Friday, January 9th, 2015 Posted by Jim Thacker

Blender 2.73 ships

An animation created using Blender 2.73’s updated Grease Pencil tool by Olesya Stepanova of animation school Studio MultProsvet. Other features include a new fullscreen mode and updates to the Sequencer.

The Blender Foundation has released Blender 2.73, updating the Grease Pencil tool, adding the first developments from the Project Gooseberry open movie project, and introducing a new full-screen mode.

New 2D animation toolset
The biggest single feature in the release is arguably the updated Grease Pencil tool, which doesn’t sound like that big a deal – until you consider that it’s effectively a 2D animation toolset.

(For proof, see the video above, or For You, Daniel M. Lara’s charming short, which we covered in December.)

New video-editing and UI options
The first R&D work for Project Gooseberry also makes its way into the build, in the shape of the option to show the current frame as a backdrop in the Sequencer, Blender’s built-in video editor.

The Sequencer also gets new snapping and slip-editing options.

The ongoing overhaul of the UI has led to a new fullscreen mode, which minimises on-screen clutter; while the Maya-style pie menus introduced in Blender 2.72 can now be nested.

Other changes include a new SVG exporter for the Freestyle non-photorealistic renderer; better support for Chinese and Japanese text imput; and improvements to the Knife tool and UV and brush editing workflows.

Blender 2.73 is available now for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

Read a full list of new features in Blender 2.73

Download Blender 2.73