Blender 2.57 release candidate published
On the project's home page, the Blender Foundation and associated online developer community have announced the arrival of official release candidates (for Mac OS X, FreeBSD, Linux and Windows) for version 2.57 of Blender.
As would be usual at this stage of the cycle, the developers have focused on improving performance and fixing bugs found in previous versions. Specific details of what changes have been made to the first official non-beta 2.5 version of the open source 3D content creation suite since the Blender 2.56 beta was released, however, have yet to be published. Users testing the release are encouraged to provide feedback and report any bugs that they encounter.
Blender 2.57 release candidates are available to download from the project's site. However, it's worth noting that, at the time of this posting, the project's official Get Blender download page still shows Blender 2.56 Beta as the latest development release.
Blender is released under version 2 of the GNU General Public License (GPLv2) and is sponsored by the non-profit Blender Foundation based in Amsterdam. It has been used to create several animated movies, such as Sintel, Big Buck Bunny and Elephants Dream, that are available for free download.
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