V0.2.9 In early access - support for Blender 2.91
A rather short message today to announce that a new version of Crowdrender is in early access, available to our development fund supporters, and hopefully with not too long a wait, everybody!
V0.2.9 is an important release because it fixes a bug that caused V0.2.8 and all previous versions to break with Blender's 2.91 release of few weeks prior to this post. There were also some other stuff we put in there that we we're working on and had reached the point where it was time to release them.
Short Cut Keys
Thanks go to Jeremy on this one, he developed a way to bind Alt-F12 to cause Crowdrender to render a still, and also Shift - Alt - F12 to start rendering an animation. Whats more is that if you don't like those bindings, you are able to change them to something that suits you.
Some other stuff that got fixed;
A problem was found where you could set the number of CPU threads used by a node, but not set it back to auto detect. You can now set things back to auto detect and the CPU for that node uses all threads to render.
A session process is what is started on a node when you connect. In some cases these would not close, and the more you connected to a node, the more they built up. Eventually if you connected too many times, you'd get an error. This no longer happens.
Temporary directories would not be cleaned up on a render node if using headless and you didn't stop the node from your client/master but instead just closed the terminal on the render node that was running the headless server. This no longer happens on all but windows, where you should use Ctrl - C before closing the window... then you're good, otherwise not.
On Unix/Linux OS types, it was possible to get a permissions error when trying to start a headless node, or even just starting blender. This was despite having full permissions to blender and the addon. This was fixed.
A server session process running on a remote node to your client; needs your blend file. So it gets it from the client/master node. However a bug was introduced in V0.2.8 that causes nodes to forget they just got the file and keep requesting it each time you connect to that node. This amnesiac like behaviour no longer happens.
If you'd like to try the addon you can download a free build here > https://www.crowd-render.com/download
The free builds get updated each time we push a new release into early access, so they are being updated, but are behind the early access builds.
If you'd like to use the early access builds, please consider supporting our project via our development fund :) You can check out your options here -> https://www.crowd-render.com/crowdfunding
Thanks everyone, hope you have a good one!