Release Notes

v16.11

New Features

  • Added partial support for materials powered by Cycles render nodes. List of currently supported Cycles nodes:

    Material Output node is similiar to Output from Blender Internal except it utilizes a shader type input socket. Surface node input is the only one currently supported. This node defines material as a physically based rendered (PBR) material.

    BSDF Diffuse node is from the Shader category. It is responsible for the diffuse component of the material lighting and produces no visible reflections. Node inputs include Color, Roughness, Normal. This node has single shader type output socket.

    BSDF Glossy node is from the Shader category. It is responsible for the specular component of the material lighting and reflections of the environment. Node inputs include Color, Roughness, Normal. This node has single shader type output socket. The only currently supported specular distribution is GGX. This node automatically enables real-time cube reflections for the object, which uses the material and is not set as reflective. Reflexible environment and objects should be configured according to standard b4w pipeline. Roughness currently does not affect reflections.

    Mix Shader node is from the Shader category. This node is used to mix outputs of nodes from the Shader category. Node inputs include Fac, which defines mixing ratio, and two Shader inputs. This node has single shader type output socket.

    Fresnel node is from the Input category. This node computes how much light is reflected off a material layer, where the rest will be refracted through the layer. The resulting weight can be used for layering shaders with the Mix Shader node. It is dependent on the angle between the surface normal and the viewing direction. Node inputs include IOR (index of refraction) and Normal. This node has single scalar type output socket.

    Layer Weight node is from the Input category. This node defines a weight typically used for layering shaders with the Mix Shader node. Node inputs include Blend and Normal. Node inputs include Fresnel and Facing.

    Other supported nodes include Image Texture, Environment Texture, Object Info, Bump.

    Other partially supported nodes include Texture Coordinate (From Dupli parameter is not supported), UV Map (From Dupli parameter is not supported), Geometry (Pointness and Parametric outputs are not supported).

    Nodes supported in previous b4w releases, which are used in both Cycles and Blender Internal, will also work fine with new PBR materials. Such nodes include Color Ramp, Normal Map, Camera Data, Particle Info, RGB, Value, nodes from the Convertor category (except Blackbody and Wavelength nodes), nodes from the Vector category, nodes from the Color category (except Light Falloff node).

  • Project Manager improvements.

    The project file editor was added. Now CSS, JavaScript, HTML and .b4w_project files can be edited in the Project Manager.

  • New first-person (fps) add-on was added.

    The add-on helps to create first person applications easier. There are two main methods in it: enable_fps_controls and disable_fps_controls. The first creates default gamepad and keyboard controls, enables mouse and touch camera movement, enables VR camera rotation if VR mode is enabled. The second disables these controls. There are also other methods in the new add-on: bind_action, set_character_state_changing_cb, set_cam_smooth_factor, set_cam_sensitivity, set_plock_enable_cb, set_plock_disable_cb.

  • Improvements with 3D Navigation Mesh.

    Now the navmesh_find_path method of the physics module finds 3d path, it allows us to construct paths on vertical surfaces. Previously, one was only able to construct path on horizontal planes. The parameters of the navmesh_find_path method has been changed. Initialization time of navigation mesh has been reduced. A* algorithm has been improved.

  • Blend4Web addon usability improvements.

    Blend4Web SDK Directory field in addon properties has been removed. Now, path to Blend4Web SDK directory resolved automatically.

Changes

  • API changes.

    The parameters of the shot method and the canvas_data_url method have been changed.

    A new function get_camera_angles_dir has been added into the camera module. It allows to get a camera’s spherical coordinates from the given direction respresenting the view vector of a camera.

  • Simplified Environment Setup.

    Water now uses the default wind when the wind object is absent in a scene. A water object is now always dynamic. Procedural sky uses the default sun direction when a sun object is absent in a scene.

  • NPC AI now caches all animation on initialization.

    This slighly increases the loading time but removes real-time delays caused by npc animation.

  • The Fast Preview button is now available in the Cycles render profile.

  • The get_all_objects, get_object_by_name and check_object_by_name methods no longer return the engine’s internal meta-objects, which are not intended to use in an application.

Fixes

  • Project Manager compatibility with the old build type update was added.

  • Fixed bug with specific encoding in the Project Manager.

  • Fixed bug with the same module names conflicting in the Project Manager.

  • Specular shading bug was fixed.

    The bug, which happened when two or more lamps were used for material with the Blinn specular type, was fixed.

  • NLA unloading bug was fixed.

    Now all objects belonging to the unloaded scene are removed from NLA.

  • Stereo blinking bug was fixed.

    The bug appeared when using motion blur effect.

  • Overwriting resources with the same names in temporary directory when using Fast Preview was fixed.

  • Fixed Network error while downloading a screenshot.

  • Fixed shader crash occuring in some scenes in LOW quality mode.

  • Fixed engine crash for scenes without MESH objects.

  • Fixed the track_to_target method, which previously performed incorrect zoom animation.

  • Fixed a rare bug related to empty particle texture slots, which could lead to export crash.

  • Fixed rendering of the procedural lines.

  • Fixed Play Animation logic node bug when animation stopped playing after the first time.

  • Fixed crash in navmesh module in web-browsers without support of indexOf method for TypedArray.

  • Fixed silent failure in Project Manager during resource converting in case of ffprobe missing.

v16.10

New Features

  • Added support for navigation meshes.

    Two methods were added to physics module: navmesh_get_island for getting closest navmesh segment and navmesh_find_path for path finding.

    Two types of paths are available: one path based on centers of triangles, and a more optimal - pulled string.

    See example in the Code Snippets apps.

  • New logic node Set Camera Move Style.

    This node allows changing move styles and velocities of the camera. Target parameters for Target and Hover camera types can be set as separate coordinates or as a target object.

  • Tangent shading support for edited normals.

    Tangent shading is now supported for edited normals.

  • Improved Project Manager usability.

    Now applications, blend files and project assets open in new browser tabs. Having your Project Manager remain in the same window makes work more efficient.

    compile project command was renamed as build project. This new name is more suited to the nature of this command.

  • New environment texture blend types.

    Now all texture blend types are supported for environment lighting.

  • Sphere flag is now supported for Point and Spot lights.

    This flag allows specifying a distance at which the light’s intensity drops to zero.

  • Rotated boundings.

    Now rotated bounding boxes are used for frustum culling calculations. Also, rotated bounding ellipsoid is now supported for dynamic objects.

  • JS Callback logic node can now be called synchronously.

    Return true from your callback for freezing nodetree execution in this node and false when the node has finished its execution.

  • New API methods get_fog_params and set_fog_params.

    These methods allow controlling mist in a scene. Fog params contain fog_intensity, fog_depth, fog_start and fog_height properties.

  • New API method update.

    This method allows to update anchors positions.

  • Added support for VBO buffers of different types.

    Some attributes were changed to be of the type UNSIGNED BYTE and SHORT instead of FLOAT without loss in quality that reduced total GPU memory cost. This also affects performance and can increase frame rate in some demos. Along with that the size of exported .bin files was slightly decreased by changing the export type of vertex colors from SHORT to UNSIGNED BYTE.

  • In ULTRA mode the correct SRGB-conversion function is now used instead of a simplified one.

    The effect is mostly notable in dark areas where the simplified function doesn’t yield precise colors.

  • Added special buttons for enabling/disabling the World Background option in 3D VIEW panels.

    These buttons are disposed in the World tab and should be used if the Render Sky option is set. Enabling the World Background shows world colors in the viewport (the same as in the engine).

Changes

  • Refactored projects inside the SDKs.

    Now all projects (including tutorials) inside the SDKs follow the standard Project Manager directory hierarchy.

  • Removed scenes list from the Viewer app.

    The same functionality (browsing and viewing project assets) can be carried out using the Project Manager.

  • API documentation of the input module has been expanded, examples of using functions have been added.

  • The number of batches was decreased which optimizes scene rendering.

    This optimization mostly affects shadows and hair particles. It enhances frame rate in scenes that use this functionality.

  • Now keyboard device is attached to document object by default.

  • Added None as a new Engine Binding Type.

    This means the Project Manager will not change your projects during the build phase.

  • Removed the Update Engine Binding Type.

    Use the Copy Engine Binding Type and the Project Manager’s deployment feature to reproduce the same behavior.

  • Added light versions of the SDK builds.

    Now Blend4Web PRO and Blend4Web CE SDKs have lighter versions available, which do not include demo applications and tutorials. These versions are recommended for users with a slow internet connection.

  • Depth textures was enabled for the Intel HD Graphics 3000 which allows the use of such effects as shadows, god rays, depth of field and others on this device.

  • Now NLA animation takes frame start/end values from vertex animation itself.

    This allows having multiple vertex animations controlled by NLA for one object.

  • Some mobile devices (including IOS) now do not force low quality nodes in materials.

  • API documetation for BloomParams has been added. Some parameters have been renamed.

  • Changed payload of mouse_click, mouse_move, touch_click and touch_move sensors. Now it’s a dictionary, containing absolute coordinates (coords) for all mentioned above; which for mouse click; gesture for touch_move.

  • default_AND_logic_fun and default_AND_logic_fun logic functions are now available in controls module.

  • Removed deprecated scripts for binary module cross-compilation.

  • API methods set_nodemat_value, get_nodemat_value, set_nodemat_rgb and get_nodemat_rgb are now deprecated and moved to the material module.

Fixes

  • Fixed the quat_to_euler function.
  • Fixed incorrect behaviour of the Normal Map node with non-unit strength parameter.
  • Fixed some runtime checks for objects in logic nodes.
  • Fixed the inability to change a texture on one object (the change_image function) when it is shared between multiple materials.
  • CookTorr specular model now looks similar to the one in Blender.
  • Alpha Sort materials now behave correctly for non-deep copies of objects.
  • Fixed the create_pline_from_point_vec and set_pline_initial_point methods.
  • Walking characters with a behavior based on the npc_ai module now do not fall underground.
  • Fixed bug when two or more anchors of type Custom Element can reference the same element id.
  • Fixed reflections for spherical billboards.
  • Fixed audio resuming after pausing for the Background Sound and the Positional Sound speakers in Firefox.

v16.09

New Features

  • Web Player improvements.

    An option to set up social network buttons located in the bottom-right corner of a loaded scene. To do this, you need to specify the socials attribute before the application starts.

  • Coordinate System change.

    Now Blender’s coordinate space is used instead of OpenGL’s. This new behavior can introduce various incompatibilities in application logic. Developers are advised to review their apps and make changes according to the new coordinate space (Z vector up).

  • Optimized geometry rendering.

    Geometry rendering has been optimized by implementing a new algorithm for storing data in GPU memory. Now normal and tangent data has been stored in TBN quaternions.

  • Project Manager improvements.

    Added the new update_modules command to the project.py utility. This command allows users to update engine’s modules inside developed applications. This feature significantly simplifies updating project files to newer Blend4Web versions.

  • Automatic quality detection.

    By specifying the AUTO (P_AUTO) quality profile in the app module you can load your app in LOW or HIGH quality depending on your hardware specs. Also, a low-level performance benchmark can be executed using the test_performance method.

  • PVRTC conversion support.

    PVRTC conversion is now supported. This allows developers to use compressed textures on iOS and PowerVR-based Android devices.

  • Shadow quality settings added.

    Now it is possible to set different quality profiles for soft shadows: 16x, 8x, 4x.

  • Shading pannel was added to the Render tab. It contains World Space Shading option and Set Recommended Options button to auto configure Blender for better Blend4Web experience.

  • Added support for Blender 2.78.

    World Space Shading option paired with the support for environment lighting for the GLSL mode in viewport makes rendered b4w scene maximally match it’s viewport preview.

    New shader node Normal Map is fully supported.

Changes

  • The system for assigning shader directives was refactored. This feature reduces engine loading time and simplify debugging.
  • Rendering the anchors was speeded up on some devices by using the “translate3d” CSS property.
  • Shader validation has been improved, which decreases amount of false negative errors. More error descriptions have been added.
  • Major part of shader computations was moved from matrices to TSR to increase performance.
  • The Render tab panels’ order was rearranged.

Fixes

  • Fixed the bug in the Samsung Internet browser when it hung if there were many anchors in a scene.
  • Fixed Web Player “alpha” attribute, which didn’t work.
  • Fixed compilation/linking shader error message.
  • Fixed rotation at angle defined by variable value in the Transform Object logic node.
  • Fixed behaviour of the Play Animation logic node in case of baked and non-baked versions of the action co-exist.
  • Fixed quality settings for plane reflections.
  • Fixed get_translation_rel and get_rotation_rel methods.
  • Fixed dof_distance setting with set_dof_params method.
  • Fixed the bug when an object with both Do Not Render and Enable Outlining options enabled led to the engine crash after it was selected.
  • Fixed physics for particle system.

v16.08

New Features

  • Materials Tangent Shading option is now supported.

    This option can be used to imitate anisotropic material surfaces, such as polished metals, hair, etc.

  • Shader node Normal Map is now supported.

    This node allows converting color data from texture to a normal map. The input data can be in tangent, object or world coordinate space. The Strength parameter controls the mixing values extracted from the texture with an object’s default normals.

    The color space of a texture image should be set to Non-Color to make Blender’s viewport preview match the final Blend4Web scene.

  • Engine CPU optimizations.

    Several CPU and GC (Garbage Collector) optimizations have been made in the engine’s core systems. OES_vertex_array_object extension was supported on appropriate hardware. Uniform and shader usage was also optimized reducing the total amount of WebGL calls. This should improve scene load time and rendering responsiveness, especially for slow CPUs.

  • Interface improvements in the Viewer app.

    The Tools & Debug panel has been moved and is now located directly under the Scenes panel.

    The Min capabilities mode button has been added to the Tools & Debug panel. This parameter makes the Viewer app run the loaded scene as if it was running on a low-end system (such as iOS devices). This allows an artist to find out which materials in the scene may not work as intended on a low-end configuration.

  • Normal editor improvements.

    Added Offset mode for normal editing.

    Added Average operation support for non-split normals.

    Added the possibility to type the angle of normal rotation just like inputting an object’s rotation.

  • New API method in the textures module.

    The get_texture_names method has been added. It allows us to get all object texture names.

  • New API methods in the lights module.

    The get_light_color, set_light_color, get_light_energy and set_light_energy methods have been added. These are used to work with the color and energy values of a lamp.

  • Support for Hidden object property.

    This flag hides objects upon scene loading.

  • Support for GLSL ES 3.0 shaders.

    From now the engine automatically chooses which version of the OpenGL Shading Language should be used to compile/link shaders. It depends on the WebGL context: GLSL ES 1.0 version is used for WebGL 1, and GLSL ES 3.0 - for WebGL 2. The engine’s shader system and macro preprocessor was also changed to be compatible with both of these variants.

    This feature lifts restrictions on implementing new functionality related to WebGL 2 without compatibility issues.

  • Improvements in Shader Analyzer.

    Shader Analyzer (method analyze_shaders) now prints low-level assembly code which helps in reviewing and optimizing shaders.

