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NeoGeo quickly became the largest 3D animation studio in the Netherlands and one of the leading animation houses in Europe. NeoGeo created award-winning productions European Corporate Video Awards and for large corporate clients such as the multinational electronics company Philips. Within NeoGeo, Ton was responsible for both art direction and internal software development. After careful deliberation, Ton decided that the current in-house 3D tool set for NeoGeo was too old and cumbersome to maintain, and needed to be rewritten from scratch.

In this rewrite began and was destined to become the 3D software creation we all know as Blender. As NeoGeo continued to refine and improve Blender, it became apparent to Ton that Blender could be used as a tool for other artists outside of NeoGeo.

At the core of NaN was a desire to create and distribute a compact, cross-platform 3D application for free. At the time, this was a revolutionary concept as most commercial 3D applications cost thousands of dollars.

NaN hoped to bring professional level 3D modeling and animation tools within the reach of the general computing public. Blender was a hit and its huge potential confirmed! This large inflow of cash enabled NaN to rapidly expand its operations. Soon NaN boasted as many as 50 employees working around the world trying to improve and promote Blender. In the summer of , Blender 2. This version of Blender added the integration of a game engine to the 3D application.

By the end of , the number of users registered on the NaN website exceeded , This over-extension resulted in restarting NaN with new investor funding and a smaller company in April This product was targeted at the emerging market of interactive web-based 3D media. Due to disappointing sales and the ongoing difficult economic climate, the new investors decided to shut down all NaN operations.

The shutdown also included discontinuing the development of Blender. Although there were clearly shortcomings in the then current version of Blender, such as a complex internal software architecture, unfinished features and a non-standard way of providing the GUI, the enthusiastic support from the user community and customers who had purchased Blender Publisher in the past, meant that Ton could not justify leaving Blender to fade into insignificance.

Since restarting a company with a sufficiently large team of developers was not feasible, Ton Roosendaal founded the non-profit organization, Blender Foundation, in March In July , Ton managed to get the NaN investors to agree to a unique Blender Foundation plan to attempt to release Blender as open source.



Cycles Render Initial support for hair rendering was added, with triangle strips, cylinder or bezier curve primitives. Getting Started These 5 videos will get your Blender 2. Procedural Wood Shader This video demonstrates how to make a Cycles procedural wood texture and use it to create a customizable wood shader. New features include vertex color baking, more efficient ambient occlusion baking for multires meshes, edge based UV stitching, blender 2.

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