes include the following:

  • When possible, we changed the tone of both documents to make them more friendly.
  • We removed capital letters and used other means to make specific parts of the document noticeable.
  • We deleted a couple of references to collecting data that we do not actually collect.
  • We clarified that we won’t block accounts “for any and no reason”, but only in cases of Terms of Service, Code of Conduct and Git access policy violations.
  • We clarified active notification of users about material changes to policy. We will send an email at least 72 hours prior to changes going into effect. This will give users time to delete their accounts if they don’t want to accept new policies.
  • We added contact info and updated all phone numbers, addresses etc. to be formatted according to international standards.
  • We clarified that you don’t need to create an account to access the Website, just some parts of it.
  • We clarified how to notify us in case of unauthorized access to user account.
  • We clarified how long do we store data after it has been removed from user profile.

We did leave some things from the previous draft without major changes, such as bullet points under section C, for example. And we did it for a reason. One of our goals is to make a place where everyone feels comfortable. Additionally, we have to ensure that is protected if a legal issue does arise. Those bullet points are there not because we want to be able to police or censor the activity on the site. This language exists because it protects if one user takes issue with content from another user. We will still use the process outlined in the Drupal Code of Conduct to resolve any issues whenever we can.

With that in mind, please take a look at the latest drafts:

Terms of Service
Privacy Policy

We will be putting these documents into place on Wednesday, 5 November, 2014. All comments added to this thread will be included in our planning for the next revision. We hope to review the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy quarterly and update them with community feedback.

Thank you for all your help in building these documents.

3d Scan Your Face and Create a Pumpkin

Blender 3D News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 04:56
Gleb Alexandrov posted a hilarious tutorial which involves 3D scanning your face and applying it to a pumpkin. Great Halloween material! Discover how to turn the set of photos of your face into 3d model of a pumpkin, using 123d Catch and Blender. The next step could be to print it and scare the hell [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation