Blender 2.77 drops Windows XP support


After supporting Windows XP for a really long time, Blender foundation decided to drop the support for it in release 2.77. The reason for taking such a decision was the switch to Python 3.5 which comes with PEP 11 which does not support little-used the platform (includes Windows XP).

Microsoft had dropped support for Windows XP, before the release of Python 3.5, which ended up with Python 3.5 not supporting XP. While there are possibilities to backport Python 3.5 to XP, it does not seem like Blender offers support after backports are developed.

This means Blender 2.77 32 Bit release will require Vista or higher release of Windows. While this might be a bad news for XP users, you can still continue using 2.76 release, which is the last and latest version of Blender to support XP.

You can find the official details from this mailing list Thank you for reading, If you have any questions leave a comment below.

Difference between 2D and 3D Animation


The animation is divided into two major types, 2D and 3D, these types can also be called styles.


You can know the difference between a 2D and a 3D Animation just by the appearance, here is an image of the same character in 2D(Left) and 3D(Right).

2D/ 3D Animation reference

The image is by a 3rd party I don’t hold any rights for it

How it’s made


In 2D Animation the animator needs to have strong drawing skills because 2D Animation requires you to draw every frame which makes it really on drawing, these drawings have minor changes which, when arranged in sequence creates a motion picture due to (perception of vision). You only need to draw what is seen by the viewer (example: You don’t need to draw the eyeball if the eyes are closed) These days 2D Animation is created in software (Flash, After Effect, Toonboom Harmony), with the help of digital tablets (pen and tablet), some software these days don’t require you to draw every frame, you only need to draw the keyframes and the software creates in-between by itself, the Animation is tweaked with the help of a graph editor.


In 3D Animation the animator works in a 3D workspace know as the viewport, where he controls the environment, component, and objects with 3 axes, X, Y, Z, these axes position property vary depending on the software preference and default settings. You can move your animated subject by using the controls provided after rigging, but things that are not in the view (captured by the camera) still exist, because of the 3D properties (example: The eyes are still present but not directly visible due to overlapping of a mesh structure). The Animation is tweaked with the help of the graph editor, which is available in every 3D Animation software.

If you plan to learn Animation as a course and choose to make it your life, I would suggest you learn both, learning both will help you in understanding the two in a relative manner, if you are planning to learn it has a hobby you can do the same or try out 2D and 3D and choose which you are comfortable with it. Stay tuned to read more about Animation related stuff, you can subscribe via email to receive emails over new articles every week. Thank you for reading.

Live Tile on Ghost


Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 support live tile in Windows 8/8.1 and 10. This means any user/visitor who pinned your website or web application to their Start can receive notification on an update like publishing new posts and pages. It is driven with the help of RSS feed, the polling or updating of the tile happens every 30 minutes, you can get this working with your Ghost blog by simply adding this line in your themes <code class="highlighter-rouge">head tag which in most themes is located in <code class="highlighter-rouge">default.hbs

After adding this meta restart Ghost, if everything goes right you should able to pin your Ghost blog to you start and see it display your latest post and update on the new post being published. Thank you for reading,