Changes

  • Depth-of-field (DOF) bokeh effect algorithm improvements.

    Intensity leakage (or pixel bleeding) artifact, when foregound objects in focus appear to ‘leak’ onto blurry backgrounds, has been reduced.

    The Foreground Blur property has been added. When enabled, it reduces the appearance of sharp silhouettes on unfocused foreground objects against focused backgrounds.

    Front Start, Front End properties for foreground and Rear Start, Rear End for background allows us to specify distances at which a blur starts and reaches the maximum value.

  • World is now reflected by default.

  • Shader validation algorithm has been improved.

    If material cannot be rendered on low-end devices, it is replaced by error (pink) material in debug and it is removed in production.

Fixes

  • Inversion vertex group length fix.

    The inversion operator of HAIR particle system for vertex group length has been fixed.

  • Fixed normal rotation for transformed object in Normal Editor.

  • Fixed rare engine crash occured during scene loading if logic nodes were used in a scene.

  • Fixed material panel in the Viewer app. It was disabled for some materials, which are allowed to edit.

  • Fixed engine crash on mobile devices.

  • Fixed flickering on mobile browsers.

  • Dynamic water object loading crash has been fixed.

  • Fixed normalmap influence on reflections for stack materials.

  • Disabled gray highlighting when tapping in WebPlayer on iPad.

v16.07

New Features

  • Optimized Particle system rendering.

    Now WebGL instancing capabilities are used (provided by the ANGLE_instanced_arrays extention or WebGL 2.0) to render Object-type particles. This type of rendering is more memory efficient and, in some cases, also improves rendering performance.

  • Reduced input latency on mobile devices.

    Now the engine ignores mouse events that represent actions that already have been handled by internal Blend4Web touch-event handlers on mobile versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari. It reduces delays in user actions.

  • Audio system improvements.

    Automatic audio context creation. The Audio checkbox has been removed from the addon. If necessary, scene audio context is created automatically.

    Doppler effect implementation. In recent versions of WebAudio spec Doppler effect was removed. It’s now supposed that application developers should implement this effect themselves. From this release you can use in-engine implementation. A new option called Enable Doppler has been added, replacing the deprecated Disable Doppler.

    Reworked audio interface. New settings have been designed to be as close as possible to the native Blender settings. This includes support for such settings as Speed, Doppler and Distance Model.

    New Auto-play speaker option. This option enables speaker playback by default.

    Preliminary support for complex audio loops. Using new Loop Start and Loop End options as well as loop_stop API method you can create complex audio loops, which include start, loop and stop sections in one audio buffer. For example, you can create basic ADSR (attack, decay, sustain, release) envelopes using this new API.

  • Support for multi-touch selection in selection sensor.

    Now selection sensors are able to use multi-touch selection in Event-Driven Model.

  • Node materials animation improvements.

    Now any node animation can be applied to any node material or its nested node groups. Also, there is a new apply_ext() method that allows specifing material or a node group that is to be animated.

  • A new method has been added into the preloader module: create_preloader.

  • Configuration parameters max_fps, max_fps_physics, use_min50, anisotropic_filtering, shadows, reflections, refractions, ssao, dof, god_rays, bloom and motion_blur have been added to the config API module.

Changes

  • Color picking optimization.

    Now color picking uses very narrow frustum and a small framebuffer size (1 x 1 pix). Also, amount of pick_object calls has been reduced. This improves performance of selection sensor.

  • Depth-of-field (DOF) effect improvements.

    DOF effect performance has been increased.

    An experimental DoF effect algorithm has been added. It varies the amount of blur depending on depth and produces bokeh effect on blurred objects. New algorithm can be enabled via Bokeh property from the camera properties panel in Blender.

  • API changes.

    The create_simple_preloader method of the preloader module has been declared deprecated and will be removed in future releases.

Fixes

  • Fixed the broken Canvas Resolution Factor slider in the Scene Viewer.
  • Fixed get_matrix, set_matrix, get_matrix_rel, set_matrix_rel methods of the transform module.
  • Fixed definition of the resize_to_container method of the container module.
  • Fixed performance regression caused by resizing the canvas.
  • Fixed cameras linked from other scenes or dupli-groups not present in the scene.
  • Fixed incorrect canvas alpha with Bloom post effect.
  • Fixed Viewer Stop All animation button.
  • Fixed object picking for stack material.
  • Fixed glow effect on Safari.

v16.06

New Features

  • Fast Preview improvements.

    If necessary, the development server copies all external resources into the tmp directory. This allows previewing scenes which are placed outside the SDK (another directory, flash drive, etc).

  • Project Manager improvements.

    Support for material library. A new project option has been added allowing users to copy the material library sources into the project directory.

    Added the new --ignore command property to the project.py utility. This option allows users to ignore files during compilation or deployment.

    Added the new check_modules command to the project.py utility. This command allows users to check missing or no longer required modules.

  • Experimental support of the GearVR virtual reality headset.

    Support for new WebVR API 1.0 has been added to the engine allowing the use of GearVR devices.

  • Support for GIF and BMP textures.

    Non-animated GIF and BMP images can now be used as textures.

  • Resource Converter improvements.

    Now many more media extensions are supported. For detailed information see the documentation.

  • Automatic export path determination in Blender addon.

    When projects, created using Project Manager, are exported for the first time, a path to the assets directory is automatically resolved.

  • Support for parallel animations in the Logic Editor.

    It is now possible to apply several parallel animations with the Logic Editor. Previously, only one animation per object was allowed in the Logic Editor. Now, an object can have one animation of each type. The maximum number of possible animations is 8.

  • Improved Viewer profiling capabilities.

    Added a special mode for profiling objects’ rendering time in the Viewer application.

  • Lens Flare material property.

    A new material property has been appended to the material render panel. Note, that this works only when there is a Sun light source in a scene.

  • Clip Start and Clip End options for light sources.

    The Clip Start and Clip End properties have been supported for the shadow settings of Point and Spot lamps.

  • HTML meta elements in Web Player app.

    New HTML meta elements have been added into the WebPlayer HTML templates for compatibility with different social networks.

Changes

  • Several material nodes are now using Blender’s viewport world space.

    • Geometry

      The Normal output provides data in Blender’s world coordinate space.

      The View output provides data in Blender’s view coordinate space.

    • Texture

      The Vector input for environment textures receives data in Blender’s world coordinate space.

      The Normal output provides data in Blender’s world coordinate space.

    • Material

      The Normal input receives data in Blender’s world coordinate space.

      The Normal output provides data in Blender’s world coordinate space.

    • Lamp Data

      The Light Vector output provides data in Blender’s world coordinate space.

    • B4W Vector View

      The node’s input receives data in Blender’s world coordinate space.

    • B4W Reflect

      The first node’s input (used for view vectors) receives data in Blender’s view coordinate space.

      The second node’s input (used for normals) takes data in Blender’s world coordinate space.

      The node’s output provides data in Blender’s world coordinate space.

  • Now color picking and anchors are disabled in stereo-mode.

  • Now keyboard sensors do not active when using browser shortcuts.

  • API changes.

    The resize_to_container method of the app module has been declared deprecated and will be removed in future releases. container module’s resize_to_container() method should be used in its stead.

  • The Bloom Key option has been renamed Intensity.

  • Deprecated functionality.

    The following methods: textures.get_canvas_texture_context(), textures.update_canvas_texture_context() have been removed.

    The following logic nodes: Select, Select & Play Timeline, Select & Play Animation have been removed.

  • Export errors and warnings now include links to the documentation.

  • Proper reporting of incorrect addon directory.

    An incorrect addon directory name now generates a corresponding warning message.

  • Dealing with cases when water is used without wind.

    If the water shader is used without wind, a warning message appears.

  • Debug console error messages for unsupported image, video and audio formats have been added.

Fixes

  • Fixed decreased performance in stereo-mode.
  • Fixed window.screen.orientation.angle obfuscation.
  • Fixed rendering issue in Firefox browsers with enabled WebGL 2.0 context.
  • Fixed right-eye rendering in stereo-mode.
  • Fixed rendering for glow materials with the Terrain Dynamic Grass option enabled.
  • Removed redundant angular velocity of particles if the Rotation option is disabled.
  • Fixed rendering particles with non-node, non-Opaque materials.
  • Fixed several GPU memory leaks.
  • Fixed engine crash when using wrong callback id in the JS Callback logic node.
  • Fixed engine crash in the rare case, when a node material has several Texture nodes with the same texture.
  • Fixed the bug which caused the Diffuse Intensity input of the Material and Extended Material nodes to ignore the incoming link.

v16.05

New Features

  • Experimental HMD configurator.

    Add-on hmd_conf.js has been added. It allows users to set up HMD parameters manually. For now, this configurator has been implemented in the Viewer app and can be executed by the button located on the Stereo View panel. For more information see API documentation on the hmd_conf module.

  • Experimental configurator for gamepads and other game controllers.

    Add-on gp_conf has been added to API. It contains two main functions: show and hide. For now it supports controllers and steering devices.

    To test this configurator in the Viewer app activate the Gamepad Settings check box on the Input Devices panel.

  • New code snippets.

    New code snippet demos have been added. Their names are Gamepad, Webcam and Change Image. The first one can help you to integrate gamepads into your project, the second shows you the Camera API in action and the third one is the implementation of the new texture functions.

  • A new Vector Transform material node.

    This node can be used to convert input data between object, world and camera coordinate spaces.

  • A new Empty logic node.

    This node can be used to simplify rerouting complex logic node configurations.

  • Dynamic replacement of texture images.

    A new method change_image has been added. It’s possible now to replace textures and cubemap bitmaps via API.

  • Batching based on a new clustering algorithm.

    Batching, that is, the process of combining similar objects for performance reasons, is now based on a new clustering algorithm applied at export. This improves the whole batching process by making it “smarter” and more optimized in comparison with the old regular grid batching.

  • Project Manager improvements.

    To maintain naming consistency all command line options in project.py utility are now specified with - symbol instead of underscore, e.g --engine_type option has become --engine-type.

    Added the new --assets-dest command property to project.py utility. This option allows users to specify a destination directory for storing assets in deployed projects.

  • New materials in Material Library

    4 new materials have been added to the Pro SDK Material Library: Gold, Ribbed Glass, Silk and Velvet.

Changes

  • UI and export usability improvements for objects with no option from the Export Options list selected.

    Export Shape Keys is selected automatically after adding a shape key.

    Export Vertex Animation is selected automatically after baking vertex animation.

    Apply Scale and Modifiers is automatically used during the export process for non-uniform scaled objects, which meet the following requirements:

    Has no vertex animation.

    Has no parent object.

    Has no skinning.

    Object physics is disabled.

    Apply Modifiers is automatically used during the export process for objects, which have modifiers and meet the following requirements:

    Has no vertex animation.

    Has no skinning.

  • Z sorting in Alpha Sort materials is now performed based on the sizes of objects.

    This can lead to more frequent sorting updates which impairs performance, but fixes sorting issues on small objects.

  • New frustum culling algorithm.

    Now we calculate frustum culling using specific mesh materials instead of objects.

  • Gamepad sensor changes.

    New button and axis identifiers have been added to the input module. Also, gamepad sensors have been renamed as create_gamepad_btn_sensor and create_gamepad_axis_sensor.

  • Entry Point logic nodes with the Run From Script option selected can now be called from API multiple times.

  • API changes.

    The create_rotation_preloader method of the preloader module has been declared deprecated and will be removed in further releases.

    The create_advanced_preloader method of the preloader module has been declared deprecated and will be removed in further releases.

    The set_config method has been added to the input module.

    The register_device method of the input module has been declared deprecated and will be removed in further releases.

    The gyro_use flag of the config module has been removed (not needed anymore).

    Now functions of the storage module have an optional last parameter.

    The is_ie11 method has been added to the util module.

  • Now the state of a keyboard button is stored in the payload of the keyboard sensor.

    For more information see API documentation on the create_keyboard_sensor method.

  • The link to the troubleshooting page in the WebPlayer “Browser could not initialize WebGL” message has been changed to a more appropriate one.

    Now it refers one to the “Problems and Solutions” page in the documentation.

  • The documentation has been considerably expanded with detailed descriptions for Anchor and Viewport Alignment features.

Fixes

  • Fixed issue with incorrect automatic updates in addon.

  • Fixed anchors behavior with logic nodes.

  • Fixed JS Callback logic node obfuscation.

  • Fixed issue with incorrect sensor removal in controls.remove_sensor_manifolds method.

  • Fixed issue with incorrect age and compression ratio in distribution zip files.

  • Fixed multi-sampling issue in Firefox browsers.

    Disabled partially supported multi-sampling in Firefox WebGL 2.0 implementation.

  • Fixed error when canvas resolution wouldn’t change when Anti-Aliasing quality settings were changed.

  • Fixed error when the diffuse intensity value would be applied to shadeless materials.

  • Fixed engine crash in the case when B4W_GLOW_OUTPUT and B4W_REFRACTION nodes were used in the same material.

  • Fixed the duplication of the Custom Properties panel in Blender’s interface for the Font, Curve, Lattice, Armature and MetaBall data types.

  • Fixed some errors in the compiled version of the engine.

  • Fixed issues with input and controls modules.

  • Fixed issue when node materials using the ColorRamp node were incorrectly batched.

  • Fixed incorrect HTTP server shutdown.

v16.04

New Features

  • Support for gamepads and controllers.

    It’s possible now to use gamepads and controllers as input devices. New functions have been added to work with these devices. The first one is create_gamepad_btns_sensor. It handles gamepad buttons. The second one is create_gamepad_axes_sensor. It handles gamepad axes.

  • Node Logic Editor improvements.

    Logic node JS Callback has been added. It allows to call custom JavaScript callback defined in your B4W application. Input and output parameters are supported for callbacks.

    An option Run From Script has been added to Entry Point node.

    Module logic_nodes has been added to API. It contains methods to control Node Logic Editor.

    Method append_custom_callback has been added. It allows to register custom JavaScript callbacks to be used in JS Callback logic node.

    Method remove_custom_callback has been added. It allows to remove registered custom JavaScript callback.

    Method run_entrypoint has been added. It allows to activate Entry Point node from API.

  • A new function has been added into the controls module: create_hmd_position_sensor.

    This function allows to create a special sensor, which can track the position of an HMD device.

  • The options Tilt Angle and Tilt Random are now supported for the Emitter particle systems.

  • Reflection for transparent objects.

    Before this release only opaque objects could be reflected. Now, transparent objects are also supported.

  • Updated math modules.

    Math modules vec3, vec4, quat, mat3, mat4 are now based on glMatrix v2.3.1. This new version introduces hermite, bezier, sqlerp, fromRotationTranslationScale and fromRotationTranslationScaleOrigin methods.

  • A new flag Bake only deform bones has been added to the Skeletal Animation Baker.

    Previously, it was impossible to bake bones without the deform flag. This feature can be helpful in cases when some object is parented to the non-deforming bone.

  • New GL Debug switch in the Viewer app.

