[Bf-cycles] Cycles Standalone

Brecht Van Lommel brechtvanlommel at pandora.be
Wed Aug 21 13:47:33 CEST 2013

On Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 12:37 AM, Matt Ebb <matt at mke3.net> wrote:

> * Would it be possible to move (or somehow mirror?) Cycles to its own
> repository so that people don't need to check out the entire blender tree
> just to get cycles? It would probably help to dispel any notions of GPL
> infection if the code is completely isolated and presented that way.

We should indeed do this. I'm not sure yet where that would be hosted, but
I think it would be (manually) mirrored somehow, since for Blender
development it's still nice to have an actual copy of the code in the
bf-blender repository. Otherwise things can get out of sync and more
complicated for users to check out.

> * Having a generalised C/C++ API, that's clear and not tied to
> blender-isms would of course be great as well, especially for the purposes
> of things like live updating from a non-blender application's viewport.

Yes, we need some work to separate Blender integration code more, it's in a
separate module but could be improved. Live updating especially makes the
API more complex, we have some fairly generic mechanisms for tagging
partial updates but it needs to be clarified more.

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