Packt Publishing: $10 each for 10 days

My how time flies, I actually remember when Packt Publishing started and I am pretty sure somebody pushed fast forward on a global time scale, because they have now been at it for 10 years. And they are so excited, they are throwing a party and you are all invited.

Packt Publishing is celebrating 10 glorious years of publishing books. To celebrate this huge milestone, from June 26th Packt is offering all of its eBooks and Videos at just $10 each for 10 days. This promotion covers every title and customers can stock up on as many copies as they like until July 5th.

This is a great time to grab as many books as you want.

Blenderart Mag Issue #44 now available

bam_Issue44_MAr_14Welcome to Issue #44, “Mech Mayhem

There is an artistry to a well designed machine that even the most clueless of us can appreciate. Watching all the little moving parts work together in harmony is a sight to behold and a wonder to those of us with no concept of how it all goes to together.

The magic of robots, gears and all manner of mechanical moving parts are to be found in our latest issue of Blenderart Magazine as well as a look at how to realistically texture them. It is an issue full of mechanical goodness waiting for your reading pleasure.

So grab your copy today. Also be sure to check out our gallery of wonderful images submitted by very talented members of our community.

Table of Contents:

  • Tutorial: Mech Bust
  • Tutorial: Mech Textures
  • A Weight Scale
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Retracting Landing Gears
  • Creating Comics Character

And Lot More…

Blenderart Magazine Mirrors, Torrents and Online links can be found at:

Packt Publishing Sale to celebrate their 2000th Title

2000th-Book-Home-Page-BannerPackt Publishing is launching an awesome sale to celebrate with the release of their 2000th title. During this offer Packt is giving us a chance to dive into their comprehensive catalog and Buy One, Get One Free across their entire range of eBooks.

This is a fantastic way to stock up on ebooks and learn some new skills.

The campaign began on 18th-Mar-2014 and will continue up until 26th-Mar-2014. During the sale, readers can:

  • Make Unlimited purchases during the offer period
  • Offer is automatically applied at checkout

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Packt Publishing celebrates their 2000th title with an exclusive offer – We’ve got IT covered!

Known for their extensive range of pragmatic IT ebooks, Packt Publishing are celebrating their 2000th book title `Learning Dart’– they want their customers to celebrate too.

To mark this milestone Packt Publishing will launch a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ offer across all eBooks on March 18th – for a limited period only.

`Learning Dart’ was selected as a title and published by Packt earlier this year. As a project that aims to revolutionise a language as crucial as JavaScript, Dart is a great example of an emerging technology which aims to support the community and their requirement for constant improvement. The content itself explains how to develop apps using Dart and HTML5 in a model-driven and fast-paced approach, enabling developers to build more complex and high-performing web apps.

David Maclean, Managing Director explains `It’s not by chance that this book is our 2000th title. Our customers and community drive demand and it is our job to ensure that whatever they’re working on, Packt provides practical help and support.

At Packt we understand that sometimes our customers want to learn a new programming language pretty much from scratch, with little knowledge of similar language concepts. Other times our customers know a related language fairly well and therefore want a fast-paced primer that brings them up to a competent professional level quickly.

That’s what makes Packt different: all our books are specifically commissioned by category experts, based on intensive research of the technology and the key tasks.’

Since 2004, Packt Publishing has been providing practical IT-related information that enables everyone to learn and develop their IT knowledge, from novice to expert.

Packt is one of the most prolific and fast-growing tech book publishers in the world. Originally focused on open source software, Packt contributes back into the community paying a royalty on relevant books directly to open source projects. These projects have received over $400,000 as part of Packt’s Open Source Royalty Scheme to date.

Their books focus on practicality, recognising that readers are ultimately concerned with getting the job done. Packt’s digitally-focused business model allows them to quickly publish up-to-date books in very specific areas across a range of key categories – web development, game development, big data, application development, and more. Their commitment to providing a comprehensive range of titles has seen Packt publish 1054% more titles in 2013 than in 2006.

Erol Staveley, Publisher, says `Recent research shows that 88% of our customers are very satisfied with the service knowing that we offer a wide breadth of titles in a timely manner, and owing to the quality of service that they receive 94% of customers are willing to recommend Packt to friends and family. It’s great that we’ve hit such a significant milestone, and we want to continue delivering this fantastic content to our customers.’

Here are some of the best titles across Packt’s main categories – but Buy One, Get One Free will apply across all 2000 titles:

Blender Default Settings – 2014 | blair willems

Seriously nice look at some very useful defaults and setting!

Blender Default Settings – 2014 | blair willems.

Book Review: Getting Started with Lumion 3D by Ciro Cardoso.

Getting started with Lumion coverI was contacted by Packt Publishing and asked if I would like to review Getting Started with Lumion 3D by Ciro Cardoso. I have to admit that before I even answered, I had to go Google Lumion and find out what it actually was. So for those of you who don’t know either, Lumion’s primary focus is making architectural visualizations, whether you are creating a still image or an animation. There are landscaping tools as well as a library of models to populate your project. Keep in mind, this is NOT a modeling program. You will have to model your building, house or room in a another program and import it into Lumion.

It sounded interesting enough, that I agreed to do the review even though I had zero experience or practical knowledge of the program. Which worked out, since the book is a “getting started” type of book. So I downloaded the free (evaluation) version of Lumion and started reading.

After a brief introduction to Lumion that explained what Lumion was, why you would want to use it and a brief tour of the opening interface, Ciro guides you through a quick tutorial/tour of Lumion and it’s tools. One of the first things you learn how to do is import a model of a house. You can model one of your own in your favorite program or like me, go to Sketchup’s website and download a house of your choice. By the end of the tutorial you will have done a bit of landscaping, applied a few materials and populated the scene with various trees, flowers and other objects.

Over the next several chapters, Ciro quickly covers preparing your models for import into Lumion, materials, proper file formats for use with Lumion, various ways to build an environment, composition and post production. Ciro’s writing style was easy to follow and I achieved similar results with little problem.

Lumion seems fairly intuitive and Ciro does cover most everything you would need to know to get started, but it did feel to me as if the book was more of an overview of how Lumion worked than a starter guide to Lumion. I will say though that having no experience with Lumion and it’s full capabilities, that maybe an overview is all that is really needed to start producing quick architectural visualizations with Lumion.


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