[Bf-committers] Roadmap for 2.5x - 2.6x - beyond

Ton Roosendaal ton at blender.org
Sun Mar 13 14:42:09 CET 2011

Hi all,

Here's my ideas on the current plans and roadmap:

- 2.5x
We are currently preparing the first official (non-beta) 2.5x release,  
numbered as 2.57. This might be released early April. Work will then  
continue 2 months on wrapping up the crucial 2.5 targets, resulting in  
a May/June final release (2.58).

- New development: 2.6x
In April/May we can review with all branch/patch developers status of  
their work, and make a migration schedule for all new features. This  
includes projects like GI rendering (Sintel), new Mesh editing, paint/ 
sculpt improvements, Rigid Body Physics, new Curve/Nurbs system.  
Combining this with a redesign of shader/light system, Open CL  
compositing, a possible VFX based Open Movie, and all the new Google  
Summer code projects... it'll become a massive amount of upgrades again.

Proposal is to do this in a series of small steps; with stablest  
branches first. We can call it the "2.6 series" resulting in a number  
of releases named 2.60, 2.61, 2.62 and so on. Each release will be  
mostly stable, but include new functionality to be tested as well. UI  
and general design specifications for Blender will remain on 2.5  
compatible level.

A related target or Blender remains to keep improving apis or modules,  
to enable larger groups of developers to work in parallel on projects.

- Long-long term
We should keep doing these upgrades for as long as needed, and -  
similar to during the 2.4 period - separate out the really big issues  
to solve in a bigger project again, like a Blender 3.0 project, which  
could be something for 2015 or later even!

We've been in some kind of "freeze" long enough now. Let's have fun  
for a while, and then try to fix it all up again :)


Ton Roosendaal  Blender Foundation   ton at blender.org    www.blender.org
Blender Institute   Entrepotdok 57A  1018AD Amsterdam   The Netherlands

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