    Viewer application now has the GL Debug switch which allows to disable GL error checking. This increases the performance and can be useful while profiling a scene.

  • Enable WebGL 2.0 for Firefox browser.

    It’s now possible to use experimental WebGL 2.0 context in Firefox browser.

  • New prevent_caching engine configuration option.

    This option enables/disables assets caching.

  • New physics function has been added.

    apply_force_world function applies a constant force to the object in the world space.

Changes

  • Viewer’s HUD Info now has detailed info on each column.

  • Node Logic Editor changes.

    • An option to select between Number and String operand types has been added to the Conditional Jump node.
  • The activation of the VR mode from now automatically changes the camera type to EYE for better user experience.

Fixes

  • Fixed anchors behavior.
  • Fixed a cubemap issue for some old NVIDIA GPUs in Firefox.
  • Fixed the bug for particle systems with the “Length” vertex group specified when the emitter mesh has the “Apply Modifers” option checked.
  • Fixed the behavior of the B4W_GLOW_OUTPUT node for transparent materials.
  • Fixed grass map for a single flat grass terrain object.
  • Refraction vectors for stack and node materials now use correct view normal.
  • Fixed God Rays Blender interface tab.
  • Viewer Sky parameters updates have been fixed.
  • Fixed incorrect stereo (anaglyph and HMD) rendering in specific cases.
  • The Page Param node bug, which always wrote result to the variable R1, has been fixed.
  • Updating variable’s scope in Node Logic Editor has been fixed.
  • Fixed crash with dynamically loaded scenes while using Move Camera logic node.

v16.03

New Features

  • Node Logic Editor improvements.

    Now you can use global variables for sharing information between threads. This significantly expands the capabilities and allows to create more complex interactive applications.

    Logic node JSON has been added. It allows to parse and encode complex JSON objects.

    Logic node Get Timeline has been added. It allows to get current frame from NLA or global timeline.

    Logic nodes Play Animation and Stop Animation have received environment animation mode.

  • New option Update Material Animation for updating animated node shaders in viewport.

    This option is useful for those who often use animated shader nodes. Just turn it on to see material animation in Blender viewport.

  • Separate Project Manager server from Blender addon.

    Starting from this release it’s possible to run the Project Manager server as a standalone application using project_server.py script. This eliminates the requirement to start Blender to be able to run the Project Manager.

  • Add title/description to all Blend4Web demos.

    This simplifies searching our demos in Google and other search engines.

  • New modules have been added.

    The first new mathematical module that was added is called math. For more information, please take a look at the API doc.

    Also, an input module has been added. This module provides an interface for input devices: mouse — DEVICE_MOUSE, keyboard — DEVICE_KEYBOARD, touchscreen device — DEVICE_TOUCH, gyroscope device — DEVICE_GYRO, head-mounted device — DEVICE_HMD. For more information see API documentation on the input module.

  • Changed policy for backward compatibility with previous Blender releases.

    Starting from this release we will strive to keep the addon compatibility with previous Blender versions.

  • HTML links have been supported in an anchor description.

  • Objects from secondary scenes(rendered to textures) can now be controlled with logic nodes.

  • The Dynamic Grass option was added to the render interface.

    There are 3 options available: ON to enable dynamic grass constantly, OFF to disable dynamic grass completely and AUTO to automatically detect objects with dynamic grass.

Changes

Fixes

  • Fixed webplayer menu behavior.
  • Fixed rare development server crash when the response headers contained a specific date (29Feb).
  • Fixed Refractions which was set to “ON” in the absence of refractive objects.
  • Fixed water material position for dynamic objects.
  • Fixed crash for generated water mesh without waves.
  • Fixed incorrect output for the TEXTURE node with no texture selected.

v16.02

New Features

  • Extended support of Emitter type particle systems.

    The support for the node materials that can be used to set particle shading parameters with sequences of basic blocks (including the Particle Info node). This function is available for the particle systems with the Billboard rendering type.

    The shader for particles with the Halo type rendering has been rewritten. The support for the Rings, Lines and Star Tips parameters has been added. Maximum particle size limit (caused by the hardware limitations on some platforms) has been removed.

    Maximum number of gradient control points limit in the Ramp procedural texture (used for coloring particles) has been removed.

  • Extended node material support.

    Two new nodes, Vector Curves and RGB Curves, have been added.

    The ColorRamp node support has been added. For now, this node supports Linear and Constant type interpolation.

    The Particle Info node support has been added. For now, it is fully supported by the Emitter type particle systems with the Billboard rendering type.

  • Project Manager improvements.

    • An option to export multiple projects into one archive.

      This function makes updating the SDK and migrating projects from one workstation to another significantly easier.

    • New project deploying options.

      Project deployment is required for uploading finished project to the server, sending them by mail and so on. Starting with the current release, project deployment can be performed directly from the Project Manager’s graphical interface. During deployment, projects are packed into a zip archive.

      Also, starting with the current release, deployment is available for any type of project (including External type).

    • Improvements in the Web Player HTML and Web Player JSON type projects.

      Now, during the creation of these projects, you can set the Web Player application parameters such as FPS counter, automatic camera rotation, turning off social network buttons and so on.

      Also, projects of these types can now be created with a bundle option which means that all application resources will be located in the same directory.

    • Graphical interface improvements.

      An option to add and show application icons has been added to make navigation easier and to give users a quick preview of an application in development.

      An option to view project info. By clicking the [info] link located at the right side of the project name, a list of detailed information regarding the project can be accessed.

      For convenience, the type of a project is now indicated by the prefix at the right side of the link: player: for Web Player HTML or Web Player JSON type projects, dev: for projects under development and build: for compiled (obfuscated) version of an application.

      The elements of the Project Manager interface now have pop-up tips.

  • The possibility to animate environment settings.

    The possibility to animate environment parameters located in the Sky (Horizon Color, Zenith Color), Environment Lighting (Energy), and Mist (Minimum, Start, Depth, Height, Fog Color) tabs has been added. These functions are also available for the NLA animation.

    The Animation tab has been added to Blender’s World panel. It has Apply Default Animation and Behavior parameters.

    For all exported environments, WORLD type meta-object are added to the scenes. These objects can be used to control the animation of the environment settings. You can access these objects the same way you can access any standard object in the scene.

  • Camera improvements.

    An option to set the limits for vertical movement of camera’s pivot point has been added. This function is also available via the API by using the target_set_pivot_limits() and target_get_pivot_limits() methods.

    The new static_setup(), eye_setup(), target_setup(), hover_setup() and hover_setup_rel() methods have been added for changing and complete setup of the camera behavior. At the same time, the set_move_style() has been declared deprecated.

    The target_switch_panning() method has been added for controlling camera panning, and the get_view_vector() method has been added for retrieving the camera’s line of sight vector.

    The examples of use the camera API are now described in the corresponding chapter of the documentation. This chapter can also be accessed from the camera.js API module documentation page.

  • Node Logic Editor improvements.

    The Content-Type option has been added to the Send Request node. It can be used to reassign the title field of an HTTP request.

  • A new sensor has been added to the controls module.

    Gyro Quat (create_gyro_quat_sensor method) is the sensor for working with gyroscopes on mobile devices. In can be used to handle device rotation quaternion.

  • Experimental UC Browser support has been added.

  • User Manual has been reworked and expanded significantly.

Changes

  • The Generate Shadows light source parameter has been renamed to Shadow and now also enables shadow rendering in the Blender Viewport.

  • Design of the SDK main page has been changed.

    Project list is now located in the Project Manager. Links to run frequently used applications, Viewer and Code Snippets, have been added.

  • The get_coords_x() and get_coords_y() can now receive the target_touches parameter.

    In case of multitouch, this parameter can be used to use only the touches that are inside of the current target element (the targetTouches parameter).

  • camera API module changes.

    The has_vertical_limits() and has_horizontal_limits() methods have been declared deprecated. The has_vertical_rot_limits() and has_horizontal_rot_limits() are recommended to use instead of them.

  • Changes in the naming rules for the files of the projects under development.

    Now, the HTML files of the projects under development (located in the apps_dev directory) do not include the _dev suffix in their names. To distinguish these projects from the compiled ones, prefixes has been added to the Project Manager.

  • When you open the SDK main page, presence of the local development server is checked. If it starts from the local file system, an appropriate warning is shown.

Fixes

  • Incorrect behavior of the canvas_resolution_factor engine parameter on Apple iOS devices has been fixed.
  • Engine error that occurred in case of absence of the selected object in the Show Object and Hide Object logic nodes has been fixed.
  • The incorrect coordinate rounding along the Y- and Z-axis while using variables as parameters in the Transform Object logic node has been fixed.
  • Node logic blocking in case some nodes are not linked with the Entry Point node has been fixed.
  • The issue with the rendering of dynamic objects the RTT-scenes has been fixed.
  • Fullscreen switching issue in the Safari browser has been fixed.
  • The issue with the Add-on interface (caused by Emitter type particle systems without a material assigned to the object) has been fixed.
  • The Factor output of the B4W_GLOW_OUTPUT node in the materials with the Alpha Clip type transparency now works correctly.
  • Dupli groups with None duplication type are not exported and not rendered.
  • The append_ray_test() method now works correctly if its first parameter is an empty object.
  • Several water settings has been optimized and fixed.
  • Physical objects that have parent object will now correctly update their position in the case the physics is disabled in the scene.
  • The behavior of the Camera Data and B4W Vector View nodes for reflected objects has been fixed.
  • NLA animation of the RGB node in materials has been fixed.
  • Now, HAIR type particle system will not be rendered if the emitter object has the Do Not Render parameter enabled.
  • The work of the auto_rotate() method for EYE type cameras has been fixed.
  • The export of Hair type particles from non-active scenes in Blender has been fixed.
  • Runtime libraries for Windows have been added to fix the resource conversion error.
  • Shader generation error that occurred in case there were more than 10 textures in the material has been fixed.

Known Issues

Starting with this release, the list of all known problems and possible solutions is located in the dedicated chapter.

v16.01

New Features

  • Line rendering.

    Procedurally generated line rendering is now supported. Special type of object, activated by the Line Renderer option in blender, is provided for it, as well as several API functions: draw_line, get_line_params and set_line_params.

  • New logic editor nodes.

    • The Transform Object node can be used to move an object in world, parent or local coordinate space.
    • The String Operation node can be used to perform operations with string constants and variables, like the Math Operation node.
  • Simplified SDK installation.

    Now, to install SDK, you just need to specify the path to SDK in the File->Scripts section of the User Preferences panel.

  • WebPlayer application improvements.

    An option to turn off social network buttons located in the bottom-right corner of a loaded scene. To do this, you need to specify the no_social attribute before the application starts.

    Escape characters in the Web Player’s address bar are now processed correctly.

  • Rendering quality improvements for Head-Mounted Displays (HMD).

    Means to correct distortion and disable chromatic aberration while using Head-Mounted Displays have been added. Use set_hmd_params() function to set up these parameters.

  • Two new sensors have been added to the controls module.

    Touch Rotate (create_touch_rotate_sensor() method) sensor can be used to process rotation using two fingers on touch devices.

    Callback (create_callback_sensor() method) is a sensor whose value is defined by a callback function called every frame.

  • Resource converter utility improvements.

    The –verbose and –jobs parameters have been added to the resource converter utility converter.py, which can be used to output detailed information and to set maximum number of the parallel processes during conversion, respectively.

  • Several API methods have been added.

    is_line() checks whether the object has LINE type.

    is_idle() checks whether the scene loader has finished all planned tasks.

    hover_switch_horiz_rotation() can be used to enable and disable horizontal rotation of HOVER type cameras.

  • Node tree refresh algorithm has been optimized.

Changes

  • Using cubic reflections has been simplified.

    Cubic reflection is now rendered from the object’s geometric center and not from its Blender origin point. Also, flat reflection is no longer rendered when rendering cubic reflection, which caused artifacts before.

  • Changes in API.

    The following methods have been added to the camera module: get_vertical_axis(), set_vertical_axis(). “EYE” type camera rotation to a “phi” angle is now performed along the vector returned by the get_vertical_axis() function.

    The correct_up() method now accepts the strict flag as a parameter. This parameter can be used to align camera codirectionally with the y_axis vector and not simply parallel to it.

    eye_get_vertical_limits, eye_get_horizontal_limits, target_get_vertical_limits and target_get_horizontal_limits methods can now return limits set in both world and local coordinate spaces. This can be defined by the local parameter.

  • Logic node changes.

    The nodes have been separated into categories.

    • An option to select between Number and String variable types has been added to the Variable Store node.
    • An option to use string variables to store the entire body of the server request and response has been added to the Send Request node.
  • Deprecated Mass Reexporter tool has been removed.

    The Mass Reexporter tool panel has been removed, as automatic scene reexport function is already present in the Project Manager (re-export scenes operation).

  • Deprecated functionality.

    The following methods: mouse.enable_mouse_hover_glow(), mouse.disable_mouse_hover_glow(), anim.get_actions(), anim.get_current_action(), anim.set_current_frame_float(), anim.get_current_frame_float(), anim.get_frame_range(), anim.cyclic(), anim.is_cyclic(), anim.update_object_animation(), controls.remove_sensor_manifolds(), main.redraw(), scenes.set_glow_intensity(), scenes.get_glow_intensity(), scenes.apply_glow_anim(), scenes.apply_glow_anim_def(), scenes.clear_glow_anim(), scenes.set_glow_color(), scenes.get_glow_color(), sfx.speaker_play(), sfx.speaker_stop(), sfx.speaker_playback_rate(), sfx.get_speakers(), trans.set_rotation_quat(), trans.set_rotation_quat_v(), trans.get_rotation_quat() have been removed.

    The set_camera_move_style() method and SPACE_WORLD and SPACE_LOCAL constants have been declared deprecated.

    The has_vertical_limits() and has_horizontal_limits() methods have also been declared deprecated. The new methods has_vertical_rot_limits(), has_horizontal_rot_limits(), has_vertical_trans_limits() and has_horizontal_trans_limits() have been added to replace them.

Fixes

  • Positioning and flickering of the particle systems with world coordinates have been fixed.

  • Front Facing for cubic reflections has been fixed.

  • Stereo mode rendering errors have been fixed.

  • Incorrect positioning in the child object animation has been fixed.

  • Scene loading freeze in the Safari browser while using .ogg audio files with Background Music type speakers has been fixed.

  • The Move Camera node bug, which disabled Duration parameter after .blend file reopening, has been fixed.

  • System crash while exporting particle system with complex mesh emitter has been fixed.

  • The Switch Select node error that led to incorrect switches has been fixed.

  • Several camera limit rendering issues in the Blender viewport have been fixed.

  • The issue with exporting materials attached directly to the object and not to the mesh has been fixed.

  • The RenderCallback function set by the set_render_callback() method has been fixed.

    The RenderCallback function are now called right before rendering the current frame, so the scene and objects are up-to-date.

  • Issues with rendering shadows from multiple light sources of different types (such as POINT and SUN) have been fixed.

