[Bf-committers] Blender Developer Sneak Peeks in the release logs (2.70 and beyond)

Howard Trickey howard.trickey at gmail.com
Sun Feb 23 21:29:08 CET 2014

I like your videos and think they would help people understand the features
of the new release as a supplement to the release log, and support linking
to them off of that page.

On Sun, Feb 23, 2014 at 1:20 PM, Thomas Beck <software at plasmasolutions.de>wrote:

> Hi friends,
> In short
> ----------------------
> Today I'd like to propose smth.: To add a section to our release logs with
> the sneak peek videos for the 2.70 series that I released once a week for
> every Blender release.
> You can see the playlist for the current version here (every new version
> gets a new playlist)
> http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfceNesfWvLUCsnw1DR2Oup8hFw5z6SB2
> The longer story
> ----------------------
> My name is Thomas Beck, I'm the head of a small studio called
> Plasmasolutions (therefore the nick) here in Germany. Many of you know me
> at least from the #bcon13, from IRC and as a #b3d dev.
> I'm teaching, using and hacking in Blender a lot and am pretty frequent in
> touch with the user base. While talking with users I often heard that they
> don't know many of the new features of our releases and that they feel like
> they were taken by surprise when we changed something suddenly and
> important for them (but for us maybe not) - they are mostly not reading the
> ML or discussing with us on developer.blender.org.
> So I created a series of videos that show our current development progress
> every week, give some insight into the development and create some interest
> in new features - and I have to say: The comments are overwhelming positive
> - users feel more as if they were "part of the development" (I know that
> they actually are, but they don't felt like that) now and that they could
> get a feeling for new features now early.
> Apart from that I'd like to give a bit of shine to the hardworking devs
> that are often forgotten outside the dev universe - so I credit as much as
> I can ;)
> Reading through the comments on yt and blenderartists, many are asking to
> make that the standard way of a release log and that we (devs) should put
> those sneak peek videos on the www.blender.org page and on the release
> notes (maybe as a new features section in companion with cool Blend files
> that represent the features).
> I absolutely don't think that this should become the standard way of
> release logging - I for myself really enjoy reading (and writing) release
> logs and have a non-videoish way to look up key combinations and ideas that
> led to the development of a specific feature! But people are lazy and I
> think we could help them by adding those vids to the logs and maybe the
> website ;)
> Ton finds the videos cool and supposed I ask you guys here...so what's your
> opinion about this? Btw.: Bastien is already using a few to light up his
> dev work.
> Many greetings ... and go Blender go!
> Thomas
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