Somsubhra’s google summer of code progress: The Animation plugin.
Have I ever talked about GSoC? I don’t think I have.
Basically, there’s two problems: Open Source projects not getting enough contributors, and computer science students not having enough experience in the real world.
Google set up Summer of Code to do something against these two problems. If you’re a student, you can apply at the GSoC organisation, with a proposal to do a project in any of the accepted Open Source programs. You then get assigned a mentor from that program who helps you with your questions as you struggle to get the project finished. If you succeed, you get paid by the Google for your efforts, and the Open Source program possibly has a new feature!
However, if you fail, you will get nothing for your efforts. As well, only a limited amount of projects get accepted, because the GSoC organisation is pretty strict about what gets accepted.
So, as you may understand, GSoC is a pretty exciting time for Open Source projects. The period started officially this monday, and will continue for the next 14 weeks!
Somsubhra had already been working on the Animation Plugin last year, but he’s continueing his efforts this year, making things more stable and improving functionality. This video is the fruit of his work in the past two days!
The other two projects that got accepted are Material Painting(For texturing a 3d model easily), and Dirty Presets(Adjusting a preset during runtime without actually saving it) + Brush engine improvements.
We’ll post more videos and screenshots as the students keep working this summer. Let’s all wish them good luck!