  • Environment texture rendering while using the texture as the world map and in a stock material at the same time has been corrected.

Known Issues

  • Problems with updating of the add-on.

    It’s strongly advised to restart Blender after installing a newer version of Addon/SDK.

  • NVIDIA 331 driver in Linux can cause WebGL errors.

  • Changed texture filtering on some platforms.

    An incorrect texture filtering was disabled on iPad and Internet Explorer for materials with Alpha Clip type of transparency.

  • Some devices with Mail GPU require manual WebGL activation in browser settings.

  • For the local development server to work on Apple macOS and Blender 2.76, you may need to install Python 3.4. This is due to a bug in Blender https://developer.blender.org/T46623. This bug has been fixed in Blender 2.76b, so updating it is advised.

  • Skeletal animation can work incorrectly while using Nouveau drivers.

v15.12

New Features

  • Support for shadows from multiple sources.

    Support for shadows from multiple sources has been added. This feature can be used to greatly improve the realism of scenes lit by multiple light sources. Its functions and limitations are described in the documentation.

  • Experimental support of the HMD (Head-mounted display).

    Experimental support for the head-mounted displays with the WebVR API has been added. For now, using this technology requires a web browser with WebVR support and an Oculus Rift device. More details in the documentation.

  • Aligning objects with the camera in the viewport.

    The new Viewport Alignment option can be used to attach objects to the camera in the viewport. This feature can be used to create UI elements attached to the center, edge or corner of the screen. Unlike parent-child alignment, the position of an aligned object will automatically change when screen resolution or aspect ratio is changed.

    Functionality of the append_stiff_viewport() method used for Stiff Viewport constraint has also been expanded.

  • An option to show camera limits in Blender viewport.

    To make the task of setting camera limits up simpler, the Display limits in viewport option has been added to the Data panel of the camera object. When enabled, it will show the limits right in the Blender viewport. Default settings of the limits has also been changed.

  • Anaglyph rendering improvements.

    New anaglyph rendering algorithm has been implemented. It has better color rendering. Also, plane of convergence of the left and right image for a TARGET type camera will now be calculated automatically based on a point around which the camera is rotated.

  • New logic editor nodes.

    • Move To: Can be used to move an object to another object.
    • Console Print: Can be used to print various information (including variables values) to the web browser console.
  • A Stereo View button has been added to the Web Player.

    Can be used to switch to the HMD mode (if the web browser supports this technology) or to anaglyph mode.

  • New methods for working with objects.

    The new methods get_selectable_objects and get_outlining_objects have been added to make working with objects simpler.

  • Dynamic objects can now be deleted.

    Before, only objects copied by the user could have been deleted.

  • The option to choose an annotation of an object based on the canvas coordinates has been added.

    The pick_object function now returns the object’s annotation, if the object is present in the sent coordinates.

  • A new method to initialize media resources for mobile devices has been added.

    Before, forced canvas block was used as a workaround of the mobile browsers restriction of loading media resources (video and audio), and a user had to click a popup icon to start the application. Now, you can manually initialize media resources by using activate_media method. This function can be useful if the application already have elements that require user input, such as Start button, sound mute button and so on.

  • New sensor manifold type - CT_POSITIVE

    The new CT_POSITIVE sensor manifold type activates event handler if the logic function result isn’t zero.

Changes

  • The Fast Preview button has been duplicated in the UI low panel.

    This button can be used to preview the scene without switching to the Development Server scene settings panel.

  • Canvas texture API has been changed.

    Now working with a canvas texture is simpler. New methods get_canvas_ctx and update_canvas_ctx have been added. The get_canvas_texture_context and update_canvas_texture_context methods have been declared deprecated and are not recommended to use. The Source ID interface field for the canvas texture has also been removed.

  • Wrong behavior of the shadows from Alpha Clip materials has been fixed.

    Incorrect behavior of the shadows casted by the objects with Alpha Clip materials without transparency value has been fixed.

Fixes

  • Incorrect physics of a copied object has been fixed.

    Incorrect physics behavior of a copied object (which occurred if the object was moved before being added to the scene) has been fixed.

  • Incorrect fog behavior if a water plane was added to the scene has been fixed.

  • Misplacing of the Blender interface panels in basic scene for a new project has been fixed.

  • Cubemap rendering issue on the NVIDIA GeForce 200 series GPU has been fixed.

  • Engine workflow on iPhone (4, 4S and 5), iPad (2nd, 3rd and 4th generations) and iPad Mini (1st and 2nd generations) has been improved.

  • Incorrect rendering of the shadows casted by billboard objects has been fixed.

Known Issues

  • Problems with updating of the add-on.

    It’s strongly advised to restart Blender after installing a newer version of Addon/SDK.

  • NVIDIA 331 driver in Linux can cause WebGL errors.

  • Changed texture filtering on some platforms.

    An incorrect texture filtering was disabled on iPad and Internet Explorer for materials with Alpha Clip type of transparency.

  • Incorrect Depth texture behavior on Windows OS.

    Depth textures are unstable on Google Chrome 32 bit on Windows. This problem is fixed in the beta version of the browser.

  • Some devices with Mail GPU require manual WebGL activation in browser settings.

  • For the local development server to work on Apple macOS and Blender 2.76, you may need to install Python 3.4. This is due to a bug in Blender https://developer.blender.org/T46623. This bug has been fixed in Blender 2.76b, so updating it is advised.

v15.11

New Features

  • Initial support of WebGL 2.0 technology.

    New API features are automatically provided with compatible browser and hardware

  • New Logic Editor Features:

    • Camera animation.

      The option to smoothly change camera’s position has been added to the Move Camera node.

    • New: behavior animation.

      The Play Animation node can now add Behavior animation to an object.

    • New Stop Animation node

      Can be used to stop object’s animation

    • New Stop Sound node

      Can be used to stop a speaker’s sound playback

    • New Stop Timeline node

      Can be used to stop NLA animation

  • MSAA support

    This antialiasing algorithm is used in systems compatible with WebGL 2.0. For now, it allows the highest image quality on the ULTRA settings by using 16x MSAA algorithm.

  • Viewer interface improvements.

    A Home button has been added. When pushed, it will open the basic scene specified in the application’s URL parameters, or, if there isn’t any, a placeholder scene with Blend4Web cubic logo will be opened.

    The Reset button has been moved to the right side of the application’s upper panel and will now reset not only internal but also URL parameters (such as loaded basic scene) of the Viewer.

    The Auto View Mode button used for automatic walkthrough of all scenes has been moved to the Tools & Debug panel.

  • High precision rendering performance measure mechanic.

    Using the WebGL extension EXT_disjoint_timer_query allows high precision timers to be created, which can be used to measure the performance of GPU operations. With the activation of the debug mode in the Viewer (‘’HUD Info`` option in the Tools & Debug panel), the time (in milliseconds) the GPU needs to render part of the scene (subscene) is shown in the last column of the debug information.

  • Web player improvements.

    Now, the cursor changes appearance while the camera is moving.

  • There are numerous additions and improvements in the documentation.

Changes

Fixes

  • Project Manager errors were fixed.

    Links to the developer’s applications included in the project are now showing in the list.

    Formatting in the compiled applications’ HTML files has been fixed.

  • Skinning on the mobile platforms has been improved.

  • Addon’s translation files connection error has been fixed.

    An error that could have happened on some devices because of system’s inability to process addon’s translation files, has been fixed.

  • Particle objects shadow casting improvements.

    Fix behavior of the shadows casted by “Hair” particles (used as billboards) while changing the size of the main canvas.

  • Engine workflow on the Mali 400 series GPU has been fixed.

  • Flat reflections and fog for double_sided_lighting materials have been fixed.

  • Local Storage limited quota on the Safari browser in the incognito mode no longer causes error.

  • Functionality of the Render Glow Over Transparent Objects` option in the Blender’s glow settings has been restored.

  • Several video texture playback issues have been fixed.

Known Issues

  • Problems with updating of the add-on.

    It’s strongly advised to restart Blender after installing a newer version of Addon/SDK.

  • NVIDIA 331 driver in Linux can cause WebGL errors.

  • Changed texture filtering on some platforms.

    An incorrect texture filtering was disabled on iPad and Internet Explorer for materials with Alpha Clip type of transparency.

  • Incorrect Depth texture behavior on Windows OS.

    Depth textures are unstable on Google Chrome 32 bit on Windows. This problem is fixed in the beta version of the browser.

  • Some devices with Mail GPU require manual WebGL activation in browser settings.

  • You may require to install Python 3.4 on the systems with Apple macOS and Blender 2.76. This issue is connected with Blender bug https://developer.blender.org/T46623.

v15.10

New Features

  • New Project Manager features.

    It is now possible to export/import projects. This simplifies updating projects to newer versions of the SDK and also allows users to run and debug projects on various platforms. You can also share your projects with other developers in an efficient way.

    You can now create WebPlayer JSON and WebPlayer HTML projects. Such options allow you to create projects specifically for WebPlayer app which do not require writing any additional code.

    To simplify navigation between your projects, two features have been added. The first one is the possibility to sort projects by name, and the second one is the possibility to show/hide SDK’s stock projects.

    It is now possible to remove projects from the SDK.

    Improved Windows support. We now provide a Windows version of Java with the SDK, so you are no longer required to install any additional dependencies in order to build projects.

  • Anti-aliasing improvements.

    A new option AA Quality has been added to the Render > Anti-Aliasing panel in Blender. This option allows you to select quality level of anti-aliasing. Also, the anti-aliasing algorithm is now based on FXAA 3.11, which increases both quality and performance especially for HIGH and ULTRA quality profiles.

  • Node Logic Editor improvements.

    • Move Camera node.

      Allows you to specify the camera’s location and target.

    • Play Sound node.

      Allows you to play back sound from a selected speaker.

    • Switch Select node.

      This node works the same way as Select but allows you to select multiple objects in more flexible and convenient way.

    • Support for random numbers generation has been added to the Math Operation node.

    • Support for POST requests in the Send Request node.

  • Repeat mapping type for non-power-of-two textures is now supported.

    Repeat mapping type is now supported for non-power-of-two textures (i.e. textures whose dimensions are not 256, 512, 1024, etc). Also the mipmapping technique (trilinear filtering) is also supported for such textures.

  • Automatic rescaling of textures is now performed if their dimensions exceed platform limits.

    In the cases when texture dimensions exceed platform limits, textures will be automatically downscaled. The only exception is compressed textures.

  • New button Fast Preview to perform fast scene previews.

    The button is located on the Render > Development Server panel.

  • Support for Intensity and Color animation of lamp objects.

    It is now possible to animate intensity and color of lamp objects, both when using conventional and NLA animation.

Changes

  • Project Manager interface has been improved.

    Improved UI, added Development Server > Project Manager button to run the Project Manager in the default browser.

  • Speakers functioning has been improved.

    The is_play() method now correctly notifies about finishing sound playback, with a minimal delay.

  • Some new export warnings have been added.

    Upon exporting some objects, their type will be changed to EMPTY in case of empty geometry or in the case when the sound file for the SPEAKER object does not exist. Messages on such facts are now displayed in the browser console.

  • Displaying the object selector for logic nodes has been improved.

  • Gamma correction behavior in node materials has been changed.

    Gamma correction in node materials is now performed differently because of changes in Blender 2.76.

  • Changes API.

    The resize method is now deprecated and will be deleted from the main module. The resize method from the container module should be used instead.

Fixes

  • Project Manager errors were fixed.

  • Stability on mobile devices has been improved for scenes with too many lamps.

  • Stability on Unix systems has been increased.

    Stability on Unix-systems using AMD GPUs and open source drivers has been increased.

  • An error related to annotations being added to a scene has been fixed.

    Fixed an error which occurred when annotations without the Object -> Meta Tags property were added to the scene.

  • Fixed an error with incorrect audio playback during browser tabs switch.

  • Several video texture errors have been fixed.

  • Fixed an error occurred when an empty node group was used inside a node material.

  • Fixed an error with a particle system which use an object with LOD as a particle.

  • The Delay node error when using a variable as a parameter has been fixed in the logic editor.

  • Fixed an error in the logic editor which occurred upon deleting an Entry Point node.

  • Fixed an error in the logic editor with duplicated variables in the dropdown list.

  • Fixed an error in scenes which use both the Play Animation logic node and the switched off NLA flag.

  • The behavior of the Math->Power and Gamma shader nodes has been fixed and is now consistent with Blender.

Known Issues

  • Problems with updating of the add-on.

    It’s strongly advised to restart Blender after installing a newer version of Addon/SDK.

  • NVIDIA 331 driver in Linux can cause WebGL errors.

  • Changed texture filtering on some platforms.

    An incorrect texture filtering was disabled on iPad and Internet Explorer for materials with Alpha Clip type of transparency.

  • Incorrect Depth texture behavior on Windows OS.

    Depth textures are unstable on Google Chrome 32 bit on Windows. This problem is fixed in the beta version of the browser.

  • Some devices with Mail GPU require manual WebGL activation in browser settings.

  • You may require to install Python 3.4 on the systems with Apple macOS and Blender 2.76. This issue is connected with Blender bug https://developer.blender.org/T46623.

v15.09

New Features

  • Project Management.

    A new project management system allows one to:

    • show the list and info about existing projects
    • execute apps, load scenes in the Viewer app, load scene files in Blender.
    • create and configure new applications, optionally using prefabricated app/scene starter files to simplify creating new applications
    • build applications, create versions suitable for deployment on a server
    • convert application resources (textures, sounds and video) to alternative formats
    • automatically reexport all application scenes including json and html files

    There are two methods to manage projects: by using project.py utility which has a simple self-documented command line interface, or using a GUI web application, which is run on the developer server. This server does not require any additional configuration and as before is executed by the Open SDK button in Blender.

    The project management system works on all operating systems, however, some operations may require additional dependencies. To find out more about the configuration of this system check out the following topic in documentation.

  • Controlling armature bones.

    Enhanced features to control armature objects.

    Added a new armature module which includes methods to get or assign bone positions both in armature coordinate space (get_bone_tsr(), set_bone_tsr()) and in bone-relative coordinate space (get_bone_tsr_rel(), set_bone_tsr_rel()). By using these methods, it’s possible to program armature behavior. For example, animate interactive characters or create sophisticated armature-based objects with multiple moving parts.

    Support for COPY_TRANSFORMS constraints on bones. This allows bones to follow movements of any objects located on the scene, e.g create physically simulated “Ragdoll” objects.

  • New logic editor nodes.

    • Play Animation: play animation of an object.
    • Send Request: send HTTP GET request to a server and parse its response.
    • Inherit Material: copy material properties from one object to another.
    • Set Shader Node Param: change outputs of Value and RGB shader nodes.
    • Delay: delay program execution for a given amount of time.
    • Apply Shape Key: change shape key value for an object.
    • Outline: control object outlining effect.
  • New Allow NLA settings for video textures, which enables/disables NLA-animation for a given texture.

  • New features in the material module.

  • New features on the SDK index web page.

