Tag Archives: Investigation EVO

Planning with open software

No separate Investigation EVOs any more in future?

No separate Investigation EVOs any more in future?

Open software also means open communication, i.e. users normally know, or at least get good indications, where further development of the software is heading: Ton Roosendaal, the chairman of the Blender Foundation, recently posted a roadmap for development of upcoming versions 2.7, 2.8 and beyond of our visualization software Blender.

For the game engine module he suggested to integrate its real-time interaction functions into the main Blender environment. This would probably enable EVO developers to seamlessly blend investigation modules in Modeling EVOs so that there would be at least no technical reason any more to distinguish between Modeling and Investigation EVOs. Tons suggestions sparked a lively discussion that both raved about the new possibilities but also feared the likely consequence of shutting down developing this part of Blender into a real game engine.

Anyway, good to know for strategic planning of further EVO development!

Tech preview: Investigation EVOs on Android devices

An Investigation EVO prototype running on a 7" Android tablet

An Investigation EVO prototype running on a 7" Android tablet

As most students use smartphones or tablets these days, the question comes up whether “EVO-apps” should be developed for such devices. As smartphones are almost always at hand, such Apps would give students great freedom when to work with EVOs.

Well, at least for the more demanding Modeling EVOs such devices are too limited in many respects. However, Investigation EVOs with their game-like approach may be particularly well suited for being used on tablets or smartphones if they provide on-screen user interfaces and touch manipulation. A player app for Android has been developed that allows running Blender game-engine based EVOs on Android devices. The app still lacks a few important features like text rendering but otherwise is already mostly functional.

We consider including the Android platform for future development of Investigation EVOs.