|2.4x||Jon Moen Drange's 2.44+||Dvondrake's 248.1+ (Support)|
|2.5x||Blender SMD Tools 2.57+|
Blender 2.5 introduces a UI-driven addons system. But if you're still using 2.4x, things must be done by hand:
The .py script file(s) should go in:
%userprofile%\Application Data\Blender Foundation\Blender\.blender\scripts\
C:\Program Files\Blender Foundation\Blender\.blender\scripts\
- Mac OS X
Blender.app/Contents/Mac OS X/.blender/scripts
Under Windows, whether you install to
ProgramData depends on which you chose to use when installing Blender. The active folder will exist and be filled with existing .py files.
Under Mac OS X, right-click Blender.app and click Show Package Contents to see the rest.
Blender has a very unusual interface that takes some getting used to. Matters aren't helped by its preference of hotkeys over of visible buttons. Nevertheless, learning it is quite achievable:
- Official help portal
- Blender 3D: Noob to Pro (Wikibook)
- Blender Basics- 3rd Edition (printable classroom textbook released under Creative Commons BY NC SA)
Blender and Source
- Dvondrake's SMD export video tutorial covers creating, texturing and exporting a simple static object
- The Blender Modelling Walkthrough is a complete, step-by-step guide to creating exporting a static model with Dvondrake's plug-in.
- See Animation in Blender to learn how to rig and animate in a way that survives SMD export.
- Blender renders both sides of a polygon, but Source only renders the front. You can bring Blender into line by:
- Making sure the Buttons window is visible.
- Switching to the Editing panel ( )
- Under Mesh, un-clicking the Double Sided button.
- If you find you need to flip any polys, either use to make everything point outward, or select those that need to change and press .
- Because Dvondrake's exporter only exports the currently-selected object, you can store as many meshes as you like in the same .blend file. Use scenes and/or layers to easily manage the different elements of a model.
- This is simply a modeling tip: If you intend scaling the model or the armature, do this in Edit Mode. This can help not having problems with dimensions.