    Index page of the SDK now contains a Tools section, which in turn includes Project Manager and WebGL Report tools.

  • Web player improvements.

    A new optional alpha setting has been added, which is used to set rendering canvas transparency. The Outline on Select feature is now supported.

  • New app compilation type update has been added to project.py utility.

    This type of app compilation allows one to update the engine inside a project directory. The app itself is not compiled with this option. The feature is useful for basic applications and tutorials.

  • New features in the app module.

    A new param disable_zoom has been added to the enable_camera_controls() method. This parameter disables zoom movements of the camera.

    A new method queue_animate() has been added to the app module.

  • New features in the scenes module.

    A new method has_picking_subs() has been added to the scenes module.

  • New features in the debug module.

    A new method fake_load() has been added to the debug module.

Changes

  • Add-ons (such as app, mouse and others) are now a part of the compiled engine version:

    • b4w.min.js - advanced optimization (b4w.full.min.js previously)
    • b4w.simple.min.js - simple optimization
    • b4w.whitespace.min.js - optimization of whitespaces used in the code

    The correct version is chosen according to the application compilation settings.

  • Node Logic Editor improvements.

    • Play -> Play Timeline; Select & Jump -> Select, Register Store -> Variable Store nodes were renamed.
    • Now it is possible to create user-defined variables apart from register-variables.
  • The rarely used combine engine building method was removed.

  • Documentation for the resource converter was revised.

  • Documentation for the addon translator was revised

  • The export of UV-layers and vertex colors was changed.

    Now the behavior of UV-layers and vertex colors resembles that in Blender even more.

  • Support for NLA-animation and video-textures was extended. They act similar to those in Blender.

  • A message about the lack of animation channels was added to the export errors.

  • A non-critical export error on the selection of unsupported Render Type in particle systems was added.

  • The Specular Color Factor property is now being inherited during material inheritance (inherit_material API method).

  • Changes API.

    The following methods are marked as deprecated and will be removed in future releases: is_camera, is_mesh, is_armature.

    The following methods of the objects module should be used instead: is_camera, is_mesh, is_armature

    Also, there are the following new methods: is_speaker, is_lamp and is_empty.

    The get_object_by_dupli_name_list method now returns null, if the name_list parameter is given incorrectly. The get_object_name_hierarchy method for receiving the full list of names with respect to object duplication was added. The value returned by this method is a valid input for the get_object_by_dupli_name_list function.

    The wireframe_mode parameter in the set_debug_params method now has a value of one of the following constants: WM_NONE, WM_OPAQUE_WIREFRAME, WM_TRANSPARENT_WIREFRAME, WM_FRONT_BACK_VIEW, WM_DEBUG_SPHERES.

  • NLA Animation Behavior for dynamically loaded scenes changes.

    If there are objects with NLA-animation in such scenes, they are now influenced by the NLA settings of the main scene. Previously, such animation was not supported.

  • The refactoring of the objects’ internal structure was continued.

  • Export error was added.

    Now when an object with a type other than “Mesh” is used as a “Hair” particle, a non-critical export error will occur.

  • Licensing information was added to the distribution sources.

  • Now texture slots with Environment Maps containing video textures are not exported.

    A non-critical export error, stating that a video cannot be used as an Environment Map, was added.

Fixes

  • Render Above All option now works correctly with node materials.

  • Fixed remove_object() function.

  • “Hair” particles have become more stable.

    Fixed the bug that appeared while using an object with the”Hair” particle modifier.

  • Improved Windows Phone support.

  • Fixed the bug that appeared while copying physical objects.

  • Fixed the bug with Orco vector output when an object has zero scale in one or several axes.

  • Fixed the bug in particle emitters: it appeared when an object with physics settings was chosen as a particle.

  • Fixed the bug in NLA animation: it could not start from a frame other than 0 before.

  • Fixed Lamp Data behavior: previously the information about light sources was not always refreshed during scene loading.

  • Fixed the bug in calculations of Normal vector output in node Geometry on the back side of a polygon.

  • Fixed the bug of Orco vector output in node Geometry that appeared if object was translated relatively to its origin in Blender.

  • Fixed calculation of the last frame of NLA animation for video textures.

  • Fixed the engine bug related to different setting combinations of objects’ selection and outlining.

  • Wind bending effect has become more stable.

  • Fixed bugs in Alpha Clip materials rendering.

  • Fixed specular texture reproduction during material inheritance.

  • Fixed the bug with light sources in apps with multiple scenes.

Known Issues

  • Problems with updating of the add-on.

    It’s strongly advised to restart Blender after installing a newer version of Addon/SDK.

  • NVIDIA 331 driver in Linux can cause WebGL errors.

  • Changed texture filtering on some platforms.

    An incorrect texture filtering was disabled on iPad and Internet Explorer for materials with Alpha Clip type of transparency.

  • Some devices with Mail GPU require manual WebGL activation in browser settings.

v15.08

New Features

  • Node-based logic editor.

    This new logic editor allows to add interactivity to your apps more easily by using a tree of connected nodes. The NLA Script tool which was previously used for this purpose has been removed, the old scripts are automatically converted to the newer format during blend file loading.

  • Support for various shading models inside MATERIAL and MATERIAL_EXT nodes.

    Now the diffuse and specular shading models are selected based on materials inside such nodes. This is different from the previous behavior when the shading was the same for all nodes and was assigned by node material itself. This feature allows mixing different basic materials (non-textured) inside node-based ones.

  • Improvements in transformation API.

    New transform methods to perform relative objects transformations: set_translation_rel(), set_translation_rel_v(), get_translation_rel(), set_rotation_rel(), set_rotation_rel_v(), get_rotation_rel(), set_scale_rel(), get_scale_rel(), set_tsr_rel(), get_tsr_rel().

    Methods without _rel suffix now always perform transformations in world coordinate space, even if they are children of other objects.

    Also new methods to perform local rotations rotate_x_local(), rotate_y_local(), rotate_z_local() have been added to transform module.

  • Improved support for OS Windows.

    Support for OS Windows in resource converter. Now Windows users can create cross-browser applications which use media resources in different formats. Also the application builder app can also be run in Windows.

  • Support for the Microsoft Edge browser.

  • Support for physics simulation in the main (non-worker) browser process.

    This feature is useful for eliminating delays in physics calculations in some mobile browsers. Earlier, all simulations took place in separate Worker threads. The feature is controlled by physics_use_worker parameter of the engine’s initialization.

  • Support for bounding box recalculation.

    A new method update_boundings() has been added to the objects module. This method performs recalculations of the object’s boundings such as box, sphere, ellipsoid, cylinder, cone and capsule.

  • Documentation improvements.

    A new theme has been selected for the user manual. This theme improves documentation readability on displays with different screen resolutions.

    Greatly improved and extended documentation for application developers.

  • New APIs in camera_anim module.

    New methods stop_cam_moving() and stop_cam_rotating() in the b4wmod:camera_anim module.

  • Binary compatibility checks.

    Now the version checks between .bin and .json files and the current engine version are performed while scenes load.

Changes

  • Changes in node material editor.

    Custom shader nodes have been moved from the Group menu to the Blend4Web menu. Also, an error with duplicated menu entries has been fixed.

  • Refactoring of object structure.

    Complete refactoring of an object structure has been initiated. Object structures now have strong typing and include less redundant data. This improves overall engine performance.

  • Changes API.

    The following methods are now deprecated and will be removed in future engine releases: get_object_dg_parent() (scenes module), get_parent() (constraints module). Instead, it is recommended to use get_parent() and get_dg_parent() from the objects module.

  • Improved interaction between the development server and multiple Blender instances.

Fixes

  • Fixed a compilation error in the project.py utility when a project is compiled to some external directory.
  • Fixed a web server error which could arise due corrupted Windows registry.
  • Fixed an export freeze for some corrupted .blend files.
  • Fixed incorrect non-uniform scale warnings upon exporting Metaball objects.
  • Fixed an error with Auto View mode in the Viewer app if were an empty scene category.
  • Fixed rendering of dynamically loaded materials if they have the same name.
  • Fixed an export error for scenes using Copy Transforms constraints.
  • Fixed an error with rendering depth textures in the Microsoft Edge browser.
  • Fixed a bug with touch events in the Microsoft Edge browser.

Known Issues

  • In the logic editor, some of looped links are highlighted in red. This issue has only cosmetic effect and can be safely ignored.

v15.07

New Features

  • Support for Alpha Clip transparency for node materials.

    It is now possible to specify a transparency mask for Alpha Clip materials using node logic.

  • Support for soft particles.

    The new property Soft Particles has been added to the Render panel of the Emitter particle system. When activated, this property renders smooth edges near opaque objects located on the scene. This effect is available only for materials with Alpha Sort, Alpha Blend or Add type of transparency.

  • New preprocessor for shader instructions.

    This new preprocessor has more straightforward architecture and works faster, which, in turn, greatly reduces overall scene loading time, especially in cases with many different shaders.

  • Improved Viewer app performance.

    Performance problems caused by event handling in jQuery Mobile library have been fixed.

  • Zero level property for HOVER cameras.

    This property represents a Z coordinate of the reference plane in which the camera’s pivot point is located.

  • New sensor manifold type: CT_CHANGE.

    Along with CT_CONTINOUS, CT_TRIGGER, CT_SHOT and CT_LEVEL manifold types the new CT_CHANGE type can now be used. This type allows to execute a manifold’s callback right after any of the sensors’ values in the manifold has been changed.

  • New APIs in camera_anim module.

    New API methods such as move_camera_to_point(), rotate_camera(), is_moving() and is_rotating() have been added to module camera_anim.

  • A new option to assign materials to objects.

    Until now it has not been possible to assign materials on objects using Object property. Now, this feature is supported.

  • Support for external requests to the local development server.

    This feature is enabled by the Enable external requests property in addon preferences.

  • New method clear_animation() in the time module.

  • New camera APIs.

    APIs of camera module has been extended by get_vertical_limits() and has_vertical_limits() methods which are used to get or check the camera’s vertical rotation and translation limits.

  • Documentation improvements.

    New user manual design optimized for devices of all kind.

    The differences between coordinate systems used in Blender and Blend4Web are now specified in documentation.

  • Support for addon i18n.

    This feature allows translation of addon interface to different languages. The translation into Russian is almost complete.

Changes

  • Various usability improvements in the addon interface.

  • New force_container_ratio option in the init() method.

  • Simplified usage of water caustics.

    Water caustics effect is now activated by the Caustics option located on the material’s Water panel.

  • New way of evaluating mouse movement sensors.

    Now all elements inside the Canvas Container element (e.g Anchors) do not lock mouse events, thus allowing us to prevent glitches during camera movement.

  • Option to change quality of reflections.

    Now it is possible to choose one of three predefined reflection quality modes: LOW, MEDIUM or HIGH.

  • New properties --project and --app in the project.py utility.

  • New animation APIs.

    New methods to simplify frame setting: set_first_frame()/set_last_frame().

  • New behavior of plane reflections.

    It is now possible to omit specifying the reflection normal by leaving the Reflection Plane option empty. In this case, local Z axis will be used instead.

  • New SSAO behavior.

    Now there is no need to have shadow casters in the scene to use the SSAO effect.

  • New texture anisotropic filtering settings.

    There is a new Default value for anisotropic filtering option assigned to textures. By selecting this value you can use the anisotropic filtering specified on the scene. If you need to disable anisotropic filtering on all textures, again, use the setting from the scene.

  • New specular alpha shading behavior to match Blender’s.

  • The physics mask/group, assigned for collision materials, has been extended from 8 to 16 bits.

  • New asynchronous shader loader for developer version of Blend4Web.

  • Elimination of shaders module.

    The methods of this module is now available from the debug module.

  • New script for batch processing exported json/html files.

    The scripts reexporter.py and resaver.py have been combined into process_blend.py, which has options for processing exported json/html files.

  • Minor refactoring and improvements in API documentation.

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug with incorrect Canvas element size appeared on the engine’s startup.

  • Fixed a lighting bug on objects with the negative Scale option.

    This condition is properly handled and reported to the user (in the browser console).

  • Fixed a bug with object’s vertex animation.

  • Fixed a bug with animation played in reverse.

  • Fixed an error with incorrect state of Collision and Ray sensors which appeared after deleting physics objects.

  • Environment textures with dimensions exceeding the supported ones are now processed correctly.

    Now, such textures are not being turned off but rendered in reduced scale instead. Dimensions are reduced synthetically for NVIDIA GeForce 8000 GPUs on Windows Chrome.

  • Fixed an issue with incorrectly reported error which appeared while loading scenes with missing camera/world.

  • Fixed a Blender startup error with the world missing from the scene.

  • Fixed a bug in the Webplayer app when the sound button was missing in some scenes.

  • Fixed a bug in the scenes when motion blur is the only effect to appear.

  • Fixed the get_material_extended_params() method in the material module.

  • Fixed Firefox Mobile crashes when using shadows. Improved overall stability for this browser.

  • Improved reexporter stability.

Known Issues

  • Problems with updating of the add-on.

    It’s strongly advised to restart Blender after installing a newer version of Addon/SDK.

  • NVIDIA 331 driver in Linux can cause WebGL errors.

  • There is a bug with video textures on Chrome 43 for Android.

    Please update your Chrome browser to Beta or wait until the next Chrome update.

  • Fixed issues with the Background Music speakers in the scenes exported to html.

    Currently, there is a bug in Google Chrome (Issue 511251), related to an error with audio file origin. Currently, this issue is partially resolved by our workaround with forced crossOrigin attribute on audio sources.

  • Changed texture filtering on some platforms.

    An incorrect texture filtering was disabled on iPad and Internet Explorer for materials with Alpha Clip type of transparency.

v15.06

New Features

  • New add-on user interface.

    Add-on interface has been redesigned. It is now activated by the new rendering profile, Blend4Web, which only contains panels and options explicitly supported by the engine. To simplify navigation, the old multi-line Blend4Web panels have been re-grouped into the smaller ones, based on functionality.

    Also, there is a new feature to automatically assign graphic effects required for a scene. In particular, shadows, refraction, Glow and Outline effects acquired the new AUTO property which automatically activates them if some objects or materials located on the scene require such effects.

  • New normal editor.

    The normal editor has been substantially upgraded. Now it is fully compatible with the native Blender datablock used to store normals. This new editor has more efficient UI and also allows to edit split normals.

  • Support for new material nodes.

    Orco and Local outputs of Geometry node are now supported. There are also some preliminary steps to support RGB Curves, Vector Curves, ColorRamp and Cycles nodes.

  • New shading models.

    Minnaert/Toon diffuse shaders and Blinn specular shader have been implemented. Thus, starting from this release the engine supports all shading models of Blender.

  • Support for Blender 2.75

  • Multiple physics improvements.

    Code for collision detection has been rewritten. Now it is possible to determine colliding objects, and also the coordinates and the normal at the collision point.

    Improved ray casting API. In particular, one can specify an option to perform an automatic cleanup of the ray test object and also another option to cast a ray through multiple objects. As in the case of collision detection, this new API allows to determine the target object and the position/normal of the hit point. There is also a new possibility to cast rays from point to point in global space, without requirement to specify a source object.

