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Updating Blender automatically


Masami Kuramoto
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I frequently see people here using outdated versions of Blender. Since the COLLADA exporter issues in 2.6 have been resolved and Blender's mesh editing system has just greatly improved with BMesh, there is really no reason to stick with older versions any more. If you want to go even further and be at the bleeding edge of development all the time, you can configure your system to receive up-to-date Blender builds automatically every day. Here's how to do it (in Ubuntu):

 

  1. Launch the Update Manager app.
  2. Click the "Settings" button to open the software sources window.
  3. Switch to the "Other Software" tab.
  4. Click "Add" and enter the following repository ID: ppa:cheleb/blender-svn

Now close the software sources window and check for updates. If you have installed Blender before, you should now be offered an update to an SVN revision that is less than 24 hours old. I've been using this upgrade channel for several months now and found it very convenient and reliable.

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No problem. In that case you just freeze Blender to the last working version until the addon has been fixed, then unfreeze. The whole point of software repositories is to make these operations easy and secure. You don't uninstall, clean up, download, authenticate, install and archive individual packages and their dependencies any more. You just select the version you want to use from a list and click Apply.

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