Blender 3.4 Now Available With Wayland, Intel Open Path Guiding Integration

Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software on 7 December 2022 at 08:55 AM EST. 33 Comments
Blender 3.4 is now available as the latest feature release for this increasingly popular, industry-supported open-source cross-platform 3D modeling software.

Blender 3.4 is a great release with adding native Wayland support on Linux, Intel Open Path Guiding integration, AMD Radeon RX 7000 series support with HIP, and a lot of other enhancements.

Blender 3.4 should be a rather nice incremental upgrade for digital artists and others making use of this wonderful free software program. Among the improvements on the table for next year are Intel and AMD ray-tracing support.

Some of the Blender 3.4 improvements include:

- Wayland support is now enabled in addition to the existing X11 support on Linux.

- Path guiding support by making use of Intel's Open Path Guiding library was integrated to improve the sampling quality. The Open path Guiding library currently only works for CPU-based rendering.

- Support for AMD Radeon RX 7000 series (RDNA3) graphics cards with HIP is now supported.

- Fixing texture issues with Vega and RDNA1 graphics cards on Linux when using ROCm 5.3 and newer.

- FreeType font caching to use less resources and better performance.

- WebP image thumbnail generation is quicker and while using much less RAM.

- Blender's video rendering now supports FFmpeg AV1 codec encoding.

- Eevee headless rendering is now supported under Linux.

- A new geometry-based relax brush has been added to the UV editor.

- Geometry nodes has a new evaluation system.

- Support for PBR extensions in MTL files.

- The internal data structure for Blender's internal mesh format has undergone big changes.

Blender 3.4 can be downloaded and learn more about all of the great features via the 3.4 release notes.
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