    Extended possibilities of Collision and Ray sensors.

    Support for deleting physics objects and automatic recalculation of collision/ray tests after physics objects have been added/removed.

  • A new tool for reexporting multiple scenes.

    A new Mass Reexporter tool has been added to addon. This tool allows to automatically reexport all scenes from the specified list of directories.

  • Possibility to check for updates.

    You can now enable a Check for Updates on Startup option in addon settings to perform automatic checks for the new versions of Blend4Web.

  • API to control Motion Blur postprocessing effect.

    New methods to control Motion Blur effect get_mb_params() and set_mb_params() has been added to scenes.js module.

  • Support for Timeline markers.

    To extract frame numbers from timeline markers a new method marker_frame() has been implemented in scenes.js module.

  • New NLA APIs.

    A new set of methods: set_range(), reset_range(), set_cyclic() and clear_callback() has been added to nla.js module. Also, it’s now possible to specify callback in play() method.

  • New API to change Canvas resolution.

    To change Canvas resolution it’s sufficient to execute method set() from config.js module with the following parameters: canvas_resolution_factor and value, where value is the new resolution of Canvas. This feature is particularly useful for creating high-definition screenshots.

  • Support for Vertex Groups -> Length option in Hair particle system.

  • New API documentation.

    To document types used by Blend4Web applications we developed a new formal type system. For example, in our old API docs 3D vectors had Float32Array type. Now they have formal Vec3 type. This solution allows us to formulate more clear and intelligible descriptions for API and, more importantly, helps our users to develop more readable and reliable applications.

  • New colors API.

    To work with colors in efficient way two new modules: rgb and rgba have been created. They include APIs to create new color vectors and convert them between different profiles.

  • Automatic determination of path to SDK.

    Addon option Blend4Web SDK Directory is filled up automatically, if the addon is located in default blender_scripts directory inside SDK.

  • API for correct calculation of Canvas 2D coordinates.

    For proper manipulations with mouse cursor and touchscreen devices the engine requires correct 2D Canvas coordinates.

    Details about calculation and use cases of such coordinates are described in the separate topic.

    To support this feature the following methods have been added to engine’s APIs: client_to_canvas_coords(), set_canvas_offsets(), update_canvas_offsets() and force_offsets_updating(). Also, there is a new configuration option: track_container_position.

  • API to change smooth factors of the camera’s movement.

    To change smooth factors of the camera’s movement the following APIs have been implemented: set_plock_smooth_factor() and get_plock_smooth_factor() in mouse.js module (for Pointer Lock mode) and also set_camera_smooth_factor() and get_camera_smooth_factor() in app.js addon (for general use cases).

  • New favicon picture has been added to Webplayer.

Changes

  • New API spec for collision detection and ray casting.

    Methods append_collision_test() and append_ray_test(), as well as create_collision_sensor() and create_ray_sensor() now have new spec, which is incompatible with the previous versions of Blend4Web engine. All developers should consider upgrading their applications to match this new behavior.

  • Rendering to texture changes.

    It’s now possible to render scene into texture cyclically, e.g. when two scenes render one into another. The main constraint here is the requirement to have at least one scene, into which is nothing is being rendered.

  • The option Apply Default Animation is now disabled if an object already have an NLA animation attached.

    In cases when the object already have an NLA animation attached, the option Apply Default Animation is disabled to eliminate possible animation conflicts.

  • Changed Hemi lamp behavior.

    If the object is being illuminated by the Hemi lamp, the Lambert shading model will always be applied to its materials. This is done to match the Blender’s behavior.

  • Support for exported-to-HTML video textures in Firefox browser.

    Since Firefox 38 an error with video textures exported to base64 was fixed, so it’s now possible to use them in such browsers.

  • Changed assignment of UV layers to match Blender’s behavior.

    Missing from node materials UV layers are determined automatically as it’s done in Blender.

  • Improved stability of exported to HTML video textures.

  • Optimizations of CSM shadows.

  • Depth shader optimizations.

  • Billboard objects optimizations.

  • Configuration option resolution_factor was renamed to render_resolution_factor.

  • Improved support for particle emitters which have several materials.

    Distribution of the particles to emitters as well as vertex colors inheritance is being done taking into account each material i.e mesh part.

  • Changed Wind Bending inheritance on particle systems.

    If Wind Bending Inheritance property is set to Instance then Wind bending property for emitter object is not switched off anymore.

  • Updated messages about addon/engine version incompatibilities.

    For more info see version errors.

  • Remove sensor locks API.

    Unused sensor locks API was removed from controls.js module.

  • Fixed behavior of node materials with missing Output node.

Fixes

  • Fixes in screenshooter.js addon.

    Fixed an error with impossibility to take a screenshot.

  • Fixed a bug in set_frame() method from nla.js module.

    Fixed set_frame() inaccuracy.

  • Improved exported stability.

  • Fixed a bug with addon removal/update on Windows.

    Refined binary loader in addon.

  • Fixed a bug with shading from SPOT/POINT lamps.

  • Fixed incorrect behavior of coordinate calculations in methods get_coords_x() and get_coords_y() from mouse.js addon.

  • Fixed calculations of alpha channel in Outline effect.

  • Fixed Wind Bending effect error.

  • Fixed an error when particle’s Scale was not taken into account on particle systems.

  • Fixed synchronization error on animated EMITTER particle systems.

  • Fixed a bug with shadows on billboard objects.

  • Fixed incorrect exporting of Override Mesh Boundings settings.

  • Fixed a bug with billboard rendering on iPad.

Known Issues

  • Problems with updating of the add-on.

    It’s strongly advised to restart Blender after installing a newer version of Addon/SDK.

  • NVIDIA 331 driver in Linux can cause WebGL errors.

  • There is a bug with video textures on Chrome 43 for Android.

    Please update your Chrome browser to Beta or wait until the next Chrome update.

v15.05

New Features

  • Glow effect.

    Supported an effect which occurs when the light scatters in the atmosphere and inside of the human eye and looks like a halo around glowing objects.

  • The local development server runs automatically.

    A new option has been added to the addon settings. This option turns on automatic start of local development server upon opening Blender. With the help of this functional web applications in development can be run without any preparations.

  • Cube reflections.

    Apart from plane reflections, there are now cube reflections available. There is a new Reflection Type option available when Reflective flag is set on the object. Setting it to Cube turns this feature on.

  • More NLA options supported.

    Added support of Blender’s NLA tools: Scale, Muted, Reversed and Repeat. The support of these tools broadens capabilities of interactive scene developers.

    Furthermore, to control NLA through API a new nla.js module was added. This module contains methods like play(), stop(), get_frame(), set_frame() that can play/stop NLA and get/set the current frame. New methods have been involved in implementing control panel interface in the Viewer app.

  • Increased rendering possibilities for sky textures.

    Influence parameters for sky texture rendering are now supported. Those parameters are: Blend, Horizon, Zenith Up, Zenith Down,``Blend``, Negative, RGB to Intensity, DVar.

  • In node materials, the engine now correctly processes connections between inputs and outputs of different types.

    It is now possible to connect outputs of one type with inputs of another type (Non-critical error). Now Blender’s native behavior is supported by the engine.

  • For Hair particles the options on the Rotation panel are now supported.

    Now the engine fully supports the state of particles set in Blender. In particular not only location and scale are supported now, but rotation as well.

  • Some demos for postprocessing effects demonstration were added.

    Examples were prepared for the following effects: Bloom, Depth of Field, God Rays, Motion Blur and SSAO.

  • Added a new module container.js.

    DOM tree elements can be added with a specific depth relative to the depth of the canvas element with the help of container.js‘s insert_to_container() method. This method replaces CSS property z-index because location depth of elements is now determined by their position in the container element.

  • Improvements in the physical engine.

    Margin property of physical elements and materials is now supported. This option allows for improved stability of object collision simulation. Bullet engine was updated to version 2.83.

  • API for changing camera controls mode.

    Added methods of changing movement style of the camera. The control mode switch example can be found in Code Snippets app in the “Camera Move Styles” section. Also has been added set_hover_pivot() method. This method allows to shift the control point of HOVER camera.

Changes

  • Reorganized SDK’s scene list.

    All the scenes in the Viewer app has been sorted by groups: App contains finished apps, Demos contains demo-scenes and examples, Tutorial Exports contains tutorials source files.

  • Added syntax highlight in Code Snippets app.

    Code Snippets app now has a new design. Also it was optimized for low-resolution screens.

  • API controls of video and canvas textures have been changed.

    A new parameter data_id has been added to these textures’ control methods. This parameter contains an ID of dynamically loaded scene.

  • Handling of animated bone excess has been changed.

    The skeletal animation now just turns off when exceeding the maximum number of bones. It resulted in shader compilation error and unstable application behavior before.

  • Some particle system properties has been renamed and now they are turned off by default.

    In particular, Hair particle system’s properties Randomize Location And Size and Randomize Initial Rotation are turned off by default now.

  • Doppler effect for speakers is now turned off in some browsers.

    Doppler effect support in Web Audio has been pronounced as deprecated and will be removed in Chrome starting from version 45. Other browsers still support this functionality.

  • Changed objects’ behavior when both skeletal and vertex animation are applied.

    If an object has both armature modifier and vertex animation applied on it, the armature modifier won’t be exported.

  • Rendering of particle system procedural animation (Wind Bending effect) has been optimized.

  • The main .json and .bin scene files loading error handling has been improved.

  • Windows 32 version of Blend4Web addon is now compiled natively.

    This feature improves compatibility of the add-on with such systems.

Fixes

  • The error that led to the wrong height of the description element in module “anchors.js” has been fixed.

  • Support for Epiphany and other WebKit-based browsers.

    Achieved by fixing the code which works differently in the different JavaScript engines.

  • Gestures on Internet Explorer 11 were disabled for Microsoft Windows touch devices.

    Previously, gestures usage (Windows Touch Gestures) was leading to unnecessary HTML-elements scaling and movement on such configurations. It is expected that correct gestures’ behavior will be supported in further browser releases.

  • Vertex animation with animated armature bake error was fixed.

  • The error with rendering billboard objects on the iPad has been fixed.

  • Node material’s NLA animation applied to several objects was fixed.

  • Fixed a bug related to the Motion Blur effect.

Known Issues

  • Problems with updating of the add-on.

    It’s strongly advised to restart Blender after installing a newer version of Addon/SDK.

v15.04

New Features

  • Deformations by using Shape Keys (Morphing).

    Added support for object’s Morph targets (known as Shape Keys in Blender). To apply such keys, use the set_shape_key_value method of the geometry.js module. Simple example of how to use such functionality is given in the Code Snippets app.

  • Support for Horizon Color and Zenith Color background settings.

    It’s now possible to tweak scene background by using the Horizon Color and Zenith Color properties as well as the Paper Sky, Blend Sky and Real Sky options directly from Blender.

  • Support for the Gamma node.

    We have implemented the Gamma node back in Blender v2.74. Now this node is finally supported by Blend4Web.

  • Various improvements in the Anchors tool.

    It’s now possible to limit the pixel size of an annotation. Added support for dynamic loading/unloading of Anchors. Implemented the possibility to hide and show Anchors by using the show()/hide() API functions and/or by the NLA Script tool.

  • Shader optimizations.

    Shader compiler improvements. Added the following features: local variables optimizations, brackets removal. Improved the performance of node materials.

  • Physics engine optimizations.

    To save the load time, the physics modules are now loaded only when explicitly required. Overall size of the modules has been decreased by 20%.

  • Extended tools for physics debugging.

    The new physics_stat() method has been added to the debug module. This method returns physics statistics such as the number of physics objects (separated by type), amount of geometry and other info. It is now also possible to display the number of physics iterations per second aka Physics FPS (activated in the config module).

  • The new API method to attach objects to the camera independently from the camera’s aspect ratio or the field of view.

    Implemented in the append_stiff_viewport() method of the constraints module.

  • The new module to perform transformations: “tsr.js”.

    This new module makes it possible to apply a variety of transformations to objects by using versatile TSR vectors. Each TSR vector combines translation, scale and rotation (hence the name). These vectors may be used instead of matrices as a more convenient and effective way to apply transformations.

  • The possibility to exclude any directories from being converted by the resource converter.

    To exclude some directory from being converted by the resource converter, it is enough to place a file named .b4w_no_conv to this directory.

Changes

  • The API documentation has changed its appearance. Links for quick access to methods and properties were added.

  • Skeletal animation now takes into account the relative translation of an armature and a skinned object.

    Native Blender’s behavior is now supported. There is now no need to position an armature and an animated object in the same place and with the same rotation and scale.

  • Independent translation, rotation and scale animations are now supported.

    The animation system no more forces keyframes to be present in every channel, which makes it possible to save original values in unused channels or change them with API.

  • World background support.

    Background and sky can be enabled with the Sky Settings > Render Sky option under the World tab. It is turned off by default.

  • The Uranium physics engine now consists of two modules.

    There are now two physics modules instead of one: uranium.js - the engine’s code and uranium.js.mem - the file for memory initialization. Both modules must be placed in the same directory.

  • The glow effect together with its related components was renamed to Outline.

    The new name better describes the principle of this effect: highlighting objects’ edges.

  • Limiting the camera translation using the “append_semi_stiff_cam” method of the “constraints.js” module is now possible only for the “EYE” type.

  • Local Development Server in Blender changes.

    Now, instead of the standard Python SimpleHTTPServer, the Tornado web server is used as the local development server. The new server has greater performance and it also offers more options to disable browser cache.

  • Keyboard controls for sliders in the Viewer application were added.

    You can now control sliders with < and > keys.

  • Changes in the “update_object_animation” method of the “animation.js” module.

    The optional “force_update” parameter was added. It forces animated objects to be updated even when their animation is not being played back.

  • API changes in the mouse.js module.

    The enable_mouse_hover_outline and disable_mouse_hover_outline methods were added.

    The following methods were declared deprecated and will be removed in the next releases: enable_mouse_hover_glow and disable_mouse_hover_glow.

  • API changes in the scenes.js module.

    The outlining_is_enabled, set_outline_intensity, get_outline_intensity, apply_outline_anim, apply_outline_anim_def, clear_outline_anim, set_outline_color and get_outline_color methods were added.

    The following methods were declared deprecated and will be removed in the next releases: set_glow_intensity, get_glow_intensity, apply_glow_anim, apply_glow_anim_def, clear_glow_anim, set_glow_color and get_glow_color.

  • Some settings were changed in the Object > Blend4Web panel.

    The Enable Outline option was added to enable using the outline effect on the given object. Also, the Outline on Select option was added to activate glow animation when the object is selected (previously this behavior was defined by the Selectable flag).

  • New settings were added to the Scene > Blend4Web panel.

    The Enable Object Outlining option was added to control the overall possibility of outlining. Similarly, the new Enable Object Selectable option controls the overall possibility of objects’ selection.

