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3.0 out of 5 stars Rare, but not the best quality., 6 Dec 2007
This review is from: Introducing Character Animation with Blender (Paperback)
This book was like a treasure uncovered in the as yet mostly uncharted water of Blender character modelling and animation. I was delighted to buy it and work my way though almost 95% of the book. However, this was not a painless task!!! Many of the tasks and instructions are either based on a previous, now defunct version of Blender, if you install the latest one available on the website. Part of it just seemed to be carelessly written. After much struggling, as a newbie in this area, I realised that the book's basic flaw is that is it written by an obvious expert for experts. By this I mean that the content might not always be de facto incorrect... just not explained in a way that would make sense to someone who has no Blender knowledge or experience as context to make sense of it.

It is a shame that specimens like this achieve acclaim purely because there is not much else available on this subject.
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Initial post: 29 Dec 2007 06:59:51 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Dec 2007 07:02:41 GMT
Tony Mullen says:
The version of Blender that this book was written to was 2.42, and that version is included on the accompanying DVD (and also available for download from the Blender.org website). As far as I am aware, all of the information in this book remains accurate to the current version (2.45), aside from some very slight details here and there. Of course, there are some new features that are not covered in the book, but this should not in any way prevent a person from learning what they need to learn about using Blender. The basics all remain the same. If the reviewer has any specific examples of inaccuracies in mind, I would be interested to know what they are.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 May 2008 09:26:53 BDT
[Deleted by the author on 19 May 2008 15:19:16 BDT]

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jul 2008 14:33:24 BDT
Hi Tony, Are the corrections metioned in the review corrected in any documents that we can 'stick in the books'

Cheers

Andy Quick

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Sep 2008 14:09:32 BDT
Tony Mullen says:
Hi,

The known errata can be found here:

http://www.sybex.com/WileyCDA/SybexTitle/Introducing-Character-Animation-with-Blender.productCd-0470102608,navId-290573,pageCd-errata.html

Again, this is all specific for Blender 2.42. If you want to know how things have changed between 2.42 and the current version, check the release notes from www.blender.org for the version you are using (and of course any versions in between 2.42 and the version you're using). The book covers modeling, rigging, texturing and animation, so if you read the release notes for developments in these areas you'll be all caught up.

The truth is, there have been quite a few developments since the book came out. The book will still give you a solid grounding in the basics, and if you're serious about Blender you should read the release notes anyway, but there are a lot of things I would like to add to an updated edition.

T
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