2.7x release cycle
Blender 2.77 "BCon" schedule:
- BCon1: September 22 (define targets, branches reviewed & ready)
- BCon2: December (start add branches to git, targets are defined)
- BCon3: ??? (testing and fixing period)
- BCon4: ??? (provide test build, fixing only)
- BCon5: ??? (git frozen, RC a few days after)
More about the development process
- OpenGL migration from 1.4 to 2.1
- Improvements to ID management (missing libraries, relocate libraries, reload libraries...).
- Grease Pencil - Stroke Sculpting, and Related Editing Improvements (Current Feature List Here)
- Branch & Patch migration list
- OpenSubdiv and Python (3.5) library updates
See: Blender: Next where release critical tasks are listed.
Release Notes for features already added.
Issues for (new) developers to work on are collected in wiki. It's known todo items, features or fixes that already have been approved to be worked on:
Roadmap for 2.7 - 2.8 and beyond
The Blender 2.7x series will stay mostly compatible with the Blender 2.5 UI redesign project, but there's a number of essential upgrades we will need to do. On the Blender code blog you can read more, including an open discussion of the plans (2013 doc).
And the 2015 updated doc, a proposal for a more massive update for 2.8 itself:
(list is work in progress, october 2015)
Official Blender branches:
- Gooseberry branch - used for Cosmos Laundromat, with improved hair simulation and alembic support.
- Asset managing and browsing:
- id-remap - cleanup & enhancements of libraries and datablock handling (freeing, reloading, missing-lib-resistant, etc.).
- asset-engine - AE API & test add-on (Amber engine) to add asset management to Blender (brwosing, supporting variants & revisions, etc.).
- See also those blog post and technical design task about the project.
- Etc etc
Official Pipeline and scripting projects:
- BAM (Blender Asset Manager)
Python script that extracts all .blend dependencies and puts it in a zip with new paths.
- Etc etc.
Summer of Code
More info about Google Summer of Code projects. (We are not in the 2015 edition)