  • Now the following object properties: Apply Scale, Apply Modifiers, Export Vertex Animation, Export Edited Normals and Export Shape Keys are mutually exclusive.

  • API changes in modules.

    The new is_armature method was added to the API of the util.js module. It checks if the given object is of the ARMATURE type.

    The new get_parent method was added to the API of the constraints.js module. It returns the parent object of the given object.

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug in the “anchors.js” module which caused objects’ descriptions to disappear.

  • Fixed a bug in the Animation Baker script that occurred when there were armature objects in hidden layers.

  • Fixed the camera’s behavior while using “append_semi_stiff_cam” method of the “constraints.js” module.

    Fixed correction of the camera’s vertical axis relative to the parent object. Also the original camera orientation is now being taken into account. This can require some adjustments of the camera’s rotation limits that are passed to this function.

  • Fixed a bug with reloading of the playlist when it was empty.

  • Fixed the buggy behavior of physical objects that occurred after deleting at least one of them from the scene.

  • Fixed a bug that occurred when there were zero-scaled objects instanced through DupliGroups.

  • Fixed a compilation error of the water shader occurred on Windows and some mobile devices.

  • Fixed a bug that occurred when there were duplicates of animation keyframes.

  • Actions from different files sharing one name can be now used for NLA animation.

  • Fixed duplication of event listeners that occurred when the “pointerlock” function was repeatedly called.

  • Fixed behavior of the “Alpha sort” transparency type for dynamic objects.

  • Fixed an add-on compilation error that occurred on Windows without C++ 2010 runtime installed.

  • Fixed a bug with billboard rendering on iPad.

v15.03

New Features

  • New tool for adding annotations to 3D objects.

    Now it is possible to assign anchors to empty objects. These anchors can be of three different types: “Annotations” - information from object’s meta-tags is used, “Custom Element” - a custom HTML-element from the current web-page can be used as annotation, “Generic” - an invisible anchor with coordinates calculated using anchors.js module API.

  • Animation and API methods for Value and RGB nodes in node materials.

    Now it is possible to animate not only Value nodes but also RGB nodes. Also, the corresponding API methods for changing such nodes were added in the objects.js module.

  • New “Code Snippets” application.

    This application was created to simplify access to the examples of engine’s functionality. It is also possible to look at the examples’ scripts. This application can be launched from the index.html file located in the Blend4Web SDK’s root directory.

  • New control functions for the Glow effect.

    New APIs were added in the scenes module: get_glow_intensity() and get_glow_color().

  • Improvements in the Scene Viewer.

    Design of the “Home” button was changed. A new button “All objects selectable” was added. It allows to turn off automatic “Selectable” option assignment for all scene objects. Also, it is now possible to see the total number of shaders on the loaded scene.

  • Dynamic copying of scene objects (instancing).

    Now it is possible to dynamically copy and remove scene objects (to create and remove instances).

  • Handling errors related to the B4W_PARALLAX Blend4Web-specific node.

    In case of incorrect usage of the B4W_PARALLAX node, an export error warning is generated.

  • New options in the application’s builder.

    There are now new options in the application builder: -j and -c. They add scripts and styles correspondingly to the exceptions in order to be not compiled.

  • Experimental Blend4Web render engine.

    It can be turned on in the addon settings using the “Register Blend4Web render engine (Experimental)” flag. This mode is designed to simplify customization of scene properties. Also, it simplifies the interface by removing unsupported panels. At the moment, it is not possible to edit shader node tree in the Blend4Web render mode.

Changes

  • Origin for counting off the camera limits has been changed.

    Setting camera movement limits via API now perfectly corresponds to values measured in the engine’s coordinate system. Setting horizontal limits for the TARGET camera in the Blender’s world space has been changed. Thus, it may require changeovers for old scenes.

  • Documentation update for the camera settings.

  • Horizontal and vertical limits of the camera rotation are completely independent from each other.

  • Some APIs in the camera.js module were changed.

    APIs of the camera.js module have undergone a number of changes.

    New methods were added: is_target_camera, is_eye_camera, is_hover_camera, rotate_camera, rotate_target_camera, rotate_eye_camera, rotate_hover_camera, get_camera_angles, hover_cam_set_translation.

    The following methods were declared as deprecated and will be removed in the next releases: rotate_pivot, rotate_hover_cam, rotate, set_eye_params, get_angles, translate_hover_cam_v, set_hover_cam_angle.

    The set_ortho_scale and get_ortho_scale methods now print error message when they are applied to the Orthographic camera. The behavior of the get_hover_angle_limits method was also changed. This method now returns angle limits for the HOVER camera in the [down, up] format instead of [up, down] as it was before.

  • The lighting system was significantly optimized.

    Many of the lamp props are calculated at the compile time now. Now, there is no 4 lamp restriction is imposed for some mobile devices.

  • The HTML layout method was changed for apps using the app module.

    Now, upon initializing an application using the app.js module, the dimensions of the created <canvas> element are completely determined by the size of the container element. Thus, if a <div> element is used as a container, the size of <canvas> will be zero by default since div’s default size is zero. You can set correct parameters for the container with CSS and inline-style. Also, you have to use resize_to_container() method from the app module when the container is changed. The same effect may be achieved if the autoresize option is set upon initializing the application (in the app.init() function). The low level method for changing the element’s dimensions with main.resize() function is still supported.

  • Now, the enable_controls() function from the app module should be called without any parameters.

  • Deprecated API methods were removed.

    textures.js module : stop_video.

    scenes.js module: add_object, get_screen_scenes, set_light_pos, set_light_direction, set_dir_light_color, get_lights_names, remove_all, check_collision, check_ray_hit, get_appended_objs, get_object_by_empty_name.

    physics.js module: set_character_dist_to_water.

    material.js module: set_batch_param, set_max_bones, max_bones.

    main.js module: set_shaders_dir, set_texture_quality.

    data.js module: get_bpy_world.

    controls.js module: sensor_make_positive, sensor_make_negative.

    camera.js module: change_eye_target_dist (deprecated MS_CONTROLS was also removed).

  • There are now new conditions to allow changing object’s position via API.

    The functions from the transform.js module related to changing object position can be now applied to dynamic objects only.

  • You can now use TEXTURE nodes without textures.

    In this case the rendering of the node material completely corresponds to Blender.

  • Updated the procedure of compatibility checks for versions of exported files and the engine itself.

    The engine will report about the scene’s incompatibility by printing messages in the browser console.

  • The “Do Not Batch” property was renamed to “Force Dynamic Object”

    This option instructs the engine that the object must be dynamic regardless of other settings. Now its name is more clear.

Fixes

  • Fixed camera autorotate feature of the web player.
  • Fixed an error related to the fullscreen mode in the Web Player.
  • Fixed an error related to the determination of the camera’s angular coordinates in some positions.
  • Fixed an error with camera autorotation if the horizontal limits are enabled.
  • Fixed an error when Blend4Web-specific nodes were being added multiple times to a .blend file.
  • Fixed a bug with replacing materials by using the “inherit_material” function from the “material.js” module.
  • Fixed an error occurred while rendering reflections on an object which has been changed through the “material.js” module APIs.
  • Fixed generation of the debugging wireframe spheres.
  • Fixed optimization of the TEXTURE nodes in node materials.
  • Fixed “Clamp” option behavior in the MixRGB (Linear Light) node.
  • Fixed an export error occurred when an object shares its mesh with another object and one of the following flags is set to true: “Apply Scale”, “Apply Modifiers”, “Export Vertex Animation” or “Export Edited Normals”.
  • Fixed an error with “Blend4Web > Preserve Global Orientation and Scale” option on some mobile devices.
  • Fixed fog rendering error in some versions of Chrome/Firefox under Windows.

Known Issues

  • Problems with updating of the add-on.

    It’s strongly advised to restart Blender after installing a newer version of Addon/SDK.

  • Video textures do not work in Firefox for scenes exported as HTML files.

v15.02

New Features

  • The local development server can be run from Blender.

    It’s possible now to run local development server when using Blend4Web SDK. This server allows fast access to the Blend4Web SDK content and also make it possible to automatically open exported scenes in the Viewer application.

  • Support for Spot lights shadows.

    Shadows for Spot lamps were processed in the same way as for Sun lamps. Now the calculations are performed in the same way as it’s done in blender i.e the light scattering is taken into account.

  • Added/improved support for “Metaball”, “Surface” and “Curve” objects.

    Support for Metaball, Surface and Curve objects was added. Objects of these types are automatically converted into meshes during export. Support for Curve objects in modifiers was preserved.

  • Social networks buttons are added to the Web Player.

    These buttons allow placing a link and a description to the 3D scene in one of the four popular social networks.

  • Added support for editing the list of Viewer scenes directly in Blender.

    It is now possible to edit assets.json file with a list of Viewer scenes inside Blender. This works only when using Blend4Web SDK.

  • Screenshots can now be taken in the Viewer application.

  • New fallback_video option is added to the Web Player.

    Now the user can choose a video file to play instead of 3D content on systems without WebGL support. It is possible with the help of the new fallback_video=/path/to/video/ option.

  • Improved rendering to texture functionality.

    Added support for rendering scenes into several textures at a time. Scenes now can have any nesting level.

  • Billboards now can save orientation and scale in world coordinates.

    To use the feature you need to set Blend4Web > Preserve global orientation and scale flag in the object’s settings panel.

  • Improvements on the main SDK web page.

    It is now possible to find out the version of the SDK and check the system for WebGL compatibility on the main web page.

  • Added support for the Clamp flag in MATH and MIX_RGB nodes

    At first this functionality was released in Blender 2.73, and now it’s also supported in the engine.

  • Considerable improvements in rendering quality on systems without depth-texture support.

    Supported rendering features on systems without depth-texture support were extended. There are such effects available now: reflections, bloom, glow, motion blur, anti-aliasing.

  • New documentation is added.

    Added documentation for the vec3, vec4, quat, mat3, mat4 modules and for the global namespace b4w. Documentation web pages design was improved.

  • Support for several engine instances on the same web page.

    Several engine instances can now work simultaneously, by specifying the namespace on engine’s initialization stage.

  • Possibility to use SDK on Apple macOS.

    On macOS all SDK functionality including engine and applications building, resource conversation and documentation generation is now available.

  • The new set_trans_pivot() method is added to the camera module.

    This function allows setting an arbitrary position of the pivot point and the position of the camera of the Target type.

  • A new ``version`` property is added to the ``project.py`` utility.

    This property allows adding a version to the scripts and styles of the compiled application.

Changes

  • Now it is possible to add options with the same names via browser address bar.

    A new optional parameter allow_param_array is added to get_url_params() function of app module. It is set to false by default. Setting this parameter to true leads to a merge of identical functions into a massive, other way the last one will be used.

  • Improved ``Background Music`` speaker.

    Now the user can specify parameters of delay and playback time.

  • Blend-file now includes special Blend4Web nodes by default.

    Now there’s no need to add Blend4Web special nodes into a file. It is available in both SDK and addon versions of Blend4Web.

  • Changed export of empty “Mesh” objects.

    Now Mesh objects without polygons are exported as Empty.

  • Changes in the “light.js” module.

    Added function get_light_type; functions get_light_params and set_light_params now get object LAMP instead of objects name. Also the user now can change spot_blend, spot_size and distance properties of the SPOT light source through those functions.

  • Improved refractions on LOW quality settings.

    New simplified (without distortion) refraction model is now used when LOW quality is chosen.

  • Shader nodes optimization.

  • Now automatic camera rotation can be turned off by touching touch screen.

Fixes

  • Corrected behavior of the preloader for the Web Player.

    Some artifacts could be visible on B4W logo while opening Web Player.

  • Fixed an error in rendering of one-cascaded shadows. The error was related to appearing of a hard non-lighted line on the cascade border.

  • Fixed an error related to names collision while linking objects in Blender.

  • Fixed an error with optimization of SDK apps.

  • Fixed export error of flat shaded meshes on Linux x32.

  • Fixed incorrect behavior of Target camera in particular cases.

  • Fixed an error when using a shadow map with size exceeding device limits.

  • Fixed an error that leads to FPS drop in Firefox 35/36 on Windows when shadows are turned ON.

Known Issues

  • Problems with updating of the add-on.

    It’s strongly advised to restart Blender after installing a newer version of Addon/SDK.

  • Video textures do not work in Firefox for scenes exported as HTML files.

v15.01

New Features

  • Support for panning on touchscreen devices.

    Panning is performed by swiping two fingers on the surface of the screen.

  • Support for “Text” objects.

    These objects are now automatically converted to meshes during export.

  • Extended support for the NLA Script tool.

    Added new logic slots: Show Object and Hide Object used for hiding and showing the objects, Page Redirect - for redirecting to other webpages , Page Param - for storing any webpage parameter in given numerical register. Simplified usage of Select & Jump and Select & Play slots. Now it’s not required to specify Selectable property on selectable objects.

  • Support for high definition displays (HIDPI, Retina).

    The HIDPI mode allows to achieve considerable improvement of picture quality on devices with high resolution. This mode is activated automatically upon application startup if ULTRA quality profile has been selected. If necessary, high resolution can be turned on for other quality profiles.

  • Support orthographic camera scaling.

    An API to change the Orthographic camera scale has been added (Orthographic scale in Blender).

  • “autorotate” option has been added to the webplayer.

    The option autorotate is used to turn on the automatic camera rotation as soon as the scene loads.

  • Simplified keyboard control mode has been added to function “enable_camera_controls.

    The mode is enabled by passing the optional parameter disable_letter_controls Thus, the keyboard controls with letter keys (WASD and so on) will be turned off. This feature can be used in cases when you need to use the letter keys for purposes other than moving the camera.

  • Support for gyroscope on mobile devices.

    To work with gyroscope on mobile devices the two sensors was implemented. The first sensor allows to operate with current device position compared with the previous one (position delta). It’s created by using the function create_gyro_delta_sensor from “controls.js” module. The second sensor returns current device angle and created by create_gyro_angles_sensor from “controls.js” module. It’s worth to mention that all angles are given in radians. Also the special addon “gyroscope.js” was created. This addon implements simple camera movements due to device rotation. You can find an example of using such feature in our Viewer application by selecting the “Gyroscope” menu option.

  • New ``Do not Render`` property has been added to material settings.

    Enabling the property allows to hide parts of the scene objects which use such material.

  • Support for video-textures on IE 11 and iPhone.

    The support is achieved by creating a new video-sequence format, *.seq. For more info check the following topic in documentation.

  • Support for “title” tag in Web Player.

    The Web Player’s title (shown as web browser header) is now extracted from JSON file of the loaded scene. For more info about this feature check the following topic in documentation.

  • Support for meta tags in Blender.

    It’s now possible to append meta tag information to scenes and objects in Blender. Possible tags for scenes are “title” and “description”. Possible tags for objects are “title”, “description” and “category”.

  • Added support for execution of user-defined functions every frame.

