In the latest version 2.8 of Blender developers have made many changes in API, so all the scripts and add-ons written for earlier Blender versions (2.7 and below) have stopped working. To run your add-ons in the new Blender 2.8, you need to port them – correct their code to work properly with the new Blender API.
To enable your add-on in Blender 2.80 you have to make the following changes in code:
BIS (Blender Interplanety Storage) add-on is ported to Blender 2.8
The add-on branch for Blender 2.7 is fixed on the number 1.5. The master release for Blender 2.8 has version number 1.6 and higher in future development.
For both add-on versions the same library is used, so all BIS materials are available for all add-on versions, however, please note, materials made for Blender 2.8 may not look correct in Blender 2.7 and backward.
Now the download consists of two archives to install the add-on:
- bis_2_7.zip – for Blender 2.7
- BIS.zip – for Blender 2.8
Blender has its own built-in text editor for writing scripts and add-ons, but it’s much convenient to develop them in external IDEs that provide the user with more features such as autocomplete, syntax highlighting, integration with version control systems and other tools that make development faster and easier.
One of these IDEs is Visual Studio Code from Microsoft. This is a free universal environment that supports development with various programming languages, including the Blender API language – Python.
In the new Blender 2.80 in the “3D View” window (3D Viewport), when scrolling a wheel to zoom or pressing the num pad buttons (1, 3, 7, 9) to center the view to different sides, the projection mode automatically changes between orthographic and perspective.
To disable this automatic mode changing, in the “User Preferences” window – “Navigation”, change the value of the Auto Perspective checkbox:
Blender 2.80 Beta released now.
This version available for download from the official developer Blender site builder.blender.org/download
- The release, of course, is not stable and is not recommended for use in production.
- The estimated release date of the stable release is after 4 months.
- The API is declared stable, but some minor changes can be made. Add-on developers are encouraged to start porting their add-ons to 2.80.
- The bug-tracker opens for any bug reports.