In case you miss some of the good tools that might be helpful for your creation in Blender, let's go through some Blender add-ons and plug-ins that are widely praised by 3D artists together with XRender!
| About Add-ons & Plug-ins
Add-ons and plug-ins are extensions developed by individuals, other companies, or by the software makers themselves to extend the usability of the program. As an open-source 3D software that totally free to all creators, various add-ons and plug-ins has been developed for better creation workflow.
To activate Blender add-ons written by Blender developers or by people in the Blender community, please search and enable its checkmark in Preference according to your needs.
If you're trying to introduce a third-party add-on to the Blender add-on list, please use the Install… button. Please activate the installed add-on manually since it’s not enabled by default after installing.
| Quick Workspace Switching
Blender artist and addon-maker known as LearnAsIMakeIt has released a new tool to combine toggle functionality with pie menu and/or keyboard shortcuts, allowing uses to customize workspace and speed up switch workspaces to fit the needs accordingly.
The add-on requires $5 for permanent use, to know more details or downloading, click here.
| Realistic Cam Performance
Appropriate camera shake is helpful to increase the realism of the scene. If you are interested in adding more shaking effects to your projects, especially for simulating manual shooting or shooting scenes with bad terrain conditions, you should probably take Shakify into consideration. It is a "real life" Blender camera shake add-on shared by Ian Hubert.
In addition, a new IOS app, which is known as VirtuCamera, has also been released this year. It enables users to turn their iPad or iPhone into a real-time camera motion controller and is available for both Maya and Blender. Here's an example of the tool in action:
The process is pretty straightforward: move your Apple device in any direction and VirtuCamera will capture the motion and instantly send it over Wi-Fi to the camera in Maya or Blender. You can push the Rec button to store motion in keyframes.
VirtuCamera is now available on Apple's AppStore for iOS and iPadOS devices with ARKit support for $4.99. Add-ons for Blender and Maya are available here for Windows, Linux, and macOS (Blender 2.80 and above. plus Maya 2017 and above).
| Quick Ivy Generator
A fast and free Ivy Generator for Blender is released by artist and developer Antoine Bagattini. It uses the new geometry nodes in Blender 3.0 as a base to generate ivy to cover the provided mesh. Density, offset, area, and more is available for adjustment according to your needs.
The toolkit is available for free but only for Blender 3.0 as the latest update introduced Geometry Nodes. You can learn more and get the tool for free here.
One more thing that we'd like to say is, for users who are totally new to Blender of any other 3d creation software, we'd recommend you not to use add-ons or plug-ins but focus more on the software itself. Add-ons are designed to make the creation more easy and efficient, as a beginner, over-reliance on the convenience brought by add-ons and plug-ins is not conducive to the improvement of their own creative skills. Therefore, we hope that everyone can choose to use them appropriately.
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