    To help users to create sophisticated application the new function append_loop_cb has been added to “main.js” module. This function allows to execute given callback every frame. This callback has two parameters: time since the application start and time delta between current and previous frame. Both parameters are in seconds. To cancel the callback execution every frame you should remove it by using the remove_loop_cb function from the module “main.js”.

  • Added support for simple preloader screen animation.

    To create an application with animated preloader pass an option “preloader_fadeout” with the value “true” to the function create_simple_preloader from “preloader.js” module.

  • Added support to export converted media files to HTML file.

    Now then you export HTML files it’s possible to store converted files in them. To do so you need to enable “Export Converted Media” option in the export options.

  • Added support for using min50 and dds textures in Web Player.

    To enable this feature pass “compressed_textures” parameter to Web Player.

Changes

  • SDK file hierarchy was simplified.

    The external directory was removed, all its content was moved to the upper level - in the root directory of the SDK. The file with the list of the scenes used by the Viewer application is now located in apps_dev/viewer directory.

  • Changed camera autorotation behavior (experimental).

    If the camera limits are present, the camera smoothly slows down when approaching the limits, then moves in the opposite direction.

  • The usage of ``Special: Collision`` property was changed.

    Earlier, enabling the option automatically resulted in objects’ hiding. Now, to do the same thing, you have to specify Do not Render property in the material settings.

  • Changed suffix for converted media files.

    Old *.lossconv.* suffix was replaced by *.altconv.*.

  • Behavior of “Do not render” object property was changed.

    Now, when the option is activated, an object’s physics is not disabled. The object simply becomes invisible.

  • Improved the SDK structure.

    Free and Pro SDK now come with the new and more polished examples; old and arid examples were dropped.

Fixes

  • When using “Panoramic” camera type in Blender the camera automatically obtains “Perspective” type when exported.
  • Fixed bug with “Target” camera dragging in rare cases.
  • Minor fixes in the “B4W Anim Baker” addon.
  • Fixed issue with sound for scenes with multiple cameras.
  • Improved stability of “Timer” sensors in “controls” module.
  • Fixed issue when browsing exported HTMLs in IE browser.
  • Video texture optimizations. Now the video texture is not updated for suspended video playback.
  • Fixed rendering issue in node materials with ``REFRACTION`` node.

Known Issues

  • Problems with updating of the add-on.

    It’s strongly advised to restart Blender after installing a newer version of Addon/SDK.

  • Video textures do not work in Firefox for scenes exported as HTML files.

  • Slow and unstable rendering of depth textures in Firefox 35.

    In various scenes the FPS is degraded when shadows are turned on. There is also an incorrect rendering of transparent materials. The issue is reported here and is to be fixed in the future browser updates.

v14.12

New Features

  • Camera velocity settings are now available.

    Now camera movement velocity can be set up, including translation, rotation and zooming. Velocity for all camera types (Target, Hover, Eye) can be tweaked both using Blender UI and through Blend4Web API.

  • Mipmapping is now supported for Canvas textures.

    We have added mipmapping support for Canvas textures.

  • Full support for the “MAPPING” node.

    Now all Vector type options available for the MAPPING node are supported, including Texture, Point, Vector and Normal.

  • Glow on mouse over.

    API in the mouse.js module were created for the effect of outlining the objects under the mouse pointer. Also, for purposes of controlling this effect, enable_mouse_hover_glow() and disable_mouse_hover_glow() methods were added. The objects should have Object > Blend4Web > Selectable checkbox enabled.

  • A brand new app building system.

    Now, the users can develop their apps right in the SDK thanks to the new project.py utility. This script makes it possible to build the apps together with the engine, to minify JavaScript and CSS files and to export the final apps to be deployed on a server.

Changes

  • Removed support for deprecated “UV translation velocity” texture settings.

    We recommend to use node materials instead.

  • Removed deprecated “Levels of Detail” user interface.

    This functionality can be used through Blender’s standard “Levels of Detail” tool.

  • The pointerlock.js add-on was renamed into mouse.js.

  • A mouseup event is now fired when the mouse pointer is leaving the app viewport.

    So the problem with broken camera controls is no longer observed.

  • Error message about “Clear parent inverse” is no more shown.

    Before, when using parenting, it was required to reset translation, rotation and scale of child objects (Object > Parent > Clear Parent Inverse). Now such transformation is natively supported by the engine.

  • “Apply scale” option no longer applies modifiers.

    As before, Apply modifiers should be used in order to apply modifiers.

  • Use of normal maps in node materials no longer requires a Material or Extended Material node.

    In some cases (e.g. refraction) normal maps can be used in shadeless materials.

Fixes

  • Fixed audio playback error occurred when using NLA.

    This happened due to insufficient float number precision.

  • Fixed incorrect rendering of light sources on mobile devices.

  • Layering shadows is fixed when multiple active light sources are present.

    Now the shadows are calculated like in Blender, that is areas illuminated by other light sources are not darkened.

  • Node material rendering error has been fixed.

    The error occurred when a MATERIAL node (or MATERIAL_EXT) with a linked (from another .blend file) material was used.

  • Animation baker (“B4W Animation Bake” operator) no longer resets an armature pose.

    Now, when using the animation baking tool, the armature pose is being left intact.

  • Fixed jerky camera movement upon application startup.

  • Fixed error with incorrect determination of the camera’s horizontal movement limits.

  • Fixed error occurred when unused textures were exported.

Known Issues

  • Problems with updating of the add-on.

    It’s strongly advised to restart Blender after installing a newer version of Addon/SDK.

  • Video textures do not work in Firefox for scenes exported as HTML files.

v14.11

New Features

  • Video textures support.

    Video textures are now supported for Image or Movie textures.

  • Frame rate.

    Frame rate for animation and video textures can now be changed through the Scene > Dimensions > Frame rate option.

  • Canvas textures support.

    A canvas HTML element can be now used as a texture. The workflow is described in the manual.

  • Camera panning.

    In the mode when the camera is rotating around a single point (Target) the users now have the ability to move the pivot point within the view plane (so called camera panning) while the right or middle mouse buttons are pressed. This function is turned on by default and can be turned off in Blender settings at need.

  • New camera control mode - Hover.

    The Hover mode is now available when the camera is gliding over the horizontal plane (including zooming in and out). This camera mode makes it possible to realize scenarios for a convenient viewing of scenes which are spread in two dimensions (rooms, game levels).

  • The SDK now contains a root index HTML webpage for simplifying navigation within the distribution.

  • The resource converter now has the ability to convert videos.

  • We have added a build system which was absent in previous public SDK distributions.

  • The export Strict mode is implemented in the add-on.

    Activating Strict mode gives the possibility to display all possible errors and warnings connected with incorrect scene settings. The option is useful for final scene debugging for getting the most correct and optimized resource files.

  • Audio playback support for iOS devices.

Changes

  • The webplayer’s “bg” parameter is renamed to “fallback_image”.

    This option also has changed its behavior. If the fallback_image is defined the error message that WebGL is unavailable is not shown anymore, instead the user sees just the image.

  • If there are no sound sources in the scene the sound mute button is no longer shown in the webplayer.

  • Generic materials workflow is now more predictable.

  • The “mouse_down” sensor provides the code of the mouse button pressed. This code can be obtained from the payload sensor’s parameter.

  • Hair particle systems can be now exported significantly faster.

Fixes

  • Normal maps now work with Generated and Normal texture coordinates.

    Using UV layers is no more required for normal maps.

  • Fixed the problem with the wrong path to the physics engine in the webplayer.

    This error arose when uranium.js was moved out of the directory containing the main HTML file of the webplayer.

  • In the add-on we have fixed the problem with packed textures. Export crashed when the “Automatically Pack Into .blend” option was enabled.

Known Issues

  • Problems with updating of the add-on.

    It’s strongly advised to restart Blender after installing a newer version of Addon/SDK.

v14.10

New Features

  • A new Web Player.

    The new minimalistic Web Player design blends perfectly with any 3D scenes. It has a simplified user interface and build-in help. The Web Player works on all devices including mobile ones.

  • Improved shadows.

    It’s now possible to choose a non-cascaded shadow model, based on a single optimized shadow map. Such model is easier to configure and suits well for relatively small scenes. For more info see the docs.

  • Many NLA system improvements.

    It’s now possible to create a complex logic using the Conditional Jump, Register Store, Math Operation NLA Script logic blocks and register-stored variables.

    It’s now possible to use all types of supported animations in the NLA, including sound playback, vertex animation and particle emission. It’s now possible to play different animation types simultaneously.

  • Supported objects billboarding.

    The objects received the new set of options, allowing to configure billboarding.

  • The “XYZ Euler” mode is supported for animating rotations.

    Object and skeletal animations now support the XYZ Euler mode for rotations.

  • Support for the GENERATED texture coordinates.

  • Support for Cross-origin resource sharing (CORS).

  • Scene export process simplified.

    The range of material export errors are now not blocking the export. Instead, this material will be highlighted pink at scene loading. Detailed error descriptions can be found in the manual.

  • Added support for the “Do not export” option for particle systems.

  • Improved stability on iOS devices.

Changes

  • Changed SDK path setting for HTML export.

    It’s now needed to set the SDK path setting for HTML export to SDK root directory. Earlier it was required to provide the full path to embed application. Pay attention, the old behavior is not supported anymore.

  • Deprecated the “UV translation velocity” option.

    The option will be removed since version 14.12.

  • Removed option “Do not export” from the “Object data” panel.

  • Removed “Blend4Web > Animation > Cyclic” option from the object properties panel.

    Instead, one should use Blend4Web > Animation > Behavior option located in the same place. Scenes with default animations may work incorrectly, so they need behavior property to be set to Cyclic.

  • Modified SSAO algorithm realization.

    The new implementation is much faster and shows better quality. The settings of the algorithm are changed too. For more info see the manual section.

Fixes

  • Fixed rendering error for HALO materials.

  • Fixed a rendering error when an object with the enabled “Force Dynamic Object” property has a parent object.

  • Fixed error with keyboard shortcuts in Blender.

    Fixed error with inability to assign keyboard shortcuts in Blender for export menu items:File->Export->Blend4Web(.json) and File->Export->Blend4Web(.html).

  • Fixed crash when loading textures with size exceeding device limits.

  • Fixed node material errors resulting in unstable engine behavior.

  • Fixed error in node materials that contained complex Node Groups.

  • Fixed errors of shaders compilation on devices with mobile graphics Qualcomm Adreno 305.

  • Fixed rendering error when using REFRACTION nodes in transparent materials.

  • Fixed an issue in “B4W Vertex Anim Baker” tool when current frame reset was occurred after using bake.

Known Issues

  • Problems with updating of the add-on.

    It’s strongly advised to restart Blender after installing a newer version of Addon/SDK.

  • Normal maps don’t work for Generated texture type.

    It is necessary to use UV mapping for normal maps.

v14.09

New Features

  • ABSOLUTE type support for the MATH node.

  • Support for LEVELS_OF_QUALITY special node.

    Allows to control the material’s complexity depending on the quality profile which is specified by the user upon engine start.

  • Support for SMOOTHSTEP special node.

    Simplifies the creation of some effects in node materials.

  • Node groups support.

    Node groups allow the sharing of node blocks between materials.

  • The ability to output intermediate rendering results for debugging.

    The rendering result for a certain stage can be now output above the main picture. This can be set up in the config.js module through the debug_subs options.

  • The logic for controlling Blender’s NLA animation using a visual editor has been implemented.

    The NLA Script tool has been added to Blender’s interface to allow the implementing of simple scenarios using visual blocks, for example playing an animation in response to the user actions.

  • Multiple sensor system improvements.

    It is now permitted to register sensor manifolds globally using a controls module method with no connection to any object. To do this null should be passed into the corresponding API. The sensor logic is processed in a more predictable and robust way according to the sequence in which their manifolds are created. Callbacks of the user action events are now assigned using the register_<inputtype>_events() functions. To these functions it is now possible to pass the prevent_default flag which allows to unblock the standard browser behavior for the corresponding events.

  • The Web Player now supports physics.

    Works only in the Web Player version where JSON files are loaded separately. Physics still not supported in the single HTML files.

  • Skeletal animation mixing is now supported.

    The animation.js module now contains API for smooth transitions between skeletal animations: get_skel_mix_factor() - for getting the current mixing factor value and set_skel_mix_factor() - for setting it.

  • The Value node can now be animated in node materials.

    The functionality is similar to other animation types. Working in NLA is also supported.

  • Diffuse and Specular lamp’s properties are now supported.

  • The possibility to render a transparent object above other objects on the scene.

    Activated with the Render above all checkbox for transparent materials (i.e. not Opaque).

  • Scale is applied automatically to the object mesh.

    Activated by enabling the Apply scale checkbox in the object settings.

  • High quality profile (including shadows, dynamic reflections and anti-aliasing) has been implemented for iOS.

Changes

  • Shadow rendering improved.

    Shadow rendering system is significantly changed: it is now based on the Stable Cascaded Shadow Maps technique. This technique allows to greatly diminish the flickering of shadow edges when the camera moves. Smoothing is implemented between cascades. Also shadows of the last cascade fade out at distancing. Softened shadows are rendered using the Percentage Closer Shadows technique. The shadows’ user settings are reworked and simplified. Now its possible to tweak the size of shadow maps, blur ratio and the setting for removing self-shadowing artifacts. The new settings are documented in detail.

  • In the Web Player graphics quality settings are now saved independently for each scene.

  • The behavior of the app configuration parameters has been changed: physics_uranium_path, smaa_search_texture_path and smaa_area_texture_path.

    These parameters are now calculated automatically depending on the running HTML files location, if they haven’t been overridden during the app’s initialization.

  • Transition is completed to the system of modules which are linked via b4w.require() call.

    This also means that starting form the current version its impossible to call modules in the engine’s release version using the old b4w.<module> namespaces. For compatibility purposes the ns_compat.js add-on has been implemented, the linking of which allows to restore the old behavior.

  • The Web Player’s control panel can now be hidden.

  • Skeletal animation is now applied to armature objects only.

    There is no need to apply skeletal animation to MESH objects. If they are linked to some animated armature, their skinning will be automatic.

  • Demos and tutorials are updated according to the newly implemented features.

Fixes

  • The preloader didn’t disappear in case of a loading error (texture or sound file).
  • Lagging during scaling and turning on mobile devices is fixed.
  • TARGET-type camera shimmering has been removed for small turnings.
  • EYE-type camera controls was fixed for mobile devices.
  • The Farm demo controls are improved for Safari browser.
  • Errors concerning using the unsupported shading models in node materials are now fixed.
  • “Selectable” option now works for the objects without materials.
  • There is no longer need to enable “Force Dynamic Object” for the objects that are animated using NLA.
  • The particle system error when the object being instanced is parented to another object, has been fixed.

Known Issues

  • Problems with updating of the add-on.

    It’s strongly advised to restart Blender after installing a newer version of Addon/SDK.

  • Armature animation mixing doesn’t work with some browsers.

    If skeletal animation mixing API brings unexpected errors, it is necessary to override standard Math.sign function as follows:

    var m_util  = require("util");
    Math.sign = m_util.sign;