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Blender Documentation (latest manual build)

Welcome to the Blender User Documentation project. We are actively searching for contributors and documentation module owners.

The Blender Manual is written using reStructuredText (RST) and is built with Sphinx.

If you want to start contributing or want to have a look at the manual, here we have some instructions.

How to build & edit the docs locally

Before you start contributing it may be helpful to read the style guides which give instructions on how to write with RST and some goals of the manual.

Now that you are familiar with the process, you can get setup, edit, and contribute your changes by following these links:

  1. Install
  2. Build
  3. Edit
  4. Build again
  5. Patch or Commit
NOTE: We realize this may be intimidating if you're not familiar with Subversion or making patches, you may also submit the modified file as a Phabricator task, or mail the bf-docboard mailing list.

Links

Manual Docs: Manual/About (the process for editing the manual).
Source Files: Manual Repository (subversion repository).
Mailing List: bf-docboard
Administrators: @Aaron Carlisle (Blendify) @Francesco Siddi (fsiddi)


Documentation Team

The coordination of the Blender Manual is run by a set of Administrators,
which are responsible for managing the whole project and infrastructures. (listed above)

If you are interested in becoming a contributor, please contact us on the bf-docboard mailing list.

Translations

For translations, we use Sphinx’s internationalization package. To get started see https://docs.blender.org/manual/en/dev/about/contribute/index.html#translations

Links

Source Files: Translation's Repository (subversion repository).
Forum: Documentation category on Developer Talk
Mailing List: bf-docboard
Administrators: @Aaron Carlisle (Blendify) , @Francesco Siddi (fsiddi)

NOTE: If you are a new translator who wants to start translating a new language that is not listed below send and email to the bf-docboard and we would be glad to set it up for you.

Recent Activity

Sat, Apr 20

Alexander Gavrilov (angavrilov) changed the status of T63720: Parent Inverse is insufficiently explained in documentation from Archived to Resolved by committing rBM4642: Fix T63720: document the Parent Inverse matrix better..
Sat, Apr 20, 10:20 AM · Documentation

Fri, Apr 19

Leonardo Kämpf (monatsend) added a comment to T63720: Parent Inverse is insufficiently explained in documentation.

maybe I just write a Post in right click select about making this information more prominent

Fri, Apr 19, 12:59 PM · Documentation
Alexander Gavrilov (angavrilov) renamed T63720: Parent Inverse is insufficiently explained in documentation from hidden factor of transformation with from parent deformed objects to Parent Inverse is insufficiently explained in documentation.
Fri, Apr 19, 12:57 PM · Documentation

Thu, Apr 18

panic added a comment to T63319: Bad link, needs rewrite.

I'm not familiar with the Humane Rigging videos however there looks to be a playlist with the complete set here?
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE211C8C41F1AFBAB

Thu, Apr 18, 4:15 PM · Documentation
Sebastian Parborg (zeddb) assigned T63702: Broken links in the documentation project homepage to Brecht Van Lommel (brecht).
Thu, Apr 18, 3:52 PM · Documentation
Sebastian Parborg (zeddb) triaged T63702: Broken links in the documentation project homepage as Confirmed, Medium priority.

@Brecht Van Lommel (brecht) who is in change of this?

Thu, Apr 18, 3:52 PM · Documentation
panic created T63702: Broken links in the documentation project homepage.
Thu, Apr 18, 3:32 PM · Documentation

Wed, Apr 17

Jacques Lucke (JacquesLucke) closed T63673: trivial bug in Blender 2.8 API doc for math.utils as Resolved by committing rBf3b7b7eb0c3b: Fix T63673: Wrong api documentation for Quaternion.dot(other).
Wed, Apr 17, 1:49 PM · Documentation
Jacques Lucke (JacquesLucke) claimed T63673: trivial bug in Blender 2.8 API doc for math.utils.
Wed, Apr 17, 1:47 PM · Documentation
Arnold Smith (imagenor) added a comment to T63673: trivial bug in Blender 2.8 API doc for math.utils.

(I'm not a real developer — just noticed this documentation bug and wanted to flag it)

Wed, Apr 17, 3:40 AM · Documentation
Arnold Smith (imagenor) created T63673: trivial bug in Blender 2.8 API doc for math.utils.
Wed, Apr 17, 3:37 AM · Documentation

Fri, Apr 12

Brecht Van Lommel (brecht) raised the priority of T55018: Documentation for 2.8 (WIP) from Normal to Confirmed, High.

Marking as high priority since this is a task we need to finish for 2.80.

