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Adobe releases Substance 3D add-on for Blender 0.91

Tuesday, August 16th, 2022 | Posted by Jim Thacker

 
Adobe has released Substance 3D add-on for Blender 0.91, the latest beta build of the official Substance integration plugin for Blender, for editing Substance materials natively inside the open-source software.

The update overhauls the plugin’s code base, breaking backwards compatibility with previous versions with the aim of improving performance and stability, and reworks the interface to fit better with artists’ workflow.

In related news, Ymmanuel Flores, developer of the popular unofficial Substance Painter Live Link, has revealed that he is now working with Adobe to develop the plugin from the perspective of a regular user.

Edit SBSAR materials natively inside Blender
First released in beta last year, the Substance 3D add-on for Blender enables artists to import materials in .sbsar format and edit their parameters natively inside the software.

As well as custom materials authored in Substance 3D Designer, the new integration plugin enables Blender users to make use of stock materials from online libraries like Adobe’s Substance 3D Assets.

 

A new demo of the Substance 3D add-on for Blender, recorded by developer Ymmanuel Flores.

 
Substance 3D add-on for Blender 0.91: a major overhaul focused on performance and usability
The latest beta version of the plugin – Prerelease 6 or Substance 3D add-on for Blender 0.91 – is a major structural update, breaking backwards compatibility with previous versions.

It reworks the plugin’s code base to improve performance and stability, and reworks the UI to improve the user experience.

Other new features include support for texture updates in Blender’s Cycles render view, and the option to set colour space, with the aim of supporting ACEScg, linear EXR and Blender’s Filmic transform as well as sRGB.

In a tweet yesterday, Ymmanuel Flores, developer of Substance Painter Live Link, the popular unofficial plugin that integrates Substance 3D Painter to other DCC applications including Blender, revealed that he is now working with Adobe.

“Earlier this year, Adobe contacted me to help with the official Blender add-on,” he wrote. “I was able to help create this add-on from the perspective of an artist that uses both Substance and Blender on a daily basis.”

System requirements
The Substance 3D add-on for Blender is compatible with Blender 3.0+ on Windows, Linux and macOS.

The plugin is free. During the pre-release program, to download it, you have to register for a free Adobe account and agree to the terms of Adobe’s Prelease software program.

 
Download the free Substance 3D add-on for Blender from Adobe’s website

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