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Render+ 2 released

After a long time Render+ 2 is final­ly out. I start­ed work­ing on this ver­sion on September last year, and went into beta around January until now. But the plan­ning for these changes goes back years. I’m real­ly hap­py with this release, the code base and the whole sys­tem have tak­en a leap for­ward in qual­i­ty. These changes pave

Mirage 3.3 out for Blender 2.80

New Blender, new Mirage. Or so I’d like to say. This is bor­ing release actu­al­ly. The only news is com­pat­i­bil­i­ty with Blender 2.80. Note that from this point onward, Mirage will require at least Blender 2.80. All the new fea­tures I’ve been blog­ging about will come in the next ver­sion: 3.4. Join the mail­ing list

Blender 2.80 released!

Blender 2.80 is out today after almost a year and a half in devel­op­ment. Time to cel­e­brate! This is one of the largest and most impor­tant releas­es of Blender. As big as 2.5 back in the day. So, what’s the big deal? Don’t be fooled by the ver­sion num­ber. 2.80 isn’t just 0.01 bet­ter than 2.79, it’s

Aeris shield

Here’s a lit­tle mod­el I start­ed last year to learn more about Eevee. I decid­ed to get back on it now that 2.80 is almost out. The con­cept evolved to a sort of fan­ta­sy, roy­al shield relat­ed to the ele­ment of air. I have to say still impressed by this engine and the new view­port. All these images are

This week in Mirage #5

Time for the usu­al week­ly devel­op­ment news. This week I worked some more on the water ero­sion mod­i­fi­er. I start­ed by fix­ing the ran­dom­ness of the rain. Every iter­a­tion 100 drops fall at ran­dom places in the ter­rain. The prob­lem was that I was­n’t keep­ing the seeds for the ran­dom val­ues around so every­time a set­ting changed it

Passageway

Man it’s been a while since I post­ed any­thing art-relat­ed in this blog. I’ve recent­ly become inter­st­ed in vox­els. They look like an ele­gant solu­tion to the prob­lem of com­plex­i­ty creep in 3D. Of course we still don’t have the tech­nol­o­gy or raw pow­er to dri­ve as many mil­lions of vox­els as we do with pix­els. But

This week(s) in Mirage #4

These last two weeks have been pret­ty busy, both in work/life and Mirage. On the mirage side, I port­ed the last mod­i­fi­er: flu­vial ero­sion. I spent the first week writ­ing the ini­tial imple­men­ta­tion and this week mak­ing it actu­al­ly work. Many moons ago I wrote a pure Python imple­men­ta­tion of the vir­tu­al pipes hydraulic ero­sion algo­rithm. It was crazy

This week in Mirage #3

Thermal ero­sion is now ful­ly port­ed! There isn’t a very notice­able dif­fer­ence this time around, I think it looks a bit bet­ter though (but maybe I’m biased!). I also changed the set­ting names to make them eas­i­er to under­stand: Repose Angle is now Threshold Iterations is now Time They are also short­er too, so they work nice­ly in

This week in Mirage #2

This week went bet­ter than expect­ed in many ways. I end­ed up get­ting the mod­i­fi­er work done fair­ly quick­ly and man­aged to squeeze a small refac­tor, break­ing a ~1300 lines file into 3 files. I still have som­re more refac­tor­ing to do to make things more flex­i­ble. Hopefully I can get to that too in the fol­low­ing weeks. Porting went