Fri, Apr 12, 8:01 AM · Code Quest, BF Blender: 2.8, Documentation

Mon, Apr 8

blend-it (blend-it) added a comment to T42765: Italian translation (Blender UI <2.8 and manual).

Due to hw incompatibilities, for now I can't work on 2.8.
I will restart on 2.8x series after upgrading my hw. See you.

Mon, Apr 8, 11:35 AM · Documentation, Translations
blend-it (blend-it) renamed T42765: Italian translation (Blender UI <2.8 and manual) from Italian translation (Blender UI and manual) to Italian translation (Blender UI <2.8 and manual).
Mon, Apr 8, 11:21 AM · Documentation, Translations

Sun, Apr 7

Bastien Montagne (mont29) resigned from D4615: Translate "Patch & Commit".

@Brecht Van Lommel (brecht) once again, I do not maintain Blender manual… ;)

Sun, Apr 7, 12:00 PM · Documentation

Fri, Apr 5

William Huish (Fogey) updated the task description for T63319: Bad link, needs rewrite.
Fri, Apr 5, 8:28 PM · Documentation
William Huish (Fogey) triaged T63319: Bad link, needs rewrite as Normal priority.
Fri, Apr 5, 8:25 PM · Documentation

Tue, Apr 2

Eugene Choi (echoi7) added a comment to T62696: Comment with no line number problem.

Hi all,

Tue, Apr 2, 8:33 PM · Documentation

Mon, Apr 1

Tobias Heinke (TobiasH) added a comment to T51080: Blender Manual 404 page redesign .

versions should work now the json is read-in by the py ext. (same as the js, the tag is then passed to the template via context)

Mon, Apr 1, 11:27 PM · Documentation
Bastien Montagne (mont29) closed T57957: Theme bug in 2.8 documentation site. as Resolved.

looks like my local override of those bloody deb-package fonts was overridden by some package update… re-uploaded API docs now, should be working again.

Mon, Apr 1, 10:58 PM · Documentation

Fri, Mar 29

Brecht Van Lommel (brecht) closed T63102: Blender 2.8 manual references 2.79 API docs as Archived.

I fixed the link inside Blender.

Fri, Mar 29, 6:22 PM · Documentation
Brecht Van Lommel (brecht) renamed T63102: Blender 2.8 manual references 2.79 API docs from Blender 2.8 executable and manual reference the 2.79 documentation to Blender 2.8 manual references 2.79 API docs.
Fri, Mar 29, 6:21 PM · Documentation
Brecht Van Lommel (brecht) triaged T63102: Blender 2.8 manual references 2.79 API docs as Confirmed, Low priority.
Fri, Mar 29, 6:20 PM · Documentation
Jean Da Costa (jeacom256) reopened T57957: Theme bug in 2.8 documentation site. as "Open".

Its happening again.

Fri, Mar 29, 5:15 PM · Documentation
Phil Janson (PJ) created T63092: Typo in Modelling>Selecting>Lasso section.
Fri, Mar 29, 3:06 PM · Documentation

Sun, Mar 24

Richard Antalik (ISS) added a comment to T62604: Blender 2.80.48 Video Editing Adding Scenes that are selected in the outliner bug/behavior?.

Thanks, I was busy this week haven't got even to respond to you.

Sun, Mar 24, 11:37 PM · Documentation, BF Blender, Video Sequencer

Mar 22 2019

Brecht Van Lommel (brecht) closed T62604: Blender 2.80.48 Video Editing Adding Scenes that are selected in the outliner bug/behavior? as Resolved by committing rBM4595: Fix T62604: update docs regarding scene strips using same scene..
Mar 22 2019, 3:52 PM · Documentation, BF Blender, Video Sequencer

Mar 19 2019

Bastien Montagne (mont29) raised the priority of T61902: Documentation for building Blender with Xcode doesn't work from Needs Information from User to Normal.
Mar 19 2019, 10:34 AM · Documentation

Mar 18 2019

Brecht Van Lommel (brecht) added a comment to T62604: Blender 2.80.48 Video Editing Adding Scenes that are selected in the outliner bug/behavior?.

Yes, there's some instructions here:
https://docs.blender.org/manual/en/dev/about/contribute/index.html

Mar 18 2019, 4:21 PM · Documentation, BF Blender, Video Sequencer
Richard Antalik (ISS) added a comment to T62604: Blender 2.80.48 Video Editing Adding Scenes that are selected in the outliner bug/behavior?.

@Richard Antalik (ISS), you actually have commit rights to the documentation repository (username and password and are the same as for logging into this site).

Mar 18 2019, 3:58 PM · Documentation, BF Blender, Video Sequencer
Brecht Van Lommel (brecht) added a comment to T62604: Blender 2.80.48 Video Editing Adding Scenes that are selected in the outliner bug/behavior?.

@Richard Antalik (ISS), you actually have commit rights to the documentation repository (username and password and are the same as for logging into this site).

Mar 18 2019, 3:45 PM · Documentation, BF Blender, Video Sequencer
Jacques Lucke (JacquesLucke) added a comment to T62674: In the documentation, the armature tab is not obvious.

There are a few other cases when Armature tab is used in the docs.
Should they all be replaced with Object Data or should Blender be changed?

Mar 18 2019, 12:48 PM · Documentation
Jacques Lucke (JacquesLucke) triaged T62674: In the documentation, the armature tab is not obvious as Confirmed, Medium priority.
Mar 18 2019, 12:47 PM · Documentation
Jacques Lucke (JacquesLucke) triaged T62675: Missing end of sentence in bone animation documentation. as Confirmed, Medium priority.

Not sure what belongs there...

Mar 18 2019, 12:44 PM · Documentation
Bastien Montagne (mont29) placed T62696: Comment with no line number problem up for grabs.

This is the manual, not blender's i18n…

Mar 18 2019, 12:30 AM · Documentation

Mar 17 2019

Fabien Freling (ffreling) updated the task description for T62674: In the documentation, the armature tab is not obvious.
Mar 17 2019, 11:21 AM · Documentation
Fabien Freling (ffreling) updated the task description for T62675: Missing end of sentence in bone animation documentation..
Mar 17 2019, 11:21 AM · Documentation
Fabien Freling (ffreling) created T62675: Missing end of sentence in bone animation documentation..
Mar 17 2019, 10:38 AM · Documentation
Fabien Freling (ffreling) created T62674: In the documentation, the armature tab is not obvious.
Mar 17 2019, 10:36 AM · Documentation

Mar 16 2019

Richard Antalik (ISS) added a project to T62604: Blender 2.80.48 Video Editing Adding Scenes that are selected in the outliner bug/behavior?: Documentation.

Task is more or less invalid, but docs should be fixed so I guess..
I can not make those changes (I think)

Mar 16 2019, 1:00 AM · Documentation, BF Blender, Video Sequencer

Mar 12 2019

Brecht Van Lommel (brecht) added a member for Documentation: Pablo Dobarro (pablodp606).
Mar 12 2019, 7:09 PM
Brecht Van Lommel (brecht) closed T62374: Seconds instead of minutes as Resolved by committing rBM4591: Fix T62374: limits are in hours and minutes, not seconds..
Mar 12 2019, 7:04 PM · Documentation

Mar 11 2019

Tobias Heinke (TobiasH) closed T54879: Searching from 404 page leads to 404 page as Resolved.
Mar 11 2019, 4:32 PM · Documentation
Tobias Heinke (TobiasH) added a comment to T51080: Blender Manual 404 page redesign .

I stumbled upon the magic solution: the <base> tag it defines the base url for relative links,
which makes the extension obsolete,
all links work now,
version is still dev, the baseURL is read-only so it can't be changed by the inline script.

Mar 11 2019, 4:29 PM · Documentation

Mar 9 2019

Sebastian Parborg (zeddb) assigned T62374: Seconds instead of minutes to Brecht Van Lommel (brecht).

Confirmed, should be 12 hours, 8.4 minutes.

Mar 9 2019, 1:05 PM · Documentation
Russell (russ1642) created T62374: Seconds instead of minutes.
Mar 9 2019, 12:04 AM · Documentation

Mar 2 2019

Julien DUROURE (julien) closed D4422: Add glTF to import/export page.

Committed

Mar 2 2019, 10:22 AM · Documentation
Julien DUROURE (julien) accepted D4422: Add glTF to import/export page.
Mar 2 2019, 10:21 AM · Documentation

Mar 1 2019

Ed Mackey (emackey) added a comment to D4422: Add glTF to import/export page.

@Julien DUROURE (julien) Can we add this? Thanks!

Mar 1 2019, 5:35 PM · Documentation

Feb 28 2019

Finn Bear (finnb) added a comment to T61875: Compositing node Vector -> Normalize inputs and outputs scalars not vectors.

Also, where can I find "design tasks?"

Feb 28 2019, 7:39 AM · Documentation, BF Blender